The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park.

The AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park was the target of unidentified vandals recently, who destroyed trees and benches and shattered the windows of a city truck. Sadly, the park is no stranger to vandalism — many similar incidents earlier this year have park officials investigating who is behind these costly attacks. We’ll discuss ways to combat vandalism and why it’s so difficult to prevent.

Simon Silverman, captain of the SFPD Richmond District Station
Philip Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
Marc Massarweh, San Francisco district attorney liaison assigned to work with Richmond Police Station

  • Guest

    If a person shatters a window, let the punishment be that their own home’s window be shattered.
    If a person destroys a bench, let the punishment be that their own home’s furniture be taken and destroyed.
    If a person scrawls a nasty word or picture on a monument, the punishment should be a tattoo of the same on their chest.

    • ES Trader

      Sounds like Muslim fundamemtalism

      • David

        yeah. if a person runs over another, run over that person…pass.

        • ES Trader

          While in principle and sentiment, I concur, just as in sports infractions always are assessed against the one retaliating than the origin perp, who often is not penalized.

          Try to keep your cool, hate to see the good guys tarred & feathered

  • ES Trader

    Kids likely, or if disturbed adults, seeing rose bushes butchered and worse is intolerable and a solution must be found, even a border style fence if necessary with 24/7 surveillance cameras and even closure of 19 Ave if necessary.

    Not characteristics of an open City let alone a nation and a sensible solution will be created. Sadly this will become a course of study in urban planning classes in years to come,

  • Joel D

    security cameras

  • thucy

    This is so sad. I’m wondering if, given that homeless people have been subject to abuse in GG Park (and per their spokesperson who appeared on Forum in the last year, abuse from actual police in GG Park), perhaps we could employ some homeless people to guard the grove?
    Given how many people in the LGBT community are forced into homelessness, it would be nice if we could show as much compassion to living, still-breathing people as to monuments.

  • Vic Monae

    I remember it was always called “Parks and Recreation.” And now it seems more trendy to say “Rec and Parks.” The guest even apologized for saying “Parks and Rec.” Is there some real policy/ ideological reason for the reversed syntax? Or is it a only a silly trend?

  • Kay Jay

    It’s not just a park problem. It’s a city wide problem. It’s people who don’t care about the community they live in. You see it in graffiti. In litter. In bags of dog poo people leave for someone else to pick up. Little things add up to a greater disregard. We need a cultural, educational shift. We need people to give a darn.

  • Ehkzu

    For those who find this vandalism “senseless,” here’s an explanation.

    Everyone wants to matter–to be consequential Remember how Bush II wanted to be consequential? The best way to be consequential is to create–businesses, works of art, enduring marriages. But these all require hard work and dedication.

    Who feels inconsequential? People who are unsuccessful in life–who have low IQs, poor home conditions that lead to them being unsocialized. People who most citizens would identify as “losers,” even if they were too polite to say this out loud.

    The easiest way for someone who sees himself–and who we see–as losers–to be consequential is to destroy. You can have as much effect on others in seconds as it took others hours or years or even decades to build. This makes losers feel powerful–consequential.

    And the opprobrium we heap on them–in this case, helplessly–doesn’t deter them. It’s actually the payoff for them. Proof that they matter.

    You have to understand what they see as the rewards for vandals–which are very different from the rewards for thieves.

    Vandalism against minorities such as blacks and homosexuals adds to the payoff, because someone who sees himself (and it’s almost always a “him”) as a loser can always console himself with the notion that no matter how big a loser his is, the minorities he hates are even bigger losers–in his eyes.

    These people are detached from society. In the long run the only solution is to reintegrate them into society. Unfortunately our society treats such people as throwaway people–and they return the favor. That’s what “anti-social” means.

  • Gabriel Lampert

    Wait, parks and rec want to do their own vandalism, right? Don’t they want to tear down 61 trees, put in astroturf, and light up the night sky with 60′-high stadium lights?

  • Jonnie

    Typical public employees…3 dipshite guests who haven’t done anything about the problem and are clueless to stop it! Classic public employee flunkies. Of course, Krasny is too much a union man himself to point out the obvious that taxes paid are not to protect and enhance public spaces but to feed the triple-headed union beast of high employee salaries, healthcare benefits, and outrageously spiked pensions.

    Well done KQED.

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