Posts Tagged ‘parking control officer’

Heh: Incompetent SFMTA MUNI DPT Parking Control Officers are Repeatedly Citing Security Guard Cars at Our Chinese Consulate

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

So the guards at this troubled location have resorted to posting long messages in car windows.

“Attn DPT: Please do not ticket this vehicle…”

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The current SFMTA position is that only security guards and cops can legally park at this location. This is a result, one supposes, of that Chinese citizen firebombing the front door of the place on Laguna not too long ago…

Cold Busted: Do SFMTA Parking Control Officers Even Try to Follow the Law? Take a Look

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Leave us review California Vehicle Code Section 40202(a):

“The notice of parking violation shall also set forth … the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield...”

Except some DPT meter maids are in the habit of not writing down the last four digits of the VIN. Check it:

Some SFMTA parking citation officers thought they found a loophole by simply entering “cannot read,” “covered,” or “unable to locate” in the VIN field space of a citation. 

03/07/12: Officer NW (Badge #206) wrote 66 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 66 of them!  

02/01/12: Officer TA (Badge #12) wrote 27 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 27 of them.”

So am I saying I believe the factual statements of some random Change.org petition over anything spun out by the SFMTA?

Yes, yes I am.

Now is this VIN requirement kind of a technicality, and is it kind of a pain to be looking for VINs when the PCOs need to make their quotas in order to pay for Ed Reiskin’s generous benefits package? Yes and yes.

But that’s the law. Perhaps the SFMTA should try to change the law if it’s so hard to obey.

Let’s hope that the SFMTA keeps a closer eye on its PCOs in the future…

Now let’s travel back to the past:

Via the excellent Uptown Almanac comes news of this anti-MUNI bumper sticker campaign:

Beej Weir with deets here and here.

“The bottom of the sticker reads: “ASSAULTING A PARKING CONTROL OFFICER IS A CRIME. SO DON’T GET CAUGHT.”- WACKO 1

As previously noted, harsh.

California Penal Code 241 — Assault, punishment. (“(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

So much for “Good People, Tough Jobs.”

The Future is Now: The Era of “Automatic Number Plate Recognition” is Here – DPT Knows What You Did Last Summer

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Check it – what do you think these rooftop sensors are for?

As seen on Market Street two days afore the big Halloween 2012 San Francisco Giants parade:

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Read and learn:

Hey, SFMTA! Is this your new set of wheels? Oh it is? Well then, what are those attachment things on the roof detecting? Are they detecting a whole bunch of license plates? Well, good for you, SFMTA, good for you.

On McAllister Street during last night’s evening drive:

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OMG, it’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition in the 415! And these things are not just sitting fixed by the ballpark during the World Series, oh no, they’s everywhere.

If only MUNI and the streetcars worked as good as these Blue Crush SkyCop-type contraptions:

Anyway, last I saw, this white Chevrolet Uplander minivan was headed into the Fillmore to catch violators.

Hurray!

“Freaking trash! I wonder how much they owe? Most of them are on the run, not even using their social security numbers. If there was only a way to make them pay…”

All right, Repo Man, that’s enough,

O.K., all the deets. I hope our meter maids have all the features shown here:

License Plate Reader

SkyCop® – Mobile License Plate Recognition & Video Surveillance System Pan & Tilt LPR Unit with Thermal Imaging Camera and High Resolution Day / Night Camera Hideaway Touchscreen Radio System

The SkyCop ® Mobile License Plate Recognition & Video Surveillance System (MLPRV) is a complete License Plate Recognition System packaged in a platform to provide mobile, on the fly, license plate reading, video surveillance and analysis. The most advanced of its kind, the MLPRV system incorporates all of today’s advanced technologies to provide on board storage, and remote access for database updates, data offload, and video records retrieval. This technology allows officers to instantly check license plate information as they drive through their patrol areas. Information such as:

  • Improper Registration
  • People driving on revoked licenses
  • Stolen plates and/or stolen vehicles
  • stolen renewal decals
  • Outstanding Warrants
  • Actual vehicle registration info
  • Sex Offenders
  • Known Gangsters

All of this information is provided instantly to the officer while they operate their vehicle, without any user action.

