Alcatraz Weekly

Staff Meeting Notes - 11 Sept 2013

Weekly Discussion Topics

New Garden Exhibit has been installed in the band room. Let all of our guests know. The are volunteer artists who have come out and painted the island’s historic garden flowers.

Alcatraz Cruises has developed an app of the Alcatraz Photo Exhibit. Following up on links for "Alcatraz: The Day"; website address is the information is also available as an app for Android phones. They have submitted to the Apple App Store to include the app for iPhones. The "Alcatraz: The Last Day" short introduction video is available for download at . The entire captioned video with Jim Albright is available here:

SIR Report. Courtney is entering interpretive program data. Don’t forget to write down your programs. A lot of the special programs are missing including the alumni programs, special VIP tours. Wendy to add those in.

I am starting work now with Alcatraz Cruises to install a series of outdoor speakers. This is to improve the quality of sound of interpretive programs and reduce the stress to presenters. I am checking to make sure that this is where we really want the speakers. Please give me feedback if any of the following locations are either not needed or another location is needed more.

1. Dock – speaker already in place

2. Sally Port

3. Officer’s Club

4. Electric Shop (If Night Staff needs it?)

5. Bldg 64 Cutoff

6. Water Tower Cutoff

7. Rose Garden/Officer’s Row

8. Cell House Audio Tour Entrance

9. Eagle Plaza

10. North Road (maybe)

Bridge Nominations: Deadline is coming up Sept 13! Marcus, Nancy, John, and Carla are all working on nominations.

The Bureau of Prisons: Dublin has offered us a tour. Dublin is a low security facility housing female offenders. The institution also has an adjacent administrative detention facility housing adult males on holdover or pre-trial status, and a minimum security satellite camp housing adult female offenders. Dublin is located 20 miles southeast of Oakland on the Camp Parks Army Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA) Military Base. This is where the BOP Women workers who you have seen on the island come from. Carla to organize a tour.

Question of the day: How late were balls and chains used on the island? While AZ was a federal pen (1934-63), there were no balls and chains ever used on the island. They were, however, used during the military (mid 1860s to 1934) prison period up to the 1870's. We actually know very little from the military period. All records from that period were lost.

Alcatraz Engineers will start carrying PC radios. So if we need help with bathroom cleanup or any other custodial service, we can call them on the radio “AC Engineer”.

Dock announcements. The tram staffing is back up. Please announce that the mini tram is available upon request to take people to the west side or to the industries.

How many people do we need on OT for Living History Day? John, Cortney. Marcus?

Tori’s and Sarah’s schedule will be “wacky” in the next month. On any given day we may not have NR staff on the island.

Several areas closed to the birds are open again including: Model Industries Staging, area below the Sally Port.

Behind the scenes tours. There have been several cases when behind the scenes tours have gone past 6 pm complicating things for the sweep. We ask that you complete behind the scene tours by 6 pm to facilitate closing.

Carla and Tyler continue to make progress on dock evaluations. Cortney to help with several too.

Weekly Safety Message

Sept. is National Preparedness Month. A variety of safety programs are being offered: Upcoming Safety Classes

Sep 18 Fire Extinguisher @ SAFR POC: Mark Seely 415-561-7011

Sep 25 Hearing Exams @ SAFR POC: Mark Seely 415-561-7011

Sep 30 Evacuation & Emergency @ GOGA POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Oct 3 Bloodborne Pathogens@ PINN POC: James Bouknight 831-389-4579

Oct 8 Ergonomics Training@ SAFR POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Oct 10 GHS @ GOGA - Generals Residence POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Oct 28 Respiratory Training @ PORE POC: Kevin McKay 415-464-5111

Oct 29 Hazard Recognition @ GOGA POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Nov 7 Lockout/Tagout @ PINN POC: James Bouknight 831-389-4579

Nov 13 GHS @ GOGA - Generals Residence POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Nov 19-20 Operational Leadership @ PORE POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Nov 21 GHS @ PORE POC: Kevin McKay 415-464-5111

Dec 5 Confined Space @ PINN POC: James Bouknight 831-389-4579

Dec 11 Root Cause Analysis @ GOGA - Generals Residence POC: Thomas Meyer 415-561-4970

Visitor Comments

8/24/13 “Wendy our guide on the island, a top class ranger was superb ”

8/30/13 “The park ranger who conducted the "famous inmates" presentation was uncomfortably inappropriate when s/he strongly suggested that Al Capone was in fact a "good guy" and that the government set him up to be imprisoned.”

