Posts Tagged ‘mail’

A Case Study of SFMTA’s Controversial “MUNI-COMMUTER” Shuttle Program: The New Stops at Hayes and Clayton

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Here’s what things looked like on August 1, 2014 at a MUNI bus stop that just debuted as a new “commuter shuttle” stop:

I think MUNI meant to say MUNI/COMMUTER SHUTTLES instead of MUNI-COMMUTER SHUTTLES, but who knows.

Note that the small print advises those with Concerns or Complaints to go to Hell call 311.

Here’s the place, on Hayes at Clayton:

Things were pretty sedate around here before the shuttle program began. (Yes, Hayes is a thoroughfare, as it has the 21 Hayes bus line but that bus doesn’t run as much as the nearby #5 Fulton just to the north or the lines on Haight just to the south.)

Anyway, some of the area NIMBYs are upset, so they started a direct mail campaign and they posted fliers about.

Like here on this rather dirty building, which lost some paint when the fliers came down cause the tape they used was extra strong oh well:

So that’s it – life here is pretty much the same as far as I can tell. I’ve jogged past these two stops, the inbound and the outbound right across the street from each other, four times now, during times when I know that there are hundreds of people milling about the 415 / 628 waiting for dozens of shuttles, and I haven’t seen nothing.

Perhaps the NIMBYs were wrong? Perhaps all good and bad points about life in the 94117 will remain unaffected?

We’ll see.

A Plea from “NoPa Neighbors” to “Protect” a Solitary 21 Hayes Bus Stop from Being Used by Too Many People

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, here you go, NIMBYs:

"Carli Paine, an SFMTA transportation manager, said about 80 percent of shuttles using Muni stops take passengers to destinations within San Francisco, while the other 20 percent take passengers to destinations outside the city."

So I don't know what that means for this particular stop - it could be that only one entity wants to use it. So it could be 100% intra-city, who knows. Oh, what's that, NIMBY. You're still upset? You're all offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline? OK fine. Have it your way. But keep in mind that most of your "neighbors" aren't up in arms over this issue, most of your "neighbors" disagree with you. And in any event, August 1st, 2014 will not be the End Of The World As We Know It. You'll feel fine.]

Here’s a direct mail campaign to “save” the SFMTA MUNI DPT bus stop at Hayes and Clayton.

It comes from somebody who has a lot of energy to post and mail flyers, but this effort is coming waaaaay too late in the process.

Now I’m probably a little too close to this issue myself, but I’ll point out that UCSF employees could be the biggest beneficiaries of having the corner of Hayes and Clayton included as inbound and outbound stops during the trial. And I’ll note that UCSF simply gives money to the SFMTA by, among other things, using the bus stops of the 21 Hayes for public relations advertising. And actually, there are so many UCSF shuttles on Fell and Oak that the unneighborly “neighbors” of NoPA probably don’t even notice them any more.

In any event, it’s a free country so you’re free to mail anybody anything.

And I’ll say that it would be nice if our slow and expensive MUNI system would itself use these bus stops more often. (And the 21 Hayes, in particular, still has too many stops.)

Reader Note: If you can’t read the above, I took another shot and posted it below. One photo used a smaller lens and the other one, well, it has focus issues owing to the bent paper, oh well. And I amazed by how different the yellow-y colors look using auto white balance from two different cams, oh well.

Lisa: I’d like 25 copies on Goldenrod.

Clerk: Right.

Lisa: 25 on Canary.

Clerk: Mmhmm.

Lisa: 25 on Saffron.

Clerk: All right.

Lisa: And 25 on Paella.

Clerk: Ok, 100 yellow.

Market Street Has Its Challenges: Delivery Trucks, Mail Trucks Everywhere – Double-Parked UPS, FedEx, and More

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Thusly:

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Uh Oh, Hate Mail: “Just Another Politician, the Facts About Ed Lee” – How Wude!

Friday, October 7th, 2011

It’s The Facts About Ed Lee.

Here’s the front of today’s mailer:

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And here’s the flip side:

OK then.

Mayor Gavin and Jennifer Newsom Vote This Morning – Montana Tags Along – Provisional Ballots on Upper Terrace

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Mayor Gavin Newsom and wife Jennifer Siebel-Newsom cast their ballots this AM in a garage up in the  Upper Terrace neighborhood.

Montana tagged along to learn about the voting process:

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This voter waited a bit for a chance to meet San Francisco royalty:

Plenty of Giants fans are still showing their colors today:

Appears as if the Newsoms are signed up to be vote-by-mailers, so they had to vote provisionally today, AFAIK. (I should be up-to-speed on this issue but I’m not. But logically, you can’t vote at the precinct and also by mail, so they let you vote and then check to see if your ballot arrives in the post.)

A Kennedy-esque scene at precinct 3808:

And all the while, dude here is just down the street watching the media circus travel back and forth.

(For some reason contractors are all over Upper Terrace these days, building and rebuilding houses everywhere.)

The Newsoms then took off for an 11-hour non-stop day.

They’ll most likely be rewarded with good news after 8:00 PM tonight…

This is Your Last Chance to Register for the June 8th Election – Deadline is 8:00 PM Tonight

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Word comes from John Arntz, Director of the San Francisco Department of Elections:

Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.”

So, maybe you’re not registered or maybe you’re registered not to your liking

Either way, act today.

