Posts Tagged ‘streets’

Would You Like a “Free Gift?” Well, Then Just Join the U.S. Army: MUNI Bus Stop Recruiting Station, Market Street

Friday, June 29th, 2012

In the Financh, not too far from the official recruiting station on Davis near Broadway:

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Remember, “BRING IN THIS FLYER FOR A FREE GIFT!!!”

I Am Become Rob Anderson, #3: StreetsBlogSF Isn’t Simply a Blog, It’s a Religion (Or a Cult, Your Pick)

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Exhibit A:

Media Coverage of Pedestrian Deaths Misses the Big Story

I don’t know, I think the coverage was perfectly cromulent, but let’s take a look:

“A vague description…”

UH, WHAT DO YOU OFFER THAT’S BETTER, STREETSBLOGSF?

from Bay City News labeled Ferguson a jaywalker

A “JAY” WAS ORIGINALLY THE TERM FOR A COUNTY PERSON BUT THE CURRENT DEFINITION SURE SEEMS TO FIT

“apparently walking outside of the crosswalk”

WELL, IF YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLOCK ON LOMBARD, THEN YOU’RE WALKING “OUTSIDE OF THE CROSSWALK,” RIGHT?

when he was ”struck by a passing vehicle.”

WELL, HOW ELSE DO YOU SAY THIS?

There was no mention of the driver’s speed.

UH, GEE, THERE WAS NO MENTION OF THE DRIVER’S CURRENT IRS TAX COMPLIANCE NEITHER, RIGHT? SO WHAT? WASN’T THIS PED 100% AT FAULT FOR HIS OWN DEATH? I THINK SO.

(The driver was only mentioned to note that he or she was “very cooperative.”)

WELL, WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

And here’s the latest:

“Correction: Streetsblog SF does have the most Twitter followers of any news source in the Bay Area.”

Oh, but you’re not a Bay Area news source, you’re more like a religion.

Keep on trying StreetsBlog SF. Maybe someday you’ll become a real blog…

What Happens When You Leave Your Van Parked Overnight on the Mean Streets of San Francisco? Art Happens, That’s What

Friday, March 16th, 2012

And then you look at your panel van and say, “Art happens, man.”

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Ooh, Harsh: City Attorney Dennis Herrera Throws Down – Goes After Ed Lee’s Failed Record on Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Turns out that our “world-class City” is ranked below Boston, New York, Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle, believe it or not. See below.

Now, just how purple do you want to see your fighting City Attorney.

Better A, as seen here?

Or B, after a little Replace Color and Shadows/Highlights?

You Make The Call.

Now, a little background and then the News of the Day. Let’s list the endnotes first for a change – they are that good:

[1] Government Barometer: August 2011, City and County of San Francisco, Office of the Controller, City Services Auditor, October 18, 2011, http://www.sfcontroller.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2581
[2] City and County of San Francisco City Survey 2011, Final Report, prepared by the ETC Institute, October 6, 2011, http://www.sfcontroller.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2573
[3] Voter Information Pamphlet, Nov. 8, 2011, Proposition B: Road Repaving and Street Safety Bonds, page 46, http://www.sfgov2.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/elections/NOV2011_VIP_EN.pdf
[4] Management Audit of the Department of Public Works, by the San Francisco Budget Analyst, January 9, 2007, http://www.sfdpw.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/sfdpw/director/DPWAuditReport.pdf

The latest from the Dennis Herrera for Mayor campaign:

“New Controller’s report confirms streets survey, audit on Ed Lee’s failed record on infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Appointed Mayor’s decade-long mismanagement as DPW chief, City Administrator now require quarter-billion dollar streets bond to ‘finally accomplish what Ed Lee didn’t’

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 18, 2011) — City streets and public works continue to deteriorate under interim Mayor Ed Lee, according to a new report published today by the Controller’s Office, extending Lee’s decade-long record of mismanagement and neglect as the appointed bureaucrat in charge of San Francisco’s infrastructure. Today’s bimonthly Government Barometer[1] mirrors a highly critical survey released just two weeks ago that found San Francisco’s satisfaction rate with the current quality of its infrastructure to be the lowest among five benchmark cities to which it was compared. Lee’s history of lax oversight of streets, sidewalks and public works projects was also the subject of a devastating independent management audit of the Department of Public Works that the Board of Supervisors first commissioned in May 2005, while Lee was DPW director. That audit was released in 2007.

