Posts Tagged ‘trucks’

Why It’s Completely Absurd for the SFMTA to Claim that Carshare Car Rental Means “60,000 Fewer Vehicles on the Street”

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Here it is, from Hoodline:

“Data also showed that 17% of members got rid of their cars after joining a car-sharing company, with as many as 24,000 vehicles sold. When taking into account people who did not purchase cars because of car-sharing, there were as many as 60,000 fewer vehicles on the street.”

Well let’s call horse-shit on this.

So, when did “car-sharing” get started in Frisco – over the past half-decade? So here are the latest stats for AUTOS registered in San Francisco County, per the DMV.

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2011: 380,621
2012: 385,442
2013: 397,238
2014: 403,246
2015: 407,656
2016: 413,147

Do you see a trend here? Do you see registered vehicles going up by about 6000-something cars per year, year in and year out? That’s the trend lately, for whatever reason.

So where’s the supposed “60,000 fewer vehicles” kicking in from the SFMTA’s inconsequential program? Does the SFMTA really think we’d have 473,000 registered cars but for its heroic car “share” car rental program?

Obviously, our SFMTA really doesn’t know what’s it’s doing. So why not have an independent agency assess how effective its policies are instead of this, this Pyongyang-inspired Ministry of Truth stuff coming from SFMTA spokesmodels who are obviously just winging it day by day, DJT-style.

You know, what I’m talking about is having somebody around saying, “Is this really true?”

Or, in the case of attaining the goal of VisionZero 2024, which will somehow, by administrative decree, eliminate all transportation mishap injuries by 2024 and through eternity, “Could this possibly be true?”

Transformers 6 Now Filming in Peacock Gap, San Rafael – We’re Paying $22 Million for “Bumblebee” – Code Name: “Brighton Falls”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

So some people are calling this joint “Transformers 6,” but it’s more of an offshoot, a part of the Transformers Universe, hence the name Transformers Universe: Bumblebee.

Our North Bay MSM is on the case. See?

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Who knows where they will film next in the bay area. Could be Frisco, why not? (Well, why not if you don’t factor in our $14 an hour minimum wage, which the Hollywood set still can’t wrap its head around.)

Hey, speaking of money, we’re paying $22 million for this production? Ouch. But here’s the pitch:

“Canada provides large tax credits to production companies for shooting up there, which has resulted in an enormous loss of productions to Canada from California, taking with them all their salaries and taxes. By California providing credits it creates balance and ensure that productions, which inject huge sums of money into the local economy through equipment, hotel and home rentals, wages, sales taxes and more, stay in California. Productions also provide large numbers of jobs for PAs, ADs, DPs etc… Since the average cost of filming often exceeds $1 million a day, you can see how much having these productions shot in Marin, or California, feeds back into our economy. It’s one of the best investments we can make, as Hollywood is an enormous part of our state economy.”

I’m sorry, what a load of horse shit that was. Now here’s the reality, from the House Organ of Hollywood:

Film Tax Incentives Are a Giant Waste of Money, New Study Finds

Yep yep.

Now lately, Transformers movies have mostly been made for China. I’m srsly. (We can talk about this, if you want.) So why not have the People’s Republic of China pay for this movie instead of the tax and fee payers of California, one wonders.

And better yet, why not just film the whole deal over in China as well? Just asking.

However, this film will be Michael Bay-free, so who knows, it might end up being perfectly cromulent. It’s a live-action Iron Giant with a female lead, right?

Filming is supposed to wrap by November 15th, 2017. Hopefully, if you aspire to be an extra, you and your friends can hop on the gravy train and somehow make some cash from this production.

And what of the future? There are currently 13 other Transformers films in development. I’m srsly.

Play us out, Bobby Bolivia. Play us out, Bumblebee:

Bucolic Pacific Heights, Filled with Cobblestones and Old Work Trucks

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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The Pacific Coast Highway Near Stinson Beach is Nothing But a Long Long Construction Zone

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

And the dump trucks have to back in to this site as there’s no place to turn around.

Some are wondering whether our PCH is worth the trouble…

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Let’s hope they can finish before the rains begin…

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It’s Official: Frisco Now has More Cars, Drivers Than Ever – DMV Sez We Now Have Over 500,000 Vehicles

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here it is, your brand-new DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ESTIMATED VEHICLES REGISTERED BY COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2016

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The figure on the right shows our full one-half million vehicles.

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Cf. the data for 2015: est_fees_pd_by_county.

Of course this count includes motorcycles and trucks and trailers, but the vast bulk of that is made of plain old cars, the likes of which the people employed at our SFMTA and SFCTA falsely say are now “disappearing” from the streets of San Francisco.

