How Many Months Should Donors Give SF’s Famous RV Family to Leave Town? Getting a Lot of New Parking Tickets Now

September 22nd, 2017

Here’s your background, from last month:

SF family’s RV was their home. Then it got towed 

SF donors help wandering family rescue their RV home from tow yard

So yeah, they’ve got their RV back, but the RV is still here, racking up a brace of new parking tickets.

And, per an area City Family member, they once again owe a total of “a couple thou” in parking tickets/penalties.

Who’s been giving out these tickets? Well, the SFMTA (elements of which can prolly spot this white whale from half a klick away, on a daily basis), but also the SFPD, sometimes in response to numerous NoPA, SoPA, EaPA neighbor complaints, and I should say these contacts to Park Station started in June 2017, if not before.

So that means that their RV could get towed again starting at pretty much any time, AFAIK. I mean, unless they have a deal with the SFMTA or some other part of SFGov. (And if I know my DPT, penalties will be kicking in with a quickness and new tickets that aren’t protested will go final and five unpaid / unprotested citations will get you on the boot / tow list and then parking this beast in a well-trafficked area with lots of SFMTA license plate scanners about means that you’re not keeping a low profile, at all.)

It’s operational, at least over short distances. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t not see it – sometimes I see it multiple times in a day.

If owned this RV, I’d get it out of San Francisco ASAP.

The Economics of Ford Motor Company GoBike Rental Theft – And Who’s Been Charged $1200 for Stolen Rentals?

September 22nd, 2017

Man, a lot of Ford’s GoBike rentals have been stolen already, huh?

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(Sometimes you gotta wonder why somebody’d check out a bike rental only to push it around. That wasn’t a hill or anything. And this is going away from the nearest station.)

Anyway, wouldn’t you rather have a regular stolen bike instead of a heavy, high profile Ford Motor Company rental bike? I think most thieves would.

So, why do thieves steal GoBikes then? I think it’s for wheels, tires and tubes. These are kind of standard items, the tubes and the tires anyway:

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Usually when you see the remnants of a GoBike, the wheels are gone. Now, IDK how you’d repurpose the back wheel/hub combo, but these tires would pop right on to most mountain bikes, right?

(It’s surprising to me that these 7,000 bikes would have such standard sized tires/wheels.)

And how do thieves get a hold of these rides? Most likely when they are locked up at a station, as opposed to stealing them when they’re being rented out, else we probably would have heard of people complaining about being charged $1200 (that’s the highest in the world for these new-school short-term rental types bikes, BTW). No complaints ergo, thieves have a way to swipe these bikes when they’re locked up at stations.

Anyway, they are nice $55 tires. IMO, they are they reason so many GoBikes are getting stolen.

ATTENTION MSM: Is This Vehicle 1) A Bulldozer; 2) Like a Bulldozer; or 3) Not a Bulldozer, AT ALL?

September 22nd, 2017

The reason why this vehicle isn’t a bulldozer is because bulldozers are tracked.

The reason why this vehicle isn’t even “like a bulldozer” is because bulldozers are tracked.

Ergo, Answer #3 must be correct.

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So what is it? It’s a construction vehicle. I mean it is, right? So why not call it that instead of calling every construction vehicle/earth mover on Earth a “bulldozer?”

Alternatively, you could call it a loader (kind of an everyday nickname), or a front loader, or a front-end loader.

END OF LINE.

Impress _Your_ PCO with Creative Mounting of Your Annual Residential Parking Permit Decal – Like This

September 21st, 2017

How low, how low can you go?

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Twin Peaks Update: How Things Look Since the Most Recent Murder and Before the Nighttime Road Shutdown

September 21st, 2017

Well, here’s your background – just keep reading down.

Photographer Ed French was killed in July 2017.

And here’s the latest:

SF Leaders Consider Proposal to Close Twin Peaks at Nighttime – By Terry McSweeney

(Of course, people would still go up atop Twin Peaks, but not with their cars, so that would certainly lower the SFPD / RPD workload.)

Impressions: Sunrise

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Here’s where one of the gates could go, on Twin Peaks Blvd. The 30 MPH speed limit seems a tad on the high side, but there you go:

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And here’s where the SFPD hangs out – you can pretty much see everybody who comes and goes from this spot:

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And here’s your greeting these days:

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Repeating endlessly:

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Speaking of which, here’s your broken auto glass report. I think I saw strong evidence of at least three break-ins last time I was up there:

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And:

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And:

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This is quite an improvement from earlier this summer, when all the broken glass really stood out on the newly laid macadam. So a rate of about 1000 break ins per year has dropped a lot, due to the heightened SFPD presence.

