A task force was started a few months ago to address several issues in the neighborhood of the crooked Lombard Street. There has been a noticeable explosion of tourist activity and crime over the last few years.
Members of the task force are Catherine Stefani (chairperson) from Supervisor Farrell’s office; Helen Raiser, Greg Brundage, Anton Bruehl from the neighborhood bordering the crooked street; Captain Lazar of Central Station; Mike Moylan from RHN and Central CPAB; and representatives from several City departments.
The Lombard St Ambassador Program, which is modeled after the successful Ambassador Program at Fisherman’s Wharf, is an effort to provide onsite trained and paid people called ambassadors during the high tourist timeframes this season. The ambassadors will be uniformed, provide help to the tourists, manage crowds and traffic, and have fast access to the police if the situation warrants it. They will encourage tourists to show respect while enjoying the beauty of the crooked street area.
Some quick hit solutions will be parking an unmanned police car at various spots during the weekends and the posting of signs warning tourists to not leave anything visible in their car.
Funding for the program is being pursued through Mark Farrell’s office.