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Propaganda Watch: Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” Project Roundup

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Well, here’s the news:

$26 million plan to slow speeding traffic on SF’s Masonic Avenue

This piece is surprisingly evenhanded.

Hey, does any other government agency in Frisco spend so much time and energy promoting itself as the SFMTA? I can’t think of one.

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So we’re going to take out the old trees that are already here to put in L.A. style trees and this is going to Change Everything? IDTS.

(Fundamentally, the SFMTA isn’t a safety agency, it’s an employment agency, oh well.)

But we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out, add up all the pros and cons maybe a year or so after things get finished. Masonic won’t be changed all that much – it will still be slow and congested, more so, actually, and there will still be accidents. It’s not going to become an Injury-Free Vision Zero Corridor, with or without trees. Sorry.

Anyway, here’s some SFMTA propaganda that we pay for:

Masonic Ave Transformation Breaks Ground in June

  1. This project will not “transform” Masonic. It’ll basically be the same.
  2. Masonic will not end up being “much safer.”And nearby areas will become less safer, right? How will this all add up? We’ll see…
  3. The sewer system underneath is not “centuries-old.”
  4. How does the SFMTA know now when this lengthy project will end by “the end of 2017?” It doesn’t.
  5. Masonic is not “one of the flattest streets in the area.”
  6.  Masonic will not become “safer and better for everyone.”
  7.  Masonic doesn’t not prioritize “only car traffic.”
  8.  All long, busy streets in Frisco qualify as “high injury corridors,” so that doesn’t make it “distinct” in any way, shape or form.
  9.  Question-time: Are severely drunk drivers killing people on Masonic a human behavior problem or a streetscape problem?
  10. Uh, Vision Zero 2024 promises to eliminate all transportation-related injuries by 2024 and in perpetuity. This impossible “goal” will never be attained, certainly not for all the Streets of San Francisco and certainly not for this 3000 foot stretch of Masonic, so VZ2024 is the wrong way of looking at things, sry. It’s more a marketing thing. Framing they call it. We’ll have a new vocabulary by the time 2024 rolls around, I can promise you that.
  11. So if 501 “neighbors” now signed a petition to cancel this project, the SFMTA would then do that?
  12. Oh boy, here comes the laundry list at the bottom. This project will slow down MUNI during the morning and evening drives – that’s one of the “main trade-offs.” Of course, our SFMTA turned down the chance to test things out by shutting down the rush hour lanes for a day, oh well.
  13. Hey, will rejiggering street parking on Turk “increase safety” on Turk? We’ll see.
  14. “Residential Parking Area Q” is basically a jobs program for MUNI. We could talk about that sometime.

SFMTA Finally Finishes at Fell and Masonic: “You Parked in the New Google Shuttle Stop Zone :(“

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Here’s how things looked yesterday morning – not a high rate of compliance at our sad-sack SFMTA’s Bright New Thing:

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But look – it’s neighbor helping neighbor via a note on the windshield:

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And then, by the end of the day, white paint had appeared on the curbs.

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So go ahead and park there if you want. The Teamster drivers will call in a tow and then the SFMTA will make a profit off of America’s Highest Administrative Towing Fee. (Hey, you know who’s “addicted to cars” more than anybody else in Frisco? That’s right, it’s the people at the SFMTA. Without all the money it gets, somehow, some way, through car owners, well, our SFMTA would have to have massive layoffs and end up with only 5000(!) employees.)

Anyway, I guess they’re done now, so this is what a 116-foot corporate shuttle bus terminal looks like…

Our SFMTA’s New Corporate Bus Terminal on Fell Near Masonic is Off to a Rough Start – Poorly-Placed Signage?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I remember how the SFMTA kicked off its new corporate bus-only terminal on Fell betwixt Masonic and Ashbury as if it were yesterday, or the day before yesterday anyway.

Way back then, the temporary signs notified locals* to not park there and the locals complied. But now we have more permanent signage, see?

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The problem is that they’re harder to see. Now you’d think that they could have put one on this metal pole here, but they didn’t:

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No no, they’re mounted only on concretey light poles way up high:

 

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So here come the parkers, during the evening drive yesterday, betwixt 4:00 and 8:00 PM:

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This Prius is parked right under one of the two news sign. Is this kosher? I can’t tell. I don’t think it is.

