Posts Tagged ‘space’

Nest of “Scoot” Rental Scooters Parked in a Public Space in the Western Addition – Is This Kosher? – Is This SFMTA-Approved?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

I know not, Gentle Reader.

I guess they leave these scooters about and you find them with your cell phone and then drive away?

OK fine. I’ve just never seen a nest like this before.

Maybe next time I come through, there’ll be 30 parked in a row and there’ll be Hertz and Avis rental cars in there as well and the Western A will become a rental car haven.

One supposes SFGov is cool with this…

 

Monomaniacal Single-Issue Voting Run Amok: “DogPAC: I Have a Dog and I Vote!”

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

I’ll tell you, Supervisor Scott Wiener, for one, lives in fear of running afoul of these people, the very same people who vandalize the “no dogs allowed” signs our Feds put up on certain parts of our Federal lands:

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Our Feds wonder why Bay Aryans can’t abide the rules the rest of America accepts with no trouble at all…

So look out, little Western Snow Plover. The dog pacs of the world say that you’re nothing special and that, in fact, you don’t even exist – they say there’s no such thing as a Western plover anything. OK fine.

As seen at Ocean Beach near Taraval, 1200mm focal length:

Good luck, little plover.

California DMV Lowers the Boom on Deadbeat San Franciscans with “Operation Blue Zone” (OBZ) – Fighting Placard Abuse

Monday, July 21st, 2014

IMO, this DMV “operation” misses the point, ’cause the bigger crime is all the drivers of those new Mercedes-Benzeses parking for free in or near the Financial ALL DAY LONG.

We have a corrupt system in which you can simply ask your doctor(!) for free parking.

But anyway:

DMV Investigators Make Major Disabled Placard Application Bust

Operation Blue Zone Catches Three Fraudulent Placard Applicants

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the arrest of three suspects in connection with illegal activity associated with the Disabled Person Placard (DPP) application process. On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Qiaoyun Chen, 50 years old, and Guobin Qin, 29 years old, were arrested at their homes in San Francisco. The San Francisco District Attorney’s office charged the suspects with four felonies including filing false information with a state agency, perjury, commercial burglary, and forgery. The third suspect, Yessi Morales, 35 years old from San Francisco, was arrested on July 3, 2014 during a traffic stop by the San Francisco Police Department, she is charged with 24 felony counts.

“The DMV is stepping up Disabled Placard enforcement in a different, more aggressive way by catching the perpetrators at the beginning stages,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “Operation Blue Zone has been very successful in catching fraud placard applications in the Bay Area.”

The San Francisco District DMV Investigations Office started the Operation Blue Zone (OBZ) investigation in February 2014 after receiving a large number of DPP applications that were flagged by DMV field office staff as being allegedly fraudulent. Flag triggers included suspected forged doctor’s signatures, similar applicant and doctor hand-writing, frequent applications being submitted by the same doctor, and suspected false medical diagnosis. These alleged fraud applications began increasing in numbers in late 2013 and the beginning of 2014, with the majority of the placard recipients living or working in San Francisco. The suspected fraud applications were submitted in several DMV field offices with the majority submitted to the San Mateo DMV field office.

“The crimes related to submitting a fraudulent application as opposed to catching someone on the street misusing a DPP for parking is quite different,” said DMV Supervising Investigator Calvin Woo. “Parking misuse violations are typically local ordinance infractions or vehicle code misdemeanors where the abuser ends up with a hefty fine. Fraud DPP application violations are felonies.”

All three suspects could face up to four years in prison. Morales has been freed on $60,000 bail, and Qin and Chen were released after posting $30,000 bail apiece.

If you believe that someone has been issued a Disabled Person Placard in error or suspect placard misuse, we urge you to contact your local DMV Investigations office and submit a written complaint. The complaint can be anonymous. Please be aware that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse may be unfounded. The department considers crimes relating to disabled placards very serious and every complaint of this nature will be reviewed. Complaint forms can be found on the DMV public website www.dmv.ca.gov under the search key words “Record of Complaint,” or under form INV172A – Record of Complaint form. You may also obtain a complaint form from your local DMV field office.

DMV’s Investigations Division enhances consumer protection including auto and identity related fraud, car dealers, driving schools, traffic violator schools, and other DMV occupational licensees, as well as Internal Affairs Investigations. DMV is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

Save Time, Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Website including online advance appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777–0133. DMV is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

The SFMTA Wants to Remove Ever More Parking from Folsom Street: Presenting the Folsom-Essex Bikeway “Improvement” Project

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Here it is, via the Rincon Hill Blog, it’s  the “Folsom-Essex Bikeway Improvement Project.”

