Oh, and here’s another.
I’ll point out that sometimes it’s the unregistered sex offenders…
[UPDATE: It _was_ a false alarm, sort of. I mean it wasn’t a raging house fire, but it was a BFD that the SFFD and the SFPD needed to take of pronto.]
There was a time when fires in this area North of the Panhandle were mostly criminal-related. But this nabe has at least one $5 million(!) single-family house now, so I don’t know what to think anymore. As they say, it’s “in transition.”
Or perhaps this SFFD call is just another
Speaking of which, I had no idea how unpopular our Fire Chief is until I saw this bit from CWNevius defending her after she lost a vote of no confidence by like 4 to 1. How are you helping, Nevius? I see what you’re trying to do, but how are you helping her?
Here’s how the east end of Cayuga looks this AM, near the 101:
And here’s how people are reacting:
“I looked out front and the manhole in the street in front of our house was bubbling water a foot into the air. My neighbors were outside with flooding downstairs as well. I called 311 and was on hold for a while. During that time a fire truck went by and stopped at the other end of the block and stayed their for a while. Other people living down there were out on the sidewalks so I assume the whole street was flooding. Soon after the bubbling stopped. After like 20 minutes of being on hold I got a hold of an operator and reported the situation and she said they’re having flooding issues all across the city, but apparently they don’t coordinate with the fire department so they have no idea what they did.”
No these aren’t brand-new ShotSpotter gunfire detectors, as I initially thought.
They’re telemetry transceivers to give MUNI vehicles signal priority, per the Richmond District Blog:
Now here’s a shot from 2011 on Scott Street in the Western Addition – I don’t know what all this stuff is:
I don’t think any of them have anything to do with signal priority…
At first I though this billboard had something to do with the recent ill-starred Salesforce.com Hackathon.
Then I thought it was a beef from a laid-off salesperson.
But now I see it’s just another promotion for a business idea / patent.
Boy, I love patents, don’t you?
Here’s my favorite:
“Method of exercising a cat
US 5443036 A
A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.”
Isn’t it adorable?
Or I suppose they’re really called “suction” hydrants: