Archive for July, 2017

AUDIT: Hapless SFMTA Agrees to Try to Have Its Employees Steal Fewer Cable Car Cash Fares

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The results are IN from our Controller’s SFMTA Cable Car Cash Collections Audit 07.31.2017.

Turns out that what we pretty much knew is what we pretty much knew. Here’s the upshot:

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So a few SFMTA stoolies will hear the phrase, “Pepper, you’re going undercover,” and then they’ll act like tourists to see if they’ll be given a receipt for a cash fare.

Not too long ago we had a San Francisco Mayor going undercover, hiding his trademark hair product under a baseball cap and then getting steamed when he wasn’t given a receipt.

And more recently, we’ve had stuff like:

Cable cars may go cashless after second conductor arrested for allegedly stealing fares by  on April 26, 2017

The SFMTA could do more, but it doesn’t really feel like it AFAICS.

This whole situation is pretty much what you’d expect.

But read this short report – you paid for it, after all.

WALDO GRADE: Don’t Tell the Skateboarders of Dolores Park that This is What 101 North Looks Like During a Marathon

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is Marin County down the hill from the Robin Williams / Rainbow / Waldo Tunnel and up the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge during the 2017 San Francisco Marathon:

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And here’s how fast you can go on a small hill.

And if you started on the other side of the tunnel, you’d have a mile of downhill skating (before you killed yourself).

Anyway, it’s rare to see such an empty, hilly stretch of freeway in the daytime…

Last Year, SFPD Cops in the Mission District ENABLED Skateboard Bombing at Dolores Park – This Year NOT – Why is That?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Last year:

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Instead of shutting it down, the police actually blocked off motorized vehicular traffic for an hour or so. They even moved their blockade from 20th street to 21st, allowing everyone to smash down the hill from the top. With all of the recent chaos in the world going on, this was a nice change of interaction between the public and the police.”

The cops treated a hill bomb like a Critical Mass event.

But this year:

So what’s the diff?

Frisco Bay Runs on Oil – Tankers All Over – And More are Coming

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Count them, in Anchorage 8/9:

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This is where the Exxon Valdez used to hang out, before it got banned from the Bay Area. Then its sister ships took over.

Anyway, here’s the news:

Phillips 66 Seeks Huge Increase in Tanker Traffic to Rodeo Refinery

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Just saying…

Why It’s Completely Absurd for the SFMTA to Claim that Carshare Car Rental Means “60,000 Fewer Vehicles on the Street”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here it is, from Hoodline:

“Data also showed that 17% of members got rid of their cars after joining a car-sharing company, with as many as 24,000 vehicles sold. When taking into account people who did not purchase cars because of car-sharing, there were as many as 60,000 fewer vehicles on the street.”

Well let’s call horse-shit on this.

So, when did “car-sharing” get started in Frisco – over the past half-decade? So here are the latest stats for AUTOS registered in San Francisco County, per the DMV.

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2011: 380,621
2012: 385,442
2013: 397,238
2014: 403,246
2015: 407,656
2016: 413,147

Do you see a trend here? Do you see registered vehicles going up by about 6000-something cars per year, year in and year out? That’s the trend lately, for whatever reason.

So where’s the supposed “60,000 fewer vehicles” kicking in from the SFMTA’s inconsequential program? Does the SFMTA really think we’d have 473,000 registered cars but for its heroic car “share” car rental program?

Obviously, our SFMTA really doesn’t know what’s it’s doing. So why not have an independent agency assess how effective its policies are instead of this, this Pyongyang-inspired Ministry of Truth stuff coming from SFMTA spokesmodels who are obviously just winging it day by day, DJT-style.

You know, what I’m talking about is having somebody around saying, “Is this really true?”

Or, in the case of attaining the goal of VisionZero 2024, which will somehow, by administrative decree, eliminate all transportation mishap injuries by 2024 and through eternity, “Could this possibly be true?”

Otis, the Semi-Feral Cat

Monday, July 31st, 2017

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Or maybe Otis is just an especially rambunctious house cat what runs around the Jersey barriers of his ‘hood in the daytime, IDK.

Leaving you with hardcore feral cats I’ve seen in Frisco over the years:

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Our Presidio’s Very Own Golf Course Gas Station

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Diesel too:

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You know, I can’t say WHY we have a private golf course, with its own gas station, in our Presidio. I guess it’s an Accident of History.

Oh well.

If You’re Going to be a Bicycle Bandit in Marin County, This is How You Should Do It – Speeding Down Hill 88

Friday, July 28th, 2017

I don’t know what you’d call this area – Hill 88 is to the right, so I guess you could say Wolf Ridge or Tennessee Valley, and Bro ended up at the saddle with Gerbode Valley. Speaking of which, Where’s Waldo?

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Oh there he is, way down there, speeding along the Miwok Trail, the part what’s not allowed for bike riders.

But he could see that nobody had just started down and that nobody had started coming up, because he waited for a while.

Why are bikes banned on this one section? IDK. Prolly because it’s Steeper Than Average. And it’s narrow in parts, let’s call it singletrack.

But it’s in good shape, as a trail. So I guess all that makes it A Challenge…

EITHER SFGov Authorized a Procter & Gamble Commercial what Encourages Bad Behavior of Youth OR It was Filmed Without Permits

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Where to start here? OK, so you gotta watch an ad before you can watch the content, which of course is an ad, for Gillette, which of course is owned by P&G (NYSEPG DJIA Component S&P 100 Component). And you can really tell* this is in 8K:

So let’s say that the production of this commercial for Gillette, The Best A Man Can Get, was fully authorized. That means that there would have been buy-in from RPD, The Waterfront, SFPD you name it, an alphabet soup of SFGov.

Now I know what that kind of thing looks like, it looks like this. See all those Financial District drones (ahem) laboring on a Saturday, well they were quite entertained:

And it resulted in this, an ad for Ford, more or less. It’s fantastic, with like 100,000,000 Views so far:

BUT, if the Skateboard Parkour ad was authorized, then it’s showing its star breaking the law, breaking the law, non? Like this scene might be in South San Francisco, but we have No Skateboarding signs up in Frisco as well, right?

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SO, it’s one way or another:

EITHER SFGov is selling out the goals that many area department heads claim to have OR P&G is marketing to yoots in an unauthorized fashion.

*J/K. My monitor is not even close to being able to display 8K. But hey, 8K video. What’s next, 10K? Yep. You’ll see.

The Cleanest 1983 Mercedes Benz W123 240D You’ll Ever See – 67 Horsepower Never Looked So Good

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

I’m not suggesting that this beast runs clean, oh no. Its NOx emissions must be through the roof.

But look, it has its original hood ornament star. And four dog dish hubcaps painted to match

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And best of all, It Still Runs