Archive for June, 2016

Simply Driving Away from an SFMTA PCO Trying to Give You a Ticket for Parking in a TRUCK LOAD ZONE on Market DOESN’T WORK

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

As these tourists from Oregon will soon discover. They merely stopped in a yellow truck loading zone cut into the vast sidewalks of Market Street. When they finally noticed the PCO standing directly behind them, they bolted away outbound, like this:

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But that doesn’t help, as stopping is parking and they were illegally parked.

The next step will be the bill for $91 coming in the mail, but, unlike most people with Oregon plates in Frisco, this crew looks like they’re actually from Oregon. So maybe the SFMTA will track them down to figure out a mailing address? Or maybe they’ll bide their time until this ride accumulates five tickets, and then it’ll be a towaway / Denver Boot?

A better strategy for drivers would be to talk to the PCO instead of just driving off, but I’m not saying that would necesarily work either…

Turns Out that SF’s Vision Zero 2024 Scheme is Actually Vision 50, and It’s Already Failed? Take a Look at This Official Doc

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

This document from 2013 is news to me:

Vision Statement: San Francisco is the most walkable city in North America. People choose to walk because our streets are lively and safe. Our actions to make walking more attractive will lead people to choose to walk for most short trips. This in turn will help create an efficient, effective transportation system and improve the health and well-being of our residents. San Francisco’s status as a great walking city will attract visitors and workers from all over the world to enjoy the vibrant street life and build the economy.

Goals: 1. Reduce serious and fatal pedestrian injuries by 25% by 2016 and by 50% by 2021 2. Reduce serious pedestrian injury inequities among neighborhoods 3. Increase walking and reduce short trips (< 1 mile) taken by car by 25% by 2021. 4. Provide high-quality walking environments

Well, I’ll tell you how this worked out – pedestrian deaths are UP, ever so slightly, since this time.

(Hey, does SFGov even count pedestrian deaths involving SFGov-operated streetcars and buses? IDK. In 2014 a pedestrian go hit by a bus on Geary near Baker, but his death didn’t make the SFPD’s annual report. And why wouldn’t SFGov count deaths on a state freeway or “state highway?”)

I’ve WALKed SF more than anyone at City Hall and the WALK SF org for that matter. I’m not optimistic about Vision 75 2016 or Vision 50 2019 or Vision 0 2024 or anything else cooked up by the marketing wizards of SFGov…

The “SFMTrA” Puts Up Traffic Cones on Golden Gate Avenue

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Here’s the scene at the foot of Golden Gate yesterday during the Evening Drive – what’s new is the orange traffic cones:

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Our SFMTA didn’t put up the cones, the SFMTrA did. See?

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So of course these cones are unofficial (unlike this one from last week, when a made member of our City Family put an orange cone near the curb so drivers wouldn’t run over the legs of people warming up in the slow lane of Market inbound).

On it goes

Staging is How You Move Real Estate – Or Something – I’ve Never Seen This

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

What’s going on here?

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On The Job Training: This is What It Looks Like When a Corporate Bus BLOCKS THE BOX at Fell and Masonic

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

You don’t see MUNI operators doing this at this particular intersection, but here you go – a corporate bus driver trying to head south on Masonic at Fell. Westbound traffic ended up simply going around the back of the bus, with priority going to your nimbler forms of transpo:

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HONK HONK HONK went the numerous blocked drivers, some of whom were delayed for like a minute and a half, oh well.

I’m not saying it’s easy driving in Frisco. It’s just something that you have to get used to…

You Never Used To See This, But Now You See It All The Time: Busted, by the Transit Police, SFMTA-Style

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

This is How We Live in 2016:

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Which is the bigger disincentive to ripping off MUNI in the future?

  1. The $50 (or whatever) fine; or
  2. The humiliation of missing your bus and standing around for this transaction with tout le monde watching

All right, kids. Be sure to NOT be like 66-year-old MSM’er CWNevius. But if you do evade a fare and get caught on you’re 100th evasion, just be sure to not complain about the whole process, the way he did.

Moving On…

Moving Forward…

If Eric Mar’s “Tech Tax” is a “Job-Killing Measure,” Then Why Did Former Mayor Gavin Newsom Sign a Very Similar Tax into Law in 2004?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Here you go, the News of the Day:

3 SF supervisors move to put tech tax on November ballot By Emily Green

And here’s the reaction:

I am appalled at the political vindictiveness of this proposed measure,” said Alex Tourk, a spokesman for San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, a coalition of tech companies.

Supervisor Mark Farrell called it “the worst idea I’ve heard in months.”

Deirdre Hussey, spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee, called it a “job-killing measure.” She added that the measure “upends the grand bargain” made between business and labor that ultimately led voters to eliminate the payroll tax in 2012.

And let’s note that:

[District One Supervisor Eric] Mar’s proposal would deem stock option compensation when a company goes public as taxable payroll.

All right, all I’ve done so far is simply read the news to you. But now let’s travel back to a time when former Mayor Gavin Newsom, another Right-Of-Center Willie Brown Appointee Who Somehow Ended Up Mayor, signed into law the very same 1.5% stock options tax. So put on your white shoes and dance the blues – it’s Pillsbury, bitches:


On February 19, 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom approved recent changes to San Francisco’s Business Tax ordinance adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 19, 2004. These changes become effective March 20, 2004, 30 days after signing by the Mayor.

…the amendments also contain significant changes such as … including stock options in the definition of payroll expense.

So, was Gavin Newsom’s stock options tax a “job-killing measure” back in 2004 the way the same tax is being portrayed here in 2016?

That’s my question – I don’t know how ppl would answer.

But I’m thinking that if this 2016 proposal gets enacted and you’re a “tech* company,” whatever that is, going IPO in Frisco will cost you millions, just as Gavin Newsom wanted back in aught-four.

So that means that Gav was a job killer, right?

*What’s a tech company? IDK. What’s a pit bull?

Sutro Tower is Everywhere

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Those from the North and East Bay(s) should consider that Frisco already has a symbol to rally around, you know, in case our historic City Flag isn’t good enough for them.

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A Boy and His Dog and an Expensive Camera Mounted on the Hood of His Car – Why? Well, Why Not?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Life on the streets of Frisco:

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The Baby Salmon of Redwood Creek in Muir Woods – They’re Still Around, in 2016, But…

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

…who knows about the Future:
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