Posts Tagged ‘Golden Gate Bridge’

Elite French Air Force Team to Fly Over Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, April 15th at 6:00 PM – “Patrouille Acrobatique de France”

Friday, April 14th, 2017

[UPDATE: Things went well with this fly-by, except for some cloudiness. And here’s a well-wisher from France.]

Here’s the news:

  Replying to and UPDATE: The French Air Force’s elite will fly over the on Saturday 15th at 6.00PM!

They were going to come on the 14th (Friday), but things changed. It’ll look something like this:

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Vive La France!

Stop It Hertz: “Herrera Sues Hertz for Bilking Customers with Hidden Golden Gate Bridge ‘Toll Service’ Fees”

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

(Headline from college boy Jonathan Rauch.)

And here’s the press release:

“Herrera sues Hertz for bilking customers with hidden Golden Gate Bridge ‘toll service’ fees

Thousands of unwitting Hertz customers routinely charged $32.25 for a single bridge crossing. Case brought to counter long-standing problem and compensate victims.

SAN FRANCISCO (March 2, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sued the Hertz Corporation and its business partner for misleading customers and engaging in unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices by charging steep fees for a “toll service” to unwitting rental car customers who cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hertz is fraudulently and deceptively inducing its customers who drive across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to purchase an “optional” toll service called PlatePass, according to the lawsuit Herrera filed Wednesday, March 1, in San Francisco Superior Court.

On other California toll bridges, PlatePass is an optional service that permits Hertz customers to bypass cash toll lanes and use the faster electronic FasTrak lanes without having to establish a FasTrak account.

But on the Golden Gate Bridge, ever since it went cashless four years ago, Hertz customers neither choose the service, nor receive sufficient notice to avoid it. They neither receive its supposed benefits, nor consent to its charges. Instead, by simply driving over the Golden Gate Bridge a single time, as millions of tourists do each year, Hertz customers are charged not only the undiscounted toll rate of $7.50, but up to $24.75 in extra fees. For many customers, that means a $32.25 bill to cross the bridge one time — more than four times the toll rate.

Worse, Hertz does not charge and disclose these fees on the receipt it provides to customers upon the close of the rental, but instead provides its customers’ confidential personal credit card information to a third party who slips in the charge at a later date.

“These practices are not only unfair; they’re unlawful,” Herrera said. “Rather than Hertz putting you in the driver’s seat, they’re taking their customers to the cleaners. I am not going sit back and allow one of the largest rental car companies on the planet to take advantage of a world-renowned San Francisco icon to rip off thousands of California visitors and residents. This lawsuit is designed to put a stop to this illegal scheme and force the companies involved to pay their victims back.”

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The Golden Gate Bridge People Think You Drive Your Bike Too Fast on Their Sidewalks – Here’s How I Can Tell

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

One word, babe: Radar

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This sign is a sign of things to come.

You’ll see…

ROBIN WILLIAMS TUNNEL, Marin County, USA

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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World-Famous Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Shut Down to Tourists – Look at All the People NOT Standing Here Atop Battery Spencer

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Four and a half-star Battery Spencer is mostly shut down these days, owing to the current tunnel situation.

Here’s how you can tell  – nobody’s up there. See?

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The white stuff on the left is just one section of all the barricades.

But you’re welcome to to walk or ride your bike up there.

Remembering happier times, Suntori times:

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The Best Grocery Bags Ever Return to Costco #144

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Four giant bags, two styles, $5.99

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA they say, in case you forget where you’re at

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Eagle’s Point Aint What It Used To Be

Friday, January 20th, 2017

It used to have a platform ‘n stuff and you could walk down some steps a good ways, but now this place is a nothingburger, just a wide spot on the path, with three benches:

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Oh well

Busy Frisco, Ships Everywhere – Tanker, Container, Container

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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Bay Area Bucket List: Fort Point, Point Bonita Lighthouse, PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

You should be able to see them all, from this very clear and cold day:

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Point Bonita Lighthouse you should go to once, and only once, IMO…

75 Years: Happy Anniversary, Little Yellow Buoy, I Guess

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Nearby Alcatraz had this anniversary back in aught-nine – perhaps that has something to do with something…

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