Posts Tagged ‘tickets’

Fish in a Barrel: This SFMTA PCO Can Hand Out Multiple $105 “Block the Box” Tickets in One Minute

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Of course, the SFMTA could jigger the lights around the neighborhood of Bush and Sansome in a more efficient way, but then this meter maid wouldn’t be able to park her Cushman and then stand in the intersection to generate so many tickets that she has trouble with all the receipt tape she’s generating. See?

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Her little machine might have a camera built in, and the GPS and the Wi-Fi and all sorts of things to allow her to bag three rides in one cycle of green yellow red.

Check it. All of these drivers on Bush inbound in the Financh are used to crawling across a San Francisco  intersection before the light turns red and then making it out of the intersection before the peds start coming. Except that this is notorious Bush and Sansome, where things don’t work that way.

And then here come the judge – tickets for everybody! It’s like Oprah handing out Pontiacs – YOU GET A TICKET! AND YOU GET A TICKET! AND YOU GET A TICKET!

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(Mind you, this is an intersection where it’s quite safe to loiter about, so fret not.)

(Hey, is she recording the Vehicle Identification Numbers of all these rides? I think not. Is that some sort of technicality that will allow you to get out of your ticket after spending hours and hours of time fighting your ticket? IDK.)

Some drivers get stuck, but I’m thinking, well just make the left up Sansome* while you have the chance and then you’ll avoid a painful three-figure citation. But the drivers, then don’t have respect, they don’t see the danger.

And I’ll bet most of them aren’t even aware that they’re getting a citation.

Eventually, the driving culture at this intersection will change** if this woman makes a habit of harvesting money on the Evening Drive each and every day.

I ask you, Gentle Reader, what if the rest of SFGov were as efficient as this PCO?

*Whether it’s legal or not. In this case, that would be a legal turn but even if it weren’t, the chances of getting a moving violation doing that are virtually nil, as opposed to a parking ticket, where the odds are virtually certain. 

**In the old days, the SFMTA would tell its PCOs to stop handing out tickets during the Evening Drive and start directing traffic at busy intersections. Those days are over. This woman can pay her salary and fund her generous benefits and retirement package in one or two minutes of her shift. Remarkable!

Heartless SFMTA Meter Maids Cite Poor Woman’s Car Day After Day for a Single Crosswalk Violation

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

SFMTA PCO’s seem to like citing this car daily, to the tune of $103 a day for the crime of parking too near a crosswalk:

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Presumably, the owner has left it there for a few days, not realizing her mistake.

So, what’s stopping the SFMTA from citing this car every hour for the same violation? There must be some internal policy, one that I’m not aware of.

Mmmm….

What if the rest of the SFMTA operated as effectively as the Parking Control Officer division?

I wonder what that would look like…

NIMBY’s vs. the SFMTA: Local Objections to New Traffic Signals on McAllister at Broderick and Scott for the 5 Fulton

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

This effort appears to be similar to the SFMTA’s attempt to add traffic signals on Haight at Scott and Pierce.

This isn’t the worst example of NIMBYism, but I’d say it’s fairly alarmist, fairly absurd.

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I’ll just say that, generally speaking, it’s generally harder to get around town these days by car, by bike and by MUNI, compared with ten or twenty years ago. Part of this has to do with our newer, absurdly-wide sidewalks, designed for pedestrian “comfort.”

And yet, most ped and cyclist deaths in San Francisco involve fault from the peds and cyclists. Here’s 2014:

The Police Department found that in the 17 pedestrian deaths, drivers were responsible for eight and pedestrians were responsible for nine. Bicyclists were responsible in all three instances when they died.” 

(I should do a video on how to be a pedestrian in SF. It might involve some jaywalking but it would also involve extreme alertness on behalf of peds. You see, the way to prevent a lot of ped deaths in SF would be to get inside their heads to see what’s going wrong.)

