These signs are held in place by the world’s tiniest padlocks – you can see one on the right:
That’s not too groovy, is it, man?
The white truck on the left is parked on the sidewalk. The SFMTA “knows” this because a dozen SFMTA-employed eyeballs have just passed by to see it. Yet, it didn’t get ticketed.
OTOH, the white car on the far right _did_ get a ticket, you can see it, for blocking a street sweeper on street sweeping day
These practices have developed over the years – they’re a culture.
If you ask somebody from the SFMTA about this sitch, they’d be all, well, call it in and we’ll come out and give it a ticket. (When SFGov doesn’t have the will to enforce its own rules, it says the whole process is “complaint driven.”)
Anyway, this is the culture, not that you’d find it officially documented anywhere…
I guess this is part of San Francisco’s “bikes and transit first policy?”
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There was a time when San Francisco would avoid putting up street signs with the number 13 on them. Those times are over…
Here’s how things look on Geary during our recent rains…
…and here’s a 14 year old San Jose Mercury News report on the same group at the same location:
They’ve become part of the landscape on Geary and Laguna. Every morning they wave and say, “Good morning,” to the San Francisco police officer on duty, Xu said. Every evening, they say, “Good night.” They are so familiar with the postal carrier they know when a substitute is walking the route and greet both warmly.
Across the street, a San Francisco police officer sits in his vehicle, reading a paper. The cops hardly think a dozen old people and mothers with kids in tow are a threat to the People’s Republic of China, but as a matter of policy, the police dispatch an officer whenever there is a demonstration in front of the consulate.
The officer on the scene may change, but one keeps in contact with the protesters and the consulate: officer Jeff Roth, the event coordinator at Northern Station, which handles more than a few consulates because the district straddles the Western Addition, Pacific Heights and the Marina.
“They aren’t happy about it, but they don’t really have a say in the matter,” Roth said of the consulate officials.
Other protests — over Tibet and the like — have brought requests from the consulate in the past for police to stop protesters, Roth said. “We’ve explained, ‘Yes, the consulate is Chinese property, but this is America — the protesters have their First Amendment rights.'”
I’ll tell you, it’s not my habit to repost SJMN articles, but this one appears to have gone missing. If somebody can find an official link, please send it my way, by all means. (I hope it’s archived somewhere – it’s a bit surprising to me how it’s been lost in the sands of time after just 14 years.
In the meantime, this is my best guess as to how this article appeared back at the turn of the century:
This older post from Nitasha Tiku of ValleyWag might be a bit out of date, as I know some of the codes listed there don’t match what I’ve been seeing IRL.
This is what I’m talking about here:
So, “Loop Transportation Inc” uses SFMTA code “07” – are there other names for this outfit? I know not. Anyway, they have at least 74 vehicles, one assumes (based upon observations).
Here’s the list:
1. Bauer’s IT
2. Sunset Development/Bishop Ranch
3. Black Tie Transportation
5. SFO Airporter
6. Royal Coach Tours
7. Lux Leasing
8. Storer Coachways
9. MV Transportation
10. LOOP Transportation
So if you see a bus that has a different code than what you see here, take a photo and send it in to the email address you see on the top of this blog. Or really, I don’t need a photo, I just need to know the Pilot Program ID number and then the “Operated By” info on the side of the ride.
Then I’ll look into things and then post an updated list complete with the highest bus number observed and then I’ll post it for tout le monde to see. (I don’t know why the SFMTA considers this info so supr secrt but it does.)
And of course, if you have some big beef against some bus, what you’re supposed to do is call 311 and then tell them the five-digit code so they can take action, if necessary. That’s the system, baby.
It’s hard to see, but this curb on MLK is mostly red, so it looks like a towaway zone.
But the signs say forget all that and park for free for four hours:
Prolly the RPD or DPW or SFMTA or some sort of ALPHABET SOUP org should clean off the red / reddish paint but if you say anything about that, then they’ll start begging you for more, ever more money, oh well.
Also note the fresh broken glass on the sidewalk, oh well