Fewer Feathers Fly at Valentine's Day Pillow Fight

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Gil Riego, Jr.
Fewer people, fewer feathers...
Update: The Department of Public Works says it cost the city $3,500 to clean up feathers at the Justin Herman Plaza yesterday. Itemized bill to come.

Original Story 1 p.m.: If anyone is thrilled with the long overdue rain in San Francisco, it's the city's public works officials. Yesterday's downpour kept hundreds of people from slinging feather-stuffed pillows at the annual Valentine's Day pillow fight.

Doing the back-of-the-pillowcase calculation, fewer pillow fighters means fewer feathers. And fewer feathers means less time for Department of Public Works crews to clean up after the mess.

Because San Francisco is a zone that defies the rules of conventional economics -- let alone mathematics -- it's not yet certain the city's cleanup costs will be lower than in years past. However, Gloria Chan, spokeswoman with the Department of Public Works, tells SF Weekly that as only 300 people attended the event this year rather than the usual 1,000, it crews took "a lot less time" to clean up afterward. 

And time, as you know, is money. Einstein proved it.

"The event was significantly smaller than in previous years," Chan affirmed.

But we will have to wait and see if and how a " significantly smaller event" translates into money saved. In 2009 and 2010, DPW shelled a cumulative $35,000 to clean up the mess on the plaza.

Last year, it cost the city $16,056.46 to scrub up after the latenight event. In 2009, it was exactly $19,164.87, slightly higher due to the much-needed plumbing work after feathers clogged the drains. Find the itemized bills here.

We will update you when we get this year's tally.

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Pillowsforpuppies

I'm seeing news reports about the total cost of the SF pillow fight, which are leaving out the main reason the cost went from $16000 to $3500 - my organization and our hard work!

Pillows for Puppies coordinated 30 volunteers who stayed until 10:30pm cleaning the plaza, along with dozens of helpers who were happy to fill a bag with fluff before heading home. We filled 150 big trash bags with the stuffing from burst pillows and left much less work for the city employees. We left a very light smattering of feathers, rather than the usual 4-6 inches of fluff, feathers, and empty pillowcases. Next year we're bringing power washers of our own - that's all there was left to do!

Our volunteers reduced the event cost for the city from $16,000 in 2010 to $3,500 in 2011, according to numbers provided by Gloria Chan of the DPW. This enormous reduction is due to our amazing volunteers and the participation of pillow fighters in cleaning up after themselves when offered trash bags and loving encouragement to pick up. We haven't received a shout-out from the City for our success, which would be nice!

See the wonderfully clean plaza:http://pillowsforpuppies.tumbl...

JenSmall
JenSmall

Pillows for Puppies coordinated 30 volunteers who stayed until 10:30pm cleaning the plaza, along with dozens of helpers who were happy to fill a bag with fluff before heading home. We filled 150 big trash bags with the stuffing from burst pillows and left much less work for the city employees. We left a very light smattering of feathers, rather than the usual 4-6 inches of fluff, feathers, and empty pillowcases. Next year we’re bringing power washers of our own - that’s all there was left to do!

Our volunteers reduced the clean up cost for the city from $35,000 in 2010 to $3,500 in 2011, according to Gloria Chan of the DPW. This ninety percent reduction is due to our amazing volunteers and the participation of pillow fighters in cleaning up after themselves when offered trash bags and loving encouragement to pick up.

This event is going to be much less of a burden on the city as it becomes habit for the participants to self-regulate the event by cleaning up. Pillows for Puppies will be there to help.

See our website for some great pictures of the hard work we did cleaning up:http://pillowsforpuppies.tumbl...

JenSmall
JenSmall

Pillows for Puppies coordinated 30 volunteers who stayed until 10:30pm cleaning the plaza, along with dozens of helpers who were happy to fill a bag with fluff before heading home. We filled 150 big trash bags with the stuffing from burst pillows and left much less work for the city employees. We left a very light smattering of feathers, rather than the usual 4-6 inches of fluff, feathers, and empty pillowcases. Next year we’re bringing power washers of our own - that’s all there was left to do!

Our volunteers reduced the clean up cost for the city from $35,000 in 2010 to $3,500 in 2011, according to Gloria Chan of the DPW. This ninety percent reduction is due to our amazing volunteers and the participation of pillow fighters in cleaning up after themselves when offered trash bags and loving encouragement to pick up.

This event is going to be much less of a burden on the city as it becomes habit for the participants to self-regulate the event by cleaning up. Pillows for Puppies will be there to help.

See our website for some great pictures of the hard work we did cleaning up:http://pillowsforpuppies.tumbl...

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