Posts Tagged ‘Muni’

The Dog What DIDN’T Bark: Mansion-Dwelling Millionaires in the Western Addition Seem to Have No Problem with THE URBAN SCHOOL Construction

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

What’s this? It’s just a simple massive 50-feet steel beam double-parked for a long time in front of historic million-dollar-plus mansions.

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Why? Well, it’s a part of the lengthy, noisy extension at THE URBAN SCHOOL, a private high school what costs three times (3x) as much as tuition at our University of California campuses.

And yet, nary a peep I’ve heard from the nabes.

Just saying…

Stupor Bowl: Our Clumsy SFMTA Mistakenly Offers Up a Platform for People to Complain About Super Bowl 50 Disruptions

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Well here it is:

5 Tips for Getting Around SF During Super Bowl 50

And here’s just part of the reaction:

“Dear Aaron. Really, just blithely change your working hours or take vacation? Many of us can’t do that. Maybe you could acknowledge (without being snarky or a d bag) that this is going to screw a lot of people…”

“Here’s a big hint, SFMTA: 90% of the people who actually live and work in SF do not give a s#$t about the NFL or this party. We are not going to be happy about it no matter how much you try to spin it.”

“I’ve been following this fiasco and planned for a 1 week hiatus but 3 weeks?! And you’re just notifying Commuters now?!”

It goes on and on.

And, mind you, this Comments section, which looks like something you’d see on Reddit, SFGate or SFist, is being hosted at SFMTA.com.

QUESTION: Why does our sad-sack, POS local transit system feel the need to cheerlead for NFL Enterprises LLC?

Note to the NFL: If You Go Too Far with Corporate Sponsorships in San Francisco, You’re Going to Get Blowback – Sorry – Here’s an Example

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I don’t know who would pay a bunch of money for some advertising sculpture and then leave it out on a Western Addition sidewalk overnight, but it’s got to be somebody with a high tolerance for vandalism.

What our Local Host Committee might not have told you, NFL, is that Things Are Different Here, say compared with Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and all those other places filled with people who actually want you to come visit every seven years.

Sorry.

To make my point, let’s head on over to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to check out this plaque celebrating General Motors (GM, actually Old GM, the one we had before the big bankruptcy):

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You see, back in the 1990’s, GM just gave us the low six figures it took to put in the beloved Panhandle Playground and all it asked in return was this wooden plaque. It’s says “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN* DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But the corporate part got chiseled away, by angry hippies.

Sorry, GM.

Do you really want to come back to SF to hosts your parties  for Super Bowl 57 or SBLXII or whatever? I don’t think you do, NFL.

Hey, what about LA as your Permanent West Coast Venue?

Just asking…

*A kind of car at the time. The branding had an Apple-ish kid of appeal, at the time. Ironically, SF never even had a local Saturn dealer, but a local ad agency did the branding so we ended up with a free playground.

Our MASONIC AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT is a GO for Mid-2016, Apparently – The Pros and Cons of This Grand Mal Projet

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Here you go, some non-pdf images that ppl will actually be able to find in six months, you know, after this official link will no longer be working, for whatever reason:

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Y dos:

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Getting Ready for Construction After a multi-year, community-driven planning and design process to create a safer and better Masonic Avenue, the city is pleased to announce that construction on the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project will begin in mid-2016!

After all the delays, one doesn’t know how the SFMTA knows that it will actually get going. IRL, what the SFMTA is saying here is that it’s PLANNING on getting going in mid-2016 or later. I’d prolly lose any and all exclamation points as well. Also, instead of “community-driven,” I’d read that as SFMTA-driven. As far as safety is concerned, we’ll have to wait and see. The primary effect will be to slow this part of Masonic down down down. In recent years, pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic have been caused by two severely drunk drivers, and one jaywalking pedestrian. So, will this happily-named “Streetscape!” pork-barrel project prevent DUI drivers? Nope, not at all. Will it lessen the bad effects of drunk driving? I srsly doubt it, but we’ll see. And, since this project’s northern border is at Geary, it will necessarily have little to no effect upon jaywalking Trader Joe’s shoppers at the top of the hill area. As far as whether Masonic will become “better,” well that’s debatable. I’ll concede it might be a better street for some. Of course, the SFMTA, being the inefficient political beast it has become, won’t never concede nothing nohow. It won’t even agree to test out how much these changes will slow down traffic, even for one day. What you’d do is cone off the slow lane of inbound Masonic one random morning and then watch the traffic back up and then spend your time explaining away all the consequences. Obviously, the SFMTA doesn’t want to do that, so it makes excuses. Fine. I’d expect nothing else from it.

San Francisco Public Works will be the managing the construction phase and is in the process of hiring a contractor. This project will bring a variety of new features to Masonic Avenue, including a landscaped median, better lighting, an improved sewer system, raised bikeways, bus stop enhancements, and a new public plaza at Geary Boulevard.

