Posts Tagged ‘driver’

Lyft Driver Causes Resentment on Masonic by Pushing Into the Tiny Parking Lot of Trader Joe’s #100

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Some harried drivers got a little honky when they thought the spotted this Lyft taxi driver cutting in line to park at the Trader Joe’s Masonic gro sto.

But of course, this was just a routine pickup of a TJ’s shopper with groceries.

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To me, getting picked up right outside the door of the store is the height of luxury, but I’m not handicapped or anything.

This lot is not set up this kind of pick up, IMO, and yet everything appeared to work out.

And speaking of car horns, if you’re trying to say anything other than “HERE I AM” or “HEY, I’M HERE” when you’re a-honking, you’re prolly doing things wrong.

Just saying.

So, San Francisco Simply Can’t Afford Traffic Signals on Geary, Where They’re OBVIOUSLY Needed?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Man, this is not how I’d cross wide, wide Geary, I’ll tell you:

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The driver of the car heading inbound in the fast lane didn’t see these peds, so a passenger held out his arm as a way of apologizing, oh well.

The way to cross Geary would be to wait for reds at adjacent intersections OR to cross where there is a signal.

That’s what I’ve learned as a walker on the mean Streets of San Francisco.

Instead of going on a massive signal installing campaign, SFGov would rather promise you Pie In The Sky, a promise to repeal the laws of physics and human nature by the year 2024, you know, by the time that all the pols what voted for said Pie In The Sky have termed out, conveniently.

VisionZero they call it.

“Non-Violent” ZipCar Smasher has an Interesting Shirt from the United Farm Workers

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Here’s the latest on this one:

Critical Mass window smasher was wearing T-shirt advocating non-violence by Evan Sernoffsky

Oh, I read it as The Union is Our Strength. And I thought, oh, I guess that makes sense.

But the real quote is much better.

Anyway, here’s the front of the shirt – it depicts the UFW eagle morphing into a white winged dove* with a sprig of laurel:

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Anyway, this is some excellent blogging from Evan Sernoffsky…

*Well, only a regular dove, but it’s just like the white-winged dove.

Fell Street Blues: Severe Tailgating Edition

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Westbound Fell at Masonic.

This might be OK:

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But this isn’t – this is tailgating, CVC 21703:

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A close-up:

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And off and away on Fell, heading into the sunset:

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Cyclist took the lane until he didn’t – any incident would be on the driver.

This concludes Fell Street Blues.

Ross Mirkarimi Update: “Sheriff Mirkarimi Confirms Valid Driver License”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Our San Francisco Chronicle went wall-to-wall, all over the Twitter, with this one, which turned out much easier to resolve than, say, our ongoing Pay-To-Play culture at City Hall.

Just saying.

Just released:

“Sheriff Mirkarimi Confirms Valid Driver License

San Francisco, CA – Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi today announced that the matter regarding his driver license has been resolved.

“I used the public phone numbers for the DMV and traversed their process. I found them to be efficient and helpful, and after explaining the matter and filing the proper paperwork the matter has been resolved.”

Sheriff Mirkarimi was informed for the first time on Monday that the DMV had suspended his driver license, except for his ability to drive for his employment duties, for a failure to file an accident report. In fact, the Sheriff immediately reported the accident to his insurance company as well as to SFSD personnel. He was informed by his insurance company that the matter would be processed. The Sheriff learned only yesterday that his insurance provider did not file a report with the DMV as he believed. That report has now been filed.

Neither the Sheriff nor his insurance company had been notified by the DMV or any other entity regarding a license suspension or restriction. The Sheriff’s insurance coverage has remained uninterrupted.

Sheriff Mirkarimi was involved in a non-injury accident on 10/2/14. There was no damage to the City car that the Sheriff was driving but there was claimed damage to the other car. He provided his personal insurance information to the other driver as there was no City insurance information accessible in the City car.

Sheriff Mirkarimi will work with City administration on completing any remaining requirements.

Press Release: “Statement on the Status of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s Driver License” – The Importance of DMV Form SR1

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I don’t know, I tell people to be sure to file their SR1 form with the DMV all the time, but nobody seems to care all that much about it. They say, “I’ll let my insurance company take care of that.” That doesn’t exactly match the rules – oh well.

Anyway, here’s the latest on this one.

“Statement on the Status of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s Driver License

San Francisco, CA — Sheriff Mirkarimi has only learned today, through press inquiries, that the DMV suspended his license — except for his ability to drive for his employment duties — for his failure to properly report an accident. Neither the Sheriff nor his insurance company has ever been notified by the DMV or any other entity regarding a license suspension or restriction.

