Posts Tagged ‘department of motor vehicles’

Look What the California DMV Does with Good Furniture: Just Toss It All into a Big Dumpster! – Fell Street Blues

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Here it is in the Great DMV Parking Lot of the EaPA (East of Panhandle Area):

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Here’s the reverse angle – man that’s one biiiiig dumpster:

Why, DMV, why?

Finally, a Happy Time at the DMV: Third Annual Slappy Contest Today at 3:00PM – Skateboarding is Not a Crime

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Except when it is a crime.

Actually, just riding your bike through the Fell Street DMV parking lot is a crime unless there’s a sign saying it’s OK to do so and, sadly, there’s no such sign.

Anyway, today’s show must go on:

It looked just like this in 2012, at the second annual. Good times:

Hurray!

Comparaison du Corps Diplomatique: License Plates – China vs. Taiwan – Can You Spot the Pariah Nation?

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Up first, spotted skulking about the Western Addition, which certainly would make sense, comes the whip of the Pariah Nation, North Korea’s BFF. Check out the cutesy numbers and letters on the quasi-Fed-issued consul license plate.

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(And, ironically, the car is the flagship model of the world-famous Tahara Plant, the finest car factory in the world since the 1980′s. Thomas L. Firedman still has a total boner for it.- he took the tour and got the T-shirt. My ride was made there well, AAMOF. Actually, I passed through there just last month, you know, on bidness. That’s the country that got all invadey starting about a century ago ’til about seven decades ago. Hey, who’s invading Filipino islands these days? I’ll give you just one guess! Ooh, my ride had a cheesy SERRAMONTE license plate holder as well. But I didn’t even buy my car there, so WTF was that for, who told you to put that thing on? Not just plastic bolts, metal. I couldn’t get them off myself so they had to do it for me. But while I was down there one time, I told the extreeeeeemely cute front line sales rep that she ought to sue for harassment if what I saw and heard was routine. Guess what – she got together with her friends and took action by hiring some law firm/lawyer and ended up getting a ton of money from the dealership group. I’ll tell you about it sometime. Oh and that’s the same dealership where bay area favorite son Tom Hanks got a nice SUV, also from Tahara, also the best in the world, about a half-decade back. I’ll tell you about that sometime too. But I digress…)

Up next comes Taiwan. Poor Taiwan! See that, “FOREIGN ORGANIZATION,” like it’s not even a country.

That’s some fucked up shit right there.

Check it:

Foreign Organization Special License Plates

5006.5. (a) The department may issue, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive license plates for motor vehicles owned or leased by an officer or a designated employee of a foreign organization recognized by the United States pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. Sec. 3301 et seq.) when the department is otherwise satisfied that the issuance of the license plates is in order.

(b) The distinctive license plates shall be designed by the department and shall contain the words “Foreign Organization.”

(c) The department shall establish procedures for both of the following:

(1) To verify the eligibility of an applicant for plates issued pursuant to this section.

(2) To authorize a recognized foreign organization to apply on behalf of its officers for plates issued pursuant to this section.

Added Ch. 397, Stats. 1994. Effective January 1, 1995.”

On It Goes.

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Does the Word “God” Belong on California License Plates? I Don’t Know, Maybe – Check Out “I Heart You God 1″

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Obviously, California will let you put the word “GOD” on your license plate, ’cause, well just look.

One supposes “I Heart You God” was already taken:

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Maybe courts are looking at things differently lately?

I know not.

Oh, here’s something:

“The number ’69′ is reserved for 1969 year model vehicles.”

But they don’t talk about other taboo topics.

Oh well.

Merry part.

Senator Leland Yee Throws Down: Beseeches Jerry Brown to Sign SB 397 Online Voter Registration Bill

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Here was the scene down at the State Building this morning.

See, it’s Senator Leland Yee, PhD, telling one and all the virtues of online voter reg.

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Like, 11 other states allow voters to register online, so why can’t California?

All the deets:

“Governor Urged to Sign Online Voter Registration Bill - Senator Yee, San Mateo Elections Chief, Common Cause, Students push bill to bring California voter registration system into the 21st Century

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) was joined by San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church as well several organizations to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign legislation that would allow citizens to register to vote via the internet.

