Posts Tagged ‘half-assed’

How the Magic Word “VisionZero” Has NOT Changed the SFMTA’s Half-Assed Approach to Transportation Safety: “Focus On The Five”

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Here’s the SFMTA’s official six-figure-a-year spokesperson on the topic of when pedestrians can cross a street, from just last year:

“They can start whenever they want,” Rose said.”

Of course this is wrong, as even Paul Rose himself would admit now, after being corrected.

So, why did he say that? Because he, like his employer, has a half-assed approach to safety, and, one supposes, he, like his employer, is mired in politics.

Now do you suppose that Paul Rose was at all interested in examining why he told the peds of San Francisco that it was A-OK for them to violate CA state law? Oh no, not at all. And do you think he checked with anyone before he spouted off? Prolly not.

Like I say, a half-assed approach.

Now we’re in 2015, the era of SF VisionZero 2024, which has the goal, one that nobody actually believes in, but they have to pretend that they do believe in it, of having no more transportation deaths in San Francisco County starting in 2024 and continuing in perpetuity.

It’ll look a little something like this, supposedly:


Now do you see the beauty in this? By the time SFGov fails to achieve this impossible goal, all the people who glibly made the promise will be out of office, right? How convenient.

The big problem with the approach that SFGov is taking is assuming that traffic deaths are a street design issue, as opposed to a human behavior issue. So most of the emphasis appears to be upon SFGov spending more money, which of course SFGov loves to do anyway.

And the part of VisionZero SF that’s focuses on behavior seems misplaced, for political reasons.

For example, there’s this:

Focus on the Five – Using multi-year collision data, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is focusing on enforcing the five violations that are most frequently cited in collisions with people walking. The goal is to have half their traffic citations be for these five violations.”

So if the SFPD started handing out tickets for jaywalking, you know, in a big way, that would certainly help with traffic safety, over the long term, to at least a slight degree, but that would take the SFPD away from its “Focus On The Five” goal.

The problem with Focus On The Five is that it ignores Vehicle Code violations on behalf of pedestrians, one supposes for political reasons. In fact, the cause of most pedestrian and cyclist deaths last year in San Francisco was the behavior of the pedestrians and cyclists themselves.

And what’s this talk about “automated enforcement?” How about this, how about hooking up all of the SFMTA’s vehicles to an automated enforcement mechanism that would detect speed limit, stop sign and red light violations using on board sensors and GPS? Then, after Ed Reiskin parks his government-paid SFMTA car or an operator parks her bus, SFPD tickets would be issued, you know, daily. Whoo boy, what are the odds of something like that happening?

So that’s SF VisionZero 2024, a buzz-phrase that means absolutely nothing.



Front Cleansing in Mountain View – Conan O’Brien Delighted by Google’s $700 Toilets

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

After famous Conan O’Brien performed at his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010 at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on April 2223 he headed south down to San Joser. But on the way, he managed to put in a visit to Google’s HQ in Mountain View. O.K. then.

Well, he was simply delighted with Google’s Japanese-made Toto toilets. Check the YouTube.

Here’s an excerpt, click to expand:

Front cleansing indeed.

San Francisco Delighted by the Return of Conan O’Brien – LPFBFOT Tour 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Conan O’Brien’s 32-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010 delighted all comers at the sold-out Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium tonight.

It went a little something like this.

Friday’s show should be a hit as well. Keep up with the action at the Twitter via #cobnob

Bonus: the Masturbating Bear made an appearance tonight as well:

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In other news:

Leno Slips to Post-Coco Low — Even vs. Dave Repeats

Post-Coco Low! Post-Coco Low! Post-Coco Low!

The C-man in S.F. – Conan Christopher O’Brien by Troy Holden

O.K. then. Coco is leaving us tomorrow Friday, April 23 2010. It will be tough getting into his final show in S.F., but: 

“Wow. If Conan is coming to your city, find a way to get tickets. I was literally in tears from laughing so hard.”

And the Late Night Talk Shows Examiner seems to like this tour a lot.

Bon Courage, Conan and everyone else on the LPFBFOT Tour 2010.

P.S.: Here are the remaining cities on the tour – check to see if they added another show in your town the way they did in San Francisco: 

4/24/10 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheater

4/29/10 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre

4/30/10 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre

5/1/10 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theatre @ The Palms

5/4/10 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

5/5/10 San Jose, Ca San Jose State University Events Center

5/6/10 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

5/9/10 Boulder, CO Mackey Auditorium

5/10/10 Denver, CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House

5/13/10 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium- SMU Campus

5/14/10 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall

5/15/10 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater

5/16/10 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre

5/18/10 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre

5/19/10 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

5/22/10 Toronto, ON, Canada Massey Hall

5/30/10 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Center

6/1/10 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall

6/4/10 Boston, MA Wang Theater

6/6/10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

6/7/10 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre

6/8/10 Washington, DC Constitution Hall

6/11/10 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival

6/14/10 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre

Conan O’Brien Plays San Francisco April 22-23: $74 a Ticket, Meet Coco for Just $695

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

[UPDATE: OMG COCO is finally here. Follow the action via Twitter at #cobnob.]

Oh, it’s on. It’s going to be Coco a Gogo when Conan O’Brien’s “half-assed” 32-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010 comes to the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium April 2223. It’ll be just like 2007 all over again.

“Full Price Tickets” from TicketMonster are going right now for $74, all up. And for just $695 you can get in on the Meet and Greet Package– wouldn’t you like a photo of you and Conan to put on the FaceBook for all your “friends” to see? Sure you would.

I don’t know, maybe you can score some cheaper ticks by using your AmEx card or going to the box office or something.

See you there!

All the tour locations, after the jump