Posts Tagged ‘2016’

UNEXPECTED MEAT: $14,000 Worth of Pork Parked on the Sidewalk

Friday, August 26th, 2016

These things cost $6 a bag? Wow.

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Did George H.W. Bush retire to the Western Addition? Maybe.

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Nobody was watching so I was going to swipe a couple of boxes and then sell these pork rinds as “nickel bags” on Divisadero. “Paleo-approved,” I was going to shout at passers-by. But then I remembered – Meat is Murder.

How It’s Tough Being in the Rental Car Business in Frisco

Friday, August 26th, 2016

You wouldn’t think there’d be too much to steal from a “shared” rental car, but who knows…

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How to Film Frisco: With a Small Robinson Helicopter and a Selfie Stick

Friday, August 26th, 2016

As seen over the Financh:

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I guess you throw in a little image stabilization and a soundtrack in post and then you’ve got yourself the opening scenes of your movie…

Click here to join in on the fun, and oh what’s this, a little dis on the competition:

These “discounted” rates have an inflated price to start with and are then supposedly “discounted”, so in the end, the rate is NOT discounted at all.If you are a photographer and considering helicopters, remember, small helicopters (R22) are “nervous” and wind affected, unstable and yes a little cheaper, but “not worth it” in the words of actual clients. Your safety is worth far more. Again, don’t get fooled by inexperienced flight schools filling downtime, or the cheaper and unstable “R22”, or even a “drone”, although their plenty of salesman out there selling their so called “service” the are usually incapable of delivering the broadcast quality shot you seek.

OK fine!

So yes, this chopper is big for a Robinson, but pretty small nevertheless. Keep a look out for the big boys when you’re up there…

 

New Wayfinding Signs Point Tourists on Bikes Off of Fell Street and On to the Panhandle Bike Path

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

You have many legal choices here, heading west at Baker – you can go on the bike path or you can go on the left side of the left lane of Fell, or you can go on the right side of the right lane of Fell, or (assuming you’re feeling especially vigorous and can keep up with Frisco’s version of a freeway even though it’s going uphill in this area) you can TAKE THE LANE:

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I’ve seen people doing all of these things, but 99% of the time, ppl take the bike path, as they should. And this especially applies to rental bike tourists, who generally don’t seem to be aware of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bicycle Path. Hence the wayfinding sign TO PANHANDLE PATH (even though it’s actually pointing exactly AT the path, oh well.

But these signs are kind of small, so I’ll still expect to see tourists on Fell Street oh well. And then on the return trip to their Union Square or Twitterloin hotels, I’ll still expect others to come east on the bike path and then go the wrong way on Fell for a couple blocks until they give up swimming upstream at Divisadero – that’s where the helmetless blond Euros with the 12 weeks of annual vacay generally seem to lose their religion to go the wrong way on, as stated, Frisco’s version of a freeway, oh well…

Western Addition Sidewalks Endorse “DEAN PRESTON FOR D5 SUPERVISOR”

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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ParkMerced’s Pro-UBER Video is a Real Howler – Are UBER Drivers Really So Great?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here’s the fantasy, quite obviously a fever dream from somebody who doesn’t live in Frisco (and that includes the farthest reaches of Frisco County way down there in the South West Corner, you know Daly City North, you know, like ParkMerced):

Here’s the reality:

“I DO know that a lot of these Uber/Lyft cars drive like complete assholes. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting one that blithely drifted into my lane on Franklin going about 35 miles an hour. They routinely just stop wherever they happen to be and throw on the hazards, not giving a single fuck about the line of cars behind them, which is one thing if you’re on deserted 28th and Noriega and quite another if – as I saw this weekend – you’re on very crowded Fell Street, which is essentially a three-lane freeway with timed lights and on which any impediment immediately causes a blocks-long backup. And so on. I’m not advocating getting rid of Uber and Lyft. I’ve used their services and may do so again in the future. But it seems a little crazy that we’ve allowed this many essentially unregistered cabs to flood the streets with no screening process or driver safety and etiquette class or anything. 61 cars in a relatively short time is a lot.”

I don’t object to Parkmerced, but I object to its UBER fantasy commercial.

Here I stand, I can do no other. Is that so wrong?