Hey SFMTA! Don’t most bus stops / terminals have lines marked out on the street? I think so! Anyway, your three temporary no parking signs were doing a better job than your two brand-new permanent signs, just saying.

On It Goes…

*One time, a Facebook Teamster from Stockton(!)** asked me, “What’s Divisidero?” We were both on Masonic at the time…

**Man, how can you live in Stockton and work in Frisco doing a decidedly non-telecommuting job?

Who Can Explain These Antennas / Transmitters / Transceivers Now Mounted Above Busy 19th Avenue Way Out on the West Side?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Not me.

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It Begins: SFMTA Rolls Over Irate Neighbors, Installs Corporate Shuttle Bus Depot on Fell Near Masonic

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:

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I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.

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I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.

(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)

Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…

*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.

Appointed Supervisor Katy Tang Goes Off on Twitter over “Supervisor slams brakes on L-Taraval changes”

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Here you go:

Supervisor slams brakes on L-Taraval changes By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Und:

Parking Over Pedestrians: Tang Shuts Down L-Taraval Safety Plan BY JACK MORSE

And then came the blowback. First, from the long-time, SFG0v-connected, right-of-center SPUR:

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So what does that mean? The hed’s sensationalistic – well why’s that? I don’t get it, man. Katy Tang’s certainly not jamming the pedal to the metal, right?

And what “betrays the truth?” Hey, you know what the phrase could mean IRL? It could mean that somebody’s unintentionally revealing something, like, hey man I didn’t steal a _red_ car and then park it in a barn down near the big cafe in La Honda. Anyway, that’s what that phrase could mean.

And hey, here comes the appointed Supervisor herself:

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“Shameful?” WOW.

Also, “news” in quotes? OUCH. The ‘Xam isn’t news?

And here’s your stinger:

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Oh, so all this is Twitter’s fault? I think that’s what I’m hearing.

Of course, our local transit activists won’t ever be happy, but I don’t see what’s wrong with the SFMTA changing Taraval. If I were Traffic Czar, I’d put in a mess of traffic lights west of 19th, to like 25th or so, but that’s just me. And if I were Traffic Czar, I wouldn’t care what local small business owners think – that’s what would make me a czar, the lack of pressure from the Taraval Historic District Business Owners Association, or whatever these people might call themselves.

Anyway, this is what you get with appointed Supervisors, IMO.

Militaristic Playground: C-130 Paratroopers, F-18 Blue Angels, and a Giant F-8 Crusader – Larsen in the Parkside

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Larsen Playground on 19th in the Parkside has quite a military bent, non? This mystery comes from our history. Let’s take a look.

C-130 paratroopers coming to kill you, just like in Operation Market Garden:

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And an F-18 Hornet from the much-talked-about U.S. Navy Blue Angels:

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And here’s your giant Chance-Vought F-8 Crusader:

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Remember to whisper Mors Ex Supera as you drive by on 19th…

The First Block of Masonic is Far Too Hilly Curvy Speedy for Pedestrians to Jaywalk Upon – And Yet – Shopping at Trader Joe’s #100

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Due to the parking situation at this Trader Joe’s, people jaywalk here all the time. Sometimes they die.

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Speaking of which, if small parking lots are so great, why not get rid of parking altogether at all the TJ’ses?

One wonders.

It’s SANDWICH MANIA at 5017 Geary near Park Presidio – Long Lines at Lou’s Cafe – 4.5 Yelp Stars Don’t Lie – The Richmond’s Best Lunch

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Sandwich Fever – Catch It:

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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…

Man, These Residents of Fell Street are Hopping Mad About a Possible Facebook Employee Bus Stop / Terminal in Front of their Homes

Monday, March 21st, 2016

I don’t know how the SFMTA’s big meeting on March 18th, 2016 ended up, but this was the scene aforehand, on Fell near Masonic:

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There were multiple three-page flyers everywhere:

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What the Facebook Teamsters wanted last year was their own terminal in the 94117, so they wouldn’t have to sit around idling, and I’m srsly, in the slow lane of outbound/southbound Masonic (betwixt Fell and Oak, you know, the one that MUNI buses use all the time) OR in the MUNI stop at Hayes and Masonic (as they’ve been doing every working day, including this morning at 6:43 AM). It looks like they’re getting what they want. Enough space for two buses.

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And I call it a terminal since there’s now nothing to prevent the Teamsters from staging in their own dedicated bus stop, AFAICS…