Posts Tagged ‘lights’

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?

Oh, Here’s Why All These Street Lights in Golden Gate Park Have Been Burning 24-7 for Half a Year – Lazy Lazy SFGov

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The switches up there are photovoltaic? So when they get covered with grime and whatnot the lights stay lit even in the daytime – that’s your clue that you need to fix the light.

Except this is Frisco, where the way to become a department head is, more or less, through elections fraud and/or sharing sports activities (such as jogging) with a so-called Strong Mayor. Ergo, the focus is on the political, as opposed to, what, common sense?

Anyway, our SFGov figures it’s easier to let streetlamps burn 300,000 minutes in a row, and counting, than letting the streetlight people do simple maintenance.

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On It Goes…

Fell Street Blues: The Street Lights That Have Been Burning 24-7 for MONTHS Now Have Company – A New Mystery

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Here you go, four streetlights in and around the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. From left to right:

1. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE EARLY 2015, on RPD Property.

2. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE EARLY 2015, on DPW Property.

3. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE THE PAST WEEK, on DPW Property.

4. ON ONLY AT NIGHT, on DPW Property – this one’s in the control group.

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FAQ:

Q. Well, maybe this was at dusk, when the lights were turning on?

A. Nope. Daytime, nighttime, bright days, not-so-bright days. All the time. 

Q. Well, this is just a few lamps, so this waste doesn’t amount to much, right? 

A. Nope. There are other lights on as well. Just take a look at the Panhandle as you pass by, as thousands of well-compensated SFGov employees have similarly done. You can see these lights shining brightly, from a bus, from a car, whilst walking, whilst biking, you can see them from a box, you can see them with a fox, you can see them from a house, you can see them with a mouse. It all adds up.

Q. Well why don’t you just call 311 then?

A. ‘Cause 311 is for losers.* Actually, RPD is well-aware of this issue, one that they can see from their clubhouse at the end of … Fell Street. RPD just doesn’t give a fuck. Sorry.

END OF LINE.

*Oh sorry, loosers (if reading on the Internet).

Frisco’s Victorian Era Lighting Scheme: No LED’s Here – None Desired

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

I don’t mind LED lights myself, but others view them as modern hocus pocus

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But who knows, maybe this house will get LED’s (or better) one of these days…

SFGov Leaves Random Streetlights On 24-7 FOR MONTHS – In the Golden Gate Park Panhandle and Upper Haight Area

Friday, June 5th, 2015

I’m not saying that some lights come on earlier than others, when dusk comes. I’m saying that in the middle of the day, SFGov leaves streetlights on for no reason, you know, for some reason I’m sure, but for NO GOOD REASON.

Go ahead, take a look and then tell me why we’re leaving the lights on, some in the park (RPD responsibility?), but others across the street on Fell (DPW?)

Anyway, these streetlamps have been burning without pause FOR MONTHS.

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FYI

How Rec and Park/SFGov Treats the Low-Cost Power and Water We Steal From Yosemite: Wastefully – In the Recent Past and Today

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline.

The stealing part has to do with the history of Hetch Hetchy, which nobody in SF officialdom wants to fix/deal with/discuss, ’cause SFGov conducted a bribery campaign a century ago and that’s The Way Things Are and that’s the way we likes it. OK fine.

And what’s this, SF now recycles a little bit of water the past few years, after all that criticism? OK fine.

But here we go, what’s this?

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And what’s this?

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And what’s this?

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And at night too – so, who gives a fuck, right?

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Anyway, that’s the recent past, but now here’s the here and now, or at least the past month or two – random historic street lamps in Golden Gate Park have been blazing away all the live-long day. See?

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Do you think all the SFPUC/RPD/SFGov workers who claim to ride bikes to work might notice this and maybe say something to somebody after all these weeks and weeks? Oh what’s that, you merely testing the lights? Oh, well, maybe you are, maybe all these lights on makes sense somehow, the same way that watering the Panhandle bike path every night made sense, the same way that watering the Saabs of Fell and Oak made sense…

City Target at Geary and Masonic is So Attractive to Drivers, Lots of Them are Making Illegal U-Turns to Get There

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Here’s the sitch – drivers southbound on Masonic south of Geary want to get to the City Target lower level parking lot.

Here we go, looking south, with City Target to the left and behind a bit, so drivers need to make a U-turn at the light:

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To help with this, our SFMTA rigged the traffic signals (which were paid for by Target, BTW) to start the green light phase of Masonic with a left-only signal for southbound traffic only, allowing one, two, three, or four cars to make a left or hang a Louie, depending on how alert the drivers are.

However, drivers who aren’t at the start of the queue know that it’s simpler and faster to make the U-turn further north, as this car just did:

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So now we’re looking north, Gentle Readers, in all the rest of the shots – Tar-GHEY du Ci-TAY is to the right.

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So the question is whether this is an illegal turn over the double yellows…

This sedan is making a legal left to go east on Anza as the Jeep in the background is making an illegal U to get to City Target:

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See?

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I saw three drivers do this in about ten seconds the other day. I’m thinking it’s illegal but drivers are unlikely to get busted for doing it.

Now the bonus part about making a U-turn to use the lower lot is that it’s easier to find parking there and it’s generally easier to exit from, depending on where you’re heading after your shopping session.

I’ll say that once you’ve gone past the lowest parking level, getting out of the City Centre mall and back on your way can be convoluted – like even the best path might appear to be the “wrong” way to go.

Of course, nobody would design a system such as this – it’s just an accident of history. The question is how to handle things.

IMO, the SFMTA handled this sitch the wrong way.

Uh, Rec and Park, You’ve Left Your Lights On, Again

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

There ought to be a Rec and Park app, so that residents could shut off Rec and Park’s lights, so long as they tried to do so in the daytime, maybe an NFC type of deal:

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Oh, what’s that, Rec and Park, you like wasting the cheap drinking water we get from Hetch Hetchy and you like wasting the cheap electricity we get from Hetch Hetchy and that’s the way you likes it?

Obviously.

Stealth Prius, Market Street – No Headlights, No Problem – Why Oh Why Won’t Prius Drivers Turn on Their Headlights at Night?

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Fucking Prius drivers, man.

The guv’mint oughta rewire every last Prius to have all the lights on whenever the vehicle is ON, you know, Canadian-style. ‘Cause the way things are now, Prius drivers can’t seem to tell that they’re driving around without headlights.

Black paint, no headlights, nighttime? Sure, let’s cruise Frisco:

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Fucking Prius drivers, man.

SFGov’s New, All-Electric, Two-Seat Smart Cars – They’re Here

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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