Designed for use in Law Enforcement type vehicles the MLPRV system can also be used with SkyCop® Trailer units and other types of vehicles to increase access protection on a temporary basis for special events. All MLPRV systems provide advanced user friendly features such as the dash mount Touch Screen Control / View Panel with “quick touch” keys for preset positioning of the License Plate Reader and Video Cameras.

Complete with full Pan and Tilt capabilities users can position the License Plate Reader Module in any position desired for precision read areas. Five (5) preset positions are available for frequent positioning. In addition to control functions the dash mounted Touch Screen provides real-time read display and live video display information to the user. “Hot List(s)” information can be entered or imported into the on board computer system to provide flag and alert information to the operator for License Plates that have been designated as plates of interest through local and national databases. Other advanced options and features allow for full integration into other SkyCop® products such as Thermal Imaging Cameras and High Resolution Day / Night Cameras that can be mounted on the Pan & Tilt device. The MLPRV System can also monitor and control other citywide deployments of SkyCop Camera systems for advanced monitoring of a scene. Command Center can also display the MLPRV System while in operation.

Technical Information:

The MLPRV is a vehicle-mounted system for license plate image capture and video processing permitting autonomous operation (requiring no direct action of a user) to read license plates and match against various hot list of wanted vehicles.

The Mobile Video Surveillance Platform will record video and audio using H.264 compression and have the ability to
record up to eight (8) analog cameras for on board video and audio storage with remote streaming to a command center. The system will include a 7” In-Dash Touchscreen for control and monitoring. The License Plate Recognition System (LPR) will use dual-camera imaging (high-resolution cameras for license plate reading, secondary cameras for evidence gathering), GPS (with or without) moving map display, back-end evidence and reporting software, and a wireless communication capability for transferring data between the back-end and each mobile unit. The LPR and Video Surveillance system is mounted on a Pan & Tilt drive system and can be installed on the center light bar or other preferred areas. The LPR and Surveillance Cameras can be automatically positioned on all sides of the vehicle while in operation.

Nearly Nude vs. Never-Nude: Giant Abercrombie and Fitch Ad vs. Fifth and Mission Parking Control Officer

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

I don’t know, A&F. One of these days you’re going to go just a little too far.

Strike a pose:

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I should have asked the PCO to give me some jazz hands, but I didn’t think of it at the time.

In other news, Arrested Development is coming back next year. They’re taping new stuff right now down in L.A.

UPS Driver Uses Three-Day-Old Parking Ticket to Try to Avoid Getting More Tickets in the Financh

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I’ve always suspected this, but here’s the proof:

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The SFMTA MUNI DPT citation you see was three days old. That means that the driver either just leaves the ticket on this truck 24-7 or s/he takes it off at night and then puts it back on in the morning.

Of course, most towns in America have spaces for UPS trucks to park.

But not San Francisco…

Our PG&E Energy Monopoly Attempted Suicide Last Night – KABOOM at Beale and Mission HQ – Call Before You Dig, PG&E!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Ah let’s review.

- Remember when a mid-level PG&E employee* threatened me at an event sponsored by the Presidio Trust, told me that I should take one of my PG&E-related posts down because, I was done told, “It would be your interest to take that post down?” And I was like, well what does that mean? Oh that’s right, Gentle Reader, you don’t remember, but I do. Strike One. 

- And remember when PG&E killed eight people near SFO last year? Strike Two.

- And remember when Mayor Ed Lee* recently started going on about how “City Family” member PG&E is a great local company who gets it?” Strike Three.

Oh well.

Now, here’s the scene last night at 7:00 PM as I was swinging by the FiDi to pick up my special lady friend at an area law firm. Workers were just setting up the cones. And then a paramedic was telling me, “This one isn’t PG&E’s fault – somebody was digging.” Well yeah, but that somebody was PG&E itself:

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Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?

