Posts Tagged ‘lights’

For The Record, This is the OTHER Street Lamp on My Block That’s Been Burning 24-7-365 for a Year or So

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

So IDK, one supposes that all these street lights about town have photovoltaic-type switches that have gotten occluded (ala putting a piece of paper on the right side of my car’s dashboard to turn the headlights on / waving your hand in front of my TV to cover up the sensor to get it to go dimmer) over the months and years and that’s why they burn all the live-long day, for weeks, months, and what’s next, years?

Anyway, here’s the other lamp on my short block – I’ve never shown you this one afore.

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ASSIGNMENT DESK: Hey SFGov, how much does it cost to this light in the daytime for a year? Multiply that by how many lights?

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

Do These Jaywalkers on 30 MPH Masonic Realize That Somebody Died in This Exact Place Doing the Exact Same Thing?

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Highly risky:

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Reverse angle:

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I’m guessing no, they do not.

I suppose I harp on this Trader Joe’s issue…

City Target Store’s Massive U-Turn Problem on Masonic Near Geary – One After the Other

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Not much has changed here since earlier this year, except now illegal u-turn drivers are getting stuck all perpendicular on Masonic, owing to the City Target West lower parking lot’s appeal to shoppers this holiday season:

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There _is_ a left turn only green arrow where the whole Geary / Anza intersection comes to a stop to let three to four Target shoppers make a left or U turn, but this unique approach is failing.

Any solutions to this one, SFMTA?

On it goes…

Here It Is: The Effect of Our New LED Street Lamps in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

On the right you can see the new LEDs and on the left you can see the pinkish brownish light you get from regular old street lamps.

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That’s it. That was the cause for all the hullaballoo.

And any org what crows about all the benefits of this change is the very same org that burns some street lamps all the livelong day, 24/7/365 for something like a year now.

Oh well…

The Unit Block of Masonic: A Daily Game of Frogger with Traffic Going 30 MPH in Both Directions

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Get up to speed here.

The limit here, betwixt Pine and Geary, is 30 MPH

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This is poor planning.

This is San Francisco.

Spot the Christmas Tree – This is a Trick Question, One Simple Trick – Should “Holiday Trees” Be Triangular or Rounded?

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Take a look, at Fell and Stanyan:

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The big round ball of vegetation on the left is our actual “holiday tree” whilst the Chritmassy-looking tree on the right is a big nothingburger.

Just saying…

How People Do Wiring Above Hayes Street in the Western Addition – It’s Also How They Charge Up Electric Cars

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Up to code or not?

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You tell me.

What, No More Christmas Trees in Front of SF City Hall? – Annual Tradition Lost – A Brief History of “Holiday Trees”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

All right, I promised a history of the giant Christmas trees of San Francisco Civic Center in front of City Hall (aka the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere, believe it or not.*)

Here we go, from the mid to late Aughts, complete with a Star of Bethlehem atop. A shot from my office:

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You know, keeping with Christian Tradition, as they say.

Well that didn’t go down good. So, in part due to some of my photos on SFist, back when Blogging Was King, and due to complaints of City Hall / SFGov workers objecting to having Christmas sort of imposed upon where there work – look it up on SFGate, Matier and Ross were on it – bye-bye Bethlehem star and bye-bye other overt displays of Christianity in and around City Hall.

But the tree stayed, and each and every year it came back, starless of course. And it was labeled a “Holiday Tree” in case there was any worry about it being a Christmas tree. Fine

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Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

And then, oh no, the garish lights on the tree! All those colors! Well, some rich white ladies about town thought they looked tacky, so away they went.

So that left us with this:

O.K. fine. Matier & Ross also had this story, about how the new, classier, white lights for white people cost RPD five figures, but that was OK, they said, because the colored Christmas tree lights would be able to be used in Golden Gate Park on Stanyan and perhaps they’re still in use, IDK.

Except this lack of color just wasn’t jazzy enough for other certain people.

