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As seen in NoPA, at the Top Of The Hill:
Don’t simply look at police statistics, just talk to people in the auto glass industry and ask how busy they are these days. Busy busy busy!
But Ed Lee went to the law school, so he has a solution. He wants people to go to preliminary hearings and then boo judges who don’t rule the way property insurance companies would like. I”m srsly.
Our SFMTA Declares War on the Evening Drive on or Near Market – Raising Money on “Blocking the Box” EnforcementMonday, June 6th, 2016
Of course I’ve been around in Frisco longer than the SFMTA so I have sperpective on the SFMTA that differs from how the SFMTA looks at itself, like it’s a “forward-looking” agency and whatnot.
Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of saturation of PCOs on our streets during the PM commuting hours. So take a look at that link and then look at these from Friday.
Like on Thursday at Bush and Sansome, you had a PCO with his hands in his pockets simply waving cars through at the proper time. But on Friday, Here Come Da Judge, handing out tickets with abandon. I’ll tell you, this Prius driver didn’t do himself any favors, as it doesn’t really speed up your commute to improperly sit in a crosswalk for a minute or so. But it DOES get you a fat three-figure “parking” ticket. Sure, try to fight it, but PCO dude just took a digital photo of you, so lots of luck:
What’s this another Prius 30 seconds later? A ticket for you too, prolly, I couldn’t tell. But the Nissan on the left? That’s what the PCO is writing up right now.
So why do some PCOs help wayward drivers from out of town not block the box some days and yet on other days just sit back and ticket away? IDK
Now let’s head over to 6th and Market to see an Uber driver gesturing “what’s a matta you” to a PCO stationed there
Unlike Bush and Sansome, drivers coming down Golden Gate to 6th (and later the 101 or Bay Bridge) actually have a chance of not blocking the box if they creep through the intersection right before a yellow. So maybe this Prius driver didn’t get a ticket after all. Even though he’s yelling at somebody with the power to hand out tickets.
And here’s the PCO, making hand-written notes? Recording a license plate number? Writing poetry? IDK.
Anyway, I’ve seen many sorts of strategies from our SFMTA over the years / decades. I don’t really understand them all. Alls I know is that the SFMTA strives to become bigger bigger bigger each and every year, whether it acts properly or not. Oh well.
And I’ll tell you, I’d never go to Walnut Creek or Mountain View and block the box, and if I did, I wouldn’t go on a loud tirade against anybody who might give me a block the box citation. But, for some reason, out of towners with long long commutes in their Toyota Priuseses do, oh well…
Our Sad-Sack SFMTA has a New Approach to the Evening Rush Hour – Will It Make Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee Less Unpopular?Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Here you go, this is the former approach, AFAICS. The SFMTA would time the lights* on Bush so that many people attempting to cross Sansome during the Evening Drive would end up Blocking the Box of the intersection. Then a PCO would record license plates to issue three tickets in one signal cycle. It looked like this:
Good times. But that was then and this is now:
See? SFMTA bro stands in the very same intersection to make sure you don’t break the law. Then when he sees a space for you, he’ll wave you through. Much friendlier for our out of town drivers, certainly.
Now let’s head outbound on Market to see how things look north of Market. Every single intersection has a PCO telling people where to go:
Here’s another one:
And here’s another one:
It’s like a jobs program for SFMTA workers. Is this a good thing? IDK. Does it help? IDK. But hey, shouldn’t we fund the pensions and the lifetime medical for the SFGov City Family Iron Rice Bowl workers and their families afore we hire more? I think so!
Anyway, I suppose if people are complaining about traffic to our Accidental Mayor, then maybe our PCOs should put down their ticket books for a couple hours to help out? That’s a theory. I don’t exactly see what these people are doing, how they’re helping.
Of course, our SFMTA could try proper design, but that might be expecting too much, oh well…
*On purpose or not – it’s hard to tell. Obviously, if the Bay Bridge is all backed up then that back up is going to extend through SoMA and NoMA. You could start at Bush and Van Ness in a car and I’d beat you to your onramp if I crawled, sometimes, during the Evening Drive. Some of this delay is inevitable and some of it’s not, oh well…
Here’s* the problem, maybe…
…and here’s the solution, maybe not?
*This looked like casing to me.
Our SFMTA Gives Itself a Raise: Residential Parking Permits to Cost $127 Per Year, a 14% Increase – YowzerWednesday, June 1st, 2016
The higher cost of “free” parking:
But actually, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying to prevent other people from parking where you want to park…
Perpendicular Parallel Parking: Sure, “Believe in Yourself,” But Not This Much – When “Leaning In” Goes Too FarTuesday, May 31st, 2016
I guess you’re driving north on Van Ness and then you start to turn east on Golden Gate but then you see a sweet sweet empty parking space in front of Yet Another Abandoned McDonalds In Frisco, well, this is what it looked like:
And then after all the resultant honking, we ended up with this:
And then I had to turn away – it was just too embarrassing to watch, so I don’t know the conclusion of this vignette.
But c’mon people! You’re allowed to block one lane of traffic whilst parallel parking, but not three.
You’re just not that special…
If You Think Frisco Govt Moves Slowly, Just Park Your Car in Front of a Garage Door – You WILL Get Towed, VERY QUICKLYWednesday, May 25th, 2016
What’s in this scene? Well, there are two BMWs and one Prius playing supporting roles, but the stars are the Subaru wagon blocking the driveway of the garaged Audi.
Man, it’s go-time, cause yoga pants has her iPhone out – that means that a city-dispatched tow truck is already on its way. This particular Subie was gone with a quickness:
I think the goal for SFGov is to have a tow truck on scene within a half hour. That’s lightning fast action for our normally somnolent City Family.
Anyway, this is Life on the Streets of San Francisco…