And that rule is that Parking Control Officers won’t give you a ticket for parking on a sidewalk so long as its street sweeping time, so, you know, the SFMTA is “making money” well enough already, thank you very much.
That’s life in the big city…
Let’s see here:
54 minutes ’til the next bus; and
69* minutes ’til the bus after that
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What’s that, MUNI, you want more money?
But every other transit system in the world does more with less…
* Heh. Your algorithm should prolly round 69 minutes either down to 68 or up to 70, MUNI.** I mean, you don’t see CA license plates saying 4SEX397 or anything, do you? There’s a reason for that.
**Yes, all caps even tho it’s not an acronym. It’s easy for readers to understand and it matches your iconic snake logo, MUNI, that’s why.
This is from yesterday – it involved a Washington Post employee.
Here’s TIME from just a few hours ago
“Social media platforms over the weekend were brimming with sarcastic critiques of Fukushima’s newest unofficial mascot, Fukuppy, after a local refrigerator manufacturer in the disaster-struck prefecture unveiled their latest publicity creation.
And here’s CNN:
And actually, MSM, Twitter was debunking this myth three days ago.
It was there if you knew how to look for it?
FTR, Fukushima is a family name as well as a place name.
FTR, “.co” in a URL means company, not government.
On It Goes…
And if that’s not enough of an invite for you, then consider this, from Amy Stephenson of uppercasing, the UPPER HAIGHT BLOG:
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And here’s Frank on Haight Street IRL, sort of:
And close up:
And, in closing, here’s what Frank had to say back in the day:
ALMA 12 GALAXIES TRIGOGONIC SCANDAL PBS NEWS HOUR: BILLIONAIRE DECTROGONIC SKEPTICAL PREEMPTIVE MISCREANTS
NICKERSON 12 GALAXIES QUADROGONIC HIBERNATION[S] ECONOMIST TECHNIGONIC EXACERBATED CHARISMATIC ABERRATIONS
CRONKITE 12 GALAXIES VIXTREXONICUL STEROIDS PBS: YASKRERUNITOL COVERAGE PSYCHROZENIKUL DILIGENT TRIVIALIZING OPTHAMOLOGISTS
WHOOLEY 12 GALAXIES PSYCHROZENICAL DISSENSIONS ABC: ILTROKETCAL COVERAGE STALTZORXUNIKEL PREINCARNATE AGNOSTICISM GNOSTICISM
HEISLEY 12 GALAXIES AGOZANICAL EXORCISTS NBC: ILTRUXONIKEL COVERAGE COXGARONICIL EVOCATIVE PALATIMILL MESOTHELIOMA
BRIDGEPOINTE 12 GALAXIES MUROTUNIXEL REPERCUSSIONS (sic) KBHK: XASKUTANEKOL PSOKITENUCOL COMMEMORATIVE CONTENTIOUS EXHORTATIONS
TROSKY 12 GALAXIES ALPHOGONIC POLICE BRUTALITY ABC NEWS: UP FRONT ZENOGONIC BOISTEROUS INSINUATED ATTRITIONS
CLEMENS 12 GALAXIES XASKOZETICUL DIPLOMACY PBS: YUXTROTONIKEL COVERAGE WEXKORHYTORIC EXTEMPORANEOUS IMPUGNING CARNIVORES
SHEFFIELD 12 GALAXIES QUINTRONIC GENOCIDES CNN HEADLINE NEWS SEXOTRONIC METICULOUS INCINERATED APPROPRIATIONS
BRIDGEPOINTE 12 GALAXIES MUROTUNIKEL REPERCUSSIONS KBHK: XASKUTANEKOL PSOKITENUCOL CUMBERSOME CONTENTIOUS EMULATIONS
IMPEACH FAIRMOUNT 12 Galaxies Guiltied WITH QUADROLOGICAL Rocket STATIONS
MASSACHUSETTS 12 GALAXIES QUINTRONIC CRIMINALS TIME MAGAZINE: STAR, HEXTROTRONIC OSCILLATING EBULLIENT INOCULATIONS
CARLSTADT 12 GALAXIES BOTRUKONITEL RACISM KDTV: FEXTROTANIKUL COVERAGE GAMMATUNOKEL EXTRATERRESTRIAL PETAFIABLE ABDICATIONS
GEPHARDT 12 GALAXIES QUOKLOCHITICIL DETRIMENTATIONS KICU: DICHUKITECHAL COVERAGE ULKUKATICHOL ESCHATOLOGICAL CONTEMPLATED AGNOSTICS
MEDTOX 12 GALAXIES BETATRONIC CONSTANTANEOUSED GRAND THEFT AGAINST THE UNIVERSE ZEGNATRONIC HYDROGEN COUNTER PARTS
NORDEN 12 GALAXIES JOXKRORADICUL EPIPHANY NBC: GAXKROZETICAL COVERAGE KEXTROCRETICAL SANCTITY PROSPERITY DILIGENCE
SCHKADE 12 GALAXIES BEXCROLETIKUL UNJUSTICES BBC: KOTROPREDICAMENTED COVERAGE ZEKGROPENTIAL ERUPTED DASTARDLY ELATIONS
HENDRICKSON 12 GALAXIES KYDROMENICOL IMMINENCE ABC:WETROMETICULUS COVERAGE NUKROHENICAL EGOTISTICAL ATTONEMENTS ETERNITY
Take a look at this segment created by the “Strava Community” of troubled Strava, Inc. owners, managers, and/or users.
