Posts Tagged ‘sfdpt’

Just Try to Read This Official Car Towaway Notice From the City of San Francisco

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Come on, you can do it. Take a gander at the dollar amount of the fine for abandoning your car on the streets of San Francisco. Let’s agree that dollar amount has two digits, but it is $75? $85? $88? $98? $80? $90?

This is no mere triviality – if you don’t get the proper notice then you might not have to pay the fine. As to whether San Francisco can legally tow away your ride with the way the local laws are written these days, well, that’s up in the air.

Can I explain why the owner was given only three days to move in light of the last year’s policy change allowing seven days? No, no I cannot. Click to expand.

Are San Francisco drivers gonna get a massive refund the way it just went down South San Francisco Way with the red light cameras? [KRON’s Eve Taft- why isn’t she in every romcom Hollywood can produce?] No se.

I’m the first one to rain on the parade of plaintiff’s attorneys with ridiculous notions of what constitutes a decent lawsuit, but this one, this one looks good.

The mise-en-scene atop Buena Vista Heights at the end of Masonic, where it’s so hilly you might need an exemption to drive your SUV around.

This aging, now-woodless Willys Jeep Wagon ur-SUV needs no exemption for excessive weight as it’s not close to the weight limit. (I ought to call it in to Pimp My Ride or something.) Wonder where it is now, wonder if it got towed. [Dude, where’s my car? What happened to my woody?]

Anyway, we’ll just have to bide our time to see what occurs with this not-yet-certified class action lawsuit. Writer Joe Eskenazi will keep us posted, I’m sure.

To Be Continued…

How Should You Curb Your Wheels in San Francisco? Just Use the Water Test

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

When parking  in San Francisco, you should always curb your wheels. If you can’t tell whether you’re pointing uphill or down, just pour out a little water from your bottle into the gutter.

The way the water goes tells you which way the hill goes. Or just look at what all the other drivers on the block did. Easy peasy, right?

The driver of this VW Cabrio made the wrong choice, so a ticket from SFMTA was the result. Parking Control Officers will spot this infraction from a block away and then make a special trip just for you.

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Oh well.

Parking Tickets – Does FedEx Make Money Delivering in the Financial District?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I mean, sure, Fed-Ex makes money on deliveries in San Francisco, but what if you subtract out the amount of dough they pay daily to the DPT? Too bad delivery vehicles don’t have a place to park or something.

This aging Ford van got pwned with two parking tickets in one day down in the Financial District:

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Poor FedEx!

Flooded Streets Don’t Slow Down San Francisco’s Street Sweeping Service

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

When the signs say that they’re going to ticket cars and run the street sweepers on Tuesday morning betwixt 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM, you can bet that they’re going to ticket cars and run the street sweepers on Tuesday morning just after 8:00 AM. Flooded streets cannot alter this. It Is Written.

So this is how City employees will spend their time today, whether you like it or not!

“Beeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….”

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After all, The Spice Must Flow.

When Cycling Through the Broadway Tunnel, Is the Sidewalk or the Street Better?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Let’s try the sidewalk first. Downsides include the illegality and the possible hassle for pedestrians.

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All right, now let’s get onto the street. This is not recommended, particularly going outbound to the west, which is mostly uphill. It’s legal, but pretty scary.

By this time, my lungs were aching for air. Pedaling furiously in 27th gear:

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Conclusion: Take the sidewalk. Walk your ride if necessary.

Or go around Russian Hill.

Or go over Russian Hill.

Those are your four choices.

But the city, the city is working on things. Check out the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s take on things right here.

Anyway, four choices. Choose wisely.

NB: Don’t touch anything in the tunnel, as everything is covered in soot.

How Many Parking Tickets Does UPS Get Each Day in San Francisco? Lots and Lots

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Here’s the scene in the Financial District – why does the UPS driver double park instead of using the space near the curb? Double parking can get you a ticket, right? The orange cone is a nice touch, however….

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Uh oh, this doesn’t look good. Do UPS drivers really try to fool the DPT ticket issuers with the old I-already-got-a-ticket routine? Apparently

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Oh well, that’s another $78 down the drain. Did this truck get two tickets yesterday?

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That’s what you might conclude after checking the DPT website for online ticketing information.

Does UPS currently owe thousands of dollars to S.F. for illegal parking? Yes.

But if it’s only $2000 a day or so, well that’s just the cost of doing business in the big city, right?

Know Your Wacky S.F. Homeowners: #1 – Would Rather Call for a Tow than Learn to Drive

Monday, July 6th, 2009

You would think that a car that could fit into a garage could also pass through the sidewalk cut-out made for said garage. Of course you say, it’s axiomatic ‘n stuff.  But some people don’t believe that. These homeowners pester the City for official DPT sidewalk curb red paint to keep encroaching street parkers at bay.

As if that’s not enough, said homeowners then proceed to add in their own menacing, hysterical “TOW” lines in red paint, paint  that never quite matches the official colour. Thusly, as seen in Ashbury Heights:

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Is the owner of this Toyota RAV4 playing a dangerous game? Click to expand.

Is it true that huge WW II-era battleships had less room to play with, width-wise, going through the Panama Canal than what some complaining San Francisco homeowners demand for their little cars? Yes. For example, the 34,000-tonne U.S.S. North Carolina battleship had just 12 inches clearance on either side, back in the day.

But you give a San Francisco homeowner just a foot on either side and it’s TOW, TOW, TOW.

Driving lessons cheerfully given for free. NB: Try not to steer too much. NNB: Try backing her in when you garage it in the first place.

Here’s an idea. After you actually learn how to drive, then take the sandblaster you’ve got somewhere in your garage (you know, right next to the unexploded ordnance you all seem to store) to eliminate evidence of your unneighborlyness.  

Good on you, mate.