Dinah Sanders


Currently self-employed as a writer, I hold degrees in History and Library Science. I put these skills to work on cocktail history and taxonomy in The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level and on the Bibulo.us blog. My first book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, explored letting go of what doesn’t make life awesome.

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Support Walk Your City on Market Street

AboutOur project seeks to boost the walkability of Market Street and the city beyond it with easy to create wayfinding signage. The Walk [Your City] system of urban wayfinding has already been successfully deployed in a number of US cities and towns. Its easy-to-use website allows any interested individual or organization to create simple, clear...

neighborland.com/ideas/sf-walk...

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Posted Jan 12, 2016
Dan
Dan
Jan 12, 2016

Thanks Dinah :)

Posted by Dan on Jan 12, 2016
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jan 14, 2016

Hah-- I love Walk Your City, but I'd love the signage to be authorized and permanent from the city.

Posted by Tom K. on Jan 14, 2016
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Dinah Sanders

Hi Tom. Here's an easy way to create good-quality signage for that: walkyourcity.org

Here's a project in SF that used that signage and might be a good place to connect with some folks to help or give advice.

cheers,
Dinah

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Posted Jan 12, 2016
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Fell And Gough Intersection Finally Getting A Crosswalk | Hoodline

It's taken a year and a half, but the new crosswalk, complete with bulbouts, is finally on its way.

hoodline.com/2015/11/fell-and-...

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Posted Nov 5, 2015
Dan
Dan
Nov 5, 2015

Wunderbar!

Posted by Dan on Nov 5, 2015
Eckhart Beatty
Eckhart Beatty
Nov 6, 2015

Ja, gute!

Posted by Eckhart Beatty on Nov 6, 2015
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Dinah Sanders

Please also see:
The Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) position www.publichealthreports.org/do...

Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal, unpaid panel of public health experts, which concluded that research evidence "does not demonstrate that community water fluoridation results in any unwanted health effect other than dental fluorosis" (white spots on teeth)
www.thecommunityguide.org/oral...
In 2011, the CDC proposed a new level for fluoridation — 0.7 parts per million [it was previously 0.7-1.2] — that is expected to reduce the likelihood of fluorosis while continuing to protect teeth from decay.

Scientific Reviews and Reports: Assessing the Evidence (CDC)
www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/safet...

The American Academy of Pediatrics
ilikemyteeth.org/fluoridation/
"A 2010 study examined the issue of fluorosis and infant formula, and reached the conclusion that 'no general recommendations to avoid use of fluoridated water in reconstituting infant formula are warranted.' The researchers examined the condition’s impact on children and concluded that 'the effect of mild fluorosis was not adverse and could even be favorable.'"

Seems like this may be, like measles and whooping cough immunizations, one of those things where a benefit which heavily outweighs its (in this case minor) risks is no longer recognized as a major benefit once it has succeeded in radically reducing a significant health problem. A few generations in, people have forgotten what it was like before.

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Posted Jun 16, 2015
Dan
Dan
Jun 16, 2015

Thanks Dinah ... a friend from Portland shared these insights as well - www.usatoday.com/story/news/na...

Posted by Dan on Jun 16, 2015
Galen Maloney
Galen Maloney
Jun 23, 2015

Appreciate the links Dinah and your contribution to the debate, but they seem to simply support the standard line of government agencies and mainstream institutions. Changing the way things are being done is never easy and I don't think we should count on our institutions to police themselves and admit to having been mistaken with the fluoride experiment. And I was not able to view the actual studies and methodologies, as the links just gave summaries of the findings. But even if the studies were found to be credible, the best case scenario is that adding fluoride to our water supply is not that harmful But if thats the case, why are we adding this chemical to our drinking supply? Why take the risk? I trust the independence and credibility of the studies showing that fluoride has no significant benefit against tooth decay. But all I am saying is that the people of SF should decide, just like they did in Portland. Let their be a public campaign where the various studies can be vetted and analyzed and we'll let lady liberty and democracy decide.

Posted by Galen Maloney on Jun 23, 2015
Dinah Sanders
Dinah Sanders
Jun 25, 2015

The best case scenario—which is well-supported by a lot of good scientific research that has been repeatedly revisited and found to still be accurate—is that adding fluoride to water supplies radically reduces the incidence of dental caries in people of all ages, without adding significant health risks, and that this reduction in dental issues dramatically alleviates a major source of and contributor to of a wide variety health problems.

Consider the possibility that the reason this is the standard line of government agencies and mainstream institutions is that the findings are solid and that this is a substantial public good.

Seems like you're starting from a position that no scientific findings endorsed by any publicly-funded institutions could possibly be valid.

Posted by Dinah Sanders on Jun 25, 2015
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Dinah Sanders

I had a voicemail message back from Maurice Growney of Livable Streets this morning with good news. The crosswalk is still going in! They've just put the first pedestrian signal pole in there, but are yet to build some of what else is required. (Bulb outs of the curb maybe? A little hard to hear that bit.)

He says, "I apologize for the delay! I've heard it should be a couple of months before we see the work begin in earnest at that intersection and I guess probably another month after that before the signal is operational."

Hooray! And argh, more waiting, but it's happening at last.

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Posted Feb 19, 2015
Dinah Sanders
Dinah Sanders
Jun 25, 2015

Alas, no progress since. Hoping this gets discussed at tonight's Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association meeting. I will alas not be able to attend.

Posted by Dinah Sanders on Jun 25, 2015
Dan
Dan
Jun 25, 2015

Yikes - so there's no way to track progress on 311 or SeeClickFix?

Posted by Dan on Jun 25, 2015
Dinah Sanders
Dinah Sanders
Jun 26, 2015

Not that I've ever noticed, though I suppose there might be.

Posted by Dinah Sanders on Jun 26, 2015
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Dinah Sanders

Being frustrated on this still not being in place as of February 2015, I asked @SF311 on Twitter, "Hi! Any word on the long-promised NW-SW crosswalk at Fell & Gough? Intersection remains a safety problem." and received this reply:

"No ETA unfortunately. You may want to ask BSM @ 415-554-6920 or Mayor's Office On Disability at 415-554-6789. TY ^JM"

I called that first number and got transferred within BSM, but turns out for crosswalks you want MTA. So, I called 415-701-4500. I was on hold for a while, but with ok jazz in the background, so not awful. :) They suggested I follow up with Maurice Growney and transferred me to his voicemail (his number is 415-701-4549) where I left a message.

I will add another update when I hear back from him. I'm hopeful about his response being useful, if not necessarily good news, as he was so helpful in 2013.

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Posted Feb 17, 2015
Dan
Dan
Feb 17, 2015

Fair enough ... just let us know if we can help!

Posted by Dan on Feb 17, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Feb 20, 2015

@Dan the mid-block on Brannan I would assume might require a different protocol than the one that's at a light? It'd be interesting to have some sort of informational pow wow to explain the City process of changing anything on our streets. Maybe in cooperation with Walk SF?

Posted by Tom K. on Feb 20, 2015
Dan
Dan
Feb 20, 2015

I'm up for it. I took a look at the Better Streets website and it seems that this lucky fellow is who we should reach out to from SFMTA's Livable Streets program - www.sfmta.com/tom-maguire ... More on Better Streets: www.sfbetterstreets.org/

Posted by Dan on Feb 20, 2015
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