IMO, the SFMTA should leave McAllister alone and then start taking out as many bus stops as politically possible.

I’ll tell you, not that many cyclists pass by Broderick and McAllister compared with Scott and McAllister, it seems, owing to geography. So looking at McAllister and Scott, it seems that the lights will be timed against cyclists using FULTON DIVISADERO MCALLISTER eastbound as an alternative to the already-overcrowded Wiggle route to get from the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to the Financh.

So for my own selfish reasons, I’d prefer that MUNI not make these changes, but who am I to stand in their way? What the MUNI people are saying is that we’ll all be better off overall, and 40 seconds each way each day will add up to millions of seconds, eventually.

In conclusion, meh. If MUNI wants to put in lights, we should let them do it.

“A Coppola Family Affair” is Coming to the Roxie Theatre Dec 19-21 – Expect Big Stars at This Big Benefit

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

All the deets:

Friday, December 19, 2014
A Coppola Family Affair
 
5:30 Pre-“Apocalypse Now” Roxie Benefit Party
 
Join us for wine, micro-brews, signature drink and local bites 
and an opportunity to mingle with one of the team 
behind the award-winning sound design of Apocalypse Now, Richard Beggs.
 
7:30Award-winning Sound Designer Richard Beggs in Conversation with Jim McKee
8:00:  Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW 
 
Tickets to Benefit Party and Friday Screening – $50.00
Space Limited.  Buy Now
Can’t attend but want to support the Roxie?
Donate Here!
 
Richard Beggs is an American sound designer. He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for the film Apocalypse Now. He has worked on over 60 films since 1979. See full bio below.
 
Saturday, December 20, 2014
A Coppola Family Affair
 
2:00pmRoman Coppola In Conversation With Michael Fox
2:30pm: Roman Coppola’s A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III(87min)
 
4:45 Sofia Coppola’s THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (97 min)
Preceded by The Making of The Virgin Suicides, by Eleanor Coppola 
 
    7:30 Eleanor Coppola In Conversation With Michael Fox
    8:00 Eleanor Coppola’s HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE(97mi)
 
Sunday, December 21, 2014
A Coppola Family Affair
 
4:00  Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO, (100 min)
Q&A Afterwards With Gia Coppola and James Franco,
 Moderated by Cheryl Eddy
 
7:00 Francis Ford Coppola’s  APOCALYPSE NOW

OMG, Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” is Awesome – Show Plays Near AT&T Park Until Jan. 18th, 2015

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is here and everybody loves it, so far:

San Francisco Chronicle’s  Robert Hurwitt

San Francisco Examiner’s  Jean Schiffman 

San Jose Mercury News Karen D’Souza

Yelp

Huffington Post’s Leo Stutzin

I mean, find me a negative review, Gentle Reader. I tried to find one. I failed.

You know, I’ve never actually paid to see a Cirque du Soleil show. (They’re all excellent, actually. They’re spectacles, certainly.) Would seeing this show be worth $53 and up to you? IDK. And you might feel like a second-class citizen in some of the cheap seats. Anyway, I have nothing to add to the reviews except to say it’s awesome, if you’re into this kind of thing.

All photos from MARTIN GIRARD / SHOOTSTUDIO.CA:

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How the San Francisco Giants are LYING When They Say “Ticket Scalping is Illegal” in San Francisco

Friday, October 24th, 2014

C’mon focus, look at the sign, as seen this morning by Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badly and KRON-TV

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Now it could be that this is what the San Francisco Giants organization wishes Police Code Section 869 would say, but this aint what it says.

Comes now SF Weekly writer Joe Eskenazi:

“…according to the police code cited on the sign (Good Ol’ No. 869) scalping is not strictly illegal: This is a code that prohibits folks from selling wares on the street without a peddlers’ permit. This means folks who sell their tickets online or out of their homes or offices are not violating the law. And your humble narrator was unable to find anything within the police code stating that people who buy wares from unlicensed peddlers are subject to arrest…”

So, Giants, why don’t you take these signs down, or change them? 

