Posts Tagged ‘quality’

Vaunted Frisco/Hetchy Hetchy Drinking Water Quality Ranked 33rd in National Study – Why? NITRATE ‘n Stuff

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Oh well:

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The latest rankings:

National Drinking Water Database – City Water Ratings

Big City Water Ratings

EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic). [read more on rating methodology]

Tesla Update: People Living in Glass Cars Shouldn’t…

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

IDK, man. Why is the rest of the car clean?

And how much would a new windshield cost – $2300?


What else is busted already on this low-quality ride? Look closer, Gentle Reader.

The Signage Where Lobos Creek Drains onto Baker Beach Says What Now? – Something About Water Quality?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

FIrst of all, I think our Feds could do a better job with signage here, at Baker Beach:


And second of all, I think the sign should say that this water is generally OK for kids to play in/around, except for times after it’s been raining. I think.

And there’s this:

San Francisco and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which has jurisdiction over Baker Beach, are working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on monitoring studies in an attempt to locate the source of the coliform, fecal coliform and enterococci detected where Lobos Creek meets the ocean. “It’s a spring-fed creek. We don’t know what’s causing it,” said Michael Kellogg, the supervising biologist for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “Runoff is not an issue at Lobos Creek, which is percolating ground water.”

Anyway, this is the sign I can remember seeing, but it’s gone now…

Samuel L Jackson Selfies Show Him Going from Glad to Sad on His Recent Trip to Beijing, China – Air Quality

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Here’s SLJ on a small, snake-free plane on his way to China:

“‘Bout to go wheels up from London to Beijing. Might have to get my slumber on!”

But when he got there, he was dissatisfied with the Air Quality (AQ) level:

“Even w/ lights, you can only see 2 1/2 blocks…maybe! AQ 312!!”

Poor SLJ!

Take a Look Inside of Your IKEA-Type Table: A Simple Cardboard Honeycomb – Now That’s Quality!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Or not:

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Does This Look Like Berkeley to You? – The Charming Lake Anza Swimming Hole on a Dreaded Sunny Day

Monday, June 24th, 2013

As seen on Saturday by Amy Chen:

But watch for that e coli

Sorry, Mercedes-Benz and BMW Owners: Your Cars are, Once Again, at the Bottom of the Quality Rankings

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Remember when them German cars were screwed together better?

This car on Haight Street does:

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But your MB or BMW? Not so much.

Do these brands stand for luxury? Sure. But do they stand for quality these days? No.

Oh well.

(At least these German brands rank slightly above above rock-bottom Government Motors and Chrysler (nee Daimler Chrysler))

Check the website of that Famous Newspaper for the News of the Day.

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1. Honda
2. Subaru
3. Toyota
4. Volvo
5. Ford
6. Hyundai
7. Mazda
8. Nissan
9. Volkswagen
10. Mercedes-Benz
11. BMW
12. General Motors
13. Chrysler

Toyota to Open “Product Quality Field Office” in the Bay Area by the End of July, 2010

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I’ll tell you, there’s not a doubt in my mind that Toyota continues to be, by far, the best car company in the world. That’s something that commenters and pundits who don’t know what the eff they’re talking about should keep in mind, one might think. (And rest assured, my giant Toyota has, for some odd reason, both a new-school electronic throttle sensor and old-school throttle cable. It’s like you’re wearing a belt and suspenders at the same time!)

Anywho, due to the recent troubles, Toyota has a new joint coming to the Bay Area. So, look forward to a Product Quality Field Office opening its doors in the East Bay, in San Ramon, soon. (They’re calling it “San Francisco” in the press release, but that’s close enough, I s’pose. It’ll be close to Berkeley, anyway, where 20% of cars sold these days are Priuseses, or something.)

Welcome Toyota!

Bon courage.

All the deets:

Toyota to Expand Product Quality Field Offices Across United States and Canada

San Francisco Field Office Launches This Month; Seven North American Offices Planned Significantly Enhances Field Data Collection and Technical Capabilities

TORRANCE, Calif., July 8  — Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced that it is expanding its Product Quality Field Office program to four additional U.S. regional sales areas, following the success of a pilot program launched in the New York region in late 2009.  TMS will officially open its next Product Quality Field Office in San Francisco this month, and an additional three offices across the U.S. over the next 12 months.  Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) announced that it will establish Product Quality Field Offices in Toronto and Calgary, for a total of seven offices across North America.

Staffed by technical and engineering specialists with expertise drawn from across Toyota’s global operations, these Product Quality Field Offices strengthen Toyota’s North American field technical presence and data gathering and reporting capabilities, enhancing the company’s ability to detect, analyze and respond to customer and quality issues in the field.

Product Quality Field Offices are being established with the mandate to investigate specific field quality issues related to unique regional, geographical or environmental conditions in each area.  The New York region office was developed to investigate the performance of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in cold weather climates, with an emphasis on corrosion issues.  The new San Francisco office will focus on hybrid vehicle systems and durability, capitalizing on the high concentration of these vehicles in the California market.

Ever more deets, after the jump.


The Reason Why Mercedes Benz Work Trucks Generally Aren’t Sold In America

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The reason why utilitarian Mercedes Benz work trucks generally aren’t sold in the United States has to do with preserving a luxury image for the American market. As you can see, there’s nothing really luxurious about this Sprinter 313 CDI from Foster City’s Image Tours and Travel that was recently spied on the streets of San Francisco The existence of this panel van mars the experience of those Americans who paid big bucks for a three pointed star car, non?

People who like this kind of tall-boy panel van (like Francis Ford Coppola when he’s making movies these days) usually can only get this model in America with a Freightliner or Dodge nameplate. Oh well.

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Mercedes had the taxi market locked up in some European countries until quality issues caused a drop in market share. Oh well.

Enjoy your ride, if you get a chance to experience the biggest Mercedes in the Bay Area…