Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

LED Lighting for the Golden Gate Park for “Safety,” But Not Really – Installers Witness Lamps Blazing Away 24-7

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

SFGov has learned to justify anything and everything as a matter of “safety.”

As here, where LED lights are going in:

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Now IRL, what these LEDs will do is save money, prolly, over time. The connection to safety is tenuous, certainly.

Hey, what’s that in the background? Is it Yet Another Streetlight in the area what’s been on 24-7 for half a year? Yep.

Does SFGov care? Nope.

Are there many other examples of this in the area? Yep.

Oh well.

Yelplash! – 100s Upon 100s of One-Star Yelp Reviews for Napa Valley Wine Train – Also, “NAPA VALLEY RAILROAD POLICE!?”

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

This post is two posts…

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…two posts in one!

So the reason why the Napa Valley Wine Train people just caved so quickly and completely is that they needed to stop the massive bleeding pronto.

I’ll tell you, the Regular Yelp reviews for la Vallee de Napa Train de Vin are bad enough these days, but it’s Secret Yelp, well, it’s OOC – it just goes on and on

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Moving on, to this – it was the “Napa Valley Railroad Police(!)” busted / escorted off the premises these women?

WTF to that.

Let’s take a look at their FAQ:

“Are Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers “real cops?

Yes.  Every one of our peace officers is a fully empowered police officer under the authority of section 830.33(e) of the California Penal Code.  Our officers have peace officer authority 24 hours a day anywhere in the State of California the same as any city police officer our county deputy sheriff.  Our primary jurisdiction extends to in and around property of the Napa Valley Railroad.

 Can Napa Valley Railroad Police Officers write traffic tickets?

Yes.  Our officers can enforce all of the laws of the State of California including all sections of the California Vehicle Code.  Enforcement is an essential component of carrying out our public safety mission.  We focus our attention on violations related to the railroad.

 Why does the Railroad need its own police department?  Is there that much crime?

The Napa Valley Railroad Company operates its own police department with the intention of limiting its reliance on public resources.  The Napa Valley Wine Train carries up to 350 people at a time on one train.  The railroad line includes over 90 public and private crossings that run over and alongside Highway 29.  Our mission includes protecting the patrons, employees, and assets of the railroad.  We believe that our presences is the most effective deterrent to crime.”

This FAQ only leads to more questions.

So, the Napa Valley Wine Train operates its own police department!? Who the fuck authorized this?

And what’s next, the Cliff House Restaurant Police? The Ronald McDonald Police Squad?

I’m baffled.

Anyway, chew on that.

The Wine Police, they live inside of my head
The Wine Police, they come to me in my bed
The Wine Police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no

Just asking: Does the SFMTA Give Sufficient Notice of Its New Fee / Tax to Credit / Debit Card Users?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

I don’t really park at parking meters so I don’t know if this photo shows the first notice our SFMTA gives users of it’s new credit card tax:

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(Of course, such surcharges are generally banned under CA law (CCC section 1748.1), except the law has a few loopholes, one of which the SFMTA has taken advantage of.)

Anywho, here’s what the Visa People have to say about credit card surcharges:

“If retailers intend to impose a surcharge on credit card purchases, they are required to notify customers before customers make an actual purchase at the store entrance and at the point of sale – or in an online environment, on the first page that references credit card brands.”

IDK, perhaps the horrible SFMTA is, as per usual, operating under a different set of rules, under rules different those at most places where you use your credit card…

Haight Ashbury’s Urban School Has Done All It Could to Keep Motorists from Parking in This Towaway Zone on Oak

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

That’s the update regarding this sitch on Oak betwixt Masonic and Ashbury.

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The big issue was notice, but notice has been achieved.

Three cheers.

Next comes the lane restriping…

Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Gas-Powered Vehicle Drives to TJ’s for Some Weekend Shopping – How Does This Help Us?

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

ANSWER: It doesn’t

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Next question: How does this trip to the gro sto improve air quality?

ANSWER: It doesn’t.

This Double-Parked Moving Van is a Preview of the Coming “Improved” Masonic Avenue During Rush Hour

Monday, August 24th, 2015

There are proper ways of moving furniture into and out of a place on Masonic, but this method…

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…isn’t one of them. Dudes were here for a good long time on a relatively quiet Saturday afternoon.

Of course there are pros and cons to the coming changes to Masonic, but one thing’s for sure – the backups are going to be epic.

“#2 DAD” – Rec & Park’s Endless Effort Against Graffiti – Tags Get Painted Over, But Then Replaced Within Hours

Monday, August 24th, 2015

As here, when the covering paint was still wet:

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Here’s how things looked a few days ago.

You know these days, it seems I’ll see something on Twitter one week and then it will appear as graffiti the next week…

Trumor: Apple to Introduce iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Replacements At Bill Graham Auditorium in Civic Center on Sept 9th

Monday, August 24th, 2015

All the deets:

“Apple is widely expected to reveal the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus at an event on September the 9th.”

People are complaining already.

“Who pays for the costs to staff the SFPD officers and for the SFPD vehicles that are used at this venue?  The private company organizing the event, or San Francisco taxpayers?”

Well, I’ll field this one. Apple will throw us a few bucks.

Anyway, I’ve never been wrong on a TRUMOR yet. We’ll see…

Heh: “DRAFTGORE.COM!” – Sadly, This Website is Now Out Of Commission

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The True Believers of Aught-Seven:

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Still, one never knows What The Future Will Bring

Here’s Why the Rich “Urban School” Should Wait Until Monday to Start Towing Cars Off of Oak near Masonic

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Here’s the situation, via Camden Avery of Hoodline.

And here’s how things looked yesterday, with people continuing to park on the north side of Oak between Ashbury and Masonic, right aside the new NO STOPPING ANY TIME towaway signs. At first I thought the whole block was affected, but really it’s only about 75% of the block. This light pole is the demarcation line:

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Boy, I wouldn’t have the stones to park a car right next to these signs. (A ticket and tow from DPT / SFMTA / MUNI / AutoTakeaway AutoReturn will run you something like $700-$1000, depending on how soon you start the process of getting your ride back.)

But also, if I were running the Urban High School (tuition > $40k per year) I would take effort to ensure actual notice to the people who park here. Of course, the new signs give notice, but human nature being what it is, why not do a little more, Urban School?

That would mean, instead of taking action today, waiting a few days and then putting out sawhorses or posts with signs next to Oak Street in the Panhandle, ala the annual Bay to Breakers Community Party and Fun-Run – let’s do that on Sunday night.

And then, after the streetsweepers sweep through as they do almost every Monday morning, you could put a few cones out there, so drivers won’t be able to miss the signage.

So sure, you’ve put notes under windshields, but that doesn’t really cut it. (You gotta assume that the owners of these cars could be ex-cons with addiction issues.)

What’s that Urban School, it’s not you actually towing away cars? Oh yes it is. All this activity from PLANT and SFGov is for your new building, right?

But fine, do what you want, and then your rep in the hood will start approaching that of the SFMTA’s rep, and that’s no place you want to be.