I’d heard of these newish warnings, but hadn’t actually seen them.
Complete with exclamation points:
Is this what they call an “unfunded mandate?”
Ah tink so!
I’ve already made this post, but I’ve just come across the route map for 2014′s Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and if this tiny blog can prevent just one unnecessary tow-job this weekend, well that’s blogesse oblige, mon frere.
If I were Nike, of Beaverton, Oregon, I’d refund the $500-$1000 tow fees that a bunch of San Franciscans are going to be getting come Sunday morning, on a case-by-case basis.
If I were Nike…
All the deets on street closures:
Well, this is new, the routing of this year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon San Francisco.
Nike, Inc is going to blow through Fell Street like an autumnal version of the Bay to Breakers historic street party and fun run.
Take a look – here are the new signs DPW just put out, like a string of pearls through the Panhandle:
Note the timing of the mass towings has recently been altered. Can you see the 5 AM hiding under the white sticker what says 11 PM? I’m sure there’s a story behind that.
Anywho, this pop-up event is unexpected so it’s going to catch a lot of people by surprise.
What’s that, “outreach?” Oh yeah, Nike sent out a ton of letters to residents, customized for each mile of the route. I myself got one, but then forgot about it until I saw all these signs.
Nevertheless, even with the letters, this pop-up event is unexpected so it’s going to catch a lot of people by surprise.
Photo of Kirkham St. at 17th Avenue – the tiny “STOP” stencil is a recent addition:
And here’s an on-the-scene report to go with the image:
“Kirkham St.(Sunset District) has a bicycle lane with very few riders. All summer DPW was working on the part of Kirkham St east of 19th Avenue.
When DPW finished at the end of August 2014, they repaved the street, re-striped the lanes, put back the pedestrian islands.
The large STOP painted on the road for vehicle drivers didn’t mean much for bicyclists. They run thru intersections all the time. Now DPW painted a Stop sign in the bicycle lane!
The special Stop for bicyclists hasn’t made any difference. They still blast thru intersections on Kirkham St. and ignore their personal stop sign.”
I don’t know, if I were putting a bike lane on Kirkham, I’d prolly prevent cars from parking so close to the crosswalk. (In “sustainable streets” parlance, this is called “daylighting” an intersection, but I don’t actually know the normal term for maintaining sight lines at intersections so that peds may be seen.)
We’ll just have to wait and see how many people use these new lanes….
Here it is:
I suppose it’s OK for the DPW to lecture me about bike/ ped safety. But hey, DPW, would you, in turn, want to listen to me about the safety of your operations, about a culture of safety for your employees? Oh, no, not really?
Well the slides at the Panhandle Playground have been replaced after three months of absence.
1. Perhaps the RPD spokesmodel meant that the entire slide complex was being repaired, as opposed to the $2000 plastic slide itself. I don’t think it would have made sense to repair the slide itself, due to liability issues for starters. This is a brand-new slide, one that’s similar enough to the original.
2. So some wealthy, non-profit people came by with clipboards to say that this particular playground currently earns a “D” grade? Well, OK fine, but if you talk to the people who actually use the place, they, more or less, give it an “A” grade, you know, except for the slide that wasn’t there all summer long. Mmmmm… What’s up with that?
3. Supervisor London Breed’s office was unresponsive to the email contact sent by a group of concerned parents, apparently. So she gets an “F,” or an Incomplete perhaps. (I’ve worked at two similar offices, with about ten or one hundred times as many constituents, and if the elected in charge found out about something like this then there’d be a 20-minute yell-fest and/or a passive aggressive note sent to a (lower-case “s”) supervisor to “fix this.”) So, obvs, a “communication issue” occurred, I just don’t know how common this is with her office.
4. RPD has a policy to not repair anything in a playground if it’s due to be revamped in the next two years? That’s my understanding. Does that mean that this playground won’t get revamped anytime soon? That’s my understanding. Why’s that? Read on, Gentle Reader.
5. What RPD really wants is area parents to get together to raise something on the order of [bites right pinkie finger] one million dollars, you know, the way they do things in rich areas of SF, like Sea Cliff (ala the new Mountain Lake) and Presidio Heights. Only then will RPD put your playground at the top of the fix-it list? OK fine. The funny thing is that most of the money that gets used to refurbish existing playgrounds is paid for by the non-rich, from some bond. But all this doesn’t matter for the playground at hand, because:
6. The slide vandalized in May 2014 has been replaced in September 2014 and the users are now satisfied. No $5,000,000 modernization from the RPD is needed, frankly. [Oh what's that, RPD - this old-school playground costs you a lot of coin to maintain? Well, then why don't you fix it up, RPD, you know, using the money we give you?]
And that’s the end of this story.
In March 2009, Public Works initiated the conceptual planning phase for the skate park by meeting with the community and the designer, Newline Skateparks, Inc. Guided by community input, Newline presented three design concepts to the community in April 2009. Meeting attendees requested the designer fuse selected features from each concept into one final design and in May 2009, Newline presented the final skate park design to the community.”
Or not. I mean, why would I ask if the answer were anything but zero?
Here’s your super-pure, “better than Evian” Hetch Hetchy drinking water at work right here:
In other news, your SFPUC is working on a plan to downgrade the quality of your water on purpose, because, because…
In still yet other news, the SFPUC is better than you because it paid your money to buy a LEED certification for its new building on Golden Gate from the LEED people – this is so that the SFPUC can be shining exemplar for us all to follow.
I passed by O’Farrell and Masonic a couple times the other day, so I’m noting what I noticed.
This pedestrian appeared to become irate both at the unorthodox delay she had for the green and at the driver of the orange Scion car for turning left on a yellow:
If SFGov wanted to engage in pedestrian calming, it would adjust the left turn time for traffic on southbound Masonic.
Next up is this driver, who hung a U-turn on a red light since it looked like there was no traffic coming east on O’Farrell. There’s no way that’s legal:
Here’s the prize – the quite small lower level lot of City Target West:
Hey, I know that Target paid for a couple traffic signals on Masonic, but perhaps there could be some adjustments? Perhaps we could just eliminate U-turns on southbound Masonic at O’Farrell? I mean, northbound traffic on Masonic has no chance to getting to nearby Trader Joe’s, right? So why should we bend over backwards for people driving to Target?
Moving on, down the street to quiet Ewing Terrace, where the brand new lights have just been turned on. It seems that all traffic on Masonic has to stop at random times even though nobody wants to cross Masonic? Why is that?
In most places outside of SF, there’d be a pad to detect the presence of a car coming out of the cul-de-sac and buttons for peds. Shouldn’t we be doing it that way instead? Mmmmm… These red lights for no reason delay MUNI buses, right? I seen it. Perhaps in the near future this signal will be able to detect the approach of a bus and then not turn red for no reason? We’ll see…