San Francisco’s “Strong Mayor System” plus the SFMTA = the San Francisco’s worst government agency, one unresponsive to the Commonweal.
Another part-timer goes full time - Training Day in the Birmingham Electric this week:
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Oh, what’s that MUNI, you’re actually perfect and your approach to everything is and always has been perfect and Mayor Ed Lee is a Golden God and everything will get better once you get just a little (or a lot) more money?
OK fine, whatever you say, SFMTA.
Remember that Yak-50 what used to buzz about the bay area? Good times. (See below for some shots taken from the East Peak of Mt. Tam.)
Well this is better, this one’s a Yak-52 (Як-52). Hurray!
(It probably killed fewer pilots per hour than the single-seat Yak-50, so that’s nice.)
As seen from Land’s End:
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What kind of crazy airplanes will Mother Russia send over next?
“This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.
But here’s your take-away, babe: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.
Anyway, looks like fun:
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Canon 1D Mark II with 300mm 2.8 IS I and 2x extender – ISO 400 and lots of digital zoom:
Now, it’s not my job to get you a job, but MUNI is pretty much always looking for new drivers.
Correct me if I’m wrong but starting salary is higher than what BART pays their somewhat shooty, “newby” officers, so there you go.
This driver didn’t seem to know what he was doing, so I’m forced to assume he’s a recent hire.
As seen yesterday on Market:
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Anyway, even if you have an education, this could be for you. Maybe just for a while, until the Great Recession ends?
40 red bags + 40 white stars + 40 all-black outfits on 40 college-types = only one thing. These people must be in the Macy’s Executive Training Program, just like how Jerry Seinfeld’s mom wanted for Jerry if that whole comedy thing didn’t work out.
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Bon Courage, Macy’s Trainees!
All’s I can say about this one is that we’ll have to wait and see how it works out. Deets below.
You know who likes today’s news? It’s Benji Tosi, American Grand Champion:
Has it been only three years since the Cosco Busan, the leakiest 2001 Hyundai ever, spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel* into the bay? Seems longer.
Anyway, turns out that a dude who supposed to be up front looking out for stuff in the pea soup fog was downstairs in the galley eating breakfast. I did not know that, no sir. Of course, the idea to depart on sked despite the fog came from the bar pilot, so that’s the person who’s primarily responsible. But there still plenty of blame to go around. Deets below.
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All right, it’s Blame Time:
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the following probable causes of the accident:
- the pilot’s degraded cognitive performance from his use of prescription medications, despite his completely clean post accident drug test,
- the absence of a comprehensive pre-departure master/pilot exchange and a lack of effective communication between Pilot John Cota and Master Mao Cai Sun during the accident voyage, and
- (COSCO Busan Master) Sun’s ineffective oversight of Cota’s piloting performance and the vessel’s progress.
Other contributing factors included:
- the failure of Fleet Management Ltd. to train the COSCO Busan crewmembers (which led to such acts of gross negligence as the bow lookout eating breakfast in the galley instead of being on watch) and Fleet Management’s failure to ensure that the crew understood and complied with the company’s safety management system;
- the failure of Caltrans to maintain foghorns on the bridge which were silent despite the heavy fog;
- the failure of Vessel Traffic Safety (VTS) to alert Cota and Sun that they were headed for the tower. VTS is legally required to alert a vessel if an accident appears imminent, yet they remained silent;
- the malfunctioning radar on the COSCO Busan, which led Captains Cota and Sun to use an electronic chart for the rest of the voyage. Although Coast Guard investigators found the radar to be in working order, they did not examine it until days after the accident (allowing time for faulty equipment to be fixed, which is not uncommon after a marine accident)
- Captain Sun’s incorrect identification of symbols on the electronic chart;
- the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to provide adequate medical oversight of Cota, in view of the medical and medication information he had reported to the Coast Guard
Happy Anniversary, Cosco Busan, or should I say MSC Venezia? Don’t ever come back.
*Yeah, Wiki is still wrong on that gallonage figure, partly due to the U.S. Coast Guard sitting on information for months and months ’cause they didn’t want to earn themselves any more bad press.
Elements of the San Francisco Fire Department and other bay area first responders are getting a little electric vehicle safety training today and tomorrow so they’ll know what they’re doing when Chevy Volts and other Battery Electric Vehicles start appearing on our roads and getting accidents in greater numbers. See?
“Chevrolet and OnStar, in a joint effort with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted electric vehicle safety training for San Francisco area first responders – the second in a series of training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country. First responders participated in a three-hour program to prepare for emergency situations involving electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capability available in select markets late this year.”
Here’s what it looks like:
All the deets:
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12 — Chevrolet and OnStar, in a joint effort with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hosted electric vehicle safety training for San Francisco area first responders – the second in a series of training sessions that will take place this fall in cities across the country. First responders participated in a three-hour program to prepare for emergency situations involving electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle with extended-range capability available in select markets late this year.
In addition to San Francisco and last week’s training in Detroit, the tour will make stops in Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Washington, D.C.
“These training sessions provide a valuable opportunity for first responders to prepare for the introduction of this new vehicle technology,” said Chevrolet Safety Director Gay Kent. “The tour allows us to extend our training and education to first responders across the country. Our goal with this program is to help public safety personnel become as comfortable working around electric vehicles as they are with conventional vehicles today.”
Safety trainers delivered presentations covering topics specific to electric vehicles such as power shut-off procedures, lithium ion battery details, locations of high-strength steel and cut points for extrication. In addition, a Volt – recently used during an extrication exercise – was on site for hands-on training for first responders.
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Patched up and riding high – the last time we saw the Cosco Busan back in 2007. Will it ever come back? She’s called the MSC Venezia these days, currently working in the Canaries.
Oh well, she’s not the first Hyundai to leak oil into San Francsico Bay, and she won’t be the last.
The full release, after the jump