Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

San Francisco’s Free, Unadvertised Discarded Items Pick Up Service – Or, You Can Schedule a No Charge Curbside Collection

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Get all the deets here.

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IDK, I don’t see much of a difference between putting an RMJ sign on your soggy couch on the sidewalk and not putting an RMJ sign on your soggy couch.

I think I’ll need a grizzled Recology / SFGov employee to explain this system to me, you know, frankly. That hasn’t happened yet, so I all I know is the official program vs. what I see on the street…

I’ll tell you, where I live, I see a lot more signs what say FREE or Bed Bugs than what say RMJ

Just saying…

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Busted CCSF Pay Phone Busted in 2015 – This is How We Used to Live

Friday, February 12th, 2016

I guess pay phones will always be with us…

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I’ve Never Seen a New-School LED Traffic Signal Not Working, But Here’s One – On Hayes Street – But It Got Fixed, Quickly, Via 311

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

[Oh look, it’s me being “upbeat.” WARNING: Boredom ahead – feel free to click off somewhere else.]

I’ll tell you back in the day, traffic signals used to get busted all the time, cause incandescent bulbs would burn out. Then we got LED lights instead – a bunch of little points of light, so if one two go bad it’s no biggee because there are tons of others telling you to stop.

Of course it’s possible for the entire assembly to lose its power for other reasons, as here, on Hayes:

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I’ve never seen this before. (This is the point of my post, sorry.) So I called 311 and (unlike the cases where low-level RPD workers beg me, literally beg me, to call 311 to get whatever issue right on up to the Big Guy in McLaren Lodge the next morning) I got through with a quickness and then I never noticed this busted signal again, like the next day.

IDK why 311 thinks I need some case # – it’s like my duty is extinguished as soon as I hang up. It’s on you guys now.

(I’ll tell you, one time I called the 911 for a missing manhole (personhole? I lack the proper vocabulary, obvs. In my day we called ’em “manhole covers” ’cause THAT WAS THE WAY WE LIKED IT) cover on Fell at Lyon in the Western Addition. And 911 was like, oh, we’ll contact DPW (with the implication being that that’s what I should have done instead) and I’m like, thinking to myself here, uh, no, if somebody on a moped on Fell runs over this giant hole, IT’S GOOD-NIGHT NURSE. Ergo, that’s the emergency.)

Anyway, the System works, sometimes…

Golden Gate Park’s Unicyclist Of The Year: Look Ma, No Hands! – Or, I Can Ride With Both Hands Tied Behind My Back

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

See? Dude’s in the Zone:

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Oooooooohm..

For The Record, This is the OTHER Street Lamp on My Block That’s Been Burning 24-7-365 for a Year or So

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

So IDK, one supposes that all these street lights about town have photovoltaic-type switches that have gotten occluded (ala putting a piece of paper on the right side of my car’s dashboard to turn the headlights on / waving your hand in front of my TV to cover up the sensor to get it to go dimmer) over the months and years and that’s why they burn all the live-long day, for weeks, months, and what’s next, years?

Anyway, here’s the other lamp on my short block – I’ve never shown you this one afore.

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ASSIGNMENT DESK: Hey SFGov, how much does it cost to this light in the daytime for a year? Multiply that by how many lights?

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

The 5th Anniversary of the SFMTA’s Proposed “Transportation Utility Fee” – Or, Why the SFMTA Doesn’t Feel Sorry for You After Towing Your Car

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Here you go:

Why is Towing So Expensive in San Francisco? By Farida Jhabvala – KQED News

And here’s the gritty nitty:

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See that? San Francisco County charges more than anybody. Why? Because it can.

And actually, it thinks you’re the deadbeat – I’ll explain.

What the SFMTA really wants is a steady supply of unlimited money, so that it doesn’t have to do anything it doesn’t want to, so that it can continue to hire and spend and hire and spend regardless of how it performs. The way to do that is to charge you hundreds of dollars a year, whether or not you ever ride on MUNI and even if you never violate any of the SFMTA’s parking rules.

The mechanism is called the “Transportation Utility Fee,” as described by Will Reisman here.

Of course, back then they were talking about $180 per year, but now we’ve got to pay for our share of the Central Subway (To Nowhere, still) and ever increasing overhead, so I think we’re talking about $250 per year with a built-in increase of like 10%, or, better yet, 9.9%.

I’m not saying we’re going to see the TUF soon, or ever, actually. What I’m saying is that this is what the SFMTA people think they deserve for being the all-knowing, all-seeing bureaucracy it thinks it is.

So if you complain about getting towed, our City Family thinks, “Well, gee, we should probably be towing you EVERY YEAR.” You know, so the SFMTA can get more money, for free.

So that’s why the SFMTA Doesn’t Feel Sorry for You After Towing Your Car and charging you the highest administrative towing fee of all of America’s 3000-something counties…

Let’s See Here, What’s Missing from the Back of This Facebook Bus Today? Uh, SFMTA Commuter ID Number?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Yep:

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(Oh, I didn’t even see the license plate mounted down there at first. I saw the empty frame so I thought this ride was going commando, as so many others do. In mitigation, at least this bus has a license plate.)

In aggravation, the past dozen or so times I’ve checked to see the official COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT ID on the back of a FB Bus, it hasn’t been there. Is the trial over so we don’t need to have these ID numbers on FB buses anymore? IDK.

Moving on…

Hey Zuck? Why can’t you be more like Brand Y?

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IDK, Man, if I wanted this program to continue, I’d be meticulous about making sure these ID’s stayed on my buses.

Just saying…

Antler House, Haight Ashbury

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

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It’s Not Your Fault!

It Takes a Village To Mow The Lawn: RPD Rolls in the Heavy Equipment to Sustain the (Ultimately) Unsustainable Turf of the Panhandle

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Hey, here’s an idea – why not let’s give up on maintaining all this quite unnatural turf betwixt Fell and Oak?

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What are we operating here, the grounds of Downton Abbey 94117?

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We’re in a drought, right?

I’ve Never Seen This: A Completely Empty Double-Decker Tourist Bus on a Dreaded Sunny Day – Thanks NFL / SB50 / Host Committee!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Obliviously, this is a knock-on effect of our recent Santa Clara Super Bowl

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This is part of the treason why SB50 was a bad, money-losing deal for San Francisco. Try telling this to the Buster Bluth rich kid running our so-called Host Committee and he’d say something like, “But I’m a good boy! I’m a philanthropist!”

Anywho, if you don’t include all the bad tings along with the good tings when you add everything up. then really, you’re part of the problem…

Sry Buster.