Posts Tagged ‘Mayor’

How People Got Around Frisco BEFORE Lyft and UBER: The Secret Phone Numbers of Veteran’s Cab in SoMA

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is: Gritty HARRISON 1500 –>, lovely COSTCO #144, and of course, the Italianate red/white/green of VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300 all down at 11th and Harrison in SoMA:

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I don’t know how things work now but back in the day if you were a regular / reliable customer, cab companies / drivers would give you secret phone numbers that would get you to Dispatch quicker than the public “sucker” lines that you’d see: in the phone book (yes, an actual book); painted on the sides of cars; or, in the case of Veteran’s, lit up in neon for tout le monde to see.

I can’t recall anything at all about 415 502-1300. I suppose it was ahead of my time. (Maybe it connects you to UCSF these days.) But I DO recall 415 552-1300 from the pre-UBER/Lyft era. At that time, if you gave that line a jingle ’cause you needed a taxi at, let’s say 7:00 PM on a Saturday night, you’d most likely get a busy signal, oh well.

Why? Well it’s ’cause there were <1000 taxi medallions in Frisco for the longest time. This shortage meant that cabbies could make bank, especially considering how cheap rents were Back Then compared with now. It was such a sweet job that former Mayor Willie Brown drove a taxi to pay his way through UC Hastings Law School back in the 1950’s. And in the 1980’s, Frisco was gaining a national reputation as a place where it was hard to find a cab. Read THE MAYOR, THE CABBIES and the 84 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – Historical Essay by Rua Graffis, United Taxicab Workers, 1996 for the reason why.

Anywho, just think about what phone number cabbies would use to call in for a tow truck if a taxi broke down – they sure as Heck wouldn’t use the sucker line, right? They’d call a number where somebody would actually pick up. That’s the kind of number that you’d want to use.

What’s that, you lived out at 25th and Irving way out there in the Sunset? Well in that case, you might have had to wait / give up on getting a taxi, but at least an effort would be made. Or maybe a taxi driver heading in that general direction would drop off and then swing on by in 20 minutes or so.

I’m not saying that that was great, but all this attention paid by the taxi industry to those who knew how to get through meant there was less attention paid to some tourist / newcomer who didn’t know anything.

Of course, our Chamber of Commerce and our tourist industry HATED this situation, but then, in part due to the difficulty certain ballers (like Travis K) had finding a taxi in Frisco ’round about a decade ago, ALONG CAME UBER AND LYFT.

Now, any rube can get a ride, but traffic is much worse, and getting worser, so who knows which era you’d prefer.

Ah, mem’ries…

A Tent City Moves: Mayor Ed Lee’s Vietnam – He Can Take Any Hill in the Theater, But He Can’t Win the War

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

[TRIGGER WARNING: Military Analogy – “taking the hill” as in Hill 937 during the Vietnam War, for example. Also Personal Vietnam, as with DJT. Also a kind of Sports Reference, to the Big Game.]

This is 498 11th Street, let’s say. Really, it’s across the street from the end of the even side of the 400 block of 11th, but if I told you I was talking about the long-lasting Tent City (2015-2017) across the street from 498 11th, you’d go there and look around and say, “Oh, there it is.”

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How would you describe it? I almost don’t recognize the place, without tents* and parked RV/stolen-bicycle-part-processing stations.** Anyway, DPW SFPD SFMTA and other SFGov alphabet soups geared up*** to take this hill, betwixt Potrero and a Best Buy parking entrance/exit, really just part of one side of one city block, and now the water trucks come by three (3!) times a day, Mayor Willie Brown-style.

And this is 400 11th Street more or less. You can see the structure made to hold up the Veteran’s Cab sign on the left and the I-80 freeway on the right. In essence, a small Super Bowl Tent City moved one block, about 100 meters, a mere tenth of a Klick (Military Slang), to the northwest:

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IMO, absolutely nothing has changed, after this huge, years-long effort.

A solution to this whole issue is Above My Pay Grade. I’m just offering my Sit Rep.

Over and Out.

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Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s Super Bowl City Didn’t Disappear – The Tents Just Moved Across the Street

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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THEORY: SFGov Responds to Problems Where It Can Make Money Faster Than Those Where It Can’t – Edleeville

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

For example:

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Help is on the way, sort of:

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Mayor Ed Lee’s Under-the-I-80 Tent City 2017 Looks A LOT Like His Under-the-I-80 Tent City 2015-2016

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Actually, it looks exactly the same, except there’s less of it.

2017:

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It all started with preparations for Super Bowl L:

“They are going to have to leave,” Lee said of those sleeping along the city’s Embarcadero.

On It Goes…

Mayor Angelo Rossi on the Golden Gate Bridge 80 Years Ago vs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the Bay Bridge 10 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Via Woody LaBounty and OpenSFHistory comes this image.

I dig Sir Topham Hatt in the background there:

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Cf. Arnie with his oxy-fuel welder on the West Approach of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge about 70 years later:

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Arnold wins this one – he was more sparkly.

The Legacy of Ed Lee, Highest-Paid Mayor in the Western Hemisphere

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

You used to see this a lot, about two decades ago, and then you didn’t see it, and now you see it again:

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So that’s his “legacy,” in addition to parking the Oakland / Golden State Warriors kitty-corner across the street from UCSF Mission Bay, the better to allow Joe Lacob to raise ticket prices 30-40%. You’ll see.

Aaron Peskin True Believer, District 3, North Beach, USA

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Sighted well after his most recent election.

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Willie Brown has won the past six mayoral elections, but AP just might be able to prevent Willie from winning a 7th time…

“Vote Yes on Prop Q?” – There’s No Way This Is Going To Work – Kennedyesque v. Nixonian

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Here you go:

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Yep yep:

Ultimately, this isn’t about helping homeless people. It’s about getting Mark Farrell’s name out there as a “homeless advocate” so that he can run for Mayor, similar to how Gavin Newsom did with 2002’s “Care Not Cash.”

And our San Francisco Chronicle is AGAINST Prop Q?

Game over, Man! GAME OVER!

It Takes a Village … of SFGov Trucks plus One Police Car to Clean Out the Homeless Tents from the Best Buy Sidewalk

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

People saw it coming:

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These trucks, plus a full-on garbage truck, plus another pickup, plus a police car.

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I guess they paint regular trucks white and special CLEAN PATROL trucks green?

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It’s kind of amazing how SFGov markets itself sometimes.

Anyway, this was Yet Another Judgment Day Under The Freeway, on Division, September 1, 2016…