[UPDATE: Oh, it’s a coffee cup, not a red Solo cup – see Comments.]
Ouch, this one hurts.
If only this sign had Oracle Arena heading the other way…
Here it is:
The Biggest Problem With San Francisco’s Rent Crisis – The Suburbs, by Henry Grabar
This is in Slate, so it can’t be ignored, right? Read along with me, by the numbers.
1. “Crisis.” Well, our current sitch of high inflation of rents and property values is a crisis for some, but not for all. What if certain people, certain industries actually approve of this “crisis,” what then? Of course most renters in town pay slightly to substantially less than a market rate rent because most have the benefits of rent control. Is the author aware of this? We’ll see.
2. Photo. This one – I’ve seen it before. Since we’re toning down the words in Slate, let’s take the time to do the same to Slate’s illustrative photo illustrations. Here’s my stab at how things really looked in this part of Frisco, the ‘burbs of Frisco, if you will. Note the lack of nuclear yellow trees:
3. San Francisco “doesn’t deserve to be the poster child for inaction in the face of inequality?” Uh, why not? (One suspects author Hank has been talking with too many local urbanists.) Why doesn’t SF build more housing if it wants more housing? That’s what I’d ask myself before demanding other towns and counties to “do more.”
4. “The biggest problem with housing in San Francisco isn’t actually in San Francisco.” There’s your SlatePitch, there’s your everything-you-know-is-wrong. I’m not seeing any possibility of this article being useful at all. But let’s continue.
5. “‘The smaller communities, in my opinion, need to step up, and I don’t see that happening,’ San Francisco planning director John Rahaim says.” This sounds like a another pitch for regional government. I’ll agree – I too don’t see that happening. This is a big non-starter.
6. Prop 13. Yep. But are you going to get rid of Prop 13? IDTS. Hey, we’re halfway through.
8. “For municipalities, Rentschler said, the offer is simple: Build more housing, get more money.” So this is the point – a promised $1.5 billion per year for transit from the MTC? I’m not seeing this as a game-changer.
9. “Naturally, some conservatives see Plan Bay Area as part of the broader, Soviet-style plot to urbanize America.” Whoah! Uh, the people who are against all that this Slate bit endorses mostly voted for Obama – they’re mostly big “D” Democrats, right? (This could be confusing to Slate’s readers, non?)
10. “Agenda 21?” Man, poll Bay Areans about “Agenda 21″ and less than 5% would have any idea what it means, just saying.
11. “Writing in National Review, Kurtz warned AFFH would ‘urbanize suburbs and Manhattanize cities.’” Uh, Dude, didn’t you have the same person making the very same point two just grafs above? Get me Rewrite!
12. “But a modern-day building boom in the inner suburbs wouldn’t repeat those mistakes—it would correct them. This time, it would do a city like San Francisco good.” Huh, so that’s it, huh?
Well, I don’t see a modern-day building boom happening anytime soon in Frisco’s “inner suburbs,” so I guess that’s that. We’re talking Pie In The Sky here. JMO
And sorry, Newcomers. Everything’s stacked against you here in the 415.
Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who’s in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, and that’s good enough for me
Things were bad before, but I think we’re entering performance art territory here, up in Marin County.
“I feel like I just got mugged. They are charging $6.97 for regular (other yelpers posted pics). The average price for gas in northern California is $3.43. I will never EVER go here again even though it’s on my way home from work, FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS GO TO BRIDGEWAY GAS.”
ASSIGNMENT DESK: Send somebody, anybody up there to ask, “Hey, what’s the deal with the $8 gas?” Before that, buy a few gallons to see what the experience is like. Also, check for the purported dirtiness. Like “can you believe this is the bathroom of a gas station what charges* $200 to fill your** tank?!” And then you say, hey, I gots to fill up my right rear with air, and then see if Dude makes you pay for the privilege – well that’s agin the law, right? (But don’t send CW Nevius – he’d find a way to get rejected on this slam dunk, like he’d tell this story from the poor gas station owner’s ‘sperective, something like that. SPROOOOING off the rim, that’s what I’m talking about.) Anyway, engage, make it so.
*And call your economist buddy and ask about elasticities of demand for low-margin bidnesses. So let’s say the Shell down the street only makes a few pennies per gallon (and possibly makes more money selling high-margin snacks, you know, the way movie theaters do it), well, maybe it makes sense to cut your business by 95% if you can increase your margins by 10,000%, that kind of deal. Who knows, maybe Dude makes money some other way off of the property…
**I can remember the first time I paid $20 for a tank of gas. It was back in the 1990’s for a rusty Audi 5000 I bought from a doctor in Manoa Valley. And then back in the aughts, I remember paying $100 to fill the tank of a Land Cruiser up in, you guessed it, Marin County. I’ll remember the $200 threshold too, if and when I ever achieve it. (And if I filled up at Bridgeway today, I think I could almost, just almost make it to $200.)
