IF the drivers of these cars don’t know each other, then this was an act of hostility:
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Now I’ve seen people getting boxed-in nose-to-tail after parallel parking, but never this.
Boy, if I parked an aging Honda like this and then came back to find part of its right side all stove in like this, I’d think, “Gee, maybe some ped got mad and kicked my car right where s/he wanted to walk.”
And the I wouldn’t park on the fucking sidewalk anymore.
As seen on Masonic, home of absurdly wide (22 feet(!) in some places) sidewalks filled with not too many pedestrians and a whole bunch of cars:
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“SHARP-AS-A-MARBLE, EX-JOCK, EVERYMAN NEWS COLUMNIST/QUASI SPORTSWRITER” or a
“BROWN-NOSING, OBSEQUIOUS KISS-ASS LICKSPITTLE TOADIE”
That’s what did it, one or the other, I figure.
So now I’m banned, for life, from the Twitterings of the The Neve.
Anyway, here’s what the Nevinator has to say today about the Central Subway boondoggle.
See? It doesn’t seem that the Nevemeister opposes the wasteful Subway to Nowhere.
But he does! Check it:
“There’s really only one question to ask about the proposal to bore a light-rail subway deep under the heart of downtown San Francisco. You’re kidding, right?“
“Just the initial math makes your head hurt. Basically it works out to somewhere between $1.22 billion and $1.4 billion for an underground railway that runs for less than two miles and has only three stops. That’s not a transit system, it’s a model railroad.“
“Throw in a few of the inevitable cost overruns and this could work out to a billion dollars a mile.”
“No matter. This is the kind of big, splashy project that city officials love to put their name on.”
“Basically, the argument seems to boil down to this - we’ve got the money (as if federal tax dollars grow on trees), the Chinatown community is behind it, why not build it? Oh, let me count some of the reasons.”
“But, critics say, a stop on Market beneath which BART and other Muni lines already run might have made this whole thing an easier sell. That would have created an opportunity for a single station where riders could make connections between regional and local trains, almost like Grand Central Terminal in New York. Instead, riders will have to walk all the way up to Union Square.”
“Oh, and did I mention that in order to get under the BART tube, the subway station at Union Square will have to be at least 95 feet below the surface. That’s nine stories.”
“What is it about that image of deep, underground dirt-munching machines in earthquake country that makes me wince?”
Of course that was from a half-decade back, but it shows how he actually felt about this boondoggly boondoggle, about Big Dig West.
I mean, the Central Subway proposal hasn’t gotten better the past five years, has it? Five years ago, the promise was that it would “make money” for MUNI, that it would subsidize other parts of the system by generating a surplus. But now we know that it will burden the SFMTA and the current projections for the number of riders per day is down dramatically from what people were promising back then.
So what’s a matter Neve? Why don’t you write things like this anymore? Cat got your tongue?
Pak got your tongue?
The Old Nevius wasn’t afraid to be labeled a racist who’s against “transit justice.”
The Old Nevius wasn’t so monomaniacally dedicated to write source greasers every chance he got.
Is BART perfect?
Leave us review:
Here’s the death of Oscar Grant in 30 seconds at the Fruitvale Station in 2009. (Killing somebody with a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of not killing somebody by using a TASER X26 instead, you know, that yellow plastic thing attached to your belt – Chapter 1)
Here’s the death of Charles Hill in 80 seconds at the Civic Center Station in 2011. (Killing somebody with a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of not killing somebody by using a TASER X26 instead, you know, that yellow plastic thing attached to your belt – Chapter 2)
So, BART, do you think there’s a chance in Hell that you did a proper job of TASER implementation the past several years? Have you apologized for that?
Here’s more. Remember this, from back in the day?
“The BART Police Department stripped its officers of Tasers on Thursday, days after a sergeant fired the electric darts of his stun gun at a 13-year-old boy fleeing from police in Richmond on his bicycle, sources told The Chronicle.”
Anyway, here’s the latest – the next protest at the downtown stations of the Bay Area Rapid Transit will be during the evening drive on Monday, August 22, 2011. (Personally, I think this one will be smaller than the one we had on Monday, August 15th, but who’s to say?)
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(Are the BART police competent? I don’t know. How would they rank, say, compared with the SFPD, LAPD, FBI – is that a fair question?)
