It’s a different world out there, east of the east bay:
Here’s your cowtown reference.
Here’s your procurement backgrounder, which shows how the better aerial tanker lost.
Depending on how you look at it, of course. I myself am burdened by the study of the Economics, so excuse me if I don’t wave my pom poms for this 2015 creation of the SFMTA:
Pre-2015, you’d never see this, all these empty spots. (People have moved their rides west, on the other side of the river of Masonic, where you can park it day after day, permit or no.)
What’s that, isn’t this great you say?
Well no, it’s not. Sry.
“In 1992, San francisco Beautiful established a taskforce that included publishers, community groups, DPW, and the City Attorneys to forge a plan that would eliminate the clutter and hazards of unmitigated newsracks while preserving the publications right to sell papers. The City instituted a pilot program which resulted in the development of a pedestal mounted newsrack. The response was positive and the Public Works Code was amended to create pedestal mounted newsrack zones. Due to the decline in printed news circulation, these racks have become a contributing factor to cluttering and blighting our sidewalks”
Well, let’s see, some things are just wrong here, with this self-serving account, and other salient matters, like the huge costs this program has stuck all of us with, have been conveniently omitted. Anywho, what comes through is that the ugly busybodies about town collectively known as San Francisco Beautiful got just what they wanted but now they’re not happy.
What would you call this – a tax on the media, a fee on the media? These workers drive over from the East Bay to lovingly maintain mostly empty PedMount news racks and then send the bill whatever media entity what’s still operating in Frisco. It Takes A Village to maintain a news rack – look at all this paraphernalia:
And then they beep the bar code to prove they really came. What is this for?
What a horrible idea this was.
How much has it cost us, over the years?
I thought you needed to prove that you lived (or worked, in some cases) in the area in order to qualify for the Residential Parking Permit Program.
Is Getaround Rent-a-Car now a resident in the 94117?
So you can’t park in Getaround Rent-a-Car’s (formerly public) parking spaces for even one minute, but Getaround Rent-a-Car can park in your spaces all day long?
So here’s an example – what kind of possible liability problems do you see here, Gentle Reader?
Normally, our corrupt DPW (which thinks YOU’RE the deadbeat, for not giving it ever more money money money) would “transfer” all the headaches of tree ownership onto a nearby homeowner, but in this case it can’t. Isn’t that sad?
Frisco is good at planting trees, but it’s not good at taking care of trees.
Here’s a block on Laguna:
Of course most blocks in San Francisco get swept waaaaaay too often, even after the recent relaxation in scheduling that some areas enjoy.
So my conclusion is that street-sweeping isn’t 100% a scam for SFGov to make money, it’s just mostly a scam. And who’s going to pay for health care for street sweeper workers a half decade from now? Well, that’s SEP (Someone Else’s Problem), that’s something for the Next Mayor to work out…
Here are the deets from last year about the “California Legacy License Plate Program.”
Well, now it’s 2015 and The People Have Spoken – only yellow-on-black, 1960’s-style retro-style license plates will be issued by the DMV, so sorry to you, fans of the 1950’s-style black-on-yellow and 1970’s-style yellow-on-blue plates. You’ll just have to bide your time.
“Legislation introduced the California Legacy License Plate program offering vehicle owners the opportunity to purchase replicas of California license plates similar to those issued in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Only the 1960’s plate reached the required 7,500 orders before January 1, 2015, and will be the only one implemented. The 1950’s and 1970’s plates did not achieve the required 7,500 minimum orders.
Legacy License plates can be ordered for any year model automobile, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer. The Legacy License Plate Program will not replace the current Year of Manufacture (YOM) license plate program.
The DMV is accepting pre-orders, for the 1960 Legacy plate, until the plates are ready to be manufactured. A pre-order form California Legacy License Plate Pre–Order Form (REG 17L) (PDF) is available for these plates. The completed form and $50 payment must be mailed to the address provided on the form. Payment can only be made by check, money order, or cashier’s check made payable to Department of Motor Vehicles. Pre–orders will NOT be processed at DMV Field offices or Auto Club offices.
PAYMENT: Check, Money Order, or Cashier’s Check ONLY.
Payable to: DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES.
Mail REG 17L WITH a $50 PAYMENT to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Legacy License Plates
Customer Service/Operations Support, MS D405
PO Box 825393
Sacramento, CA 94232–5393
PRE–ORDERS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED AT DMV OFFICES or AUTO CLUB OFFICES
REFUNDS: Refunds for the 1950’s and 1970’s plate orders will be processed for refund in January and February 2015. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for receipt.
Changing your 1950’s or 1970’s plate order to a 1960’s plate requires a new application and new payment. California Legacy Plate Pre–Order Form (REG 17L) (PDF)
To cancel your 1960’s plate PRE–ORDER, mail an Application for Refund (ADM 399) to the address shown above. The refund request must clearly indicate that the refund is for a pre–ordered Legacy License plate and include the personalized configuration ordered, or state if a sequential plate was ordered. Please include your name, address and daytime telephone number in case we need to contact you.
NO REFUND will be issued after the program begins and your plate number reservation has been made.