See? This is a bike trip down Nob Hill through the Tenderloin to the Mid Market:
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Note the innocuous-sounding title: Hyde/Market st.
But also note the URL up there. The name of this segment used to be “Hyde Street Bomb!” But that doesn’t look so hot when you’re in the national news for getting sued.
Oh, here it is, have a go on the YouTube – will the cyclist beat all those cagers in Priuseses what stop for red lights? Hells yes:
Now, do you think that the “Strava Community” might have had an effect on the behavior of this cyclist?
You Make The Call.
And oh, here’s how that Strava webpage looked before, was it just a day ago? Two days ago? I don’t know. But this is quite a recent change. Alls I know is that somebody in the “Strava Community,” be it an owner, manager, legal advisor, person following instructions from a legal advisor, cyclist, or, really, anybody in the entire world, created this segment and/or edited it.
The people at Strava, Inc. aren’t what you call transparent, so it’s hard to tell.
Anyway, here’s your Hyde Street Bomb!
Does registering for Strava and racing down Nob Hill in this fashion make you an “athlete?”
Again, You Make The Call.
Veteran’s Day will be a big deal this year, what with the 11-11-11 factor and whatnot.
So check out Morris Day and The Time at the Mezzanine at 444 Jessie in SoMA, why not? Of course, you’re too young to remember Jungle Love and The Bird (or that lake scene) from Purple Rain (here’s the Beyonce version, if it will help you relate), but that’s O.K.
As seen on Divisadero:
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Or you can go see that scary 11-11-11 movie, your choice.
Pretty much. The basic idea was to take out a few parking spaces. Getting that done in touchy, touchy San Francisco took about a half-decade
So, it used to be all like this:
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And now it’s all like this, on a busy day:
For whatever reason, probably something to do with gasoline prices, this station doesn’t seem to get long lines on Fell as much as before.
Anyway, case closed for now…
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The whole process took a few years…
Anyway, there’s your update.
Maybe 500 or so for starters.
That is all.
Oh, wait, they’re hiring so you can become a hack today. But, so is MUNI, generally, and that’s a much better gig, even if you’d generally rather work for yourself instead of The Man.
Remember how jarring this scene was, back in the day? Look, it’s the Taxi of Yesterday:
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Oh, wait, here’s the Minority Report, below, sort of. (Oh, and here’s another one, one about increasing the price of fares….)
Anyway, this is fresh from this morning. (500 more paratransit cabs? Sounds like a lot…)
“I wanted to alert you to a rather ominous development. At today’s meeting of the Paratransit Coordinating Council (which advises Muni and the city on the paratransit program), representatives from Yellow, Luxor and DeSoto proposed and got passed a recommendation for 500 more cabs, with the medallions going not to drivers, but to . . . guess who . ? . the very companies making the proposal! (And maybe a few others as well).
It’s not a typo: five hundred. And it’s not coming from some sector of the public that feels underserved. That might be understandable, even though the number is preposterously high, because the public doesn’t have a grasp on the economics of our job or the variety of factors that influence the level of service we provide. This is coming from our own industry, people who understand (though they obviously don’t give a shit) how hard drivers work, how little they make, and how devastating this would be to them. This is about the most callous, cynical, self-serving proposal I’ve seen in my 25-plus years in the industry.
We don’t know where, if anywhere, this idea will go from here. The MTA, which has decision-making power, is currently considering a modest proposal for a pilot program of perhaps 25 peak-time cabs. I believe peak-time medallions are a sensible alternative to full-time cabs, and I could support a limited experiment with the idea, provided the medallions go to drivers, not companies; that a thorough evaluation is made of their performance before any additional medallions are approved; and lastly — and most importantly — that the MTA commit to and fund a serious study of a centralized or integrated dispatch system. Such a system could provide substantial service improvements and put more money in drivers’ pockets by greatly increasing the efficiency of the existing fleet.
The city has always fallen back on more cabs as the glib and easy answer to service problems. The fact is that you can never put enough cabs on the street to address the complexities of the service equation. If that number were ever reached, the job of cab driving would simply not be worth having, not even to people starving for work. Greater efficiency is the solution. Systems like Cabulous and the proposed Open Taxi Access can go a long ways toward that goal, and so can an integrated dispatch system. We must insist that the city adopt these approaches before approving any significant increase in the number of cabs.
Lastly — need I say it? — in my mind, the principle that medallions must go to those who are out on the streets, putting in the long, grueling hours, serving the public, rather than to companies that have relegated themselves to the role of rental agencies, whose every interaction with their drivers, from the assignment of cabs and shifts, to the providing of dispatch, to the collection of gates, is performed with a corrupt hand reaching into the driver’s pocket; that principle is sacrosanct, and worth whatever fight it takes to keep it intact. I trust you agree.
United Taxicab Workers”
Oh, wait, 25 peak-time cabs? That doesn’t sound like much at all.