But it shouldn’t be, IMO:
Oh, what’s that, MUNI – you’re didn’t offer a truck diet to go along with your “road diet?”
Here’s the link – it was dispensing free tickets as of 2:20 PM today. Registration with Ticketfly required.
I guess that whole deal about getting detained by the SFPD at Outside Lands 2015 got worked out…
Imagine you’d want to show up super early for this one.
I don’t really park at parking meters so I don’t know if this photo shows the first notice our SFMTA gives users of it’s new credit card tax:
(Of course, such surcharges are generally banned under CA law (CCC section 1748.1), except the law has a few loopholes, one of which the SFMTA has taken advantage of.)
Anywho, here’s what the Visa People have to say about credit card surcharges:
“If retailers intend to impose a surcharge on credit card purchases, they are required to notify customers before customers make an actual purchase at the store entrance and at the point of sale – or in an online environment, on the first page that references credit card brands.”
IDK, perhaps the horrible SFMTA is, as per usual, operating under a different set of rules, under rules different those at most places where you use your credit card…
What’s this, GOLDEN GATE PARK COMMUNITY GARDENS?
Is this a joke?
Gentle Reader, check out this recent bit from Calvin Welch in Tim Redmond’s 48 Hills to see how much UNITY there was in getting rid of the recycling center.
So that’s STRIKE ONE.
And what of this, also in the news yesterday:
“Unity Plaza” brings “communities and city leaders together under one roof.” The Unity Plaza, named through a partnership with the community…
So it’ll be something like, “Meet me at Unity Plaza, where San Franciscans and our City Family are as One, Comrade.” (And then Comrade Two will be all, “Oh, you mean Balboa BART? C U THERE, All Hail Our Dear Leader.”)
And there’s your STRIKE TWO.
That’s it, it’s TWO STRIKES AND YOU ARE OUT.
Let me tell you, if your political faction has 55%-60% of the electorate, then that’s like the OPPOSITE of UNITY, in’nt?
END OF LINE.
First it was all like this, but now it’s all like this:
Is there anything wrong with leaving the Golden State Warriors in Oakland?
Anyway, here’s the scene in Golden Gate Park – I can’t imagine this arboreal/sports clothing line program “makes money” for our City Family, but rich like having fun too, and this is one way for them to do it:
What’s next, “Let’s Grow Niners?”
I suppose I’ve been harping on this issue over the years.
Who created this problem? SFGOV, including the Planning Department, for starters.
Who can do a better job of fixing things? SFGOV, including the SFMTA, for starters. And IDK, SFPD and DPW? And Trader Joe’s as well.
Here’s a recent example, just a couple of Bros on the west side of Masonic wanting to get to a parked car on the east side, just above the SFMTA’s Presidio Yard. (Note that they might not even be TJ’s customers, but their transit across four lanes of traffic is at the same place where shoppers do it.)
All these southbound cars have stopped for the red light at Geary. So far, so good:
But uh oh, cars are now coming up from Geary in the northbound lanes – it’s time to rethink and try again later:
Or, in this case, spend 2.5 minutes going down the hill to Geary, wait for the green light, and then ascend back up Masonic.
This is the choice people face. Sometimes they err and get hit by a car.
I’ll tell you, if you look at the death rate in Frisco due to earthquakes the past century vs. the death rates of Trader Joe’s shoppers jaywalking in front of TJ#100 the past decade or so, they’re about the same.
What can SFGov and TJ’s do now to fix things, to account for Human Nature?
Look, a petulance parade:
“On Wednesday July 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm, please join us for our first Wiggle Stop-In event. We want to gather 50-100 cyclists to ride around the Wiggle/Lower Haight and stop at every stop sign in single file order. We want to make the point that, in fact, requiring cyclists to come to full stops at every stop sign is a really terrible idea for everyone on the road.
Grab your bike, ride to the Wiggle (the epicenter will be Waller and Steiner), and wait your turn for your chance to come to a full and complete stop at every intersection. Bonus points if you need to negotiate with other “vehicles” about who should be going first.
Let’s show Capt. John Sanford of Park Station that his choice to crack down on cyclists who aren’t following the letter of the law not only doesn’t make anyone safer but actually would create terrible conditions on our roads.”
Here’s your background:
And here’s your prior stab at a media stunt in this area, conducted by someone unfamiliar with, you know, our First Amendment:
The past few months we’ve had at least three jaywalkers/jayjoggers blow across Masonic on the north side of Oak against the ped signal only to end up getting hit and injured by a vehicle.
Therefore, Park Station had a pedestrian-focused enforcement action* a few days ago.
Here you go, here’s a Stanfoo grad hopping down the bunny trail – right past a cop and into traffic about 15 seconds too late (assuming you’re legally allowed to run into a crosswalk, even with a green**):
Guess what – no ticket for her. Not even a warning. (Dude just told me he was specifically out there to hand out tickets, oh well. Maybe he was saving his energy for more flagrant violations, IDK)
Oh, here we go – here’s a ped red citation on the south side of Oak:
On It Goes…
*I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen an SFPD ped-only enforcement action in all my quarter-century plus on the Streets of San Francisco. I’ve seen numerous cyclist–focused and driver-focused actions, but never for peds.
**There are nuances here. Is this crosswalk part of a “wilderness trail” ala Masonic at nearby Fell? I know not.
To review, corporate shuttles aren’t allowed to “stage” (hang out, idle around, wait for the next run to start) in MUNI bus stops. Here is staging in action, just yesterday:
Arguably, the whole SFMTA Commuter Bus Pilot Program does not comply with CA state law. Arguably.
Having said that, this Facebook vehicle isn’t in compliance – disallowed staging and no green SFMTA Pilot sign front and rear.
And what’s this, homemade-appearing Florida license plates – looks legit!
Of course it’s good for drivers to take a break to walk around sometimes, but there’s no official place for these buses to do so.
Astonishingly, FB drove these drivers into becoming fully-unionized Teamsters. I understand the distance that Zuck wants to keep from liability – from accidents and the sometimes-crazy actions of workers, but man, there’s been a signif. cost to its corporate image. Couldn’t FB have said it wants the lowest bidder but that the drivers must be paid like $50 an hour? IDK.
Oh, really this is a Loop Transit bus? Well no, it’s a Facebook bus, you know, IRL
On It Goes…