How much is a gallon of gasoline at the Fell Street ARCO station right now? $2.99
And how about the rest of America? Well, some places are at $1.99 and there are more coming soon.
Hey, remember when the SFMTA used to talk about how people should take MUNI because a one-way fare was less than a gallon of gas? I do. Not too forward-looking, huh?
And remember this ad campaign, to teach stupid car drivers about how gasoline actually costs money?
The SFMTA has stated that increasing gasoline prices are a reason to take MUNI, so, conversely, would falling gasoline prices be a reason to NOT take MUNI?
Think on that.
IMO, the SFMTA needs to deal with its numerous problems honestly.
IMO, the SFMTA isn’t even coming close to doing this.
IMO, the SFMTA isn’t even close to offering, in its words, EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CHOICES.
IMO, MUNI’s service is worse than a quarter-century ago, despite the dramatic growth in its budget and its fare prices.
So, real gas prices are historically low and the SFMTA’s prices are historically high.
Here’s the latest from our San Francisco Ballet. If you think you might want to go this year, the time to buy is now. It’s not like you’re going to have a bunch of empty seats around you come December, so just get your ticks and put it in your calendar and you’re good to go.
All the deets:
“Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Purchase Nutcracker Tickets at the Best Prices of the Season!
Tickets are going fast for SF Ballet’s spectacular production of Nutcracker! Current prices are guaranteed only through September 30, so dont miss your chance to enjoy the best seats at the very best prices of the season.
SF Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages, featuring exquisite costumes and scenery, breathtaking effects, and spectacular dance by one of the world’s premier companies. Join us as the lights dim, the curtain rises, and the wonder of the holiday season comes to life in Nutcracker: a uniquely San Francisco tradition.
Order now before prices increase Oct 1!
Make Nutcracker a special occasion!
From our VIP Box Experience with an elegant reception, to Family Performances with special gifts for the first 500 children and complimentary treats at intermission, SF Ballet offers a variety of special performances to make Nutcracker an unforgettable experience.Learn more here!
Visit sfballet.org/nutcracker for a full schedule of Nutcracker performances and events.
Well here’s something new under the sun.
Check it out if you want – it seems to be working for the Financh, for instance. So you tell it how long you want to park and it’ll tell you your options.
I’ll tell you, it can’t be a worser as an app than the SFMTA is a transit agency, so there’s that.
ParkMe Launches Real-Time Parking In San Francisco
Delivers Comprehensive On-Street and Off-Street Parking Data to Ease Parking Frustrations of Bay Area Motorists & Commuters
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 19, 2013 — ParkMe, the leading provider of real-time parking information to navigation companies and users of the ParkMe app, widget and website, announced today that motorists in San Francisco will now have access to real-time availability of garage and street parking. ParkMe’s real-time parking solution was developed to help drivers save time and money by finding the closest and cheapest parking.
ParkMe has built the world’s most comprehensive live parking database for both on-street and off-street parking and is expanding into more cities, such as San Francisco, which is ranked as the third most populous city for ParkMe app downloads. In fact, ParkMe has teamed up with a total of 290 garages and lots in San Francisco, and has a partnership with ABM Parking Services, which operates multiple facilities throughout the Bay Area.
ParkMe is helping to alleviate parking frustration in San Francisco, a city which collects approximately $134 million in parking tickets and citations each year – that’s $255 per minute, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). In addition to the roughly 100,000 parking spaces in lots and garages in the area, San Francisco has more than 29,000 metered spaces available. By downloading the app, drivers have instant access to comprehensive parking information, including rates, hours, accepted payment types and more.
“The goal of ParkMe is to eliminate the hassle of parking by sharing real-time availability and rates to enhance the experience for all drivers in San Francisco,” said Sam Friedman, ParkMe CEO and co-founder. “ParkMe allows users to see parking availability in the form of heat maps that illustrate parking availability on a block-by-block basis through color-coded streets on a map. The street parking availability is refreshed every five minutes – to help you find the best spot in less time.”
ParkMe continues to expand its network of exclusive partnerships with the largest parking operators across the country. Such operator relationships give ParkMe the ability to connect transient drivers with accurate, up-to-the-minute parking data streamed to mobile phones, in-car navigation systems, GPS devices and operator websites.
Additional features include the “recommendation engine” that shows drivers the best parking location around their destination based on cost and proximity. The app also has a rate calculator feature, which automatically calculates the total price of parking based on the amount of time they would like to stay.
“Currently, there are millions of drivers accessing parking data directly through ParkMe’s branded mobile apps and through its partnerships with GPS and in-car navigation systems,” said Alex Israel, ParkMe COO and co-founder. “Now, San Francisco drivers have access to ParkMe’s vast array of partnerships and connectivity to the ever-changing parking conditions. Our goal is to arm every driver with real-time information to transform parking into a painless, seamless and pleasant experience. And if San Francisco’s parking system expands, we will increase its coverage area accordingly.”