The popo aren’t up there now as much as in August 2017, but they’re still up there.

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As are your shutterbugs:

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All over, actually:

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Hey, did this woman sleep overnight on the less-trafficked, “car-free” side of this hill? IDK. She looked like a sleepyhead when I saw her one morning:

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So there you have it. I can understand why it’s easier for SFGov to just throw its hands up and say, “Screw it, let’s put up some gates on TPB.”

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As for whether that’s the best course of action, well, that’s up to you, Gentle Reader.

Rainbow Falls at Rest and Rainbow Falls Back in Action, Under Drake’s Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park

September 21st, 2017

Here’s the way things used to be in Golden Gate Park:

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And here’s yesterday morning:

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And here’s yesterday afternoon:

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Maintenance, I guess.

Oh, and this

“There may be a reason for its lack of visibility. The city of San Francisco had to sell off the large Mount Davidson cross after a 1990 lawsuit declared it to be a violation of California constitution. The same may indeed apply to the Prayer Book cross, were anyone able to see it.”

…is exactly correct, and for two reasons:

  1. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Old Rec and Park (pictured below) doesn’t want to deal with the Establishment Clause, OH HELL NO. So, the less this cross gets seen, the less likely it is to cause consternation.
  2. It’s Part Of The Legal Standard – So judges and juries just might scrutinize images to see how much this cross is IN YO FACE. The more out-of-the-way it is, the more likely it is to be allowed. Trees are a factor, as they were in the Mt. Davidson case.

Our RPD has other fish to fry these days, of course.

(The biggest thing this cross has going for it is that it’s old. It’s History. Otherwise it wouldn’t be allowed on Public Land.)

And of course, Thurston and Lovey aren’t ACTUALLY Rec and Park Commissioners…

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…but they might as well be. I don’t think they’d vote any different than the average commish.

Anyway, Get Out And Play in GGP – it’s Archbishop of Canterbury-approved.

 

The Lines for UJI TIME DESSERT in Japantown are Out Of Control – Matcha, Black Sesame, and Tofu Ice Cream for the Instagram Generation

September 21st, 2017

I’ll tell you, in my day back in the 80’s we went to Thrifty for ten-cent ice cream cones, and that was the way we liked it!

But these days:

“You ever see something on Instagram and think oh I need to get that?  That’s what happened with Uji Time Desserts, I was just searching food pics in San Francisco area since I was visiting soon and saw this fish cone, had to go get it”

As seen underground in the East Mall:

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What time is it? It’s UJI TIME:

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But be mindful of the all-important “fish cone wait time.”

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In closing, Fish Cone Wait Time.

Yes, You Caught Me at the 4 STAR, But I was There to See COLUMBUS – Not VENGENIC LOVE, No Way Man

September 20th, 2017

TBH, I don’t know what any of these flicks are aboot, eh?

Turns out VENGENC LOVE is a Nicolas Kim Coppola (or Nick Cage if you want the benefits of LALA-LAND NEPOTISM without the baggage) vehicle called VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY. It has a worldwide gross of $4,526 so far, so you know it’s gotta be good.

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(He used to have a place on Franklin what was uglified by the addition of garage space for car parking. I bumped into his nanny at Bix one time – I guess she’d take his kids there for french fries, as if it were McDonalds.)

Anywho, the last time our 4 Star Theatre had an actual four stars was back in 2013, oh well.

In conclusion, you can’t say this place don’t have character. Enjoy it while it lasts…

What JFK Drive Looks Like with Three Lanes of Traffic Heading West, As If We Had a Hurricane

September 20th, 2017

This was a rare occasion yesterday. Anyway, you had three lanes of traffic, one the regular lane, another the parking lane, and the last the bike lane:

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No subways, no freeways out this way of course. So even a small disruption turns things to gridlock. So, far from being “resilient” (a quite-favored term in the 20-teens), we are fragile.

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Oh well…

A Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, Bro-Ham – As Seen in The Richmond

September 20th, 2017

Fleetwood, up to no good:

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Proper