Sheriff Mirkarimi was involved in a non-injury accident on 10/2/14. The accident took place while he was driving his City vehicle. The non-injury accident resulted as the Sheriff was merging with other traffic to avoid a closed lane. There was no damage to the City car but there was damage to the other car. The Sheriff traded information with the other driver, including insurance information. He provided his personal insurance information to the other driver as there was no City insurance information accessible in the City car.

The Sheriff immediately reported the incident to his insurance company as required. Sheriff Mirkarimi was informed by his insurance company that they would take care of the matter. He has confirmed with his insurance company that his coverage has always remained in effect.

Sheriff Mirkarimi received a citation for a traffic violation by a San Francisco Police Officer in June. The Sheriff was not advised of any license suspension or restriction at that time. This citation has been resolved.

Sheriff Mirkarimi is working immediately to resolve the issue of his restricted license. He has contacted his insurance representatives to determine why the proper report was not submitted to the DMV. Sheriff Mirkarimi is expediting the resolution of the matter.”

“NO SCRPT” License Plate – A Techie or a Creative? These Days You Just Can’t Tell

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Browser protection advocacy or improv promotion:

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In this town in 2015, I could go either way…

Facebook Buses are, Once Again Improperly “Staging” in SFMTA Bus Stops – Zuckerberg vs. the 21 Hayes – Idle, Idle, Idle…

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

To review, corporate shuttles aren’t allowed to “stage” (hang out, idle around, wait for the next run to start) in MUNI bus stops. Here is staging in action, just yesterday:

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Arguably, the whole SFMTA Commuter Bus Pilot Program does not comply with CA state law. Arguably.

Having said that, this Facebook vehicle isn’t in compliance – disallowed staging and no green SFMTA Pilot sign front and rear.

And what’s this, homemade-appearing Florida license plates – looks legit!

Of course it’s good for drivers to take a break to walk around sometimes, but there’s no official place for these buses to do so.

Astonishingly, FB drove these drivers into becoming fully-unionized Teamsters. I understand the distance that Zuck wants to keep from liability – from accidents and the sometimes-crazy actions of workers, but man, there’s been a signif. cost to its corporate image. Couldn’t FB have said it wants the lowest bidder but that the drivers must be paid like $50 an hour? IDK.

Oh, really this is a Loop Transit bus? Well no, it’s a Facebook bus, you know, IRL

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On It Goes…

How to Make a Pay Package Worth Over $300K per Year: Become an “Incident Support Specialist” – Drive an SUV for the SFFD?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Here you go – a couple years worth of pay data for SFGov’s Incident Support Specialists:

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(All of these ISS people are at the SFFD AFAIK.)

So, what does an ISS do?

Here’s my guess – drive SUVs about Frisco.

Now let’s do a search for ISS:

“A fire chief’s vehicle, also called a “chief unit” or a “fire chief’s car”, “Fly Car”, “Fly Vehicle”, a “fire car”, or sometimes even called a “Buggy” (a throw back to horse drawn days), is a car, truck, or SUV that is used by a fire chief at fire scenes.”

“Each fire chief’s vehicle can be driven/operated by an assistant to the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Division Chief or Battalion Chief known as a Chief’s Driver, Chief’s Aide, Chief’s Operator, or Incident Support Specialist.”

So, if you spend 60-something hours a week driving people about Frisco in a Ford Expedition or a Chevy Suburban, you can make about ten times as much laboring as an SFGov Incident Support Specialist than as a driver for the Lyft or the Uber.

Do I have that right?

Middle of the Block, Middle of the Road – Here’s Why Vision Zero 2024 Will Never Work

Monday, June 29th, 2015

You know what “Vision Zero” 2024 is about? It’s about “comfort.” Check it – lots of hits, huh?

The problem with comfortable pedestrians, is that they become overconfident pedestrians.

And that might be all right on a flat stretch of the “traffic sewer” known as Post Street…

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…but as you get more comfortable with this game, you move on to hilly Masonic and this is where people get hit and this is where people die:

Who set up this arrangement, with a very popular Trader Joe’s with a very small parking lot on the left with a ready supply of free street parking on the right? SFGov, the same outfit that is promising to beat Sweden to a “Vision Zero” level of zero transportation deaths by more than a quarter-century, mostly by simply saying that’s what will happen, or that’s what might happen.

And speaking of which here’s the news of the past week – here’s an 8-figure settlement that arose from SFGov not competently performing its job re: traffic safety and here’s a 7-figure verdict that arose from the vaunted SFMTA’s vaunted taxi system.

If the SFMTA wants to eliminate transportation-related death and injury, it will need to eliminate transportation. To think that it has an an one-in-a-billion chance of attaining its ostensible goal by 2024 is to engage in fantasy.