Posts Tagged ‘donation’

Pink Mustaches? Attention Zimride “Lyft” Owners/Employees: You Are Operating an Illegal Taxi Service in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WTH: Is this an illegal taxi waiting to pick up random passengers arriving at the CalTrain station at 4th and King in SoMA? Looks that way.

Per some sleuthing from Kevin Montgomery of Uptown Almanac, I’d say it’s safe to say:


But these “sharing economy” pirates don’t fly the Jolly Roger, no no, a pink mustache is what they use when they steal food from the mouths of the kids of all the taxi drivers and impoverished SFMTA MUNI  DPT workers about town.

Let’s let Ryan Lawler of TechChrunch ‘splain:

“It’s been just eight weeks since Zimride’s ride-sharing service, Lyft, was launched in beta, providing San Francisco users a low-cost alternative to cabs and Ubers. Since then, the service has grown a tremendous amount: It’s got more than 100 drivers operating in the area, who together are taking hundreds of riders a day.

Lyft works like other car transportation apps: You open it up and the app searches for available cars nearby. Difference is, those cars are driven by regular folks, not your usual surly taxi driver or buttoned up Uber driver. Users can rate their drivers, and at the end of the ride, there’s a suggested donation, which is typically about 80 percent of your average taxi fare. Drivers also rate their passengers….”

And Tomio Geron of Forbes, for one,  thinks that the private auto will soon be a thing of the past, so great this “new” idea is. Check it:

“The companies say they enable ride sharing–essentially a form of carpooling–and take voluntary donations so they aren’t taxis. But Lyft and SideCar rides aren’t exactly like carpools. Carpools are for people who are already going somewhere and pick someone up along the way. People who drive for Lyft and SideCar generally aren’t going anywhere. Some drivers may be using it to pick someone up, but many are driving around the city looking to pick up riders, like taxis do. So services like Lyft and Carshare may force San Francisco and other government agencies to rethink what a ride share is.”

All right, but until that time that the City and County of San Francisco does a rethink, Lyft aint legal.

Why? Well let’s see. Insurance? Registered paint scheme? Medallion? Taxi license? Stickers on the outside of your ride? “SAN FRANCISCO TAXI” written somewhere on the car? Waybills filed daily? 

Lyft dispenses with all of this because passengers simply “donate” the fare to the hack.? Yeah, I don’t think so.

Hey, how about this? What if Zimride next opened a cut-rate cathouse, one where Johns would have to put up a deposit upon entrance? And then he’d “donate” money to the sex worker, who would then immediately afterwards rate him as a John. And then if the rating weren’t high enough, he’d get banned and lose his deposit. Wouldn’t that work the way Lyft works? And, my, wouldn’t that “disrupt” the local prostitution biz?

And would the donated income be considered income by the IRS? Or not, I don’t know.

Ooh, here’s one, prowling the Western Addition just yesterday:

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“License plates front or rear? No thanks, not for me. But my pink carstache is an offer for you to flag me down.” Or maybe this non-hipster-looking dude is an actual kicky hipster, just having fun decorating his car?  I can’t tell.

Or, let’s say you want to kidnap somebody. Don’t go to the trouble of obtaining a car what looks like a taxi, just put a pink mustache on your econocar and soon you’ll have kidnappees flagging you down? Mmmmm.

Hey, SFMTA! How much money are you making from Lyft?

Absolutely nothing. I’ll say it again, absolutely nothing. Lyft, what is it good for?

Hey SFMTA! What driver is going to want to pay a 50% tax(!) on a taxi medallion if thousands of pink mustached cars disrupt the highly regulated taxi industry of the 415?

Hey SFMTA! You “manage” everything else in town, why not Lyft too?

‘Cause right now, this pink mustache company is drinking your milkshake. 

They drink it up:

This will not stand, this aggression against the cabdrivers of San Francisco.

Making Money Off of Donated Food: Wow, the Illegal Black Market of Mid-Market is Larger Than Ever

Friday, June 29th, 2012


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This (about 20 sellers all in a row) is the most I’ve seen all in one place at one time.

The SFPD knows all about this – sometimes they care, but most of the time they don’t.

And best of all, after you purchase a bunch of food, you can go across the street to buy a stolen iPhone.

Remember, “Mayor Ed Lee Get’s It Done!”

“Run Ed Run!”

OMG the 13th annual How Weird Street Faire Runs Today from Noon to 8:00 PM at 2nd and Howard on SoMA!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there:

“San Francisco’s festival season begins


from Noon to 8pm
Howard & 2nd Streets, Downtown San Francisco

The 13th annual How Weird Street Faire
13 music and performance stages
spread throughout 13 city blocks!”

Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:

The San Francisco Atheists:

Getting help with those hard-to-paint areas:

via nsbarr

The largest boombox in the world. These go to twelve:

Open air hookah on Howard Street:

Kate O’Brien’s Irish Bar & Grill did land office business, what with the food, booze and sexy ladies.

via Steve Rhodes

If You Donate to a San Francisco Food Bank, Your Donation Just Might End Up Being Resold on the Street at 7th and Market

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Like this:

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Coincidentally, 7th and Market is the best place in the western United States to buy a stolen Apple iPhone.

Anyway, a few days ago, this crew was selling their black market goods on the north side of Market Street. But the SFPD took care of that, so now you need to travel to the south side of the intersection to obtain your Corn Flakes and Crispy Hexagons.


Reverse Angle:

On it goes in Mayor Ed Lee’s new and improved Mid Market Twitterloin.

Today’s Fundraisers for the Victims of the Big Fire in the Western Addition from The Sisters and the AAACC

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Your District Five Blog has the deets on today’s events for the victims of the big fire in the Western Addition on December 22, 2011.

One fundraiser is being hosted by London Breed and the other by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Why is McDonalds Charging Sales Tax on Donations? Anyway, the New San Francisco Happy Meal is Exactly the Same as the Old

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Well here it is, the before and after of the San Francisco Happy Meal from McDonalds.

Today’s the day that the San Francisco’s Healthy Meal Incentives Ordinance kicks in. The upshot is that now you have to donate 10 cents to Ronald McDonald House in order to get the toy.


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(Note the apple slices in the upper right. They’ve been around for a while.)

But uh oh, is Micky Dee’s charging sales tax on the donation? Yes it is. I cry foul.* (Uh, San Francisco McDonaldses, can you do that? Do you need to rejigger your registers?)

This sign was just put up. It’s all “10 cents adds a toy.”

Now I’ll tell you, I can recall buying a Hamburger Happy Meal in Palo Alto last year for exactly two-fitty ($2.50). It had more fries plus the free toy (but it didn’t have apple slices or a slice of cheese for the burger.) Anyway, prices be going up, it seems.

Oh well.

*So, the only reason to charge sales tax is if the 10-cent purported “donation” is actually for the “retail sale of tangible personal property,” right? So which is it, a donation or a sale? I mean if I donated money to Ronald McDonald House on Scott Street, they sure as Hell wouldn’t tack on sales tax, would they? Mmmm… I paid ten cents extra to get a toy, right? Thinking out loud here, could it be that, as far as San Francisco is concerned, the 10 cents shows that the toy isn’t included “for free” and therefore the sale need not comply with the HMIO, but as far as the state of California is concerned, McD’s is just selling the toy for 10 cents, so therefore, obviously, a penny needs to be collected and forwarded to Sacramento for each sale? (But of course, if you walk up and offer your 10-cent donation for just the toy, they’ll say, “No dice.” They used to charge $2 for toy only purchases). Have the legal advisers for area McDonalds restaurants thought this through? I don’t know. Anyway, the approach they’re taking appears to be a giant F.U. to the City and County of San Francisco. I’ll tell you, the path they’re on is full of rusty nails and garbage pails. Just saying. But hey, what about McDonalds Corporation in Oak Brook, Illinois? Did they sign off on this? I wonder. (Did they indemnify the local owners? By contract, or, you know, some other way. I’m just curious about who came up with this ten cent idea.) Anyway, this is me thinking aloud, just raising issues. I can’t wrap my head around “ten cents adds a toy” and how that relates to state tax law. Like when I got my Android phone plus two-year contract for $50, I had to pay another $50 or so in sales tax because the phone is worth far more than $50. For example…

Troublesome Inner Richmond Jack-in-the-Box Franchise the Site of Attempted Murder Early Thanksgiving Morning, 11-24-2011

Friday, November 25th, 2011

[UPDATE: Andrea Koskey has more details, along with some video. And Erin Sherbert has some new info on the Albert Bartal Relief Fund.]

[UPDATE: Busted by the SFPD November 29th, 2011: 22-year-old suspect Eduardo Shaparo Esquivel of South San Francisco.]

