Posts Tagged ‘2018’

THE PORTOLA Update: Lousy Transit and Lousy Parking – Does Any Other District in Frisco Have It This Bad?

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Here’s the new sign for THE Portola, fka Little Jerusalem and The Flat.

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(So, when you’re talking about the San Francisco district, it’s the PORtola, but when you’re talking about the Street in the Presidio or the Drive (what’s basically a continuation of Market, which as the joke goes is “straight until it hits the Castro”), it’s porTOla, but  if you’re talking about the dude himself, it’s portoLA. That’s my understanding. (Oh, here’s KALW’s take.))

Anyway, Man, parking is a competitive sport here – ppl just circle and circle, and then they squeeze on in, thusly:

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Of course, parking is no picnic in more name-brand hoods such as Russian Hill or Nob Hill, but in those places non-driving options seem better.

Look at this, free parking for laundromat customers only, which I’ve never seen before in Frisco. What luxury!

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Anyway, ppl end up buying cars to fit the space they have:

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And they end up posting signs on the topic:

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And here – a brace of rusty rear-engined, air-cooled relics, all in a row, perhaps from the same owner. (I’ll bet this kind of thing gets discussed on NextDoor.)

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I don’t hear anything good about MUNI down here, on the wrong side of perpetually-congested Hospital Curve. So how else should one get around?

I wouldn’t mind riding a bike in the Portola, but I prolly would mind the ride to get all the way down there. I wouldn’t know a good way.

(Anyway, that’s my impression. I know all about the northern half of Frisco, but The South? Not much at all.)

The solution would appear to be just having a garage….

Severe Pwnage on Page – What Happens When You Park Your Car on the Streets of San Francisco

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

My accident reconstruction capabilities, which were untaxed by this straightforward fender bender on nearby Hayes, are unable to make sense of this one on Page near Clayton:

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This damage was caused either by a Panzerkampfwagen Tiger B heavy tank or a Mercedes Benz E350

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Mystery Shroom, Masonic

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Don’t know what this new thing does, or what it emits. Might make a nice street stool though:

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Thank goodness I have protection

MUNI Motorheads – These Well-Paid SFMTA Employees Take Don’t Take the Bus to Work, That’s for Sure

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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Hey, I know. Why don’t we start charging SFGov employees like $400 a month to park, you know, due to the High Cost Of Free Parking and whatnot?

Until then, zoom zoom…

“Introduction to Cartooning” Classes by SIRRON NORRIS for Ages 6-13 – Ingleside Branch Library, 1298 Ocean Ave – Runs for the First Half of 2018

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

What a deal this is from our San Francisco Public Library – youth can learn cartooning from famous Sirron Norris:

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See you there!

Scoot

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

I’ve never moved a Scoot to escape, myself.

Another close parker on the Streets of San Francisco:

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Oh, if only all Scoot-ers were perfect parkers

More Trouble for Our Hidebound SFMTA: Its Magic Cure-Alls, Traffic Circles, are Causing Problems on Euclid These Days

Monday, January 8th, 2018

These things are new. Some don’t like them, for various reasons. Anyway, these changes on Euclid have generated boo-coup calls to 311, and what’s new this week is that non-SFMTA members of Our City Family are looking into them, like today, at City Hall.  Perhaps crosswalk lines could be moved, that kind of thing.

That’s the update.

Ah, late 2017:

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Euclidian geometry:

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If You Like Seeing a Caravan of Nannies in Idling Porsches and Mercedes Benzes on Avenues Golden Gate and Central, You’re Going to LOVE the Expansion Plans of San Francisco Day School

Monday, January 8th, 2018

This is Central. When this double parked line of vehicles gets longer, it turns west on Turk:

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And here’s the front of the line on GGA:

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Anyway, here’s the Plan and all the deets:

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Here It Is, Here’s the Result of $50,000,000(!) Worth of Pacific Coast Highway Reconstruction – Reconnecting Muir Beach with Stinson Beach

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

This was your view a few days ago, looking south (east? southeast?) along Highway One from Rocky Point Road near Stinson:

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At the time, Google Maps said that this road was open but two signs saying ROAD CLOSED overruled that I suppose.

Here are all the deets about all the activity the past year.

And here’s a recent Google Maps update:

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A few days ago, Google had the stretch of road north of the red arrow as squiggly red, to show that it was closed to most people all the way up to Stinson Beach. These days, Google shows everything as open as far as I can see. (I’m just a tourist way up there, some 12 miles north of Frisco County, so usually G,IJDK what’s going on.)

Here’s part of where your money is going, on all matter of earth movers and mobile cranes:

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Whoo boy, $50 mil…

“Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Highway 1 Between Muir Woods & Stinson Beach to Open Thursday, January 4, 2018

 
State of California • Department of Transportation

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 

Today’s Date: January 3, 2018
District: 4 – Oakland
Contact: Steve Williams
Phone: (510) 286-6195

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Caltrans To Open Highway 1 Between Muir Woods And Stinson Beach 
Thursday, January 4, Before Noon

One-Way Traffic Control to be In Place
MARIN COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today the closed portion of State Route 1 between Muir Beach and Stinson Beach will open to one-way traffic control on Thursday, January 4, sometime before noon. 

The stretch of roadway was closed since February of 2017 to the extensive storm damage. Drivers should anticipate lengthy delays because there are still six active projects along that section of Highway 1. There will be flaggers and signalized operations, along with stepped up construction zone enforcement throughout the entire corridor. The majority of those projects will be complete by June, 2018. 

More information is available by visiting this link: 
http://www.dot.ca.gov/d4/stormdamageprojects2017

To date, the repairs for all the projects on that corridor are approximately $50 million. 

For real-time traffic, click-on Caltrans Quick Maps: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

For 24/7 traffic updates, go to 511.org: https://twitter.com/511SFBay 

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/caltransd4 

Please be #WorkZoneAlert

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Taking a Break – Have a Great 2018

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Gentle Readers, I must leave you. Why, I cannot say. Where, you cannot know. How I will get there, I haven’t decided yet. But one thing I can tell you, any time I hear the wind blow it will whisper the name, Gentle Reader. And so let us part with a love that will echo through the ages.

Plus it’s been a decade of regular postings. Posts’ll be sporadic at best in future…

Leaving you with the dolphins of Fort Funston:

Baby dolphins too, avec maman:

Have a great 2018!

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