I’m sure there’s a reason for this arrangement…
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All the deets – very green dye/artificial coloring plus this:
“Enriched cornmeal (cornmeal, niacin, ferrous sulfate, cornstarch, tricalcium phosphate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), sunflower oil and/or corn oil, whey, salt, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, reduced lactose whey, maltodextrin, cheddar and blue cheeses (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), artificial flavor, disodium phosphate, cream, whey protein concentrate, artificial colors (yellow 6 and yellow 5), lactic acid, citric acid.”
That is, if I’m reading this right:
“Probation Violation – Fulton/Masonic – 10/02/2014 4:25PM
Captain of Park Station who was on routine patrol is approached by a loss prevention agent. The agent states a theft had just occurred at Lucky’s supermarket and the suspect was still in sight. Captain observed the subject walking away and immediately ordered the thief to stop, which the thief was reluctant to do. The Captain was able to catch up to the thief and attempt to take him into custody. The thief would not go down without a fight. After a brief struggle, the Captain was able to overpower the thief and take him into custody. The thief was on felony probation for the transportation of drugs.”
PARK STATION, COMPANY F, WHERE THE SUMMER OF LOVE NEVER ENDS:
Instead of heading up the hill to get back to their ride, these gals walked downhill a few paces and then used congested traffic near Geary to their advantage:
That’s better than most, of course.
What they’re doing is turning a complicated, deadly game of chicken into a simpler chore of waiting for northbound traffic to get a red and then shuffling across two lanes…
Hey, what problem is this going to solve?
I can think of problems it will create, but what’s the purpose of this, right?
We know you’re going to do it, SFMTA, so why not tell us why, you know, instead of inviting people to give input you’re going to ignore anyway?
Are you going to add a left turn arrow?
Is this a safety thing?
SFMTA, you should be basing your decisions on these two factors:
That’s it. Not aesthetics, not ideology, not “comfort,” not “liveability,” not any of that.
So, how will this proposal, you know, considering your horrible record so far, improve safety and/or flow?
(Oh, if only you had a blog what wasn’t focused upon getting Prop A passed next month…)
Northbound Masonic at Fell:
There are a lot of places to stop here. Where you’re supposed to stop is the stop line before the crosswalk, but this driver chose the far end of the crosswalk.
Here’s the thing – once you’ve crossed over your stop line, you’ve committed yourself to the intersection and therefore you need to clear it before cross traffic starts.
There’s no waiting option.
If you want to hang out longer, do it before your stop line, no matter how far back from the intersection the SFMTA / DPW has put the stop line…
So as the SFMTA is gearing up for its big election this fall, let’s take a look at how it’s doing on Masonic at Evergreen Terrace.
This summer, the newly-installed lights were on a 75-second timer that ended up stalling traffic on Masonic about 30% of the time, for no apparent reason.
Here’s the next phase – the crude timing scheme is gone, but what’s this? A solid green for traffic next to a solid red upraised hand for peds? I’ve never seen this kind of thing before:
One assumes that this is the SFMTA just being the SFMTA and this has something to do with the activation of the pedestrian activated crosswalk buttons. (Or is DPW still running the show here? IDK)
But it almost seems that the SFMTA thinks it knows what it’s doing when it strikes out on so many unorthodox traffic experiments.
SFMTA, you suck, don’t you know that by now? Why not simply strive to be competent?
And are you just testing/installing the lights at Ewing? But doesn’t this photo look “wrong” to you? How many days, weeks, months should you set up the lights like this?
Hey SFMTA, what are you going to do when Prop A loses? What’s your Plan B? Let’s hope it doesn’t involve telling even more of the peds of Masonic to stop and go at the same time…
This Hyundai was abandoned months ago, so our SFMTA dutifully tickets it every week on street cleaning day.
Recently, a Denver boot was put on, see?
This is right across the street from the TJ’s.*
Either the owner will pay the boot fee soon or else a tow truck will come and then the owner will be on the hook for thousands if s/he wants his/her car back ever again.
Except do you think the owner, who obviously has some sort of life issue going on, has a spare couple thou?
*See how dirty the street is underneath the car? Look at all that garbage that piled up over the past nine weeks! Thank Gaia for street sweeping!
Masonic is a crazy street with a crazy history. Like, 4 Masonic is more than 1000 feet away from 5 Masonic, for instance – what’s up with that? And on the other end of this street, up around the 1000 block, well, that’s where mayoral wives have lived, like Blanche Brown, you know, our First Lady up until ten years ago, the woman that most people in town weren’t aware of, and, more recently, Jennifer Newsom, who moved away to Marin just months after husband Gavin was hectoring families to NOT move to Marin County, oh well.
Anyway, there have been three pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic* in recent memory, so that’s part of the reason why the SFMTA installed a pair of speedometers to tell drivers how fast they’re going.
The problem is that they don’t work very well.
Like here. Moments before, it was indicating 24 MPH, but then it jumped up to 32 MPH all of a sudden for no reason. All the cars were moving about the same pace uphill and there was no traffic traveling down the hill:
Speaking of which, the speedometer for traffic heading downhill is even less accurate. Sometimes it’s spot-on, sometimes it wildly optimistic, and other times it’s blank.
What’s the value in these speedometers if they don’t work?
Oh what’s that, MUNI / SFMTA? You don’t care, because you’ve moved on to other things?
*Two were due to very drunk drivers, who both kept on going (one ended up crashing into St. Mary’s and the other got busted near USF) and the other was due to a Trader Joe’s shopper jaywalking across Masonic north of Geary – this kind of jaywalking still happens hundreds of times a day even now.
Here’s your SFMTA at work.
Before, it wanted timed lights to encourage drivers to go 25 MPH:
Signal Timing Adjustments – Analyzed signal timing along Masonic and expect to be implemented by the end of November
But now, this is what you see southbound from Anza / O’Farrell:
See that? As the light at Anza goes green, the light at Ewing Terrace goes red, so both northbound and southbound traffic backs up at Ewing Terrace whether anybody wants to cross Masonic on foot or enter or leave Ewing Terrace in a car.
I don’t get the SFMTA,