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Masonic Update: San Francisco’s Useless (But Quite Profitable) Street-Sweeping System Tickets This Car Every Week

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

This Hyundai was abandoned months ago, so our SFMTA dutifully tickets it every week on street cleaning day.

Recently, a Denver boot was put on, see?

This is right across the street from the TJ’s.*

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Either the owner will pay the boot fee soon or else a tow truck will come and then the owner will be on the hook for thousands if s/he wants his/her car back ever again.

Except do you think the owner, who obviously has some sort of life issue going on, has a spare couple thou?

Mmmm….

*See how dirty the street is underneath the car? Look at all that garbage that piled up over the past nine weeks! Thank Gaia for street sweeping!

Uh Oh: Many Many Outside Lands 2014 Tickets from Scalpers are Turning Out to be Fake – Here’s What They Look Like

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Like all these tickets are fake, per the SFPD:

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So if you try to use your fake ticket at the box office it won’t work, sorry.

Here’s a close-up from from Cornell Banard:

How can you tell a fake from a real ticket? I don’t think you can.

Many many fakes are out there:

@KimKardashian I got sold a fake ticket to outside lands fest to see Kanye!! Can you help me????

What White People Don’t Like:

Waiting around by boxoffice watching all manner of teary-eyed white 20-somethings stomp away screaming on phones abt fake tix

What can be done?

Don’t buy tickets from scalpers. Judging by the amount of tears at the entry gate, they are almost all fake. Duh.

So, choose wisely.

(You can always try to go over or under The Wire, but that kind of thing probably won’t work.)

Sneaking Into Outside Lands 2014: It Can Be Done, But It’s Hard – Remembering the Old Days, When It Was Easy

Friday, August 8th, 2014

[UPDATE: You can always try your luck with the scalpers but there’s a huge wave of pretty good looking fakes out there this year, sorry. Oh, and here’s a sampling of the citations the SFPD has issued to people getting caught trying to sneak in on this first day of the 2014 event:

Ouch!]

Back in the day, back in the aughts, all you had to do to sneak into Outside Lands was deal with just one eight-foot cyclone fence.

You had the option of going under the wire or over the wire.

Here’s under. See how that worked? Easy peasy.

Well there’s the problem: No bottom tension wire on the chain link fence plus the line posts were placed too far apart:

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And here’s an example of over. This is called the bum rush:

You could get away with this kind of thing a few years ago.

But nowadays, things have changed. You won’t be able find these weaknesses in 2014.

Oh, your friend Badger’s working on the inside this year and he’s going to let you and your buds in?

Well, that might work.

But the days of a single chain link fence between you and your tunes are over at the Outside Lands

Just saying, once again.

Heartless SFMTA Boots Defenseless 15-Passenger Church Van in the Western Addition – The RPP in Action

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Now I’m not saying it’s owned by a church, but this is what 15-passenger church vans look like (so I call them church vans) plus this ride finally got the boot just outside of a big old church parking lot.

Note the flat tire.

Note that the reason this van got the boot is due to an excessive number of unpaid tickets having to do with the Residential Parking Program, which, you know, I don’t believe in. So what’ll happen is that a meter maid will mark your car with chalk (that’s the old-school method) or somehow note its time and position with license plate scanners or something like that and then come back two hours later to issue a ticket – this can happen more than once in a day, so you can end up with more than one ticket after a day of parking in the wrong neighborhood. Anyway, this van managed to get over $150 in RPP tickets on its windshield in just one day last week.

Poor little feller:

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In mitigation, the SFMTA could have just towed this rig and that would have been much worse for the owner.

Anyway, rules are rules I suppose.

Unless the owner performs an intervention to get it in running shape and also to pay off the SFMTA the four-figures worth of tickets and fines and boot installation and removal fees and also to deal with the DMV, this van is headed for the auction.

Oh well.