Today’s new Government Barometer identified negative trends in the City’s maintenance of streets and public works in terms of the percentage of street cleaning requests responded to within 48 hours, which have worsened both since the previous reporting period and as compared to the same period last year. A negative trend was also observed from the previous reporting period for the percentage of graffiti requests on public property responded to within 48 hours.

“For the last decade, Ed Lee did an abysmal job as the person in charge of San Francisco’s infrastructure,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “The Budget Analyst’s audit proved it in 2007; the streets survey proved it again two weeks ago, and the new Government Barometer proves it once again. Ed Lee’s record of failure is why most city streets are dirtier than ever, and in desperate need of major repairs. Now, San Franciscans need to pass a quarter-billion dollars for a streets bond, to finally accomplish what Ed Lee didn’t.”

Lee was DPW director from 2000 to 2005, and until January of this year served as City Administrator, a role whose major duties under the City Charter include coordinating capital improvement and construction projects, and appointing and removing DPW directors. As such, Lee is more responsible for the current state of San Francisco’s infrastructure than any other city official. Lee’s decade-long record contrasts starkly with his new campaign promise to be an “infrastructure mayor” who will fix San Francisco’s “roads, schools and parks.”

On October 6, 2011, the San Francisco Controller’s Office published its final report of the biennial City Survey for 2011[2], which found that:

* San Francisco had the lowest satisfaction rate with the quality of its infrastructure among five benchmark cities to which it was compared: Boston, New York, Oakland, San Jose, and Seattle.

* Overall satisfaction with San Francisco city streets, sidewalks, and infrastructure rated a woeful 31 percent, according to the survey — far below other cities. In fact, San Francisco’s rating for infrastructure was also lower than both statewide and national averages.

* San Franciscans were least satisfied with the condition of pavement citywide, with nearly 44 percent of residents grading city performance “poor/failing,” and another 38 percent describing it as merely “average.” Only 18 percent rated infrastructure “good” or better.

The new Government Barometer and streets survey from two weeks ago come as San Franciscans begin voting on a proposed $248 million bond for road repaving and street safety.[3] The nearly one-quarter-billion-dollars in new bonded indebtedness is required, according to proponents, because half of San Francisco’s 850 miles of streets — together with public structures that include bridges, tunnels, and stairways — need major repairs and upgrades.

Both the Government Barometer and streets survey also mirror a devastating independent audit of DPW that the Board of Supervisors commissioned in May 2005, while Lee was DPW chief. Even before Budget Analyst Harvey Rose’s final 269-page DPW Management Audit[4] was published in January 9, 2007, then-DPW Chief Fred Abadi responded that he “came to DPW after your audit had begun,” and that the report’s 120 recommendations “will prove useful to me as I continue to reengineer parts of the Department.” Abadi agreed and accepted all but three of the Budget Analyst’s 120 recommendations.

Among major findings of the performance audit’s of DPW under Ed Lee:

* DPW’s overall mismanagement, inefficiency and uncollected revenue combined to waste more than $5 million in taxpayer funds.

* DPW-led projects were routinely mismanaged, over-budget, and late — and city street repair projects were late by a shocking 172 days, on average.

* DPW failed to routinely track average project labor costs or productivity to ensure that Street Resurfacing and Pothole Repair Projects were completed efficiently

* DPW could not demonstrate that tax dollars being spent for street repair and maintenance (despite an amount that increased during Lee’s tenure) were spent appropriately.

