Posts Tagged ‘california’

Parking On The Lawn, Frisco-Style, Special Western Addition Gentrifier Edition, Complete with a Volvo Wagon

Monday, May 18th, 2015

I think a Smart Car could actually fit in this “parking space” in the Western Addition and I also think that this Volvo overhangs the public sidewalk on a daily basis, you know, for the past few years:

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Verdict: Yellow Card. This is a clever solution for saving money, but not executed 100% properly.

Oh, So This is Why San Francisco Has a Gigantic, Wasteful, Expensive, Underfunded, Profitable Street-Sweeping Program

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Here’s a block on Laguna:

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Of course most blocks in San Francisco get swept waaaaaay too often, even after the recent relaxation in scheduling that some areas enjoy.

So my conclusion is that street-sweeping isn’t 100% a scam for SFGov to make money, it’s just mostly a scam. And who’s going to pay for health care for street sweeper workers a half decade from now? Well, that’s SEP (Someone Else’s Problem), that’s something for the Next Mayor to work out…

Surprise! Bicycle Use in San Francisco Has Stopped Growing on a Per Capita Basis, Per This Official Report

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Here it is, a brand-new SFMTA PDF, published in May 2015:

Annual Bicycle Count Survey 2014

And here’s your nut graf, on the topic of Bicycle Use, as seen on Page 5:

“2013 vs 2014: … 1% increase.”

And here’s your summary, also seen on Page 5:

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Now let’s add in a little population growth in the 2013-2014 period:

It’s boom time in San Francisco: Population, jobs are growing

And all this adds up to the headline above.

(And, coincidentally, these are the days of falling membership at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, from a claimed “over 12,000″ to well less than 10,000 these days.)

What can explain this all?

There’s no SF Bicycle Plan injunction preventing new construction these days – that ended a while back, right?

And the weather – the weather the past few years has probably been most bike-friendly since before the First San Francisco Bicycle Boom back in the 1800’s.

Here’s the reaction so far – I’ll show all that I can find, which isn’t all that much:

Grab your pom poms:

Tim Papandreou ‏@tpap_ May 15 2014 SF bike count report is up! 206% increase in cycling since 2006! Go team!”

So I guess we’d call this spin? I mean this report, or something like it, comes out every year, right? And we already knew* about the Great Fixie Craze Of The Late Aughts what made bikes cool again, so why focus upon what we already knew? The new news here, the actual news, is that Bicycle Use in San Francisco Has Stopped Growing on a Per Capita Basis, right? Moving on…

…to this, from Stuart Rob Anderson’s Black Angus Steakhouse Square Cow Fun Bar District Five Diary

Bicycle count report: “Bicycle use slowed down with 1% increase”

The bicycle Count report: A closer look

I should point out that a “1% increase” is an actual increase and not a “decrease.” And also, the reported increase is actually a little bit more than 1.5% IRL, so that’s on a par with the population increase over the same period – I mean, it’s a really close call here. The big point is that the recent era of rapid growth has ended.

I can see why SFGov wanted to delay this news until Bike To Work Day 2015…

*Or I should say I already knew, since I have more years decades hours miles on a bike in San Francisco than you, Gentle Reader, or anybody at the SFBC, or anybody at the SFMTA for that matter. Yes, bike use in SF is way up since the 1980’s, since the 1990’s, since the mid-aughts, yes, freely conceded.

Isaac Mukandi Mwangi Wins the 2015 Bay to Breakers Fun Run – Notable Costumes? The Season One Serial Podcast

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

There he is, in the middle, at about the middle of the race:

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I gotta say, man, the rich white aging homeowners of the Western Addition have really managed to suck a lot of life out of this event – take a look at fan turnout at the Fell and Masonic area just after the front runners had cruised by:

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And now part of your entrance fee goes to paying off some of the millionaire homeowners groups so they don’t complain as much? OK fine.

And here are your costume winners – the Season One Serial podcast:

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I guess that’s Adnan’s Nokia calling Nisha, a high school mash note, convicted killer Adnan, and a Baltimore area Best Buy store.

Japantown Diner Evolution at 1700 Post: Denny’s –> Danny’s –> New Danny’s –> Minny’s –> New Minny’s –> ???

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Do I have that right?

The record on Yelp ends in 2009:

This is all the same place:

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Perhaps this location is now Ssisso and Dennys/Dannys/Minnys is gone? IDK, but I think the New Minny’s sign is still there

I can’t see how New Minny’s is still in operation, so I’ll assume that the mall people simply left the sign up ’cause that was the easier choice.

