Posts Tagged ‘tourists’

Huge Crowd of Frisco Tourists Gape at Just Two Sea Lions Up At the Fish Wharf – Sad!

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The gapers:

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The gapees:

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Someday, soon, we’ll get a full crew of sea lions back at Pier 39.

Oorh oorh orh…

Our SFMTA Wants to Claim It’s Increasing Parking Up at Twin Peaks, But It’s DECREASING Parking – One Simple Trick!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

What the SFMTA’s Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project is a gonna do is get rid of these, these people from the top of Twin Peaks, particularly on busy dreaded sunny days, like this one:

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Most of the tourists on top of that twin came from all the cars you can see on the left side. But all that parking is gone now, so tourists aren’t going to go to the top of Twin Peaks as much anymore.

What’s that, “good,” you say? Well OK, but why doesn’t the SFMTA just come out and say that? Instead, we get this:

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project Frequently Asked Questions – April 8, 2016 version:

Will any parking be added or removed? No parking is being proposed for removal. Today, informal (illegal) parking takes place at the center of the Figure 8 and occasionally in the outer lane of the roadway. This project will formalize parking at both the center and south intersections, increasing the number of available stalls. Parking in the travel lane will no longer be possible.

So they’re not “removing parking,” they’re simply blocking cars from getting to the parking spaces? And you can’t park on the side of a highway in CA anymore, is that correct, really?

So the real answer to the question Will any parking be added or removed is:

Yes. Hell yes.

But who are these people so uncouth and “informal” that they think they can park their rental cars on the side of the road and walk up a hill for a look-see? Just fucking tourists, that’s all. And it’s not even the same ones day after day and year after year – it’s a constant flow of new people from all over the Bay Area, California, ‘Mericah, and The Rest Of The World. Those are the people the SFMTA and the Rec and Park (RPD – it’s Frisco’s name for the Parks and Recreation Department) are getting rid of, at least on busy days.

As with most things in Life, there are trade-offs. Our SFMTA wants to deny that, oh well (at 2:10)…

UPDATE: Ferry Building Taco Parlour Charges a SECRET 15% Surcharge – Tourists Outraged

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Get up to speed here:

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge”

So here’s the old sign, from three months ago…

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And here’s how things stand today:

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See that? The notice about the 15% surcharge is gone.

So what’s up with that? Oh, our poor tourists are supposed to find out when and if they scrutineer their receipt after they’ve already been charged?

WTF to that. I mean, is this kosher, Bouboule?

So that’s my beef.

I’ll note that the printed receipts now just say “15% surcharge,” which is a big improvement over any reference to taxes, which could get you in big big twubble with our big big CA State BOE.

Let’s see, what else… oh, our tourists fucking hate this BS. Take a look:

Stale food. Added 15% surcharge over the posted prices. Rude staff.

Dishonest pricing with a bogus 15% surcharge. They should add this to the stated price of food instead of adding this to the bill.

Fundamentally dishonest. Their menu quotes a price, then sales tax, and then a surcharge of 15% – and no tip worthy service. Plus, why 15% of the sales tax?

Mucho rippo offo!!! Food was mediocre at best. And to add insult to injury they add an extra 15% surcharge?!?! Six tiny Tacos, a small basket of nachos, a kids quesadilla and a carne sandwich for over $80 is obscene!!!

Are some street tacos for happy hour! They seem to nickel and dime you, on top of adding a 15% surcharge to every order (they don’t accept tips), which it thought was interesting.

Food was decent, disappointed with the customer service. There was no explanation about the 15% surcharge until after she swiped our card, a heads up would have been nice.

If you’re willing to spend $40+ for chips and salsa, tacos and a bean burrito, this is the place for you.

Illegal labeling practice and should be shut down! The restaurant illegally labels “tips” as part of taxes on the receipt and enforces customers to pay tips. When I asked the staff why the taxes are so high (23%) out of the total bill, her answer was ” we consolidate city, state and surcharge taxes into one and it shows as taxes on the receipt”. I replied:” the surcharge is tips in this case?” She said yes. The question is how could tips be labeled as taxes? Absolutely sneaky! Absolutely illegal!