* DPW allowed more than $1 million in litter fines to go uncollected.

* None of DPW’s eight bureaus fully measured performance to ensure that the bureau achieved the best possible outcomes.

* And DPW inspectors did not conduct routine inspections of streets to identify safety hazards.”

You Don’t Like Bikes on Sidewalks? Well, “Then Put a Flippin Bike Lane on Divisadero!”

Monday, October 10th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oops. Speaking of which, there are a lot of different possibilities for Oak betwixt Baker and Scott. Taking out the parking lane on the south side of Oak is an idea. In the meantime, take the lane. Or head up Baker to Fulton to Divis to McAllister and then roll all the way down to Mid Market and beyond - that way you avoid the horrible part of Octavia and SFPD bike enforcement actions, etc...]

Appears as if Carly Schwartz, Founding editor of Huffington Post San Francisco, has a beef with the Livable Cities / Livable Streets movement, at least as far as Divisadero is concerned:

Then put a flippin bike lane on Divisadero! Thankshttp://bit.ly/nwO7u9

Now that’s interesting because the City, instead of just taking out the useless median on Divisadero, well, the Powers That Be, the City Family, actually went in there a few years back and made the median wider so now there’s less room for bike riders.

See?

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Does it look like, as some say, there’s “excess roadway space” here? Not at all, IRL.

And the sidewalks are like ten feet wide.

So sure, ride your bike on the wide sidewalks of Divis. I mean, I seriously doubt you’ll ever get a ticket.

Or “take the lane,” it’s your choice. (But I don’t advise taking the lane on Divisadero, uphill or down, personally.)

So, how do we fix the horrible thing our City Family and the Livable City movement just inflicted on the Commonweal?

Well, how about narrowing the fast lane to make the slow lane wider?

Or, how about narrowing the median to the width you’ll find north of Geary and then taking out the useless vegetation?

Or, how about just taking out the whole damn useless median? What’s that, it would cost $$$ to move the light standards? Well, get some money from the Feds. Didn’t they just pay money to fuck up Divisadero just a few years back? I think so. So maybe they’d pay to take the light standards out of the middle of the street and put them in the comparatively wide sidewalks of Divis. You know, shovel ready, jobs jobs jobs! What’s that, local businesses and area NIMBYs and real estate interests prefer the trees in the useless median and other aesthetic stuff? Well, who put them in charge?

(Or, maybe we could narrow the wide sidewalks, but that would cost even more.)

So maybe Divis doesn’t deserve a bike lane, but how about just giving back the space that was taken for useless trees?

Wouldn’t that be a start?

Sunday Streets Chinatown a Modified Success – Sunny Skies – Brought to You by PG&E, “City Family”

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I don’t know, there were lots of people out there, so that was good.

On the other hand, this no-cars-allowed “Walking Streets” event was brought to you by PG&E, the company what just blew up eight people a year ago and then lied about the circumstances of that these past 12 months.

I’m still not sure what the point was for this “walking-oriented” Sunday Streets but oh well.

Here’s the beginning, at Bush and Grant “Avenue.” (Note Chiu-bacca and red-shirted handler spreading the word of the mayoral candidacy of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.)

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And the middle, featuring a wealth of counterfeit goods on sale, and T-shirts for $2.88, just like any other day:

And here’s the end, with pretty much all the whimsy I could find today. (In aggravation, a NIMBY group was using this same very block to recruit more NIMBYs.)

That’s it.

Thanks, PG&E, I guess.

The Chinatown-North Beach Walking Street event is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) with additional support from State Farm Insurance. Other Sunday Streets sponsors include Bank of America (Lead Sponsor for the 2011 Sunday Streets Season), AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kaiser Permanente, California Pacific Medical Center, UCSF, Shape Up, The California Endowment, Bi Rite Market, REI, Sports Basement, Mikes Bikes, Bike & Roll, Bay City Bikes, and Blazing Saddles, along with in-kind support from the American Red Cross, Bay Area, City CarShare and media sponsors SF Examiner, Clear Channel and Scoutmob.”

