Posts Tagged ‘dmv’

Our SFMTA Registers Its Disapproval with the Safe Hit Sidewalk Bulbouts Recently Installed by the SFMTrA at Fell and Baker

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

These guerrilla-installed white posts went in on October 5-6. I was thinking since I saw them still there on the evening of October 9th that maybe the SFMTA might be tolerating them. But no, all these posts are gone now, as of the evening of October 10th anyway.

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One problem with bulbouts is that they embolden pedestrians, as here, but I don’t know if our non-transparent SFMTA would agree with that.

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Installing a couple bulbouts here wouldn’t be crazy. It would take the five lanes you’d have to cross to get out of traffic down to four, pretty much, at the cost of two parking spaces.

The existing timing* seems generous to me, even during rush hour, so I don’t understand how the recent accident occurred.

*43 seconds or so, which is about 20 seconds more than other nearby intersections on Fell west of Masonic, at least during rush hour.

Taggers Beset McKinley Statue in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Just After Its Big Fix-It Job

Friday, September 8th, 2017

These steps were fenced off for a couple months over the summer – here’s what it looks like now:

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Things get expensive and complicated what with sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings and whatnot.

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Real estate interests in the area thought they had a solution by proposing a big-ass fence to keep the hippies off of the steps, and I’m srsly…

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…this was a real proposal and this image was the mock-up they created, but the fence idea didn’t fly.

On It Goes…

The Sad Scene at the Fell Street DMV, with People Waiting in Line at Six-Something AM – What Do They Know?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

This was at about 6:20 AM:

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What compels people to start queuing up two hours afore a joint opens? Is this a winning strategy?

My Way or the Highway – A Message Somewhat Endorsed by the CA DMV

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Or God’s Way, I suppose.

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DMV’s the one stamping out plates like this so they have some say in the matter of course. This one surprised me, that’s all.

Rec and Park’s Anti-Vandalism Effort at the McKinley Statue in the Panhandle Gets Hit with … Vandalism

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Here’s your background and here’s how this site looks today:

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Suffice to say that this statue was going to need some work done anyway, and if the Arts Commish / RPD got a permanent fence put up (the way some people want) any sort of tagging wouldn’t look this bad, and it’s probably going to be a lot more difficult to get your painted message to the streets to stick (literally stick) around – suffice to say all that, but nevertheless Rec and Park’s Anti-Vandalism Effort at the McKinley Statue in the Panhandle Gets Hit with … Vandalism.

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Why It’s Completely Absurd for the SFMTA to Claim that Carshare Car Rental Means “60,000 Fewer Vehicles on the Street”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here it is, from Hoodline:

“Data also showed that 17% of members got rid of their cars after joining a car-sharing company, with as many as 24,000 vehicles sold. When taking into account people who did not purchase cars because of car-sharing, there were as many as 60,000 fewer vehicles on the street.”

Well let’s call horse-shit on this.

So, when did “car-sharing” get started in Frisco – over the past half-decade? So here are the latest stats for AUTOS registered in San Francisco County, per the DMV.

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2011: 380,621
2012: 385,442
2013: 397,238
2014: 403,246
2015: 407,656
2016: 413,147

Do you see a trend here? Do you see registered vehicles going up by about 6000-something cars per year, year in and year out? That’s the trend lately, for whatever reason.

So where’s the supposed “60,000 fewer vehicles” kicking in from the SFMTA’s inconsequential program? Does the SFMTA really think we’d have 473,000 registered cars but for its heroic car “share” car rental program?

Obviously, our SFMTA really doesn’t know what’s it’s doing. So why not have an independent agency assess how effective its policies are instead of this, this Pyongyang-inspired Ministry of Truth stuff coming from SFMTA spokesmodels who are obviously just winging it day by day, DJT-style.

You know, what I’m talking about is having somebody around saying, “Is this really true?”

Or, in the case of attaining the goal of VisionZero 2024, which will somehow, by administrative decree, eliminate all transportation mishap injuries by 2024 and through eternity, “Could this possibly be true?”

Uh, I Don’t Think You Can Do This, SHIFT.com (AKA KPCB’s G2VP, DFJ, Highland Capital, DCM Ventures, Goldman Sachs)

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

[UPDATE: Oh, I see, this is a 2015 Volvo what got sold by SHIFT to be used as a LYFT, it now appears. So it aint a new car and yet it doesn’t have its California plates. Maybe it was an out of state car? IDK. A mystery to me.]

[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: Oh here it is, being sold in Pasadena a few years back? Is this it too? Confused, oh well.]

SHIFT (company).

This Volvo isn’t a new car. If it were a new car, then it’d be a 2018 model, right? Or a 2017? But it’s not. And it’s sitting on a public street without a license plate, except for SHIFT (and LYFT) badging, some of which is license plated-shaped of course, but you know, not a real license plate. Now if this were a new car, then things might make sense, but I think you’d need to have your reg in the window, non? You know, maybe there is reg in the front window – I didn’t check as I was rolling through this block, sry. But doesn’t Shift deal in used cars? Or maybe somebody stole the license plates. But why does SHIFT have license plate covers in the first place, one wonders.

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Don’t try this on your own ride, Gentle Readers.

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Anyway, this isn’t usual, so I thought I’d tell you.

CONCLUSION: Rich People HATE Front License Plates, Even Though They’re Required in California

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

See?

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That’s typical.

VEHICLE CODE – VEH, DIVISION 3. REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES AND CERTIFICATES OF TITLE [4000 – 9808] ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. ), CHAPTER 1. Original and Renewal of Registration; Issuance of Certificates of Title [4000 – 5506] ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. ), ARTICLE 9. Display of Plates, Tabs, and Stickers [5200 – 5206] ( Article 9 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

5200. (a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.

What’s that, does this law apply to your Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche and/or Tesla? YES, IT ESPECIALLY APPLIES TO THOSE.

What’s that, what about Steve Jobs? Well, he also regularly parked in handicapped spaces. Is he your lodestar? And if you want to copy him, you’d need to take off your rear license plate as well.

Sorry, rich ppl.

MANSPLAINER: Flashing Lights and Sirens Don’t Mean PULL TO THE RIGHT AND STOP, They Mean GET OUT OF THE WAY

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

What does the DMV have to say about this situation? IDK, I forget.

But I’m talking IRL here. And in real life these two drivers teamed up to block this fire truck from turning right for a little while. The right-side driver, who definitely heard the sirens whilst driving the entire block, could have easily stopped mid-block and thereby have left room for the SFFD:

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You gotta try to think of what the fire truck driver wants you to do, which is get outta the way, as opposed to what you did, which is slowly drive to the end of the block and stop.

Of course, this isn’t the end of the world – I’m just a dude here ‘splaining things without being asked to…

I am Become EUROTRASH, Destroyer of Worlds

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Hey, what was MSRP for this hunk of Alcoa aluminum fashioned into a Ferrari 612 four-seater? Was it $300k? Anyway, paying tax and reg to DMV would cost you a pretty penny, and even if you are registered, it’s still cooler for you to use your Euro plates regardless.

And the neighboring Saab shows us the other way to Eurotrash

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That’s your 94118 Update