Posts Tagged ‘sharing’

How It’s Tough Being in the Rental Car Business in Frisco

Friday, August 26th, 2016

You wouldn’t think there’d be too much to steal from a “shared” rental car, but who knows…

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I Think ZIPCAR Rental Car is Calling You a Loser Here If You Don’t Drive Around with Friends

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

(Oh, I’m sry, Internet – I should have typed that as “looser,” you know, for clarity.)

Anyway, what do you make of this banner ad?

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In my day it was “HANG UP AND DRIVE” but in these days of miracle and wonder, it’s “LOG OFF AND DRIVE?”

And in my day Avis was all “WE TRY HARDER,” but in these days Avis calls itself “zipcar” and it tells you to “GET A CAR AND GET TOGETHER?”

OK fine.

All right, c u ltr, u car-free loosers…

Our SFMTA is Now Selling Neighborhood Street Parking Spaces for $2000 per Year – Getaround – “Carshare” They Call It

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

It looks like this:

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If you have a car but don’t give our SFMTA any money, then the SFMTA views you as a deadbeat. Our SFMTA wants/needs to grow, and it’s going to get more of your money to do it, just saying.

So what’s stopping it from painting up the Sunset and selling off (aka “manage”) spaces out there as well? IDK

“Car Share” is Car Rental IRL – And Here’s the Proof – And Does the Phrase “Sharing Economy” Actually Mean Rental Economy?

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Yep. Surprise!

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Just saying

Grading the Getaround Rental Car Company on How It Maintains the Formerly Public Parking Spaces It’s Supposed to Maintain

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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?

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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…


PROP F Fever Hits “West NoPA” – A Great Debate at USF Sponsored by Local NIMBY Org PRO-SF – Tuesday, Oct 27th 2015

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Here’s the info – just try finding it online via Google. It’s hard.

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But here’s your preview, courtesy of the west si-iiide, on page 3.

And here’s what’s funny – if the only reason you can stay in SF and pay your mortgage is because you’ve been breaking our regs for, what, the past decade or so eight years, well, maybe you shouldn’t be living here. Some ppl out in the west side operate illegal grow houses or cat houses and that’s how they pay their mortgages, but that’s not right neither, right? I’ll tell you, all Airbnb rentals the past decade in SF up ’til February have been agin the rules, right? And most of them rentals right now still are, right? So what kind of ppl are we legalizing here, one wonders.

And it’s hard to tell how our local millionaire property owners who live, and I’m srsly, west of north of east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle will come out on the illegal hotel issue. One suspects that the West NoPa crew would generally be supportive of Prop F, but that’s just a guess…

Oh look, here are all the semi-native parrots of West NoPA what are flying to USF right now to parrot the Airbnb line:


Let’s hope dese boids are getting big bucks / stock options from the Airbnb. Let’s hope they’re not mere “volunteers” working on this most expensive of political campaigns…

Let’s Check Up on How Well Getaround Car Rental Company is Maintaining Its SFMTA-Designated Parking Spaces – Uh Oh

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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.

But there was a solution, of sorts:

“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.

Just saying.

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…

Getaround Rental Car Parked Just Outside Its Designated Space on Fell – Gets SFMTA Citation for Parking During Street Cleaning?

Friday, October 9th, 2015

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:

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(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…

Now You Can Rent a Car at Fell and Masonic: Our SFMTA Sells Off Fell Street Parking Spaces to Getaround Inc.

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Here’s what’s new from our federally-subsidized Getaround rental car company:

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So you can no longer park your car in these spaces, oh no. They’ll tow it away…

All the deets:

Dedicated parking: We have sweet parking spots all over town (in some cities). We can set you up with a dedicated parking spot.”


“CAR FREE” & “CAR SHARE” – What SFGov _Really_ Means When It Uses These Terms – One Weird Trick!

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Here you go – “CAR-FREE,” as seen at the western end of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park:

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Is being without a car a good thing? IDK. The neutral approach would be something like NO CARS, or NO CAR DAY or NO CARS DAY. We should think about a befuddled foreigner in a rental car – what should be our message to him/her? Here’s how other cities do it, you know, in a politics-free manner:


See how that works? Yeah, JFK is a road through GGP, and yeah, people have been driving cars on it for well-nigh more than a century, but today is different. Today, this particular day, cars are banned. It’s NO CARS DAY. That’s the message you want to send, IMO. How about instructing these poor souls to USE FULTON OR LINCOLN instead? I mean we know they want to go west, so why not ease their befuddlement? Moving on…

To this – “CAR SHARE.” Did you know that “the sharing economy isn’t about sharing at all?” Let’s check the Harvard Business Review:

“When ‘sharing’ is market-mediated — when a company is an intermediary between consumers who don’t know each other — it is no longer sharing at all.”

So “car share” should be rental car or rent-a-car or car hire or something like that. Just anything but this:


Now why should SFGov favor one rental car company over another, why it should actively be promoting the so-called “sharing economy” is a mystery to me, but oh well.

Oh, here’s something, from Gerry Shih of Reuters:

Conway and Lee have an exceptionally close relationship.”

That’s appointed Mayor Ed Lee and longtime Republican Ron Conway.

Perhaps whoever ordered these stencils was trying to please Ron Conway…