Posts Tagged ‘parking’

Bay Area Bike Share (BABS) is a Smorgasboard of Illegal Parking, and Driving – And Let’s Check in That Yelp Rating

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Market Street, yesterday:

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Is this official, like from Ford? IDK.

And then they have their big Nissan vans – they double park, park on the sidewalks and make illegal turns off of Market all the time. Is that kosher?

And what’s up with these Ford pickups all illegally parked next to each other basically every day at the BABS station on Market near 5th? They’re still showing up. Does the reflective triangle make everything OK? IDK

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Any connection here? IDK.

And the Yelp ratings are in the cellar, still. Seems like people are paying a lot of money for these bikes, considering what they get, and some people at some companies are millionaires now, and speaking of millions, taxpayers will end up paying tens of millions afore this program gets defunded or whathaveyou.

All is not well in BABS-land these days.

And I can’t wait to see all the Ford ads, which, one assumes, will be plastered all over, soon…

The Bridge Toll-Evading Mercedes Benz and BMW Owners of Frisco

Friday, September 30th, 2016

(I didn’t take most of these particular shots.)

Anywho, what do we see here – do we see the three parked cars of the occupants of one unit of housing all carousing about license plate-free on the Streets of San Francisco?

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I think so.

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Are these people pulling a Steve Jobs? Are they driving registered vehicles hither and yon with one or two DMV plates in the trunk, you know, waiting to get pulled over by the popo and then it will be, what, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to put those things on my car. The dealership says I need a special bracket, or something” or something like that?

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I’ll tell you, the reason why the owners of Italian exoticars drive about California without proper California registration and insurance is because of the crushing “use taxes” they would have to pay otherwise. So your expensive, impractical weekend car might cost you $10K or $20K just for CA registration for the first year and then many thousands per year for years after that. So you end up seeing people using Oregon plates or Nevada plates or Montana plates or whatever.

But OTOH, the reason why owners of German luxocars don’t have the plates what DMV sent them mounted front and rear, just speculating here, are:

  1. Eurocars aren’t made with tall square-ish American license plates in mind, so you might need a special bracket to mount them, and even though dealers are obligated to provide them…
  2. After they break, due to their Mickey Mouse construction, drivers don’t want to replace them due to…
  3. Car owners thinking that ugly U.S.-style plates mar the good looks of their Euro rides, and…

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4. Bridge Toll Evasion

(Hey, what if you have just the back license plate on your car – do the Golden Gate Bridge people take images of you car from the back as well? IDK.)

Anyway, the best example of this would be a German car owner who improperly asked for a handicapped placard and was improperly given one by a chiropractor and then uses that placard to park for free all day long at an SFMTA parking meter in Frisco, say someplace close to the Financh but not too close, maybe by that Safeway on Washington BUT ALSO doesn’t have license plates mounted in order to evade the $6.50 daily Golden Gate Bridge toll BUT ALSO has an insidery CHP 11-99 Foundation license plate holder so that the CHP officer who pulls you over already knows that you’ve personally given thousands of dollars to the families of CHP officers so s/he will go easy on you “this time” for speeding on the 101 without license plates BUT ALSO has been doing this for years and years.

You know, something like this:

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After all, you’re special.

So very special

It wasn’t that I didn’t try
It’s not the kind of thing, that you buy
Written in my destiny
Life is but a dream
Covered by the sky
Stop saying that you’re calling time
Look at your life before you start on mine
I’m not the kind of person that you need
I’m sick of trying
I mean that it’s over

It was always special
It was like water down the drain
I’m intoxicated
Every time I hear your name
I try to remember
But nothing is the same
It was always special
it was like water down the drain

Patiently you wait for me
You’re so blind
I thought it couldn’t be
Then changed my mind
Drowning in the endless sea
Line all those lines
The traces of your memory
Don’t belong with mine

SFMTA “Beautification” Effort Fails at Great Highway and Kirkham – Why Not Paint What Should be Red Curbs Red?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The street triangles of the Outside Lands become an issue for the SFPD:

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You see, the problem here is that there isn’t any church around to persuade the SFMTA about how it’s OK to park next to a median, oh well…

If You Work for SFGov, You Can Illegally Park Your Car for Free, Sometimes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Or make a habit of it and do it every day, why not? Our SFMTA isn’t in the habit of ticketing/towing certain cars in certain areas.

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Just put your Rec and Park jacket on the dash – that’s the ticket, or rather, it’s the way to not get a ticket.

Oh well…

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Transportation Issue – Shamed by Stanley Roberts – Potential Senators Behaving Badly?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Obviously, Supervisor Scott Wiener needs a driver to squire him around Frisco (and the very small slice of San Mateo County what he pretends to actually care aboot these days, eh?).