Mijita – San Francisco, CA, United States. Illegal labeling practice and should be shut down! The restaurant illegally labels “tips” as part of taxes on the receipt.

The 15% surcharge is absolutely absurd. Almost an entire extra $5 for tax and bs fees. Future patrons beware.

We just wanted to sit out in the sun and enjoy some kind of food. I didn’t know about the 15% surcharge tax they tack on, in addition to the regular tax till I looked at my bill! My tortilla soup for $8.50 turned out to be $10.83. I wouldn’t bitch so much if the soup was good. Which it wasn’t. Lukewarm and more like a stew. There were carrots in there. yuck. I won’t be back. Plus all those damn pigeons outside picking at leftovers. Can people please read the fricken signs to bus your own dishes? Jesus! Not Mjjita’s fault but still .. I am just irritated.

Beware!! A 15% Surcharge?? when asked about what the charge was for the cashier said it was their tip. TIP?? really!? Yeah it’s already over priced and not that great; and they’re charging this ridiculous 15% charge? yeah, straight bananas. I didn’t even realize the charge since the cashier didn’t give me the receipt until my friend noticed it on her order. (He was too busy trying to fix the paper on the machine). Fool me once and that’s enough, not worth coming back.

Pretty bad food (bland and tiny portions) for about 2x the cost of the fantastic Mexican food found elsewhere in the city. Then again, this restaurant probably gets enough business from tourists that accountability for their bad food doesn’t matter because repeat business is not common. Oh, and LOL: 15% surcharge “to help with employer’s rising costs”? That is just embarrassing for so many reasons. Go elsewhere.

So IDK, man.

Hey, are there any other businesses at the Ferry Building with a low low 2.5 star Yelp rating? 

Clumsy Rec and Park (RPD) Relents, Opens “Painted Ladies Viewing Area” at Alamo Square – Tourists Rejoice

Monday, June 13th, 2016

First it was all like this. All four square blocks of the Square were fenced off to one and all. Sad!

But now, it’s all like this, as of Friday afternoon, so now you can follow our visitors in to gaze upon the (sort of) Full House houses:

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Expensive temporary signage to promote … our clumsy RPD:

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Here’s the view from Hayes:

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Is this the same RPD what carelessly rented out this very same part of Alamo Square to the NFL earlier this year?

Yep!

Alamo Square Update: Rec and Park Finally Manages to Coral Our Tourists – Sure, Fence Hole Fixed, But…

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

IDK man, the accounting cost for RPD to shut down the entire four square block Alamo Square for a year or so is negligible, so that’s what they just done, oh well.

Here’s what you do – you imagine a billionaire from Mars is willing to pay for whatever expensive project that our SFGov workers can dream up AND you imagine that all the work required can be done in just one day. Then you ask yourself, would you want to do this project.

And the answer here is yes, it’d be nice to maintain the irrigation and fix up the old old bathroom and resod and do whatever else they’re doing. But is is worth shutting down the entire park for a year and spending all this precious taxpayer money? That’s the question.

In any event, the local millionaire homeowners (who don’t like tourists anyway) want this and RPD loves hiring people and spending money, so this is what we get.

On patrol to make sure nobody enters:

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Sad tourists observing the Painted Ladies through a cyclone fence:

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The now-famous fence hole, snipped by a local, used by tourists:

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But look, plastic twisty ties have made the hole smaller – see?

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Now here’s some homeowner-oriented signage from the RPD. (Note that the makr girl in the RPD banner would get a ticket from a Ranger if she actually affixed ropes to a tree and swung from it – isn’t it ironic. Dont’cha think? So why is this your logo, RPD? Whoopsie!)

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Disappointed tourists on Steiner. Note the lack of cars parked here. I’ve never seen this sitch outside of street sweeping times.

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Of course all the street lamps in shut down Alamo Square are now blazing away in the daytime, for some reason because, because RPD don’t care? Yep, because RPD don’t care.

