Posts Tagged ‘block’

Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer Denies SFPOA Attempt to Block Use of Force Policy Implementation

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Just released:

“***PRESS RELEASE***

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Denies SFPOA Attempt to Block Use of Force Policy Implementation

San Francisco, CA – Supervisor Malia Cohen issued the following statement today regarding Judge Richard Ulmer’s denial of the San Francisco Police Officers Association’s (POA) request for a temporary restraining order to block implementation of the updated Use of Force policy for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD):

“We are committed to supporting progressive, forward-thinking policies that provide necessary reform for SFPD, including giving the 20 year old Use of Force policy an update that brings it in line with 21st century policing strategies and our 21st century values as a city,” said Supervisor Cohen. “Judge Ulmer’s dismissal of the POA’s unnecessary lawsuit sends a clear signal that it is time for us to move on from this dispute over shooting at moving vehicles and using carotid restraint. The City will continue to work towards the highest caliber of reform that is in the best interest of both citizen and police safety. It is time for the POA to join that reform movement.”

The policy was passed by the San Francisco Police Commission last Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The lawsuit, filed by the POA last Tuesday, focused on two components of the new policy: the ban on using carotid restraint (a tactic that can slip into a fatal chokehold) and the more notorious restriction on shooting at moving vehicles.

Chief labor attorney Katie Porter defended the City’s right to update the policy with better practices that are in line with the recommendations of policing experts, such as the Department of Justice and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Judge Ulmer agreed with the clearly written case law: setting a comprehensive Use of Force policy for SFPD is in the City’s scope of management decisions.”

How is This Smart Phone Windshield Mounting Even Remotely Acceptable?

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

I don’t get it, man:

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How Many Tickets Does the SFMTA Issue to Its Own Drivers?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How about zero?

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It’s just a cultural thing. Since the SFMTA is primarily driven by what’s best for SFMTA employees, it would take a lot of outside of the box thinking for an SFMTA ticket giver to give a ticket to a fellow SFMTA employee.

Even though SFMTA employees do sometimes park where they shouldn’t, right?

Am I saying it’s easy to drive around an 18 meter bus on the streets of San Francisco? No, not at all. What I’m saying is that the SFMTA isn’t as perfect as it thinks it is. Another way of saying this is “MUNI sucks,” which is always a proper starting point when considering SFMTA issues.

And if our SFMTA is pushing for automated enforcement of speeding laws, why doesn’t it start with itself and its employees first? It could do this right now without any changes in state law. (Oh, and maybe a little back and forth with a union or two.) Just saying…

What I See Versus What’s Actually In This Ad – THE POPE’S PLAZA, North Beach, USA

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Here’s what I see:

A billboard for IN-N-OUT BURGER. Then I see Pizza Saint Francis. Then I see THE POPE’S PLAZA. And then I see pizzasf.org.

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Of course if we wanted to, we could shut down the street in front of every religious-oriented building all over town.

If we wanted to…

A WELL-INTENDED BUT EXTREMELY FLAWED PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE BLOCK BETWEEN GRANT AVENUE AND VALLEJO STREET

While our neighborhood is all for street improvements and more open space, the Developer’s design would permanently close off critical access in and out of the North Beach/Telegraph Hill community.  The development, which has been talked about in limited circles for years, has suddenly moved forward with no public participation in design or intent.  Many in the community have only recently learned about the development and significant concern has been raised regarding traffic, design, safety, and maintenance.  Despite this, the Developer, who doesn’t live in our neighborhood, has not made an effort to respond to these issues and has attempted to have the development approved through the back door with minimal community outreach.  Only recently have public meetings been held and, despite large numbers at each event expressing their unhappiness with the Developer’s plan, the Developer has rejected the idea of modifying the proposal to allow maintaining Vallejo as a functioning street.  As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern and work with the Developer to come up with a design that works for everyone.

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

Biking on Market Street, Betwixt an Uber and a Honda

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A little timid but she made it through…

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This is Fifth Street on the way to Union Square.

Piazza Aint Francis – Does This Look Like a Good Idea? Here’s What Some of the Neighbors Think

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Here’s the proposal:

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And here’s the reply

If You Think Frisco Govt Moves Slowly, Just Park Your Car in Front of a Garage Door – You WILL Get Towed, VERY QUICKLY

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

What’s in this scene? Well, there are two BMWs and one Prius playing supporting roles, but the stars are the Subaru wagon blocking the driveway of the garaged Audi.

Man, it’s go-time, cause yoga pants has her iPhone out – that means that a city-dispatched tow truck is already on its way. This particular Subie was gone with a quickness:

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I think the goal for SFGov is to have a tow truck on scene within a half hour. That’s lightning fast action for our normally somnolent City Family.

Anyway, this is Life on the Streets of San Francisco…

Unprecedented Density: Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s Under-the-Freeway Tent City – One After Another, Block After Block

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I’ve never seen it like this, during our Winter of ’15, not in all my years…

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I remember Camp Agnos in Civic Center and of course we had Occupy SF back in aught-eleven, but I’ve never seen the streets of San Francisco like this, like this part of Ed Lee‘s Tent City, with one tent after the other stretching as far as the eye can see…

Declaring the Intersection of Fell and Masonic a Failure – Our SFMTA Fails Yet Again – How To Fix This Mess

Monday, December 14th, 2015

This is typical on a weekend afternoon. On each and every signal cycle

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Our incompetent SFMTA could rejigger the timing of the traffic signals at Fell and Masonic and/or Fell and Oak so that careless drivers don’t block the box on each and every light cycle when things are busy, but our incompetent SFMTA don’t feel like doing that right now, apparently.

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Did you know that our incompetent SFMTA will rejigger signals at this particular intersection so that “peoples’ feelings won’t get hurt?” It’s true. I’ll get into it after I get around to posting some Fell and Masonic video on the YouTube.

Until that day, Gentle Reader. Until that day…