You want another example? How about something like:

“SFMTA officials said this was due to factors including increased compliance from drivers, reduced vehicle ownership…

Simply, your “urbanist” friends are lying to you, or rather, lying to themselves. IRL, car ownership was going up in Frisco back then and it still is now. (Are repeated SFMTA misstatements like this Trump-style lying or Trump-style incompetence? You tell me. Moving on…)

To this: These DMV stats don’t count unregistered vehicles, and rides owned by many many ppl with out-of state-plates who live in town but don’t feel too groovy about paying any kind of annual ad valorem taxes to the CA DMV, and all the many UBER/Lyfts driven by all those new-to-Frisco drivers (how many, 40,000?) who live in Sac and Tracy and Santa Clara.

And let’s see, what other shibboleths can we… oh, Driver Licenses are up too, see?

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED

That’s also brand-new from the DMV. The relevant numbers for Frisco for 2012-2016 are:

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(Darn it: My prediction for 2016 was  588,392 instead of the actual 588,228. Close enough.)

But Somebody told you that Young People Don’t Drive Anymore? Sry, Gentle Reader, that’s another misunderstanding. You see, it turned out that the recent recession-related dip in Vehicle Miles Traveled was actually RELATED to a RECESSION.

I’ll cheerfully concede that changes are afoot transportation-wise these days, but I just need to point out that our supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing SFMTASFCTA people have made a lot of mistakes and errors lately. That’s all.

What else. Oh, how about the reason why it still makes sense to own a car in Frisco. Take a look at this character:

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Yes, that’s sanctimonious urbonaut and State Senator Scott Wiener in his aging, gone-to-Hell Nissan. (And of course he won’t cop to this 2016 incident of getting caught and photographed by a journalist while texting in traffic, because, IDK, it would draw attention to his foolishness? But that’s not my point.) My point is that the reason why it makes sense for him to operate this cheap, old, reliable car in Frisco, even though he lives close to transportation and even though he could UBER Lyft everywhere, is because he can drive around for as many miles as he wants for less than $1000 a year, including insurance, registration, gasoline, gasoline taxes – the whole lot. I’m aware of this because I have an aging, gone-to-Hell Toyota that I drive around as much as makes sense. So I can’t see how our existing stock of indestructible Nissans and Toyotas, Cadillacs, Lincolns too, Mercurys and Subaru are going to be obsolete this year or next year or the year after that or the decade after that.

That’s my point.

Look at all these rides in the Sunset for example. This is Frisco in 2017:

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I don’t see how our SFMTA is going to take away these cars, have them whither away, Comrade, only to have some unknown transpo system spring up to remobilitate these isolated souls living way out in the west side. MUNI is a high-cost low-speed system which is run mostly for its employees and is hobbled by union “work rules.” How is that going to change anytime soon?

And UBER Lyft, well the current service offered at current pricing is unsustainable, you know, financially. If you want to tell me how everything’s going to change I’ll concede – sure, eventually things will change. But how are you going to stop Sunset and Parkside residents from going to the nearby malls and Targets of San Mateo County by using the cars they own now and the cars they continue to buy? Our installed base of rolling stock is our installed base of rolling stock – these cars can and will live out their lives for decades more on the Streets of San Francisco. Sry.

PREDICTION: Car ownership and Driver License possession in the City and County of San Francisco will be once again UP to record-breaking numbers in 2017.

For better or worse.

Sry.

The Trouble with Shutting Off JFK Drive To Vehicles But Then Allowing Vehicles

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

THe vehicles generally go slow though, so that’s good.

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It Takes a Village … of SFGov Trucks plus One Police Car to Clean Out the Homeless Tents from the Best Buy Sidewalk

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

People saw it coming:

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These trucks, plus a full-on garbage truck, plus another pickup, plus a police car.

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I guess they paint regular trucks white and special CLEAN PATROL trucks green?

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It’s kind of amazing how SFGov markets itself sometimes.

Anyway, this was Yet Another Judgment Day Under The Freeway, on Division, September 1, 2016…

“Market Street Clean Patrol”

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

I don’t think this is the solution, but here’s your band-aid for Market Street:

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Rolling daily…

Market Street Inbound: Two Feet Left Betwixt the Frito-Lay/Coca Cola Trucks and the Historic Street Car Tracks

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Here’s your morning drive, 7:45 AM-ish, between Union Square and the Financial on vaunted Market Street:

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The Substandard Lane Widths of Northbound Sansome in the Financh

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go – a MUNI bus tries to go around a double-parked truck:

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Just south of California:

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And just north, where the slow lane of Sansome is at its narrowest:

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How can you call this lane a lane?