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Actually, RPD views us as deadbeats who cause RPD a bunch of problems. They think we’re undertaxed, so they’re constantly on the lookout to make moar money money money. Oh well.

Hey look, a rare Ranger patrol in the 94117, the better to keep the tourists out after being embarrassed on the TV and the Internet:

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Oh, and here’s the more permanent fix for the now-famous hole, completed yesterday – double fencing:

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That’ll do. Prolly…

A Few Beefs with the SFMTA’s Marketing of Its Plan to (Somehow) “Increase Access” to Twin Peaks

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Here you go:

Making Room to Enjoy Spectacular Twin Peaks by Aaron Bialick
Friday, April 15, 2016

But the SFMTA isn’t really making anything is it?

Access by foot and bike is pretty limited, the road that loops around the mountain top in a “figure 8” is underused by car traffic and the loop’s intersections are confusing.

OK, well, “access” by foot and bike will still be “pretty limited” after the SFMTA completes the scheme it came up with, right? And let’s take a look at that road, on a dreaded sunny day:

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Now, would you say that the east (left) side of this figure 8 is “underused?” No, not at all!

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Hey, is being “car-free” a good thing? Like is it as good as being something like herpes-free? One wonders.

On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider approval of a pilot phase…

This means that the SFMTA is going to do what it wants to do, with the little bit of money it can scrape up to enact its ideology.

The project was shaped with community feedback…

First of all, there’s no community up there atop Twin Peaks. Second of all, if there is, it’s tourists (international, national, regional, and local) and this plan cooked up by the SFMTA is about as anti-tourist as one could imagine.

We’d also create legitimate parking spaces at the center and south intersections to address the illegal parking that already occurs.

WHAT WHAT? So all these People With Cars, the hundreds of People what congregate up there sometimes, they’re parking on the side of the highway “illegitimately?” So it’s legal but it doesn’t comport with SFMTA ideology? Or maybe it’s illegal, but our SFMTA hasn’t seen fit to put up signage what explains things nice and clear for visitors who don’t really have a good handle on English? And so all the scores of places where people park now and, indeed, the past century, all of that was not and is not “legitimate?” Whoo boy.

So the plan is to decrease access IRL and advertise this paint job (that doesn’t add ANYTHING) as one what will “increase” access.

Will that cost anything? Yes.

Will it cost the vaunted SFMTA anything. No, not really. Just a bit of paint…

 

Our SFMTA’s Plan to “Increase Access” at Twin Peaks WIll Actually Decrease Access – Trying to Figure the Figure 8

Friday, April 8th, 2016

IDK, man. On the one hand, SFGov promotes the 49-Mile-Drive, but OTOH, SFGov wants to make it more difficult.

Take a look here down below – where are all these cars going to go after this plan gets going?

The plan, advertised as one what would “increase access,” will decrease access, obviously. Parking areas will be decreased by a whole lot. Oh what’s that, that’s a good thing AFAYAC, Gentle Reader? Well, fine – but let’s agree that taking out scores of places for people to park is going to make for a less-busy Twin Peaks, for better or worse.

And hey, are these people glorious Pedestrians / People With Bikes or are they terrible, horrible People With Cars? One simply can’t tell. Some locals walk and bike up here, but I see very few tourists attempting to do so. Mostly they come by tour bus or car, FWICS.

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On It Goes…

“Celebrity Chef” Traci Des Jardins Goes Beyond the Pale with a 15% “Surcharge” – Mijita at the Ferry Building – Our Poor Tourists!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Via Reddit comes news to me:

Can someone please explain to me this SF specific tax?

And here it is:

“A 15% surcharge has been added to your bill to help offset rising employer costs in SF”

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The degredients are listed so it wasn’t hard to see that this is poorly-rated Mijita Cocina Mexicana (1 Ferry Bldg,  Ste 44, San Francisco, CA 94111, Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach) we’re talking about here.

SO, I’m familiar with the high costs of doing business in San Francisco.