No matter, you’re making history, BART
“The mission of BART, according to BART’s statement, “is to provide, safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and clean transportation services.” So there was the municipal transit agency, exercising its powers to shut down a protest. It’s possible that BART had the legal right to cut off communications inside its stations. It can be argued that the inside of a transit station is an unsuitable place for a mass demonstration.
But the point of the would-be demonstrations was to challenge BART’s judgment in how it used its powers. The protesters were protesting a shooting by transit police. BART’s response showed that it couldn’t even grasp that premise.
What about ordinary commuters, entering the zone of conflict with no access to their own mobile communications? “BART Police officers and other BART personnel with radios were present during the planned protest, and train intercoms and white courtesy telephones remained available for customers seeking assistance or reporting suspicious activity.” The authorities were in charge. The authorities and no one else.
For a day, the measures worked—or in the unknowable world of security counterfactuals, they didn’t not work. There were no disruptive protests during that commute. But BART’s vision of tech dystopia was self-fulfilling. In response to the news of the phone shutdown, the vigilante hackers of Anonymous retaliated by breaking into its database of commuters’ private information and launching a new round of demonstrations, teaming up with the original aggrieved parties. Technology was a dangerous thing after all.”
For some reason, the NBC just loves shooting bad television shows, ones with with horrible ratings, in the 415.
Comes now, Love Bites, which just had its national debut on June 2. It’s terrible.
But it’s been filmed (or taped or whatever) in town, so you might want to check it out for that reason alone. (Well, the first ep. had three vignettes, of which only the second is set in S.F.) Every scene from that segment practically screams “we made this on location!”
So you’ll see plenty of shots of the T/A Building and Belvedere Alley in Cole Valley:
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Here’s the reaction:
“The long-delayed premiere of NBC’s anthology romantic comedy, “Love Bites,” failed to meet even the lowest expectations Thursday night.”
Check it out yourself here starting at 1:50. Yish.
Maybe it could be best described as a television romcom, like Friends except sexier and not funny.
No, it does not.
“1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”
Dolores, the Trail of Sorrow, where anything goes on the Seventh Day:
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Now they (SFPD, SFMTA, whatever) tell you that they take specific complaints and deal with them, but they lie.
Now I’ll tell you, when I first blew into the 415, I noticed that giant Latin cross atop the highest point in the city and I wondered how on Gaia’s Green Earth it was kosher for Rec and Park to administer the land that the cross was sitting on. RPD spokemodels had a pat answer when people asked about it, but it took a lawsuit from the ACLU and others to tear that playhouse down.
Marshalling evidence will be harder for the people what sue the City over Free Sunday Parking than it was for people what sued the City over the Mt Davidson Cross so oh well…
O.K., here are your San Francisco transit laws, divided up by the day of the week. Enjoy:
Monday: TRANSIT FIRST
Tuesday: TRANSIT FIRST
Wednesday: TRANSIT FIRST
Thursday: TRANSIT FIRST
Friday: TRANSIT FIRST
Saturday: TRANSIT FIRST
Sunday: PARK WHEREVER THE HECK THOUEST WANT
You know, when the Wiccans try this kind of mass illegal parking thing, they get ticketed and towed.
Oh well. No church has yet laid claim to free, government-sanctioned parking in the middle lane of Bush Street,* but God Only Knows what the future will bring.
Remember, we’re a “Transit First” city. See you next Sunday:
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* Would that be called triple parking?
“The driver says the problems started when he went to investigate a malfunctioning wheelchair platform. The bus somehow lost control, rolled about 100 feet down a hill and crashed into a second bus.”
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And the reverse angle:
Step One: Yet Another Pruis Driver parks in front of your garage, oblivious to the World Outside, as is typical for a strong minority of Toyota Prius drivers around the bay area.
Step Two: The cold dawn of day reveals the issue so you call DPT, which will quickly issue a hefty fine and then call for the for-profit part of the deal.
Step Three: It’s buh-bye, Prius, towed away by a somewhat corrupt private company with a euphemistic name. (Note the freeway stickers that take the “H” out of HOV)
(Note the dolly. Does the dolly cost extra? Oh, hell yes, the dolly should always cost extra. That’s how they get you.)
$700 later, the Prius driver will have a painful memory (no matter how rich he or she is) and everyone else will be enriched.
This whole process can be as fast as two shakes of a lamb’s tail. If only all private-public partnerships worked so efficiently!