Posts Tagged ‘street’

Which Looks More Like a Jail – the New 8 Octavia Condo Building or the Actual San Francisco Jail in SoMA?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Better A…

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…or better B?

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Only one of these buildings is a “stunning victory for architectural freedom over bureaucratic stupidity.”

But You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

In other news, Octavia Boulevard continues to be a failure. What went wrong? What can we do to avoid future mistakes like Octavia Boulevard? IMO, there was waaaay to much input from self-interested millionaires who lived in Hayes Valley.

The Death of Mi’yana Gregory: Grading Matier & Ross, the SFDA, the SPPD and Others

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

I suppose we as a society have all failed Mi’yana Gregory.

What can we learn from this?

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Matier and Ross: A+

Continued excellence. They are the Un-Nevius. Before, I was wondering why the aunt was getting charged, but not anymore after reading that M&R piece. Speaking of CW Nevius, he would have taken the same info and came out with something maudlin and/or something packed with all his biases.

SFDA: A

All the DA’s office can do is process what the cops give them so it’s still a bit early, but this is the proper tone:

“It’s truly a tragic situation,” countered Alex Bastian, a district attorney’s spokesman. “However, we don’t make the facts – they come to us as they are.”

SFPD: B

If I know that that white Toyota product isn’t a Honda then so does the average SFPD cop, so it’s funny how the car’s initial description went out. Anyway, IMO, the horrible screen-grab photo from the video camera shows a 1990′s Lexus ES300, based upon what looks to be white on the taillights and also the dark-colored rocker panel (but I can’t really see what the C-pillar looks like and presumably the  SFPD has seen a bunch of other images from other cams on Mission). I still don’t think the car could be a 1992-1994 Camry but oh well. What makes it distinctive are the dark wheels and that was emphasized, so that’s good. Why not drive an old Camry down that same stretch of road at night and see if you can see any white at all on the taillights? Just asking.

StreetsBlog SF: C

Check it out, it reads like Pravda, Comrades. The term jaywalking is put in quote marks because, because…

Walk SF (aka That Chick From Punahou High): D

What you should do, when talking about this accident, is to talk about this accident. What you shouldn’t do is to ride your hobby horse all over the place.

Defense Attorney F:

The “real killer” defense didn’t work for OJ either, right? The cell phone issue really hurts your client, of course, but crossing through traffic with a couple two year olds at night on Mission is a tough job under any circumstance. Perhaps that’s a better angle than talking about happened after the fatal injury already occurred, The defense might want to think about that.

So that’s it so far. (If I were the SFMTA, I’d be wondering why yet another employee is up on charges for the death of a pedestrian. Why not emphasize safety in your operations, SFMTA, since you don’t seem to be all that interested in moving people around efficiently? Why don’t you give us something back in exchange for all that money we give you?)

OMG, MasterChef is Casting in San Francisco on Sept 13th, 2014 – All the Deets

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Right here.

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Bon appetit, bon courage…

Spot the Cyclist – It’s Hard – Fell Street at Night

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have a rear light to ride your bike around at night. But you do need to have some kind of reflector, which this cyclist doesn’t have, as you can see, if you can see him:

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If this bike had the rear reflectors that most bikes are sold with these days, then I’d have seen them in this situation, oh well.

Anyway, this is what it looks like at night when you have no rear bike light and no reflectors…

Mondrian House, Outer Outer Sunset District, West of the Western Addition, San Francisco County

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Here’s the Trouble with Phil Ginburg’s Rec and Park: The Soul is For Hire, And They’ve Sold the Heart – Two Examples

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Here’s one example:

After 30 years, medieval archery event leaves Golden Gate Park due to fees

And here’s another:

After 25 years, steep permit fees shut down Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic in GGP

Instead of those events, we now have corporate events, because they provide thousands of dollars to Phil Ginsburg, no questions asked.

Like this tent going up in the Panhandle now. What’s this, Jimmy’s New Car Picnic, sponsored by Ford?

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Prolly not, but this tent is from some entity that has effectively outbid all those community events that Phil Ginsburg’s new-school approach has literally chased out of town.

Oh well.

So This New “Fixed” Company is Stapling Its Ads to SFMTA MUNI Parking Tickets – Is This Kosher?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of ValleyWag has more on this topic. And yeah, at first I thought the the company was offering to pay the ticket out of its own pocket, but I don't think that's the case - it's just an ad. Anyway, I'll see if I can find another one of these ads to check all what it says. IMO, the first step after you get a ticket is figuring whether you deserved it or not. Well, were you blocking the street sweeper or not? Oh, you were? So why try to get the ticket "fixed?"]

IDK.

Here’s how I found things on Ashbury, in situ, with this fresh ticket from area bureaucrat Ed Reiskin sitting on the street:

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So I’ll explain this company’s bidness model: You give it your SFMTA citation information and it’ll try to “fix” your ticket the way the SFPD famously fixes tickets for ineffectual Mayor Ed Lee.

But how did this ticket end up on the ground? Perhaps the owner thought s/he would simply pay online and then tossed the ticket? Or maybe the owner thought this windshield flier was just another windshield flier and so just tossed it on the ground? Or perhaps the Fixed person didn’t take care when trying to put the ticket back after stapling it to the ad?

I’ll tell you, I don’t think you’re supposed to be taking tickets off of cars, as they are required to be there before the SFMTA can take your money to keep for itself. (Of course sometimes a citation might fall off of a car on its own, but all the SFMTA is required to do is to try to notify the driver, and this effort is followed up by mail.)

What’ll be next to be stapled to your parking tickets – restaurant menus?

And what does this mean?

“Up to 50% of tickets are dismissed when challenged.”

I’ll tell you, up to 50% of the gold medals handed out in the most recent Olympics were awarded to me!

Yeah, that’s the ticket…

In conclusion, I cry foul over this ham-fisted marketing effort.

OMG, Saturday Was Move-In Day 2014 at the University of San Francisco – The Great Tow-Away on Fulton

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you ask me, Fulton should have traffic signals in the USF area. But nobody asked me, so what our horrible SFMTA did recently instead of that was to take out a couple lanes.

So now this stretch of has a lower capacity in exchange for a dubious stab at increased safety.

Anyway, this is new on me, but it looks like Fulton can no longer handle annual USF Move-In Day without it being a big event complete with cars getting towed, with extreme prejudice.  Ivan Valladares has the details:

I saw around 20 cars getting towed away this morning on Fulton street, I’m sure it was more then that, just because students were moving in to SF STATE [sic] and were exclusively using the right lane to line up. This city sucks.”

Here it is, complete with home-made signs directing traffic:

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Later in the day, the owner of this minivan parked at what’s normally a legal space for about ten minutes but then got swarmed by the popo with a quickness:

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The Grand Southern Entrance to San Francisco Japantown: A Graffitoed Gate with Naked, Hanging CFL Bulb

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Pedestrian walkway, Webster and Geary:

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This “McAllister Street Car Vandal” is Mesmerizing – Anyway, the SFPD is Looking for Him, Apparently

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Word on the street:

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Word to your mother.