Heading west on JFK Boulevard towards Ocean Beach in front of the Buffalo Paddock:
Segways are easy to drive, until they’re not.
(I still feel sorry for this lady. She was just trying to have fun with her crew…)
But at least this building isn’t falling apart on the sidewalk anymore. Leave us travel all the way back to aught-nine:
See where some bricks used to be, way up high?
Here’s where some of them landed on the sidewalk of the west side of Jones Street:
Do you ever want worried-looking police captains and firefighting battalion chiefs hanging out in front of your building in front of yellow tape? No, you do not:
It was bird poo what hurt drainage what then caused damage to the building causing pieces to fall – that was the “pigeon theory” back in 2009.
“…Hibernia Bank at 1 Jones Street, completed in 1892, was exceptionally advanced, not only for San Francisco but for the country at large. It appeared a year before the Chicago Columbian Exposition swept the nation with renewed appreciation for classical grandeur and order. With its crisp and dignified detailing, its scholarly composition and white Sierra granite walls, capped with a then-gilded dome, the bank appeared like a manifesto near the incoherent City Hall and the adjacent jumble of brick and wood commercial structures. Architect and Engineer reflected in 1909 that “the (Hibernia Bank) became famous at once and marked an epoch in San Francisco architecture and placed its designer in the forefront of his profession, where he has remained ever since. The building from the first to last shows no sign whatever of immaturity.”
Like this, I suppose
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?
Hey, here’s a question – why can’t our SFMTA issue tickets for blocking street sweepers if the spaces they’re taking up need cleaning?
And here’s an answer – the rental car companies don’t feel like getting tickets, so they had our laws written for their benefit.
Are there any other answers?
Not that I can think of…
I’ll just start with this:
The fundamental purpose of the SFMTA’s massive street sweeping program is to make money for the SFMTA.
So that’s been the situation over the years, but then came the rise of the rental car companies, you know, like Hertz and whathaveyou. So then the SFMTA made deals with Hertz and whathaveyou to lease those companies spaces for the rent-a-cars. One big hang-up could have been the logistical nightmare of moving the rent-a-cars during weekly street sweeping time.
“Maintenance of on-street car share parking is an explicit condition of the on-street car share permit: Permittee shall be responsible for maintaining the designated Car Share Vehicle Parking Space and twenty-five feet in front and behind the space. Permittee shall maintain this area in such a manner that it shall remain free of debris, trash, glass, garbage, or other obstacles at a level consistent with the surrounding parking spaces to the satisfaction of the SFMTA and Department of Public Works. Permittee shall sweep and clean the parking space as needed and as determined by SFMTA. If maintenance problems are observed in a designated on-street car share parking space it should be reported to SFMTA Parking / Sustainable Streets. CSOs who fail to maintain any of their spaces will be warned, and if SFMTA and/or DPW aren’t satisfied with their response and ongoing maintenance performance we’ll revoke the permit, and/or make the space available to another qualified pilot participant CSO.”
Now, how many of these designated rent-a-car parking spaces have been returned to the public due to failure of maintenance? I’m guessing like zero. so far.
So let’s take a look at how things are going:
Not well, huh? Actually, I just now noticed all that vegetation under the rental cars in this old photo (’cause I’m not really sensitive to this issue, oh well).
Now, what SHOULD happen when PCOs are handing out the World’s Most Expensive Parking Tickets during street sweeping time is to look and see how Getaround or Hertz or whomever is doing and then hand out tickets for lack of maintenance right then and there.
Anyway, Getaround Rental Car, you want an exception to the street sweeping rules but then they you don’t follow up with doing the cleaning yourself. Why? Because you aren’t ascared at all over getting ticketed. And that makes the entire street sweeping program look like just another SFMTA “profit center” and it makes SFGov look like a tool of the “sharing economy” companies what are holding sway these days…
So let’s see here. The Getaround rental car company is now leasing formerly public parking spaces from the SFMTA, right? It looks like this:
So now, when a Getaround rental car gets parked on Fell not in near the designated spaces during weekly street sweeping time, it’ll get a fat ticket, as here, one supposes, to compensate SF for the harm caused society for not having leaves swept up for another week:
(As I understand it, the Getaround rental car people have promised our corrupt SFMTA that Getaround would be responsible for cleaning up leaves in its spaces – that’s why Getaround rental cars parked in designated spaces don’t get ticketed during normal street sweeping time.)
So, what’s the difference where Getaround rental cars park on Fell? Something to think about…