A mystery solved.

Anyway, memories:

Changes include the removal of graphics and the substitution of trademarked names with generic terms (“Grand Slam” became “Humongous Breakfast” and “Heartland Scramble” became “Hearty Scramble”).

And suffer J.E.:

We were vacationing in San Francisco this week, staying at the Tomo hotel in J town and I stupidly wanted to eat breakfast nearby.  What a mistake!!  The owner/manager? practically pulled us into this trap of a joint off the sidewalk.  We should have kept on walking!  Anyway, after looking at what he told us was a Denny’s menu, he switched it with a menu that had a “Danny’s” logo, the sign outside this place was “Minny’s or New Minny’s?, the food was lousy and when I went to pay the bill for our breakfast for 3 it came to $36!!!  I elected not to argue with this turkey and just get the hell out!  I paid with plastic and had to ask him for a receipt which he reprinted and gave me a duplicate.  When we got home today in So-Cal and I checked my on-line stmt, the SOB billed me an extra $10!! for a total of $46 for two lousy bacon and egg meals and one pancake breakfast!!  Boy am I upset!!

Flickr’s Photo of the Decade, IMO: Owl Purse + Horse Shoes + MUNI Bus Stop

Friday, May 15th, 2015

We’re only halfway through the 2010’s, or whatever you want to call the decade of 2010-2019, but it’s clear that Will Wilson‘s shot from aught-11 will not be surpassed:

Surprised it didn’t go viral…

In closing, PUT A BIRD ON IT!

The “Innovation Capital of the World” Uses Old-School Tech: Leaning Over with a Piece of Chalk at the End of a Stick

Friday, May 15th, 2015

There are pros and cons, of course, to using a stick to chalk-mark car tyres and then coming back two or three hours later to see if the car has moved away, in accordance with the 415’s infamous Residential Parking Permit Program.

Here’s what it looks like:

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An actual world capital of innovation would employ GPS and license plate scanners, these days, right?

Anyway, on the pro side, this method works, sort of. What some people do to stick it to the man is to rub off the chalk marks to buy a few more hours of free parking, until the next round of SFMTA marking and checking, but that’s agin the rules – you could get in trouble for that, one supposes.

On the con side, our PCO’s are routinely Bending Over with Piece of Chalk at the End of a Stick. The reason why it costs our SFMTA an excessive amount of money to run the RPP program is because there’s no market discipline at work here, there’s no incentive for the SFMTA to save money because of how CA state law works, oh well.

Anyway, just because your Interim Mayor says that your town is the “Innovation Capital of the World” doesn’t necessarily mean that your town is actually the “Innovation Capital of the World”

Frisco Disses Texas – Flies State Flag Upside-Down at Civic Center in Front of Historic City Hall – Poor Tech-sas!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here’s the scene down in Civic Center, with 18 flags in front of the Highest* Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere (and fifth-highest in the world, I believe):

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You can see the state flag of Texas camera left, red side down, as it’s supposed to be.

But here’s how things look these days:

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See? It’s flying butter-side-down:

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IDK if this is being done on purpose, as a dig against Our Great Competitor, or if this is being done out of ignorance. It’s been this way for a while – this isn’t just a one-day thing. (Maybe we’re still mad about losing QANTAS to Dallas/Fort Worth.)

Now, is the 415 an unlikely place for the Lone Star Flag? Some think so:

Only Berkeley would be more unlikely.

Here’s your answer:

The name and star [of CA’s original flag] are said to be inspired by Texas, so maybe that’s why that state got included.”

*Yes, higher than the Capitol Dome in DC. By like a foot or two. On purpose. And any other dome you’re thinking about isn’t classical and/or it’s in the eastern hemisphere…

The FROG DR’s of Golden Gate Park – If There’s a Clawed Frog-gy/ In Your Neighborhood/ Who Ya Gonna Call?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

FROGBUSTERS! [Read down starting here. This scene is a little bit away from the Lily Pond at the old quarry – let’s hope GGP won’t need too many frog docs in future.]

Another great shot via James Corrigan, this time at Stow Lake:

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Baby Got Back: The Aging Mercedes Benzeses of the 94123 – W114 250C – Strich Acht = Slash Eight

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

As seen at the IHOP parking lot on Lombard, a very nice 250C:

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