9/7/13 “While or park ranger spoke aboup famous escapes we were covered in small flies for close to an hour in intense sunlight. It was pretty uncomfortable after all the beauty of San Francisco. Can you spray insecticides near the buildings or is this not allowed or can you warn people of this beforehand?”

9/8/13 “Ian Craig gave us some great behind the scenes info and tour.”

Upcoming Leave (Annual, Sick, Off-Site Training)

26 -30 August John AL

25-29 August Casler AL

4-6 Sept Marcus AL

6-9 Oct Nancy AL

18-31 Dec Marcus AL

Calendar of Events

9/11/13 Jeff Powers, Assistant to the Warden, BOP Dublin. Need Ranger. 12:00 ferry.

9/27/13 Outreach Ranger Truck at Hyatt. Shelagh, Tori. Carla.

9/28/13 Friends of Civil War – Living History Day.

9/28/13 Assistant to the Warden, Warren Baxter, San Quentin. On island with 7 others. John.

10/1/13 RESCHEDULED Garden Conservancy Exhibit event. Marcus + Need 2 Rangers for evening program 6-9 pm.

10/10/13 AZ Work Day (Maintenance)

10/14/13 WJE will be doing another annual monitoring of the rate of deterioration on the Cell house walls.

10/14/13 Sunrise Ceremony

10/21/13 Winter Schedule Starts

10/21/13 Coach Training (One day). Kelly, Carla.

10-23-25/13 Extended Coach Training

10/22-25/13 Interpreting Critical Issues Using Civic Engagement & Facilitated Dialogue Techniques-- This classroom course focuses on the front-line interpreter’s role as a facilitator of dialogue and discussion, and a range of ways to incorporate these techniques into new and existing park programming. Lori

10/23/13 Hosting East Bay Regional Parks Volunteer Coordinators. Lead is Lori Brosnan. Shelagh and Tori??

10/26/13 Alcatraz 40th Anniversary Event – Former Rangers on the island to reminisce. John Cantwell/John Martini.

11/1/13 University of San Francisco Eco-Tourism Students with Dr. Pavlίna Látková, Ph.D. Lead: Marcus.

11/2/13 Alcatraz Junior Ranger Day. Lead: Ranger Kelly.

11/9/13 Alcatraz Junior Ranger Day. Lead: Ranger Kelly.

11/14/13 Joint NPS/PC Staff Retreat. Location: SAFR. 9 Am – 3 Pm. Potential Topics include:

- How do we talk about Native Americans and the occupation?

- How do we make our behind the scenes tours more consistent?

- Methods of working with youth.

- How do we reach out to underserved communities?

- What are good ways of using humor to address sensitive or controversial topics?

11/19-20 Operational Leadership Training.

11/20/13 All Supervisors Mtgs 1-3 pm

11/28/13 Thanksgiving Sunrise Ceremony

2/2014 Health and Safety Week.

3/28-29/14 Bio-Blitz. All hands on deck to help out throughout the park.

Exhibit Calendar

Exhibit Calendar (*Approved by Arts in the Parks Committee)

Band Room:

2/15 – 8/28 Restorative Justice Comic and Table of Voices

8/28 - 12/31 Flower Painting Display*

2/14 – 8/14 Tentative: San Quentin Prison Arts Project*

5/15 – 9/15 Tentative: Community Works West*

New Industries:

3/21/13 - 3/20/14 Anniversary of Prison Closing Exhibit

7/15 – 12/15 Tentative: Prisoners of Age* by Ron Levine

Bldg 64 Casemates:

4/28 - ? Native Nationalism and Red Power: Historicizing the 1969 Alcatraz Occupation venue: Building 64/Theater/China Alley AZ lead: Teresa

Other Proposed Exhibits

Fall 2015 Proposed: We Players "Hamlet".

10/14 – 4/15 Proposed International exhibit. Various locations around the island.

Date TBD California College of the Arts Graduate Seminar. Artists on island at various time. Exhibits at various locations at end of Graduate Seminar. Lead: Patrick Gillespie.


Closures (Updated 8/28/13): Off limits areas include: Cell House Roof, Citadel, QM Lower Level, Bldg 64. Upper floors, area past cable by power house. All Bird Closure Areas including Agave trail, parade ground. Model Industries ground and below Sally Port now open.

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