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I’ve always suspected this, but here’s the proof:
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The SFMTA MUNI DPT citation you see was three days old. That means that the driver either just leaves the ticket on this truck 24-7 or s/he takes it off at night and then puts it back on in the morning.
Of course, most towns in America have spaces for UPS trucks to park.
But not San Francisco…
This alley just a stone’s throw away from Market Street plays host to all matter of industrial delivery vehicles all day long.
This is how the system works, when the rubber meets the road IRL.
Couldn’t we have planners who plan things instead of allowing, tolerating, permitting, condoning a system where everybody breaks the rules because that’s the only way to conduct bidness?
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Just asking, bro.
Appears as if the Feds have determined what happened in San Bruno.
Basically, some electrical box failed 40 miles away in Milpitas and the result was death and destruction in San Bruno. They’re still working on why the steel was so weak. Expect a full report next year sometime…
A shot from the aftermath from photographer David Yu
First up is PG&E’s reply to today’s release, filled with palliative cliches. I mean, you can skip it as it probably isn’t aimed at informing you of anything:
“SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) issued the following statement today from President Chris Johns in response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) release of its preliminary report on the pipeline accident in San Bruno, California, on September 9, 2010:
“We thank the National Transportation Safety Board for today’s release of its preliminary report on the tragedy in San Bruno. Although a final report and a conclusive set of findings are likely to be many months down the road, this initial release of information is an essential first step. We welcome it, and appreciate the painstaking efforts of the NTSB experts to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation to determine the root cause of this terrible accident.
“It is critical to the people of San Bruno, our customers and the industry that we get to the bottom of this accident and take the necessary steps to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.
“With that goal in mind, PG&E will continue to do everything we can to cooperate with and supportthe NTSB’s investigation.
“Our pledge to everyone who relies on PG&E to operate our gas infrastructure safely and securely is that we will take any and all appropriate steps to ensure we’re meeting this fundamental commitment.
“Since the accident, we’ve re-inspected the three major pipelines that serve the San Francisco Peninsula. We are in the process of conducting aerial inspections and ground leak surveys of our entire gas transmission system. And we continue to take steps to share information about our system with public officials, first responders and our customers.
“We continue to extend our support and our sympathies to the San Bruno community and the residents affected by this tragedy.”
And next up is the NTSB Report itself. It’s accessible. See it after the jump
I mean, sure, Fed-Ex makes money on deliveries in San Francisco, but what if you subtract out the amount of dough they pay daily to the DPT? Too bad delivery vehicles don’t have a place to park or something.
This aging Ford van got pwned with two parking tickets in one day down in the Financial District:
Here’s the scene in the Financial District – why does the UPS driver double park instead of using the space near the curb? Double parking can get you a ticket, right? The orange cone is a nice touch, however….
Uh oh, this doesn’t look good. Do UPS drivers really try to fool the DPT ticket issuers with the old I-already-got-a-ticket routine? Apparently.
Oh well, that’s another $78 down the drain. Did this truck get two tickets yesterday?
That’s what you might conclude after checking the DPT website for online ticketing information.
Does UPS currently owe thousands of dollars to S.F. for illegal parking? Yes.
But if it’s only $2000 a day or so, well that’s just the cost of doing business in the big city, right?
Why, yes. Yes there is, and it’s specifically designed to lift people out of poverty. Wouldn’t you, or your friends, or your relatives like to work for Safeway, Andronico’s Markets, Novartis, AT&T, IKEA, UPS, Federal Express, Kaiser Permanente, Bio-Rad Laboratories, or Comcast? What’s that – you don’t need a Rubicon Programs, Inc. one-stop job center ’cause you have all the stuff it offers at home? Maybe, but you should check it out just the same when you can. (See info below.)
And that’s what people were doing today in the Western A. Hundreds were on hand in the wet weather to witness San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, and Mistress of Ceromonies Barbara Rodgers (“I wasn’t fired [from CBS5 last year], I quit!“) kick off the new center.
A revival meeting tent for an economic revival meeting this morning at the Safeway Plaza on Webster. Click to expand:
These centers offer vocational counseling and job placement assistance, apprenticeship training for construction jobs, and access to other services for laid-off workers or unemployed individuals.