Posts Tagged ‘spot’

Come Play “Spot the Illegal Housing Unit” – Is It #861, #863, #865 or Other?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

I’m betting on Other, Unit #859, but that’s just a guess:

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One of these fonts is not like the other/ One of these fonts just doesn’t belong…

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).

Breaking the Code: Blue Handicap Placards are for Luxury Cars and Red Handicap Placards are for Regular Cars

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

See? The brand-new Mercedes Benz and the Lexus have blue placards but the Honda has to make do with just a red placard.

Financial District, San Francisco:

Why is it that every brand new Mercedes parked in San Francisco’s Financial District has a blue handicap placard hanging from the rear view? Are these things like a no-cost option or something?

The fact that no California physician has ever been disciplined in the slightest for improperly signing the DMV form in the history of the state puts a lot of pressure on area doctors. Everybody knows that they won’t get caught. It’s like all the doctor needs to do is write down his or her name once and that will earn said doctor a fan for life.

A long healthy life.

In a new Mercedes Benz.

With an improperly-gotten handicap placard.

Hurray! Free parking. For life!

And when those downtown core congestion charges come, then free driving. For life!

 

OMG, Taylor Swift is in Saskatchewan Right Now! SF-Based JustSpotted.com Stalks Celebs All Over the World in Real Time

Friday, November 5th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in the day fans needed to work hard to track the peregrinations of their favorite celebrities. But that’s all changed now thanks to San Francisco-based JustSpotted.com, which:

“…aggregates social data in real-time and collects submissions from spotters, provides real-time updates and allows millions of fans to connect with their favorite celebrities.”

O.K. fans, get to your stalking.

“JustSpotted.com Adds Celebrity Blog and Other Features

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 5, 2010  – AJ Asver, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of JustSpotted, announces the latest features to be deployed at JustSpotted.com, a newly launched website and the definitive source for breaking celebrity news. The site, which aggregates social data in real-time and collects submissions from spotters, provides real-time updates and allows millions of fans to connect with their favorite celebrities.

“JustSpotted pushes the boundaries of what can be done with real-time social data,” says Asver.  “We have taken the celebrity spotting phenomena, which already occurs on Facebook and Twitter, and have made it more accessible.”

JustSpotted is a San Francisco-based technology company that aggregates publicly available information from websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. The company’s proprietary technology filters the aggregated information and collects credible comments on celebrity sightings, delivering a real-time newsfeed of the activities and locations of over 10,000 celebrities. JustSpotted allows fans and celebrities to connect and to share information with each other.

JustSpotted’s new features will provide a unique and interactive experience for fans and for celebrities.

The JustSpotted Blog, one of six new features to be deployed at the site, will include feature articles and real-time news on celebrity sightings.  The first blog will feature JustSpotted’s most prominent celebrity, Justin Bieber, and utilize tweets to chronicle his whereabouts over the last month.

JustSpotted’s Search by Location feature will allow visitors at the site to view celebrity sightings in a specific area by typing the location in the search bar.

The Fan Button feature will allow visitors to instantly become a “fan” of a celebrity and will offer a real-time feed of the latest sightings of the celebrity.

The Globe Spotters map will show celebrity sightings in real-time, information which JustSpotted will aggregate from other websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. With the reported sightings, JustSpotted’s fluid world map will show the locations of celebrities in real-time.

About JustSpotted

JustSpotted.com offers real-time updates of celebrities for their fans. It is the one-stop destination for fans to view over 700 celebrity sightings everyday. JustSpottedis celebrity friendly. The company, which offers page-branding and mobile updates, partners with celebrities. By developing direct relationships between JustSpotted and celebrities, the site will publish exclusive information that is provided directly by the celebrities.

Harsh: Apple’s iPhone Gets Pwned by T-Mobile – AT&T Service Personified in an Unfavorable Light

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Check out Laughing Squid for the latest critique of Apple and AT&T:

“T-Mobile goes after AT&T in their new myTouch 4G “Piggyback” commercial, which is a parody of Apple’s popular “Get a Mac” ads.”

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Pwned.

Looking for Parking in Golden Gate Park Can Become a Family Affair

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Those circling Golden Gate Park looking for a free parking space will eventually be rewarded, but finding an empty spot can be a trying ordeal taking upwards of an hour. Best if you enlist the aid of beasts and children.

Why not give it a try? They’ll bark or squeal to alert you when the see a legal space.

Bless the beasts and the children.