Posts Tagged ‘51.6’

Usurpation Update: Bluebird Cleaners on Clement in the Richmond District Improperly Threatens to Tow Cars From Green Zone

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Well, this one should be simple:

Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments.”

And yet:

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Also, if you want a wedding dress cleaned the charge is $140, but if you go someplace else and say it’s a Black and White Ball dress, then the charge is just $15. And, of course at Bluebird Cleaners, girls pay more, as always. It’s all on the Yelp.

Why do people out in the West Bay think they own the streets adjacent to their private property?

Oh well.

“Green zones are for short-term parking, generally less than 10 minutes. In non-metered areas, green zones are indicated by a green curb marking with a ten-minute time limit. Standard effective hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

In metered areas, short-term parking can be designated by a green meter with either a 15- or 30-minute time limit, in lieu of a painted curb. The effective hours for green meters are the same hours of operation as adjacent meters. Green zones and green meters are for public use and are not reserved for particular establishments. Please also note that vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green zones or green meters.

Green zones or limited time meters are not intended for private parking. Such zones are intended for establishments where transactions are predominantly short-term – 10 minutes – in nature.  Typical establishments that may qualify for a green zone are dry cleaners, florists, small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores, audio-visual repair shops, shoe repair shops, postal shipping centers, and hardware stores.  Other establishments are reviewed on a case-by case basis. Among other reasons, green zone requests may be denied if private off-street parking is available, there are adjacent limited time zones nearby, or the establishment’s transactions are not predominantly short-term in nature.

A processing fee is required for either a green zone or a green meter. If approved at the public hearing, painted green zones are required to be renewed every two years thereafter; see the white/green zone fee schedule.  When applying for a painted green zone, please do not combine processing with painting/installation fees. Please send only the processing fee with your application. Green meter zones are not required to be renewed and there is no paint/installation fee.”

Blue Bird Cleaners in The Richmond Thinks It Owns the Streets of San Francisco – An Usurpation on Clement

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Uh, just because The City, in its Wisdom, was kind enough to grant you a couple 15 minute green zones in front of your bidness doesn’t mean that you can start towing aways cars of the people who don’t put cash in your pockets.

V. C. Section 22658 covers “Removal From Private Property,” right?

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Never before have I seen such an usurpation of authoritah by a private bidness.

This is not/
America

I cry foul.

Oh, and since we be into citing that California Code, what of the Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995, aka California Civil Code Section 51.6. That’s the one that says you charge the same price for cleaning a shirt whether it’s worn by a boy or a girl.

Now, why are the Yelpers so upset at the Blue Bird Cleaners? Is Alona B alone?

I feel terrible writing a scathing review for anything, but I feel like people should be deterred from this place.  Particularly, women who get their button-up shirts laundered!

I dropped off a few mens and womens shirts to be laundered (not dry-cleaned). $2.50 each, ok fine.  Thewomen’s shirts are the same cotton fabric as the mens shirts, except they are 3/4 length sleeve and have a little fold on the breast pockets (mini cargo pockets).  

Anyway, when I pick them up I am told that they are BLOUSES and therefore $5.50! Despite the fact that they are the same as a man’s shirt, just smaller.  This is a pinstripe, cotton, collared, button-up shirt.Nothing blousey about it.

I got pretty upset and tried to debate it, “um, no this is a shirt, no different from the men’s right here. there is no way this is a blouse!” and I didn’t even get the “Ok, well sorry for this time, but next time that’s our price.”

The service was a stubborn assertion that my button up is a blouse. $5.50 to have one of my work shirts cleaned.

Never again, forever.”

I, once again, cry foul.

What you need to do, BBC, is follow the law, not lecture The World Outside about the law.

(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited, as the
Gender Tax Repeal Act of 1995.
   (b) No business establishment of any kind whatsoever may
discriminate, with respect to the price charged for services of
similar or like kind, against a person because of the person’s
gender.
   (c) Nothing in subdivision (b) prohibits price differences based
specifically upon the amount of time, difficulty, or cost of
providing the services.
   (d) Except as provided in subdivision (f), the remedies for a
violation of this section are the remedies provided in subdivision
(a) of Section 52. However, an action under this section is
independent of any other remedy or procedure that may be available to
an aggrieved party.
   (e) This act does not alter or affect the provisions of the Health
and Safety Code, the Insurance Code, or other laws that govern
health care service plan or insurer underwriting or rating practices.
   (f) (1) The following business establishments shall clearly and
conspicuously disclose to the customer in writing the pricing for
each standard service provided:
   (A) Tailors or businesses providing aftermarket clothing
alterations.
   (B) Barbers or hair salons.
   (C) Dry cleaners and laundries providing services to individuals.
   (2) The price list shall be posted in an area conspicuous to
customers. Posted price lists shall be in no less than 14-point
boldface type and clearly and completely display pricing for every
standard service offered by the business under paragraph (1).
   (3) The business establishment shall provide the customer with a
complete written price list upon request.
   (4) The business establishment shall display in a conspicuous
place at least one clearly visible sign, printed in no less than
24-point boldface type, which reads: “CALIFORNIA LAW PROHIBITS ANY
BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENT FROM DISCRIMINATING, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRICE
CHARGED FOR SERVICES OF SIMILAR OR LIKE KIND, AGAINST A PERSON
BECAUSE OF THE PERSON’S GENDER. A COMPLETE PRICE LIST IS AVAILABLE
UPON REQUEST.”
   (5) A business establishment that fails to correct a violation of
this subdivision within 30 days of receiving written notice of the
violation is liable for a civil penalty of one thousand dollars
($1,000).
   (6) For the purposes of this subdivision, “standard service” means
the 15 most frequently requested services provided by the business.