Oh, and this was all right in front of Pacific Gas & Electric Building, one of San Francisco’s tallest, you know, at 77 Beale:

“The Pacific Gas & Electric Building is a 150 m (490 ft) skyscraper located at 77 Beale and Mission streets in the financial district of San FranciscoCalifornia. Completed in 1971, the 34 story building is headquarters for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the main utility provider for Northern California, and has been host to a nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons since 1987. List of tallest buildings in San Francisco

Isn’t it ironic again, dont’cha think?

Hey, PG&E, why don’t you eat your own dog food and CALL BEFORE YOUR DIG?

Via Daedrius

The easy-to-remember phone number is 811, you remember?

In short, I just can’t believe how much you suck, PG&E.

Straighten up and fly right PG&E.

*A member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction (aka Downtown) along with fellow members Willie Brown, Chamber of Commerce, Gavin Newsom, real estate interests, PG&E, and you know, all those non-profits, among others.

Working for the Clampdown: What It Looks Like When the “Denver Boot Man” Comes to Put the Clamp on Your Car

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It looks just like this:

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Or maybe all this guy does it take Denver boots off of cars,* I can’t tell.

Anyway, you’ll figure out the system shortly after you accumulate five or more unpaid parking tickets in the 415.

It happens.

Please note the brand-new Automatic Number Plate Recognition video cameras on the roof of the white minivan, the better to scan in your license plate, automatic-like.

That’s how they get you

(There ought to be a “Denver Boot Man Alert” app for your phone, you know, for when he comes within a half-mile of your ride, give you a chance to switch license plates or something…)

*Just like Angle Grinder Man, except AGM is on the other side of the law.

The judge said five to ten but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown

PG&E: Being a Member of the “City Family” Means Not Getting Parking Tickets from DPW?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Sure seems that way.

Blinking EXPIRED, EXPIRED, EXPIRED in SoMA.* 

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Or, in the words of our somewhat-corrupt-but-doesn’t-even-know-it Mayor Ed Lee on the topic of Pigs, Giraffes and Elephants:

“They’re a great company that gets it.” 

That blunder came out the day everybody in town was talking about how PG&E had just gotten harshed by the Feds in DC for killing people in San Bruno and then,  through the past twelve months, also lying about (misstating about? misleading about?) killing those people.

Compare that with a series of incidents that didn’t kill anybody and that PG&E didn’t lie about during the Newsom administration:

“Angry Newsom Wants Answers From PG&E”

Oh well. (Realize that PG&E was just as integral to Gavin Newsom’s mayoralty as it is now for Ed Lee’s…)

Ed Lee lives his life 24/7 in the “City Family” bubble, where Rose Pak is benevolent, all-seeing, all-knowing “Aunty Rose” and Recology is the best company in the world and the Central Subway is the Road to Paradise.

Oh well.

*If I were a Parking Control Officer, I’d never ticket PG&E no matter what, just saying. BTW, that’s a PGE-stickered Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, GM’s “electric car.”**

**Some people still think the Volt is an electric car. This has to do with GM lying about this subject a couple years back. 

If All of San Francisco Government Worked as Efficiently as Street-Cleaning-Day PCOs, Well…

Friday, August 5th, 2011

…we wouldn’t have any debt and we’d run surpluses every year.

This is five minutes before two-hour no-parking-time, you know, for street sweeping. Do these streets look like they need a sweeping? Not to me.

But the Spice Must Flow, right? It’s harvest time, once again: 

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There’s a chance that the owners of the cars parked here on Octavia might saunter (or run) up for a last-minute rescue, but usually you don’t see that.

It’s too bad that San Francisco government can’t “make money” by having an efficient transit network, you know, the way it “makes money” off of forgetful drivers on unnecessary weekly (or, I’m srsly, daily in some places) street sweeping.

This operation didn’t start out as a scam, back in the day, but it turned into one.*

Oh well.

*In this respect, it’s just like the neighborhood parking decal scheme.