 

  • Ping Pong Tournament 9 to 11:30 (Waverly Place)
  • Activities for kids by Chinatown YMCA 11:30-4 (Waverly Place)
  • Chalk art, Kai Ming Head Start, Experience Corps (Commercial Alley)
  • Art in Kerouac Alley
  • Poetry readings – Grant near Vallejo
  • Freedom from Training Wheels (Grant & Green) and free Valet Bike parking by SFBC (Vallejo & Grant, and Portsmouth Square)
  • Kids arts and crafts by Emerald Tablet & North Beach Merchants (Fresno Alley)
  • Climate Change Education and Department of Environment host kids activities (Fresno Alley)
  • Bike presentation sponsored by The New Wheel (Grant & Vallejo)
  • Magician performance and childrens activities 1400 block Grant – sponsored by Carmel Blue, Schein and Schein
  • Food sampling and cooking demonstrations – 1500 block Grant – sponsored by Little Vine
  • Pet area – Grant and Lombard – sponsored by Jeffrey’s Pet Store
  • Clown show – 1500 block Grant – sponsored by Macchiarini Design
  • Zumba dance exercise – Coit Tower, 11-1
  • SF Recovery Theater  - Coit Tower 1:15-2
  • Supervisor’s Rock with DND Band at Coit Tower, 2-4

Awesome Video: It’s a Jet Ski Critical Mass – Cruising Flooded Long Island Town During Hurricane Irene Aftermath

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Wow:

“Long Islander responds to Hurricane Irene in most Long Island way possible: with jet skis and Linkin Park”

In San Francisco, Critical Mass has become a term synonymous with ignoring red lights,* right?

Now, what if you could critical mass in a flooded town on a Jet Ski?

That’s gotta be the flattest town in all creation. (Alluvial plain?) Don’t try this on Market Street, you know, post-global warming – it’s got slight rises that would ruin your Jet Ski fun.

This video only has 139K views?

It should have more by now, IMO.

*Now, I’ll admit CM treats red lights a bit differently, but, in my book, ignoring red lights = ignoring red lights.

Pizza Pizza: The Genius of Justin Beck

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Has somebody put Justin Beck‘s name up for a MacArthur Fellows Program grant yet?

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Somebody ought to…

Call Us When the Shuttle Lands: SF StreetsBlog Goes Looooong Form to Tell Us Something About Auto Repair Shops

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

[UPDATE: @StreetsblogDC Can you explain/justify the stsblog sf article that compares car repair shops to cancer? is.gd/km5OCw]

Uh, what?

Do you climb into space, to the world where you live, SF StreetsBlog?

Or, in other words:

njudah Greg Dewar: 
Ever read something that just makes you say WTF? http://bit.ly/mODLOU

And oh, speaking of car repair shops within a stone’s throw of Fulton and Divisadero, let’s all say bye-bye to BODY MASTER USA / Auto City. One supposes it couldn’t afford the rents in pricey NoPA these days. How long will the iconic Transformers graffito last?

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And oh, speaking of car repair and Transformers, leave us take note of lovely Megan Fox…

…who knows better than to tangle with the urban NIMBYs of the 415.

She knows that the Future is all about Rural Auto Repair.

Hurray!

And oh, it appears as if I was able to make my point with the word count coming in well below 1300.

Hurray!

My uncle has a country place 
That no one knows about. 
He says it used to be a farm, 
Before the Motor Law….

The Happiest Place in the World Isn’t DisneyLand, It’s the Fell Street DMV – Just Look at the Lines

Friday, June 17th, 2011

And this isn’t the half of the line – it stretched out beyond view.

Hey, why don’t we fix it so that the “customers” of the Worst DMV in California wait indoors while the employees work outdoors in the rain – why don’t we try that for a change?

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Just saying, Bro.