The ParkMe app, which has recently jumped into the Top 10 of free navigation apps in the iTunes App Store, provides drivers with live parking information in hundreds of cities across the U.S. and the world. In addition to the iPhone and Android apps, ParkMe provides an online feature for local San Francisco businesses to allow customers to view parking availability near the business at any given time. The parking feature is free, and can be downloaded to any website. By using the app, users are able to find the perfect parking spot in more than 28,000 locations around the globe – in 1,800+ cities, 32 countries and seven continents.
For city stats and data regarding San Francisco parking, check out ParkMe.
Based in Santa Monica, Calif., ParkMe is the leading provider of real-time parking information to navigation companies and consumers. Consumers can access ParkMe via GPS and in-car navigation systems, ParkMe.com, online widgets, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android apps. Founded by Sam Friedman and Alex Israel, ParkMe’s mission is to make parking easier, faster and cheaper. The company collects and aggregates data about both on-street and off-street parking and has built the world’s most comprehensive parking database. This includes more than 28,000 worldwide locations in more than 1,800 cities, 32 countries and seven continents. ParkMe can be found on the Web at ParkMe.com, on Twitter @TheParkMeApp, and on Facebook Facebook.com/TheParkMeApp.
ParkMe is backed by a highly respected group of investors, including Fontinalis Partners, IDG Ventures and Angeleno Group. Fontinalis Partners is a leading transportation technology strategic investment firm founded by Bill Ford, Ralph Booth, Mark Schulz, Chris Cheever, and Chris Thomas. IDG Ventures is a global network of venture capital funds with approximately $5 billion under management and a portfolio of over 220 companies built over the last 15 years. Founded in 2001, Angeleno Group is a leading growth equity firm dedicated to investing in next generation energy and natural resources companies globally.
Web Site: http://www.parkme.com
Uh, to make more money?
So that means you’ll need to pay double to avoid getting blackballed by SideCar’s drivers.
Of course, if a trained and licensed San Francisco taxi driver charges you double a during busy time, that’s a misdemeanor.
But if a SideCar driver jacks up rates on NYE, that’s called bidness.
Hey, Gentle Reader! Why not check in on SideCar’s “amazing year,” below? You’ll be able to see if any mention is made of CPUC case #PSG-3360, you know, that whole “cease and desist” thing.
If only this woman on Market had a SideCar sign instead of a TAXI sign:
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2012 has been an amazing year:
To ring in 2013, plenty of drivers in our community have told us that they plan to get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve so that you can hit the town safely without having to worry about driving. <3 To thank them, we decided to do them a huge favor:
For New Year’s Eve only – and in The San Francisco Bay Area Only – from 5pm-5am, as a way of saying thanks to those driving on NYE, we are going to suggest double the community average donation for each ride within the app. This means that a ride with a typical community average of $10 will say $20 on Monday night.
Here’s why we’re doing this:
Of course, with SideCar what you donate is always up to you, and the community average is just there to help you decide. We just feel that on a night like New Year’s a little extra for drivers wouldn’t hurt. We hope you’ll feel the same way.”
California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide goddamn record companies that fix prices. (Feel free to read that as record companies, straight up.) Anyway, when you bought all those Rico Suave CDs back in the day, you paid too much.
Can I tell you how this all relates to the big scheme of things? No, I get my record co. antitrust lawsuits mixed up. But this whole deal probably had something to do with bad behavior by execs from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and/or EMI Group.
But that doesn’t matter now. What matters that these melon-farmers are going to own up for past misdeeds by paying for statewide music festivals.
El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:
|Alameda||Los Angeles||San Bernardino||Solano|
|Contra Costa||Mono||San Joaquin||Tehama|
|Del Norte||Monterey||San Luis Obispo||Ventura|
|El Dorado||Napa||Santa Barbara||Yolo|
Brown and Arts Council Host Statewide Music Festivals Funded by a Price-Fixing Settlement
SACRAMENTO -Yodeling, operas, musicals, Japanese drumming and symphonies are among the summer events around the state sponsored by more than a half million dollars from a Department of Justice settlement with music companies in a case of fixing advertised prices.
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and the California Arts Council today announced dozens of musical presentations during this summer’s festival season and throughout 2010. Visit the California Arts Council’s website for a full listing of concerts and events benefiting from the grants:
“The Attorney General’s office is proud to be part of providing these cultural events that bring people together to experience all types of music. It’s affordable because of our ability to provide discounted tickets,” Brown said, “and these performances are a testament to the incredible richness and diversity of the state’s music.”
The grants support performances and events in 43 of the state’s 58 counties, reaching an estimated audience of 200,000.
All the deets, after the jump