So here’s two strikes earlier this year – driving and double parking, as reported by former ValleyWagger Kevin Montgomery:

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Of course, if I were Scott Wiener, I’d be all, “Man, I don’t even own an aging silver Nissan.” Or something. But no, he simply ignored this situation.

Or I would have taken these incidents as a wake-up call. And then have gotten a volunteer to drive me to my daily engagements.

But no – so here comes well-known KRON-TV’s Stanley Roberts, of People Behaving Badly fame:

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Now this sitch here I don’t understand, you know fully:

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Perhaps Scott Wiener should clear things up for us, you know, explain what his issues are here. (IDK, maybe somebody stole his Nissan and then parked it here – who knows. Or maybe he was so busy texting that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing IRL anymore.)

But why would such a sanctimonious “urbanist” even own a car in the first place, in Frisco of all places?

“W: What I will say is my perspective is neither the SFMTA or SFPD takes double-parking seriously. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m a fan of both agencies. I work with them. I believe SFPD and SFMTA are committed to Vision Zero. There are some really good people within SFPD who do want to see it happen. But double parking is one area where both agencies have just failed… it’s private automobiles, it’s taxis, it’s garbage trucks… it’s an unending situation. They cause traffic jams, they block Muni, they block the bike lane, it undermines our entire transportation system and makes our streets more dangerous. It is one of my significant frustrations.”

Scott Wiener – sell your car or get a driver.

ENDOFLINE

 

The “Cars” of Telegraph Hill

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Not much room up there of course.

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Look at that crummy little ride – they call it a SmartCar.

And just in front of it there’s a three wheel motorcycle, which is nice and legal to operate as a car in CA. Wouldn’t you like a Silly Little Car too?

So Much For Frisco’s Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Ban on Fell Street – Still Life in Mobile Homes

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

This was the promise, back in aught-twelve:

In 2012 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors enacted a new violation in the SF Transportation Code to address inappropriate parking of oversized vehicles on city streets. SFTC Section 7.2.54 prohibits parking a vehicle over 22 feet in length or over 7 feet in height, or camp trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobilehomes, recreational vehicles, or semi-trailers, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when SFMTA signs are posted giving notice.

And yet this is the reality, in 2016. (I’ll note that the one in front has the brand-name “BRAVE” written on it in large letters – that’d certainly be true if the owner/renter planned to leave it there past midnight.)

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The millionaire homeowners of Fell wanted these rides gone from their view, but, well this is what they’re staring out when they walk down their stoops these days.

Of course this photo was made in the daytime, so maybe this caravan moves out every night to neighboring streets without the SFMTA ban? IDK, cause I’m sleeping during those hours, usually.

But actually, a ticket for just $110 sounds cheap compared with the cost of a tiny Airbnb apartment in the 94117 what could go for double that, easily, for one night.

I’ll have to do an RV nose count next time I’m skulking about the Panhandle after midnight…

This is the Result of Tens of Millions of Federal Pork Barrel Spending on “Smart” Parking Meters

Monday, August 15th, 2016

More or less:

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You want to get into this – well, we can get into this. You know, sometime.

Here’s the etching on the tombstone:

“Update: The SFpark pilot evaluation has been released and changes to data feed, mobile apps, and web map remain. Demand-responsive rate adjustments will continue in existing SFpark areas. The SFMTA will use the results of the evaluation to develop a proposal for expanding the SFpark approach to the SFMTA’s other meters, lots and garages in the city.”

But did we really need to pay people to bury sensors under the pavement? Nope! Oh, they’re all dead now, batteries expired, just sitting under the surface doing nothing? Yep!

There are many ways to skin a cat, Brother. This “futuristic” and expensive way was the wrong way.

Sry.

Oh, and speaking of the Feds, why do Law Enforcement Officials come to Frisco and get their guns stolen from their cars, over and over and over again, despite all the warnings, despite our well-earned reputation?

And, you know, as promised, we can get into why it’s still hard to park in some areas of Frisco and why in other areas you can see an entire block of metered spaces with basically no cars at all.

I have no objections to market rate pricing, but SFPark was a big fail whale.

Sry.

*No, not on street-cleaning day, on a regular day.

It’s Official: The SFMTA’s Rental Car Partner “Getaround” has Turned One Parking Space into Two – One Simple Trick!

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Smart Cars sure are short, huh?

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This looks like Gay Paree, except our version of the Smartcar Four-Two is actually a little longer than what those Europeans use.

Anyway, I don’t know how workable this is day-to-day, but there it is, two cars / one space.

“Evening Flat Rate Parking” at a Skid Row Holiday Inn South of Market on 8th Street is Now $45

Friday, August 5th, 2016

South of Market skid row:

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Vox Populi:

unsafe neighborhood

on the corner of Crack Den Ave, and Homeless Urine Drive

my car in a lot that states ‘DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN CAR’ all over the place (which gives you an indication of how safe this part of town is)