Look how much fun the political process voting can be:

Anyway, choose or lose:

“SAN FRANCISCO, May 24, 2010 – Today is the last day to register to vote or change any registration information for the upcoming June 8, 2010 Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election. To facilitate last-minute registration, the Department of Elections will be open until 8 p.m. tonight to accept registration cards.

Ways to register to vote for before today’s deadline:

1. Download, complete and mail a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State’s website.

2. Visit any one of the following locations to pick up a form: post offices, public libraries, some City and County offices, or the Department of Motor Vehicles. Complete and mail the form today.

3. Come to the Department of Electionson the ground floor of City Hall. After 6 p.m., voters must enter City Hall through the front entrance on Polk Street (Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place).

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked with today’s date, May 24, for applicants to become eligible to vote in the June election.

More information on voter registration is available by visiting the Department’s website at www.sfelections.org or calling (415) 554-4411.

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
www.sfelections.org

The Postal Service Should Be Ashamed It Won’t Deliver to Single-Room Occupancy Tenants

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Or alternatively, Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Accurate Census Endangered by Postal Service SRO Policy – that was going to be the title originally. Anyway, the second-largest civilian employer in the United States, your U.S. Postal Service, apparently doesn’t have enough people to deliver the mail to the 19,000 San Franciscans residing in Single Room Occupancy units.

So, what letter carriers do is just dump the mail in a big pile in the lobby, let’s say in a big building with 100 units, and then split. The Post Office treats people living for years in the same place as if they’re hotel guests. Of course a lot of SROs don’t have lockable residential mailboxes, but the reason for that is that the PO just ignores them - it maintains a mail dump policy irregardless.

This could pose a problem for the upcoming 2010 Census, right? Check it: 

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That’s what was on display today down at 688 Commercial in the Financh / Chinatown area. It’s hard to figure where  U.S. Census forms should go to get to the right people.

And here’s a scene from today’s presser from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera and Chinatown Community Development Center Deputy Director Norman Fong.

There’s a legal process going on right now that’s taking some time to resolve. Get all the deets on San Francisco’s action against the USPS here. (Let’s see, the PO’s motion to dismiss was denied and there’s been a couple of stabs at mediation so far.)

Herrera railed about the “incredibly irresponsible” postal service while Fong looked forward to “a day when everyone will get their mail.” 

Oh yes, here’s another from Herrera:

“Someone in an SRO should have the same service as someone living in a condo in the St. Regis.”

(The only person I can think of who lives at the Reeg there on Third Street / Willie Way is former Mayor Willie Brown. Mmmmm.)

This is the building discussed today:

Inside, U.S. Census worker Jade Wu is not pleased that these census forms still haven’t gotten to the intended recipients:

And here’s an attempt at a residential mailbox:

 

Sure seems odd that one federal agency is getting impeded by another, however independent it is.

And it’s not just the census, it’s everything else you should be getting in the mail

Do Americans have a right to mail delivery?

We’ll see.

Counting SRO Tenants in the 2010 Census. Difficulties highlight discriminatory mail delivery policies being challenged by City Attorney’s lawsuit against U.S. Postal Service 
 
SAN FRANCISCO (March 25,  2010)—City Attorney Dennis Herrera will join Chinatown Community Development Center representatives and tenants of single-room occupancy residential hotels, or SROs, to discuss the difficulties of assuring a complete count of every San Franciscan in the 2010 Census.  Among the most daunting challenges facing those who do outreach to communities at-risk of being undercounted is a policy by the U.S. Postal Service’s postmaster in San Francisco that treats SROs like tourist hotels—refusing individual mail delivery, and directing local letter carriers to drop unsecured mail bundles near building entryways and at front desks.  The discriminatory mail delivery policy is at the core of a federal lawsuit Herrera filed last May.  To date, attorneys for the postal service have been unwilling to discuss policy changes that would treat residents of SROs like other residents.

Dennis Herrera and David Chiu Request Multiple Languages in Next U.S. Census Letter

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Since the whole point of the U.S. Census is to count people, wouldn’t it make sense to try to send out letters that people can generally read? Like, how about “Cantonese or Mandarin” (hey, aren’t they the same thing?) writing, for instance?

That’s what San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Board of Supervisors President and District 3 Supervisor David Chiu, and Vincent Pan of Chinese for Affirmative Action were asking at City Hall yesterday.

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Good question.

Is “Household Garbage” the Cause of Overfilled Garbage Cans in Golden Gate Park?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

This state of this overflowing garbage can is fairly typical in the more urban areas of Golden Gate Park. But what’s it filled with? Some of it looks exactly like the junk mail I get, and there are other pieces from Amazon.com and UPS. The thing is that we’re talking “household garbage,” the stuff that belongs in your own trash.  

So, what’s stopping the City and County of San Francisco from digging through this can like a starving raccoon and issuing citations to the addressees of these items? That’s the way they do it in Washington D.C., anyway. Even throwing away something small, like a used airline ticket, can get you a citation in next week’s mail.

This isn’t an unusual thing in GGP, it’s not during a street festival or the Bay to Breakers, it’s just another day. Click to expand:

If you want to reduce junk mail in the first place, here’s an article from the Chronicle that gives some pointers (but they don’t list their own number) (but actually calling that number and opting out doesn’t seem to have much effect anyway) (but oh well). 

On it goes.