It will also take away some things. What are those, SFMTA? Oh, you don’t want to say? OK fine. One of these effects will be a slow down of MUNI on Masonic during the morning and evening drives. But, because they’ll put in some bus shelters, public “access” to transit will be “improved.” This makes no sense. How much will MUNI be slowed? We’ll have to wait and see. And then, the SFMTA will step up a few years later to spend more pork, more of The People’s Money, to “tune-up” Masonic. So that’s a double-win for the SFMTA, even though it’s not clear that the current plan will be a net “improvement.”

These enhancements are all in support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic deaths in the city.

This is a simple definition of VisionZero. The complicated version is that, somehow, without really even trying, SF will miraculously eliminate all transportation deaths in SF County by the year 2024 and all in years future. If you acknowledge that this impossible goal is in fact impossible, then there are many positions at the SFMTA for which you’d be ineligible. Oh well.

If you have any questions about construction, please contact Alex Murillo at Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org or 415.558.5296. Parking Management The SFMTA’s recent launch of Residential Permit Parking Area Q has helped keep parking available for local residents and businesses—additional evaluation data will be available in the coming months.

As a general rule, our SFMTA tends to favor Masonic Avenue area residents vs. the current users of Masonic and to a ridiculous degree. JMO.

To offset some of the parking being repurposed…

What would a neutral word be for “repurposed?” Would it be “eliminated?” Yes it would.

by the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project, the SFMTA is evaluating nearby streets for opportunities to increase on-street parking supply and will be engaging the community for feedback.

So, our SFMTA has been saving up its energy to “create” parking spaces exactly at the time it wants to hush complaints of eliminating parking spaces? Apparently. Looking at the map on the second page, some of these blocks would appear to be non-starters. Our SFMTA certainly approves of illegal double-parking  on Central Ave, but this map would make a hash of that, oh well.

These efforts are in addition to the 20 spots already added on Fulton between Central and Baker as part of the separate Muni Forward 5 Fulton Rapid Project.

Our SFMTA boasts of putting in bike lanes on Fulton, and then pushing them towards the center of Fulton, but then come two blocks of 90 degree parking, the least cyclist-friendly thing I can imagine. But this placated residents and that appears to be one of our SFMTA’s Most Important Things.

And on it goes. If you want to read about Masonic, start here and spend all day if you want, I don’t care. Anyway, that’s the update for 2016. Traffic’s going to get a lot worse as soon as parts of Masonic start getting shut down and then it won’t get much better after construction is completed, oh well.

If you have any questions about potential added parking near Masonic Avenue, please contact Maurice Growney at Maurice.Growney@sfmta.com or 415.701.4549. For more information: sfmta.com/masonic MASONIC AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT N Masonic Avenue Area Proposed Parking Changes Potential Back-In Angled Parking Potential 90 Degree Parking Forthcoming Back-In Angled Parking (Legislated 2012)

Don’t Laugh: If You Had San Francisco’s Abysmal SFMTA MUNI for YOUR Transit System, This is How You’d Get Around Too

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Possibly:

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Bundle up – El Nino is upon us…

It’s Chariot’s World Now – We’re Just Living In It

Monday, January 11th, 2016

They’re everywhere these days:

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Here’s Why People at This Train Station in Japan Don’t Fall / Get Pushed Onto the Tracks – Could MUNI / BART Afford This?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:

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What do you call these, pocket doors?

Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?

Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.

(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)

Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.

OMG, Here It Is: The Full List of Street Closures for Super Bowl 50 – You’re Supposed to Comment Upon This But It’s Too Late Now, Of Course

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s the news:

“Not only does this list seem lengthy, but it’s really going before ISCOTT less than a month before the closures are needed? Doesn’t seem like that makes it truly open to change.

Here

from: here

Indeed, it does.

Oh well.

Of course, some will benefit and some will lose with the Super Bowl L. Does this nuanced attitude make me a Debbie Downer in eyes of our local SB promoters? It sure does.

Oh well.

Indeed.

“ISCOTT AGENDA
INTERDEPARTMENTAL STAFF COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION FOR
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES

Meeting of January 14, 2016 – Thursday, 9:00 AM 1377th Regular Meeting
Meeting Location: One South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Room #6052/3
Note the change of location for this hearing
MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 17, 2015 MEETING (ACTION ITEM)
The Committee to adopt the Minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Members of the public may address ISCOTT members on matters that are within
ISCOTT purview and are not on today’s agenda.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
These proposed actions are an Approval Action as defined by S.F. Administrative
Code Chapter 31.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
A. Jessie Street between 6th and Mint Streets; Mint Street between Jessie and
Mission Streets; Intersection: Jessie Street at Mint Street
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
Big Game Event Red Carpet at Mezzanine
B. Quesada Avenue between Lane and Keith Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9 AM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 PM
Rebuilding Day Kickoff Event
C. Eastbound Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 7 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2 AM
Pier 48 Private Event
D. 22nd Street between Illinois Street and Easterly Terminus
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 6 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 2 of 5
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 4 AM
AND
18th Street (MUNI and Local Access Only) between Indiana and Illinois
Streets; 20th and 22nd Streets (MUNI and Local Access Only) between 3rd

