First at 441 Pine
And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:
And now at Market Center:
When will the next domino fall?
You know, for every small business person who’s mad at Yelp, there’s another who complains not a whit. Little wonder owners of not-so-hot bidnesses want to suspend the First Amendment and ban Yelp…
Wow, it doesn’t get much more bobo than this.
This is quite an old license plate – lots of foresight here…
Hey, here’s a question – why can’t our SFMTA issue tickets for blocking street sweepers if the spaces they’re taking up need cleaning?
And here’s an answer – the rental car companies don’t feel like getting tickets, so they had our laws written for their benefit.
Are there any other answers?
Not that I can think of…
I’ll tell you, back in the day the SFMTA and its predecessors wanted people to use 7th Avenue, but look at this – stop-and-go traffic the likes of which I’ve never seen afore in the Inner Sunset:
(Man, 9th Avenue flows better than this, and that’s saying something.)
I’ll tell you, 6th Avenue is a triple beam lyrical dream compared to 7th these days. 6th Avenue has four-way stop signs from Lincoln all the way up to Lawton, so why wouldn’t people just use 6th if this is the way 7th is going to be?
Are the residents of 7th Avenue a protected class, and these rarely-used suicide lanes are designed to make up for past discrimination? Did they sue and get a consent decree? Boy, it sure looks that way.
Our SFMTA Gods Must Be Crazy…
Here it is, 19th Avenue in the Sunset / Parkside, with traffic going about 38-40 MPH through green light after green light in sections marked for 30 MPH:
Historically, Sunset has been the alternative to congested 19th, but things have changed lately. Of course, Sunset was a bad idea, a big wide boulevard with pointless medians up the yingyang. The question now is what to do about it.
I’ll just start with this:
The fundamental purpose of the SFMTA’s massive street sweeping program is to make money for the SFMTA.
So that’s been the situation over the years, but then came the rise of the rental car companies, you know, like Hertz and whathaveyou. So then the SFMTA made deals with Hertz and whathaveyou to lease those companies spaces for the rent-a-cars. One big hang-up could have been the logistical nightmare of moving the rent-a-cars during weekly street sweeping time.
“Maintenance of on-street car share parking is an explicit condition of the on-street car share permit: Permittee shall be responsible for maintaining the designated Car Share Vehicle Parking Space and twenty-five feet in front and behind the space. Permittee shall maintain this area in such a manner that it shall remain free of debris, trash, glass, garbage, or other obstacles at a level consistent with the surrounding parking spaces to the satisfaction of the SFMTA and Department of Public Works. Permittee shall sweep and clean the parking space as needed and as determined by SFMTA. If maintenance problems are observed in a designated on-street car share parking space it should be reported to SFMTA Parking / Sustainable Streets. CSOs who fail to maintain any of their spaces will be warned, and if SFMTA and/or DPW aren’t satisfied with their response and ongoing maintenance performance we’ll revoke the permit, and/or make the space available to another qualified pilot participant CSO.”
Now, how many of these designated rent-a-car parking spaces have been returned to the public due to failure of maintenance? I’m guessing like zero. so far.
So let’s take a look at how things are going:
Not well, huh? Actually, I just now noticed all that vegetation under the rental cars in this old photo (’cause I’m not really sensitive to this issue, oh well).
Now, what SHOULD happen when PCOs are handing out the World’s Most Expensive Parking Tickets during street sweeping time is to look and see how Getaround or Hertz or whomever is doing and then hand out tickets for lack of maintenance right then and there.
Anyway, Getaround Rental Car, you want an exception to the street sweeping rules but then they you don’t follow up with doing the cleaning yourself. Why? Because you aren’t ascared at all over getting ticketed. And that makes the entire street sweeping program look like just another SFMTA “profit center” and it makes SFGov look like a tool of the “sharing economy” companies what are holding sway these days…
Here’s what’s new from our federally-subsidized Getaround rental car company:
So you can no longer park your car in these spaces, oh no. They’ll tow it away…
All the deets:
“Dedicated parking: We have sweet parking spots all over town (in some cities). We can set you up with a dedicated parking spot.”