Posts Tagged ‘machine’

Incident at COSTCO #144: Irate-Sounding SFMTA PCO vs. a Lyft Driver from Sacramento – “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!”

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

So I wondered how would an SFMTA-licensed cabbie drop off a grandmother at America’s First Urban Costco in the SoMA, like wouldn’t that be considered double parking as well?

Anyway, this PCO fiddled with his newfangled ticket giving machine and yelled that phrase at the driver of this Lyft with Sacramento-area license plate holders. One assumes that the driver had just picked up or dropped off on this block of 10th.


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You can bank on this being a real PCO and him loudly yelling this parking advice: “THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T DOUBLE PARK, THAT’S EXACTLY WHY!” But if this was an active Lyfter and whether a ticket was issued to anybody at this time, well, IDK.

This kind of yelling is not something I see every day, and I still don’t know how regular citizens or UBER Lyfters or cabbies are supposed to drop ppl off at Frisco’s Best Store without double parking for a few seconds at least…

Oh well.

Mysterious Machine Collects Data at the Intersection of Fell and Masonic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Here’s the machine at work:

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And here’s the business end, way up high:

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It’s doing something like this.

All the deets:

“IDAX is a multimodal data collection company providing public agencies and private clients with accurate and meaningful data to serve any data-related needs that they may have. Our team of experienced professionals helps clients by providing functional, timely and cost-effective data collection solutions tailored to the unique challenges of individual projects.

With offices in Renton, Washington and Northern California, we employ a group of experienced professionals and technicians. Members of our team have earned a strong reputation for service and creative problem solving. Our goal is to apply efficient and creative solutions to acquire data for a variety of needs.

Our Operations Managers, Mark Skaggs (Washington) and Deon Fouche (California) are experienced and forward-thinking multimodal data collection project managers. Our team has over 13 years of experience and have established excellent rapport and strong relationships with clients ranging from cities, counties, private companies, and real estate developers. Our team has conducted over 10,000 ADT counts, more than 6,000 speed studies, over 15,000 turning movement counts, as well as travel time studies, parking studies, and origin-destination video studies. We use a variety of methodologies, and utilize the latest technologies to conduct efficient studies best suited to the unique needs of each client.

Contact us today.

Washington – Mark Skaggs (425) 250-0777 |

Northern California – Deon Fouche (415) 757-7714 |

OMG, Our Bloated SFMTA was Simply Too Busy to Process Faxed Citation Protests, So It Shut Off Its Fax Machine?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Here’s your lede, buried:

“When Fixed began faxing its submissions to SFMTA last year, the agency emailed the startup to stop using their fax machine. When Fixed pointed out that it was legal to do so, the agency simply shut off their fax.”

All’s I know about Fixed is the first few posts here.

IDK, I was always skeptical of Fixed’s success percentage claims and, IMO, its employees / contractors should never have touched any official ticket placed on any car, but it’s sort of amusing to see how far our SFMTA will go to protect its big cash cow…

What the SFMTA really wants, in its dreams, is a household transit tax, what would cost you about $500 a year, whether you ride the MUNI or not, and then it wouldn’t have to begging for money as much, and then it wouldn’t have to pay so much heed to any random San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member, you know, fucking Supervisors…

Dream on, SFMTA. And until that day, WAKE UP, SFMTA:


How SFGov Profits from Human Nature: Hundreds of Dollars of Street Sweeping Tickets Issued on One Short Block

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Our SFMTA issued st least three tickets on this short block the other day, you know, to punish people for blocking a street cleaning machine.

Here’s the Before, with an ugly, ugly trash-strewn street…

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…and here’s the After, with the newly-beautiful* street:

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What a difference!

Hurray! Hurray for SFGov.

(IRL, this is SFGov reacting to market discipline. If it made this much money per minute rehabbing addicts, it would spend a lot more time and effort rehabbing addicts…)

*Actually, this short block, and this one only, was recently repaved, a few years back, right before an election, and it happens to be the block where a long-time leader of a long-time community group just happens to reside, and I thought, where are we, Chicago West? That’s just what I thought, I don’t know why this block got repaved before others in the Western Addition. As I said, it’s kind of random….

Look at All the Useless Things You Can Buy at the Hilton from the Most Expensive Vending Machine in the World

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One supposes some business travelers can simply expense these kinds of purchases?

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But if you need a brass knuckles case for your iPhone like right now…

Screw ObamaCare – Prognosis Positive, Per the Gro Sto Machine – Doctors, Who Needs Them?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

I’m feeling lucky at the Lucky –  Prognosis not Negative at all:

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Mid-Market Mien: Mean Man Defends “Machine Coffee & Deli” from Harmless Woman by Kicking at Her

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Thusly. This was right next to Show Dogs, in the troubled Twitterloin.

Welcome to the Machine – may I kick you?

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Jean-Claude Van Damme here (look at his stance) considered her a nuisance, wanted her to go away from the sidewalk in front of MACHINE COFFEE.

For some reason.

No medallions, dreadlocks, or black fists
It’s just that
Gangster glare
With gangster raps
That gangster shit

Makes a gang of snaps

A Message From the City Family To the City Family: “NEEDS TEETH, DON’T FORGET!”

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Don’t even think about using a Wirtgen W1500 asphalt profiler/reclaimer to repave the streets that area ward healers want repaved without the necessary teeth


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The Toughest Job in Town: Window Washing the Alcoa Building Through Its Unusual Exoskeleton

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

See what I mean?

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They must use extension sticks or something.


San Francisco’s Civic Center Snow Park 2011 a Huge Success – Local Youth Sure Enjoyed the Slopes

Monday, December 19th, 2011


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Early morning setup:

Civic Center looked just like the North Pole, complete with Santa and at least one elf:

See you next year!