and Illinois Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 1 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:30 AM
AND
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:30 AM
Pier 70 Concerts and Events
E. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Southbound Parking, Bicycle and Westernmost
Traffic Lane Only) between Grove and McAllister Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
NFL Owners Dinner Valet Parking
F. Folsom Street (Northernmost Parking and Traffic Lanes Only) between 4th
and 2
nd Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 PM to 11 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
G. Taylor Street (Easternmost Traffic Lane) between Geary and O’Farrell Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 6 AM to 11:59 PM
AND
Leidesdorff Street between California and Pine Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5 AM to 4 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
H. Ellis Street (Westbound Parking Lane) between Powell and Cyril Magnin
Streets; Ellis Street (Northernmost Traffic and Parking Lane Only) between
Cyril Magnin and Taylor Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 AM to 11:59 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
I. 4
th Street (Westernmost Traffic and Parking Lanes Only) between Minna and
Howard Streets; Minna Street (Southernmost Lane Only) between 4th Street
and 550 feet westerly
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
5
th Street (Easternmost Lane Only) between Minna and Howard Streets
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 3 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 3 of 5
J. Hayes Street (Two Northernmost Traffic Lanes Only) between Polk and
Larkin Streets; Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (East and West Parking and Westernmost Northbound Traffic
Lanes Only) between Grove and Hayes Streets
Friday, February 1, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (Southbound Traffic Lane and Two Westernmost Northbound
Traffic Lanes Only) between McAllister and Grove Streets; Carlton B.
Goodlett Place/Polk Street between McAllister and Hayes Streets; Grove
Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue; Fulton between Larkin and
Hyde Streets; Tom Waddell Place between Van Ness Avenue and Polk
Street; Intersections: Grove Street and Waddell Place at Polk Street
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1 PM to 10 PM
NFL Honors Event
K. Market Street between Davis and Steuart Streets; Southbound Embarcadero
between Washington Street and Don Chee Way; Steuart Street between
Market and Don Chee Way; Spear and Main Streets between Mission and
Market Streets; Intersections: Main, Drumm, Spear and Steuart Streets at
Market Street
NOTE: Local Access Allowed on Steuart, Spear and Main Streets
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (westernmost southbound lane only) between Washington and
Clay Streets;
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (easternmost lane only) between Don Chee Way
and Mission Street
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (southernmost eastbound lane only) between Drumm
Street and The Embarcadero
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 4 of 5
Drumm Street (easternmost northbound right turn lane only) between
Washington and Clay Streets;
Monday, January 25, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Steuart Street (West Parking Lane Only) between Market and Mission Streets
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (Parking Lane Only) between Don Chee Way and
400 Feet Northerly
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM
AND
Main and Spear Streets (Parking Lanes Only) between Market and Mission
Street; Steuart Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Howard Street and
Southerly Terminus
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Davis Street (Westside Parking Lane Only) between Washington and Clay
Streets; Clay Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and Drumm Streets
Friday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Drumm Street (West Parking Lane) between Washington and Clay Streets
Sunday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Southside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm Street
and The Embarcadero
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Northside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm and Davis
Streets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between Clay and
Washington Streets
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Washington and Jackson
Streets; Jackson Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and
DrummStreets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between
Sacramento and Clay Streets; California Street (Southside Parking Lane
Only) between Davis and Front Streets; Mission Street (Southside Parking
Lane Only) between Steuart Street and The Embarcadero
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 PM
Super Bowl City

Frisco Update: What’s “OUR VERSION OF THE LOUVRE” Museum? – It’s Levi’s Stadium, Per the Super Bowl L Host Committee

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Well I can’t really change the headline now, but perhaps it’s Levi’s Stadium itself running these ads? IDK.]

In the words of Hannibal Lecter, WHAT COULD BE MORE OFFENSIVE?

Via Reader James Corrigan comes this:

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(I thought it was officially Super Bowl L, but I guess we want to Keep Things Simple for fans by calling it SB 50?)

I’ll tell you, I know people who spend three(!) hours a day getting back and forth to northern Santa Clara County and that’s with the benefit of carpool lanes. But if you want to spend your time (what, four hours?) going to and coming back from Much Further South, like all the way down to the city of Santa Clara, well then be my guest. (Bring money.)

What are the headwinds here? Domestic Violence? Concussion Dangers? Losing Record? Personal Seat Licenses Dropping In Value By 80%? Coldplay? (Fucking) Train? Addled Transit In The 415 With Zero Compensation From The NFL / Our Vaunted Host Committee? (Hoist Committee? Heist Committee?)

IDK, man.

LEVI’S STADIUM, I served with THE LOUVRE.* I knew THE LOUVRE.*  THE LOUVRE was a friend of mine.* LEVI’S STADIUM, you’re no THE LOUVRE.

Let’s mark this down as 2015’s Most Offensive Pop-Up Ad of the Year.

*Oh, not actually – I’ve never been to Paris. 

Our SFMTA is Now Selling Neighborhood Street Parking Spaces for $2000 per Year – Getaround – “Carshare” They Call It

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

It looks like this:

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If you have a car but don’t give our SFMTA any money, then the SFMTA views you as a deadbeat. Our SFMTA wants/needs to grow, and it’s going to get more of your money to do it, just saying.

So what’s stopping it from painting up the Sunset and selling off (aka “manage”) spaces out there as well? IDK