Recent rains still flood the playground in San Francisco's Dolores Park, which has been awaiting renovation for a decade.
That renovation, which voters approved money for thanks to a park bond ballot measure in 2008, should start next year -- but the Recreation and Parks Department threatened to close the park for nearly a year and a half to complete the work.
So how does the agency, which has laid off maintenance employees thanks to budget cuts, deal with the criticism?
By paying a local public relations firm to help the agency "change the story."
Rec and Parks has since shifted its plans to do a phased renovation, though is still working on those details.
The problem is, argues local blog Uptown Almanac, that "voters did not approve any money to be spent on a PR consultancy" to organize community meetings. (Which, if the recent Muni meetings are any indication, are probably just for show anyway.)
It did, however, allocate $200,000 of the $185 million bond for "audits by a bond oversight committee." Wonder what they'll think of the money set aside for PR firm Davis and Associates Communications?