This guy was fast.
As seen on Oak:
What’s a fair price for this guy to get your keys out of your car?
I’m thinking $50.
Anyway, this is one way for thieves to get into your car…
I’ll tell you, for a while there, I was thinking that the base MSRP for the four-door Fiat 500 was $25k, and I was like, “WHAT?!” But now I see it’s only $20k (and the $25K price was for the pimped out “Lounge” model.)
No matter, this thing looks like some home-market Japanese kei car from 20 years ago, except it’s a bit bigger and a whole lot uglier:
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Here’s the east end, with the McKinley Statue surrounded by traffic:
[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of ValleyWag has more on this topic. And yeah, at first I thought the the company was offering to pay the ticket out of its own pocket, but I don't think that's the case - it's just an ad. Anyway, I'll see if I can find another one of these ads to check all what it says. IMO, the first step after you get a ticket is figuring whether you deserved it or not. Well, were you blocking the street sweeper or not? Oh, you were? So why try to get the ticket "fixed?"]
Here’s how I found things on Ashbury, in situ, with this fresh ticket from area bureaucrat Ed Reiskin sitting on the street:
So I’ll explain this company’s bidness model: You give it your SFMTA citation information and it’ll try to “fix” your ticket the way the SFPD famously fixes tickets for ineffectual Mayor Ed Lee.
But how did this ticket end up on the ground? Perhaps the owner thought s/he would simply pay online and then tossed the ticket? Or maybe the owner thought this windshield flier was just another windshield flier and so just tossed it on the ground? Or perhaps the Fixed person didn’t take care when trying to put the ticket back after stapling it to the ad?
I’ll tell you, I don’t think you’re supposed to be taking tickets off of cars, as they are required to be there before the SFMTA can take your money to keep for itself. (Of course sometimes a citation might fall off of a car on its own, but all the SFMTA is required to do is to try to notify the driver, and this effort is followed up by mail.)
What’ll be next to be stapled to your parking tickets – restaurant menus?
And what does this mean?
“Up to 50% of tickets are dismissed when challenged.”
I’ll tell you, up to 50% of the gold medals handed out in the most recent Olympics were awarded to me!
Yeah, that’s the ticket…
In conclusion, I cry foul over this ham-fisted marketing effort.
If you ask me, Fulton should have traffic signals in the USF area. But nobody asked me, so what our horrible SFMTA did recently instead of that was to take out a couple lanes.
So now this stretch of has a lower capacity in exchange for a dubious stab at increased safety.
Anyway, this is new on me, but it looks like Fulton can no longer handle annual USF Move-In Day without it being a big event complete with cars getting towed, with extreme prejudice. Ivan Valladares has the details:
“I saw around 20 cars getting towed away this morning on Fulton street, I’m sure it was more then that, just because students were moving in to SF STATE [sic] and were exclusively using the right lane to line up. This city sucks.”
Here it is, complete with home-made signs directing traffic:
Later in the day, the owner of this minivan parked at what’s normally a legal space for about ten minutes but then got swarmed by the popo with a quickness:
Do you have to provide your own ride? If so, then you’d need to subtract out gas and whatnot, right?
IDK. Anyway, this is how our SFMTA makes money to pay its employees who lie about being sick, by taking ads for UBER:
The ball’s in your court, Lyft
New UberX partners only.
Must drive a minimum of 40/hours a week with a 90% acceptance rate to be eligible.
And look, it’s from the people who brought us The Club, back in the 1980′s.
As seen in the projects near City Hall attached to an old Honda
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I’ve never seen this before, Gentle Reader!
Here’s your SFMTA at work.
Before, it wanted timed lights to encourage drivers to go 25 MPH:
Signal Timing Adjustments – Analyzed signal timing along Masonic and expect to be implemented by the end of November
But now, this is what you see southbound from Anza / O’Farrell:
See that? As the light at Anza goes green, the light at Ewing Terrace goes red, so both northbound and southbound traffic backs up at Ewing Terrace whether anybody wants to cross Masonic on foot or enter or leave Ewing Terrace in a car.
I don’t get the SFMTA,