“The Grocery Tax” isn’t a Grocery Tax – Sry

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here’s what Prop V is.

And here’s how things are working out in Berkeley.

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Owner? Former owner? Current owner? Part owner?

And is this the Mi Terra Market the “No on V, Enough is Enough, Don’t Tax Our Groceries, with Major Funding by American Beverage Association California PAC” people are citing? IDK.

Anyway, perhaps it’s this mailer itself what’s “wrong?”

This one’s especially bad, even for Frisco.

Just saying.

San Francisco Had At Least _41_ Traffic Fatalities during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year – Is This a Record?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here it is, the data from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016:

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BUT, this chart excludes “3 pedestrian light rail vehicle (LRV)-related deaths, which are not routinely reported to SWITRS, to ensure comparability between data,” whatever that means.

I think it means that if the SFMTA runs you over, it shouldn’t be counted as a San Francisco traffic fatality, even though, of course, it would be.

And then, what about deaths from Caltrain? Are those counted? And what about deaths on freeways, like the I-80 and the 101? I don’t think these are counted either.

And what about deaths from regular SFMTA buses. I suspect there’s resistance to tallying all those up, for whatever reason. For example, in 2014, somebody got hit by a westbound #38 bus on Geary near Pierce(?) and that didn’t make it on the official “San Francisco Police Department Summary Reports on Fatal Traffic Collisions” report for that calendar year.

Speaking of which, I don’t think the SFPD makes that report/makes that report available to the media anymore, for whatever reason.

Anyway, that’s at least 41 traffic deaths in one fiscal year – that seems very high. Perhaps it’s the highest ever, IDK.

Mmmm, what if the Dear Leader of North Korea sent word to the Traffic Commissioner of Pyongyang about how all traffic deaths would be eliminated by a certain date in the near future? I’m sure the Commish would say that this goal will certainly be achieved, even though the commish him/herself would certainly know that such a thing is impossible IRL. Otherwise, the commish might get shot, right?

Well, no SFGov workers ever get shot by City Hall, but they act as if risking a promotion is like risking getting executed, so they’re all, “Yes, there’s a chance that Vision Zero will work,” but by the year 2024 and all years after that, forever, seriously? Isn’t there some obligation on SFGov employees to admit that this goal would be desirable, but that it’s, of course, impossible? IDK.

Not saying that Vision Zero, whatever that phrase means, is causing this increase, just saying that Vision Zero, which is basically old wine in new bottles, doesn’t really have an effect on the statistics.

Closing with the news from the Traffic Commission of Pyongyang, NK:

“Goal: Zero Traffic Fatalities by 2024
Goal Status: NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Result: 38 traffic fatalities

This metric measures the number of traffic fatalities occurring in the City and County of San Francisco. Every year in San Francisco, about 30 people lose their lives and over 200 people are seriously injured while travelling on city streets. Vision Zero, adopted as a city policy in 2014, is San Francisco’s commitment to eliminating traffic deaths on our streets by 2024. Through building better and safer streets, educating the public on traffic safety, enforcing traffic laws and adopting policy changes, we can save the lives of all road users—people who walk, bike, drive, or ride public transit. Achieving Vision Zero requires leadership and commitment from City agencies, elected officials, community stakeholders, the public and the private sector to find the right solutions for San Francisco.”

Here’s How the People at “WALKSCORE” Don’t Know Anything About Frisco – The Twitterloin as “Paradise”

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Here you go:

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WTF to that. By the numbers:

Walker’s Paradise – Daily errands do not require a car.”

But they DO require great fortitude, right?

Rider’s Paradise – World-class public transportation.”

Is this a joke? I think they’re talking about MUNI.

“Biker’s Paradise – Flat as a pancake, excellent bike lanes.”

Uh, the Twitterloin is as flat as a pancake what’s been tilted up a ways. And I don’t know where “excellent” anything comes from.

This just goes to show how a monomaniacal focus upon Just One Thing can end up having some people, particularly out of towners, missing the forest for the trees…

Pumpkin House, Western Addition, Where Halloween is Every Day

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Boy, we sure were fancy a century ago, back when labor was cheap and “prevailing wages” didn’t exist:

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