Several other states already offer online registration, yet California has lagged behind awaiting implementation of the statewide online database system known as VoteCal, which has been delayed until at least 2015 and probably later.

“In the 21st century, especially here in California, it is long overdue to have online voter registration,” said Yee. “SB 397 will not only help protect the integrity of the vote, but will allow many more individuals the opportunity to register and participate in our democracy.”

Yee was joined at a press conference in San Francisco by Common Cause, SEIU, League of Women Voters, Californians for Electoral Reform, and the University of California Students Association, to highlight the major provisions of the bill including provisions that place greater safeguards to fraud than the current paper registration process.

Under SB 397, citizens would input their voter information online and the county elections office would use the voter’s signature from the Department of Motor Vehicles to verify authenticity. That signature could be matched against the voter’s signature at the polling place. Currently, signatures at the polling place are only compared to the paper registration signature, which potentially allows for greater occurrences of fraud.

SB 397 would also minimize the practice of individuals being paid to collect voter registration cards and instead sending in fake names in order to fulfill a quota or to make more money.

County elections officers are also hailing the bill as a potential cost-savings and a way of eliminating administrative errors from incorrect data entry of the paper registration. By using online registration, the voter would enter their own information helping to eliminate spelling errors or an election office being unable to read the paper registration. The new system will also save time and money on data entry by election clerks.

“This law will increase voter registration, increase the accuracy of the registration information, and reduce election costs,” said Church. “Everyone wins.”

In Arizona, implementation of online voter registration saw a decrease of up to 83 cents per a registration for some counties. Mariposa County – the largest election jurisdiction in Arizona – has saved over $1 million since implementing online registration 5 years ago.

“With the passage of Senator Yee’s online voter registration bill, we can finally move California’s voter registration system into the 21st century,” said Kathay Feng, Executive Director for California Common Cause.

The Governor has until October 9 to sign or veto the measure.”

“Foreign Organization” – The DMV Doesn’t Recognize Taiwan as a Country So Its Diplomats Can’t Get Diplomatic Plates

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Here’s what they get instead:Foreign Organization license plates.

See? The foreign organization referenced is Taiwan. See below.

The driver using this particular plate, Foreign Organization 465, drives about as well as your stereotypical BMW driver from San Mateo County, so oh well.

When you get stuck in an intersection, it means you shouldn’t have entered the intersection, of course. This is called “blocking the box.” It might get you home 30 seconds earlier but it comes at the cost of blocking both lanes of inbound Market Street for about 30 seconds. Bad form, Taiwan, oops, I mean foreign organization:

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Someday, I’ll get a special license plate.*

“V C Section 5006.5 Foreign Organization Special License Plates

5006.5. (a) The department may issue, for a fee determined by the department to be sufficient to reimburse the department for actual costs incurred pursuant to this section, distinctive license plates for motor vehicles owned or leased by an officer or a designated employee of a foreign organization recognized by the United States pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act (22 U.S.C. Sec. 3301 et seq.) when the department is otherwise satisfied that the issuance of the license plates is in order.

(b) The distinctive license plates shall be designed by the department and shall contain the words “Foreign Organization.”

(c) The department shall establish procedures for both of the following:

(1) To verify the eligibility of an applicant for plates issued pursuant to this section.

(2) To authorize a recognized foreign organization to apply on behalf of its officers for plates issued pursuant to this section.

Added Ch. 397, Stats. 1994. Effective January 1, 1995.”

*The one I use now is particularly banal…

The Broken Bicycle Locks of San Francisco’s Department of Motor Vehicles

Monday, January 12th, 2009

For some reason, the grounds of San Francisco’s Fell Street DMV (the Unhappiest Place on Earth and a “depressing eyesore“) are a veritable graveyard of broken bicycle locks.

You don’t see too many bikes around there, but you sure see a lot of busted locks near the bushes. Do thieves just dump these things there on a regular basis for some reason? Apparently so.  

Another mortal coil shuffles off. Would a Kryptonite New York Lock or similar have been a better choice?