Speaking as somebody with more hours, years, decades and miles on bikes in San Francisco County than any SFMTA Livable Streets person or SFMTA Project Manager or, really, anybody at the sainted SFMTA (with the possible exception of one or two $25 an hour interns that they might have recently hired on), many times what the SFMTA calls an IMPROVEMENT actually doesn’t turn out to be an improvement.

But at that point, the SFMTA becomes seemingly powerless to fix its mistakes, oh well.

Anyway, the project manager behind this effort doesn’t care – all s/he cares about is pushing this thing through. If the project gets approved, that’s success and if it doesn’t, that’s failure. It’s as simple as that.

Oh well. I’ll check out this situation next time I’m down there

All the deets:

“The SoMa area is experiencing rapid residential and commercial  growth, and is poised to be among the neighborhoods with the highest  bicycle ridership in San Francisco.  With bicycling increasing as a means of transportation in SoMa and  throughout the city, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation  Agency (SFMTA) is working with the community to increase the safety  and comfort of city streets for people biking, while also better  organizing our city’s roadways for all modes of travel.

Current Situation
Currently, people bicycling eastbound on Folsom Street must navigate  a difficult segment between 2nd and 1st streets where they are forced  to ride in a narrow bike lane sandwiched between lanes of vehicle  traffic and merge with freeway-bound vehicles.

Proposed Solution
To enhance bicycle safety and better organize the roadway, the  SFMTA proposes to move the Folsom bike lane curbside to eliminate  the need for people bicycling to merge with heavy volumes of freeway  bound vehicles. The agency will also install a dedicated bicycle traffic  signal at the Essex Street intersection to separate through bicyclists  from right-turning vehicles and special markings to provide clear  direction on where motorists can expect bicyclists to be riding.

Realigning the bikeway will require the removal of seven metered parking  spaces on the south side of Folsom Street just east of 2nd Street.

A public hearing on this project will be held on Friday, June 20th at  10:00 AM in City Hall, Room 416.

Please contact Ellen Robinson of the SFMTA at (415) 701-4322 or Ellen.Robinson@sfmta.com with any questions or comments.”

I am writing to let you and the SBRMBNA know about an improvement to the city’s bike network planned for the Folsom Street between 1st and 3rd streets. The bike lane on this stretch has multiple jogs where eastbound bicyclists and freeway-bound motorists must weave. SFMTA proposes to remedy this by moving the bike lane curbside between 2nd and Essex, with a new bike traffic signal to manage the Folsom/Essex intersection. The project will require removing seven metered parking spaces on Folsom Street. There is a public hearing for this change on Friday, June 20th, for which we have placed postings in the project vicinity. The attached flyer provides a summary of the project and details on the public hearing. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Ellen Robinson, PE
SFMTA Livable Streets
1 S Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103″

Boy, the UCSF Laurel Heights Campus is Nothing But a Big Fat Waste of 10 Acres – Let’s Hope This Changes Soon

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

I don’t know when this UC “campus” got built, but just look at what was in fashion back in the day:

Huge empty lawns and huge empty driveways that never get used. What were they thinking? Were these lawns a “gift” to the people of San Francisco? Were they something we wanted or appreciated paying for? IDK.

I could see this place out in the country where there’s plenty of space, but I don’t know what it’s doing in SF.

Anyway, we’ll be enjoying this campus as we walk, ride, and drive by for the next half-decade, it looks like.

And then, who knows.

Western Addition Update: Pacific Medical Attempts to Turn a Passenger Loading Zone into a Customer Parking Space

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Here’s the official sign:

And here’s the unofficial one:

Together, they don’t add up.

A Gated Community Full of Lexuses Parked Less Than a Quarter-Mile from San Francisco City Hall – Oh, It’s the PJ’s!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

As in “The Projects.”

The climate here on McAllister is still a bit “muggy,” but this neighborhood is far from the worst in town.

(And if you hit a couple of green lights on the way to Civic Center, you’ll get there in less than a minute. Hurray!)

LS and RX for those keeping score:

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Remember, “Transit First”

What It Means to be a Rich Kid in the NoPA: Parking Your Car in a Space Worth Far More Than the Car Itself

Monday, July 8th, 2013

And I’m talking on a monthly basis.