AND, I know aboot bogus 4% surcharges already, eh?

But FIFTEEN (15!) PERCENT? That’s beyond the pale.

Now let’s here from the horse’s mouth (or whatever), you know, herself: From Fast Company: Educate customers about cost increases, and find creative ways to pass them on.”

An excerpt:

When the health-care mandate was passed three years ago, Des Jardins was already paying half of her employee’s health care, so as a line on her P&L, the costs were already significant. The change made them “unsustainable,” she says, and even then they didn’t impose cost increases for customers for six months. Today, each bill at Jardiniére comes with a 4% line-item surcharge labeled “Stay healthy, San Francisco.” “We tried to build the cost into [the menu], but you’ve got different trends in what sells and what doesn’t, so it didn’t work to cover the cost,” she says. “It was rough in the beginning, but local people have gotten used to it—they realize that they voted it in. It’s harder for people from out of town, but it’s a lot like staying in a hotel—you get the hotel price, and then 20% later, you’ve paid your bill.”

So, this was back in the day, and at another joint (the not poorly rated Jardinere), but it shows the mindset. Let’s go:

1. So, there are “creative ways” to pass on cost increases and there are HONEST ways, right?

2. It “didn’t work to cover the cost?” What does this mean? Does it mean that you couldn’t simply raise prices? But oh yes you could!

3. “They voted it in?” IDTS! First of all, the “voters” in this case were the eleven members of the Board of Supervisors, not your typical customer of Traci Des Jardins. Second of all, they didn’t vote to impose a surcharge, which is simply something that some local restaurateurs decided to do on their own.

4. And it’s “harder for people from out of town” because, because some of them realize, only too late, that they’ve been led down le chemin de [Traci] Jardin[s], or led down the garden path, right?

Now I’ve seen gas stations do the same thing, do the same kind of pouting, but, similarly, it’s tout a fait inapproprie, amiright?

And, speaking of which, what if a gas station advertised on its big signs the price per gallon BEFORE a random “15% surcharge” gets added in – would we tolerate that?

Oh, and another thing – this, this here is wrong wrong wrong:

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Now what if somebody from our CA State Board of Equalization (The Nation’s Second-Largest Tax Agency, I’m srsly) looked inside the four corners of this receipt. S/he would say, “Oh, the owner of this joint has gone stir crazy and is now charging customers a 23.75% sales tax. Ergo, all this money needs to be remitted to the great State of California.” I’m srsly.

So, what “Celebrity Chef” Tracy Des Jardins should do is raise her prices 15%, or whatever she wants – I don’t care, and then ditch the absurd surcharge, which, you know, should be illegal. (Oh what’s that, you’ll go out of bidness? Fine, who cares. Make room for somebody else at Ferry Building Stall #44.)

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Will the SFMTA/RPD’s Car Ban Plan for the East Side of Twin Peaks Increase Access or Decrease Access? Take a Look at This Photo

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Take a listen, to Phil Matier here.

And then take a look, at what an Ivy Leaguer / Attorney / Former Gavin Newsom Jogging Buddy Who For Some Reason Is In Charge Of Our Park System has to say here:

As he sees it, the plan “increases the recreational accessibility of the area and makes it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”

As for safety, we’ll have to wait and see. But as for “accessibility,” this is going to be a Big Fat Decrease.

Here’s the east side of Twin Peaks Boulevard as it looks when the parking lot at Christmas Tree Point is all fulled up:

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Where are these people going to go? Not Twin Peaks, that’s for sure. This plan will decrease access, certainly. (Or is the SFMTA going to run a shuttle bus up here? IDTS)

And oh, here’s how Phil Ginsburg attains access himself, using a car:

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The Center of San Francisco is the Still the Wild Wild West – Twin Peaks Seems to be a Kind of Lawless Area

Friday, March 11th, 2016

This place is a magnet – it attracts all kinds of people.

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It wouldn’t seem to be a good place to escape from, after breaking into cars for valuables, but turns out that it is…