Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

The Slowest MEMBER of the Corrupt-Appearing “CHP 11-99 FOUNDATION” License Plate Holder Club

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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Oh there’s an appearance of corruption issue? OK, so we’ll just stop issuing license plate frames then:

Can drivers buy CHP leniency? License plate frames for donors to the 11-99 Foundation are seen by some as speeding-ticket insurance. The group will stop issuing them.

But the LA Times article above was from a decade ago.

Wouldn’t it be ironic, dont’cha think, if this foundation started selling license plate holders later on, you know after the whole controversy blew over?

Yes it would be, but that’s exactly what happened.

Oh well.

Did We Just Hit Peak Auto? – New DMV Stats Show Fewer Registered Vehicles in SF for the First Time Since 2011 – But Licensed Drivers in SF are Up

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Here’s your background, from a year ago.

And here are your stats for 2016:

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And here are your stats for 2017, released just today:

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So that’s about a half a percentage decrease for registered AUTOS as well as all registered VEHICLES from 2016 to 2017.

And here are your licensed driver numbers for San Francisco County for the past five years, also just released:

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That’s about a 1% increase, year over year.

So there you have it – instead of a relatively steady increase averaging 7000 or so automobiles per year, we’ve just had a decrease of about 1900 autos, for whatever reason.

Perhaps 2016 will end up being Peak Auto for San Francisco – we’ll see.

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AN SFMTA MYSTERY: This Car was Illegally Parked on a Sidewalk Right Next to Four PCOs, Yet It Didn’t Get Cited – How Come That?

Friday, March 16th, 2018

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Here are the other three:

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Simply, PCO’s won’t cite sidewalk parking during (usually) weekly street cleaning time, barring somebody calling in a complaint about sidewalk blockage.

This is a POLICY. It might not be written down, but it’s a policy nevertheless…

PAPER DRIVERS: If You Actually Pay Bridge Tolls Every Day in the Bay Area, You’re a Big Sucker – Presenting FasTrak UBER / Lyft-Style

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Gentle Reader, is these UBERs and Lyft cars new?

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No, they is not.

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And that means that they should have real license plates by now, right?

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I think I saw all these cars on the Streets of San Francisco over the course of a few hours. There were more I came across, I’m sure.

But with great plates come great responsibility, meaning that with real metal plates you’ll get busted for not paying bridge tolls, due to license plate scanners.

Now I understand that paper driver is already a phrase, meaning something else, but to me, a paper driver is one who drives across as many local bridges per day as possible over the next year or two afore there’s a chance of actual enforcement starting.

We might get some penalty starting in 2019, but IDK how effective it will be.

Oh well.

Enjoy paying your bridge tolls, suckers, while the UBERs and Lyfts ahead and behind you cross over the bay for free…

A Gasoline Mystery: 76 Station Charges Just $2.32 per Gallon But the Chevron Across the Street is Asking $3.40 – What Madness is This? – 1400 19th Ave v. 1401 19th Ave.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

I remember, back in the 1990’s, in Hawaii, paying (ever so slightly) over $20 for a tank of gas* for the first time in my life.

But you know, from that perspective $2.32 at a 76 station doesn’t seem all that expensive, at all, you know, for 2018:

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And here’s your Chevron – note the cash price. That’s a whopping 46% more:

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And of course, these stations are right across the street from each other, in our Middle Sunset, or whatever ppl call it:

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It’s a mystery…

*I can also ‘member the first time I spent three figures on a single tank – that was in Marin, in the Early Aughts. Good times…

Jackson Street Tableau: What Bus Drivers Have To Deal With That They Didn’t Use To – UBER, Lyft, and Lots of Package Delivery

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

I’ll tell you, the (actual or soon-to-be) millionaires living at or near the highest-numbered block of Jackson Street, well they must be overjoyed that VC’s are subsidizing their dirt-cheap chauffeured rides home from the Financh in brand-new Lexuses, non?

Now back in the day, you’d have to pay more for a junky old taxi ride home, and then of course taxis were tough to hail, owing to longstanding SFGov / SFMTA policies, oh well. And look, here comes a Lyft Prius, going around the also double-parked DHL package delivery van, you know, now that we get lots and lots of stuff delivered.

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Anyway, the DHL could have easily parked in front of a garage, as could have the UBER driver, you know, instead of double parking.

And of course yes we had taxis double parking back in the old days, and delivery trucks too, but now we have lots more vehicles to deal with – we have UBER and Lyft taxis and all those delivery trucks.

My point is that this scene from 2018 looks a lot different from 2008 or 1998…

Grand Theft Auto Mom Drives a Turbocharged Porsche, as You Might Expect

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

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My Corona

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Well not actually my Corona, but somebody’s:

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A 1969 model Toyota? Possibly.

Proper.

UC Berkeley Professors Took Away Part of Our Retrofitted Central Freeway – And Now, UC Berkeley Students are Coming for the Rest of It – Octavia Boulevard is Good?!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Via Eric Fisher, who’s Everywhere You Want To Be, we see, among other items, this proposal for what’s left of our Central Freeway:

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Read the first sentence – it’s ABSOLUTELY WRONG* about how great the failed Octavia Boulevard flows.

“Octavia Boulevard has demonstrated how it has been able to handle as many cars as the former Central Freeway, without causing undue congestion and delay”

Sorry kids!

*For lots of reasons, but I guess a few of the major ones have to do with it beginning / ending at Market Street (as opposed to letting Market flow by allowing north-south traffic on the Central Freeway to go over Market. Octavia Blvd itself is a traffic bottleneck (as evidenced by the almost always traffic-free on-ramp just south of Market and also by the generally traffic free part of westbound Fell starting at Laguna) AND Octavia Blvd also creates bottlenecks on your east-west streets such as Haight, Page, and Oak. And of course the OB is mostly just two lanes as opposed to the three lanes of the former Central Freeway. Say what you will about planning and whatnot, it boggles the mind how anybody could think that first sentence could possibly be true IRL. But don’t trust me – ask corporate shuttle bus drivers. Ask ’em if they might possibly prefer a way to pass over Market during the Evening Drive. I’ll tell you, outbound Central Freeway never ever backed up, and inbound well sure, at the light on westbound Fell at Laguna, sure it backed up a bit, but the backup was on the freeway, where it belonged.)

Hit and Run Near Lippard and Chenery: See this Photo and Then See Video of How it Happened – Toyota Highlander SUV Atop Honda Civic

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Here’s the photo this morning from famous Sharky Laguna of Bandago, which if you ever need to rent a van…:

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And here’s the video. from OwlMonkey:

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(And back in the day, regular old Civics had sophisticated double wishbone suspensions – Honda was quite proud of the concomitant low hoodline profiles. But they can serve as a wedge in chain reaction accidents, especially when high riding SUV’s are in front. Like this, from years ago:

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And of course you don’t need double ‘bones to have a low hood, but it helps, and some of those origami Civics from the 1980’s were especially wedgy.)