So, outwardly, you appear to be like Jack and Diane, two American kids doing the best they can.

But, in reality, you park your junker in a space that harried Alamo Square / North of Panhandle / Western Addition yuppies would just love to pay hundreds of dollars a months for.

See?

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The luxury for this high school-aged teen isn’t the car, it’s the parking.

If I were him, I’d rent out the space and use the cash for something cool…

Hey SFMTA! Why Not “Complete” Polk Street All the Way to Grove and Eliminate These Parking Spaces in Front of City Hall?

Friday, April 26th, 2013

OMG, would you look at this?

I mean check out all these deadly, beastly automobiles parked on Polk, the very same street that the SFMTA is trying to “complete” don’t you know:

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I know, why don’t you take out all these spaces and replace them with a separated bike lane or something, SFMTA?

After all, Transit First, right?

Oh, what’s that? These are the spaces that the Board of Supervisors and their aides park in for free every day so that’s where you just happened to end your campaign of completion?

But don’t you care about safety, SFMTA?

Mmmmm….

“This project seeks to implement aesthetic and safety improvements for all users of Polk Street between McAllister and Union Streets. In accordance with the City’s Transit First policy, improvements will primarily be focused on people who walk, use transit and ride a bicycle along Polk Street. The project is funded by Proposition B General Obligation Bonds and is part of an overall citywide effort to curb pedestrian and bicycle collisions and to provide a safe north-south connection for people on bicycles. Pedestrian and bicyclist collision and injury data on Polk Street point to a corridor in need of safety improvements for all those who share the road. In fact, the southern portion from Sacramento to McAllister Streets is part of the 5% of San Francisco streets that have more than half of the City’s most severe pedestrian collisions.”

Is the SFMTA Organizing People to Attend the Upcoming Meetings to Eliminate Parking on Much of Polk Street? Pretty Much

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Organizing people to support whatever the SFMTA wants to do? Yes.

Now, does the SFMTA give lots of money to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?

Yes, certainly.

So what does all that money buy?

It buys this kind of thing:

The SFMTA has just announced it will be holding the third official Polk Street Improvement project meeting series on Saturday, April 27 from 10 am to 1 pm and Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 8:30 pm at 1300 Polk St (at Bush) at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. Please take a moment to read what’s at stake at these meetings. For a year, the SFMTA has conducted widespread community outreach and has developed proposals that will address the urgent safety needs on Polk Street (where once a month someone on a bicycle AND walking is involved in a collision).

If you support safety improvements to Polk Street, it is critical that you attend one or both of these SFMTA Community meetings on April 27 or 30 and speak up for the improvements proven to make biking and walking safer and bring more people to a commercial corridor.

RSVP below so we know that we can count on you to come to the April 27 or 30 SFMTA Community meetings to speak up for safety on Polk Street:

Polk Street Meetings RSVP

The SF Bicycle Coalition wants to know that you will attend the SFMTA meetings on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to 1 pm and/or Tuesday, April 30th from 5pm-8:30 pm in support for safe biking and walking on Polk Street. Both meetings — hosted by the City, not the SF Bike Coalition — will be at 1300 Polk St (at Bush) at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall.

* Required
First Name *

Last Name *

E-mail *

Which meeting are you planning to attend? *

Now, could the SFMTA drum up support directly?

I don’t think so. BART, for instance, got in trouble for doing this type of stuff.

But what’s the difference if the SFBC functions as an arm of the SFMTA?

Hey SFMTA, what’s sample bias? Is it this?

“The SFMTA is looking to get input on how the proposed options for Polk Street meet your needs when you’re traveling on Polk Street. Click here to take SFMTA’s survey. and speak up for safety improvements that matter most.”

I think so. Let me Google that for you.

And actually, all the polling you do has sampling bias. Did you know that, SFMTA?

Maybe you don’t:

Officials seemed taken aback by the anger at the Middle Polk Neighborhood Assn. gathering. Every seat in the Old First Presbyterian Church’s community room was filled. The crowd stood several deep along the walls and spilled out into the corridor.Audience members jeered when Edward D. Reiskin, the city’s transportation director, couldn’t say how many of the 320 curbside parking spots along Polk could be taken out under the plan. I don’t have that data,” he said to loud boos, before going with “something like 170″ maximum. The response from the crowd was more of the same.”

All right, SFMTASFBC. Enjoy your staged meetings on April 27th and 30th!