So then came this:

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Via Julie Blaustein

So, the colors came out of the tree in front of City Hall and they went into City Hall itself.

And then Mayor Willie Brown wanted ever more color.

Were these changes “improvements?”

No. But that’s what they were called at the time.

Oh well…

Anyway, that takes up to 2014, when we didn’t get any giant tree at all? NEWS TO ME! Did I not notice it wasn’t there? I forget. I tend to notice new things, I don’t tend to notice things what should be there and aren’t.

A Commenter just hepped me to the ABSENCE OF GIANT TREE, and I can see these photos from last year proving her point – no tree.

Here’s her beef:

“Hello. I was online trying to find info on why there was no Christmas tree outside of SF’s city hall in 2014, and I came across your post about the lights’ history during recent years. Regardless of any decor inside of city hall, i just don’t see why the tree was not part of last Xmas. I looked around online for info about the tree going up again this December, but any info on SF lighting ceremonies did not include a city hall plaza tree. I suppose the mayor’s argument for no tree is cost cutting and that people can go inside city hall to see some festive decor or head down to Union Square to join the tourists, but I find it pretty stunning that a major city has nixed its plaza tree. If you have an answer on this subject, I’d greatly appreciate hearing it.

Thank you,

Kay”

It’s a Christmas Mystery!

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*No no, the dome you’re thinking about (US Capitol Building) aint actually higher, OR it (San Jose City Hall or SuperDome) aint classical, OR it (St. Peter’s Basilica or Dome des Invalides) aint in the Western Hemisphere. Sorry. Look it up!

Five Seconds of Masonic: How Trader Joe’s Shoppers Play a Deadly Game of Frogger Every Day – And No One Cares

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

From west…

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…to East:

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And here’s the caboose of this jaywalking / jay-running train:

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I’ve been tilting at this windmill for a while now. At first on SFist back about 2007 or so and then on this tiny blog. The first TJ’s shopper death came a few years back. The next will come tomorrow or next year or in another five years, something like that.

What’s that, the speed limit here is 25 MPH and cars come through “speeding” all the time? Well, not really. Average speed for southbound traffic is fairly low. And for northbound, it’s not all that fast either. And oh, the limit on this stretch of Masonic is 30 MPH.

What’s that, Planning and DPW and the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA have a plan for Masonic and it’s coming soon? Well, not really. The project wasn’t as “shovel-ready as promised so they’ve loaned the Masonic-designated pork for other stuff. A “new” Masonic will eventually come, but not above Geary and TJ’s and all the photos you can see are all from north of Geary.

That’s the update for 2015.

SFGov and Traders Joe’s Both are In Denial of This Persistent Jaywalking Problem at the First Block of Masonic

Friday, July 31st, 2015

I suppose I’ve been harping on this issue over the years.

Who created this problem? SFGOV, including  the Planning Department, for starters.

Who can do a better job of fixing things? SFGOV, including the SFMTA, for starters. And IDK, SFPD and DPW? And Trader Joe’s as well.

Here’s a recent example, just a couple of Bros on the west side of Masonic wanting to get to a parked car on the east side, just above the SFMTA’s Presidio Yard. (Note that they might not even be TJ’s customers, but their transit across four lanes of traffic is at the same place where shoppers do it.)

All these southbound cars have stopped for the red light at Geary. So far, so good:

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But uh oh, cars are now coming up from Geary in the northbound lanes – it’s time to rethink and try again later:

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Or, in this case, spend 2.5 minutes going down the hill to Geary, wait for the green light, and then ascend back up Masonic.

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This is the choice people face. Sometimes they err and get hit by a car.

I’ll tell you, if you look at the death rate in Frisco due to earthquakes the past century vs. the death rates of Trader Joe’s shoppers jaywalking in front of TJ#100 the past decade or so, they’re about the same.

What can SFGov and TJ’s do now to fix things, to account for Human Nature?