Posts Tagged ‘2015’

Puzzling Announcement: “Parking Panda Signs On As Official Parking Partner for Super Bowl 50 Host Committee”

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Here’s the latest:

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So, after all this stuff coming from SFGov, we’re supposed to drive to Super Bowl City and The NFL Experience [Driven By Hyundai]?

And “Parking Panda?”

OK fine.

The press release it TLDR for me, but you have at it, Gentle Reader…

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Facebook Corporate Shuttle Bus Update: Multiple, Repeated Violations in NoPA / Western Addition – No ID Number, “Staging” in MUNI Stops

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Oh Facebook, Facebook – why is it that I know so much more about how you should operate your corporate shuttle bus system than your Teamsters / employees / contractors do? I mean, who’s in charge here?

For instance, drivers at Hayes and Masonic repeatedly “stage” in the outbound MUNI bus stop. We’ve been through this afore. This isn’t some kind of loophole – it’s specifically enumerated as something drivers aren’t supposed to do. Here’s a scene from this morning, just after the operator decided to (awkwardly) hit the road:

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So the Teamsters/starters ask me, “Well, where do you want us to stage?” And I’m like NO NO NO, THAT’S NOT MY PROBLEM. I’m like, no, I’m not paid to make that decision for you. IDK, do you want to pay some place for the privilege of parking for 5, 10 or 15 minutes at a shot? Hey, that’s an idea. Have at it. Oh, what’s that, you can’t afford that? Rly? IDK, man.

And lately, I’ve never seen these buses in compliance. The only time I really notice them is when they’re staging. MUNI buses generally stop, let ppl get on/off and move on in like 10-20 seconds. What can’t Facebook buses do that?

And the other thing is that I’m no longer seeing the green shuttle ID numbers on the back of these buses. They’re on the front, like 07-057, certainly, but not on the back, which is really the place where you’d want them, like, you just got run over by a bus and then you put your glasses back on and you say to yourself, oh OK, “07-057 – I’m going to call the 311 after I get out of the ER and I’m going to tell them 07-057, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

So what’s up with that? Am I seeing the same couple of noncompliant buses every day? That’s certainly possible. Or perhaps we’re in some kind of shuttle bus limbo due to in/action by the BOS the past couple of weeks and maybe the rules don’t apply anymore, if only temporarily?

Hey, here’s a checklist – walk around your damn bus every day and then check to see if your ID #s are where they are supposed to be.

I have a couple other pointers as well, FB. Call me, Facebook. Or gmail me or something. (I’m not on the actual FB anymore, sry.)

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Oh Man, It’s Way Too Late to be Throwing Away Dead Brown Christmas Trees on the Sidewalks of San Francisco

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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Surf’s Up: Heading to Ocean Beach in Your Classic Willys Jeep Wagon – Proper

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Strange Taxi: “BUXI?” – What’s This?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

IDK:

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The Dog What DIDN’T Bark: Mansion-Dwelling Millionaires in the Western Addition Seem to Have No Problem with THE URBAN SCHOOL Construction

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

What’s this? It’s just a simple massive 50-feet steel beam double-parked for a long time in front of historic million-dollar-plus mansions.

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Why? Well, it’s a part of the lengthy, noisy extension at THE URBAN SCHOOL, a private high school what costs three times (3x) as much as tuition at our University of California campuses.

And yet, nary a peep I’ve heard from the nabes.

Just saying…

It’s Come To This: An Amazon.com, Inc Pop-Up Store – Which Item of Amazonian Flair Appeals to You the Most?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

IDK, do I want anything from Amazon here?

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Nope. Sorry.

Oh look, expensive shirts to allow me to share the wonder of Amazon with the world?

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Nope.

Sorry.

What the Tourist Areas of Twin Peaks Need is a Little More Security, But What They’re Getting is This Giant NFL Ad Sculpture, “5 of 10”

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Well, here’s what it looks like, you know, before the Vandals get to it:

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(And this is what I was referring to: French tourists mugged on S.F.’s Twin Peaks – this kind of thing.)

And here’s the report on Super Bowl 50 already, even before the Big Game (what, the New England Patriots vs. the Carolina Panthers – should I care who wins, like, at all?) kicks off. Wow.

You know, I don’t think the NFL will be coming back to Frisco in 2023 or whatever, or really, anytime soon. This party isn’t good for us, and it’s not good for the NFL, right? Shouldn’t the Super Bowl be held on Eastern Standard Time in Florida in or someplace like that? Or someplace that can use it, like in Detroit? I think so.

So enjoy this corporate party while you can…

Speaking of which, here’s 3 of 10, I think:

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Hey, what’s going to happen next, NFL? I’ll bet it isn’t in your playbook, you know, the one with the cheesy black and gold color scheme. Hey NFL, you’re the invading army and the people of Frisco are the Na’vi,  with smooth, striped cyan-colored skin, large amber eyes, and long, sweeping tails, so you’re going to have to expect a few of your bulldozers to get burned down over the next few weeks.

And then? Then come these guys with the red paint (and the white pants, you know, for contrast) on Game Day. Enjoy.

A Half-Decade Back, Journalist CW Nevius Moved to Frisco and Then Promoted the Deadly America’s Cup Fiasco – History Repeats with SB50?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

I’ll tell you, back in the day, a way back in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle’s CW Nevius decided it would be neat to move to San Francisco from someplace in the east bay, like Walnut Creek or Concord or Pleasant Hill (or, well, it’s all the same basic place right?) and then start promoting the idea of his new-found home hosting Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup. He called this eventual fiasco:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But there were downsides, right?

So now five years later this same newcomer is promoting Super Bowl 50.

It looks like this, so far:

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But most people in San Francisco don’t want the Super Bowl, right?

And isn’t it funny that it’s only CW Nevius, who’s had his pom poms revoked due to the America’s Cup fiasco, is the only Member of the Media cheering on SB50?

I think so…

If Your Cell Phone Doesn’t Work Under This Massive, Low-Rise Antenna Array, Then It Probably Won’t Work Anywhere

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

And look, the tower pokes out of the roof of a cell phone store. Isn’t it ironic?

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Dont’cha think?