The SFPD is looking for help on this one:

SFPD Seek Public’s Assistance in Attempted Homicide Investigation
Posted Date: 11/25/2011

On November 24, 2011 at 2:45 AM, an attempted homicide occurred on the corner of 9th Ave/Geary. Prior to the incident the victim and suspect got into a physical altercation inside of a restaurant on the corner of 11th Ave/Geary in San Francisco. Both victim and suspect were eventually separated and left the restaurant. The victim then walked to a gas station located on 9th Ave/Geary. The suspect described as a mixed race or Latin male, 18-24 years old, with short black hair and a manicured beard was then seen getting into the pictured vehicle listed below and drove off.

The suspect then drove his vehicle, described as a black Mazda CX type SUV with possible front end damage, and twelve spoke sports rims into the gas station on 9th/Geary and intentionally struck the victim. The suspect fled the scene. Witnesses to the fight took photos of the suspect at the time of the fight. The victim received life threatening injuries due to being struck by the suspect vehicle.

San Francisco Police Criminal Investigations Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this attempted homicide. Witnesses or persons with information are asked to call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or “Text-a-Tip” at TIP411 from their cell phones. Please include “SFPD’ in the beginning of the text message.”

So here’s your suspect:

And the Mazda vehicle looks like this:

Here’s another stab at it:

And here’s the 411 on the infamous J in the B at 11th Avenue:

This IS the legendary Jack-n-the-Box of SF! That’s right.. open 24 hours baby.. and with PARKING. Now if the SFPD were smart, they’d put a squad car here at midnight..because only after you’ve finished drinking your 5th pint does a couple of Jumbo Jack with extra mayo and with the burger drowned in ketchup actually sound tasty.  

I remember when I used to come here late at night. It’s like a rainbow coalition meeting. You have your clubbers, pub crawlers, homeless and 3rd shifters getting their Jack on. Since the inside is small we were all elbow to elbow forced into a temporary bonding moment that even would make Martin Luther King smile as he watched his dream come true.

But that dream was crushed as they have started to lock their doors after 10pm. That’s right folks.. you are now limited to ordering through a walk-thru. If you haven’t seen the walk-thru it’s a contraption that relies on “The Cube” where you put your money through.”

On It Goes in the Avenues…

You Have a Spare $500, Right? Spend It Tonight on Mayor Ed Lee – It’s a Mid-Market Penthouse Party!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Remember that Mid-Market area what was purportedly destroyed by the “Twitter Tax,” you know, that “job killer” that was signed into law by former Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004?

Well here’s your chance to check it out without getting shot:*


Be careful of what’s on the sidewalks as you carry your checks through the Mid Market, you know, for “access.” Because you might have to step over a little corruption:

Prospective Twitter Landlord Gave Newsom Rent Deal – City is now offering social media giant a tax freeze to move into historic SF Mart building

Oh well.

*Look for the SFPD to be all over the place tonight, just saying.

Look, BART: Now You’ve Made the Atlantic Monthly – Director James Fang Corruption – BARTtv Off the Air

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Atlantic – that’s one for scrapbook, huh BART?

“Director Lynnette Sweet’s line of inquiry to BART police Chief Kenton Rainey seemed to indicate the board is out of the loop. The process of the decision to cut phone service had never been explained to them. While Rainey and interim General Manager Sherwood Wakeman continued to take personal responsibility, they spoke elliptically about the process of making and executing on the decision. That is to say, they dodged. The conversation between Sweet, Rainey, and Wakeman was strained, with both men speaking with halting, defensive voices, after clear and easy speeches earlier in the session.”

Via Steve Rhodes

California Watch:

“BART Director James Fang accepted $7,000 in campaign contributions this year from a contractor with business pending before the transit agency, in apparent violation of BART’s conflict of interest regulations.”

And what happened to BARTtv? No updates lately? Kell domage. ‘Cause, you know, I Love Big Brother. I want my BARTtv.

And what’s this, starting salary for the BART Police is (or was) just $40k-something a year? That’s not too much, is it? How does that compare with the SFPD, which has an $85,000 per year minimum? Could that explain a few differences? And you have train drivers making six figures? Maybe drivers make too much and your cops not enough. Just asking. Maybe you should pay your police more up front and then you wouldn’t have to do the pension spiking?

BART, are you the worst public agency in California?

Save the Date! 12th Annual San Francisco How Weird Street Faire is on Sunday May 1st, 2011

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The 12th Annual How Weird Street Faire is coming to SoMA at noon, May 1st, 2011. So dust off your cowboy hat and go, why not?

This could be you come May Day 2011:

(In Soviet Russia, we had to make big travel to get to Burning Man, but in San Francisco, Burning Man travels to you. What a country!)

The 12th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 1, 2011
Noon to 8pm
Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth

All the deets after the jump!