Posts Tagged ‘yelp’

Zagat Survey Creates Firestorm by Calling Frisco “San Fran” on Twitter – A Hasty Correction Fails to Satisfy

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Here you go, from yesterday:

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And here come the umbrage-takers:

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It’s still going on, the umbrage-taking, even a day later, even after a modified Tweet from Zagat what used Our Full Name, all 13 characters.

I know that saying “San Fran” is risible to some hot-headed residents of Frisco, but I don’t know _why_.

(Like “foodie” is offensive to some as it’s diminutive, right? It’s crazy to worked up about such matters, but at least I get that one.)

Someday, somebody will explain it to me…

Nickname(s): The City by the Bay; Fog City; San Fran;[1] Frisco (antiquated);[2][3][4][5] The City that Knows How (antiquated);[6] Baghdad by the Bay (antiquated);[7] The Paris of the West[8]

The SFMTA’s Current Approach to Bikes in the Broadway Tunnel Doesn’t Seem Better Than the Old Approach

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

After years of work and study…

BROADWAY TUNNEL BICYCLE PROJECT: Staff has sent a work order to
the Signal Shop to have the bicycle symbol flash when turned on. (No
updates)

…this the result, eastbound – a blank, nonsensical, K-Mart-looking diamond what lights up when cyclists are sensed in the BT:

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The old method of alerting drivers was similar, but it actually made sense to drivers when it wasn’t operating.

(The SFMTA seems to think that dreaming up crazy new ideas is its obligation – if you’ve never seen things before anywhere else in the world, that’s proof that the SFMTA is showing “leadership,” apparently)

Now here it is when it’s actually working, which I’ve never seen before, courtesy of Google Maps (from the northern lane – G gives you a choice):

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The big issue is how to handle bikes in the tunnel.

My method, westbound, from Chinesetown, is to walk the bike unless I see the rare ped, and then I dismount and stop while the ped passes me. In practice, this usually means riding all the way through. I think this is agin the current rules, but I don’t think I’m risking getting a ticket or anything.

Now eastbound is a different story, since the grade is generally working your way. The technique is to wait for a wave of traffic to go through and then enter when drivers idle at the red at Larkin. You’ll have a few cars pass you, but that’s better than just blithely ignoring traffic the way most do. Or, you can just ride on the sidewalk, remembering that you’re a second-class citizen when doing so.

Anyway, it seems that the generally dull-witted SFMTA is sophisticated enough to understand that going east and west is different thang here, so that’s good.

So do we want to encourage people to ride through this tunnel? IDK. I’ll tell you, westbound, uphill on the Geary Tunnel is worse and the Stockton Tunnel is way better.

I don’t know what the options are at the Broadway Tunnel. I’m sure most of them are very expensive…

Japantown Diner Evolution at 1700 Post: Denny’s –> Danny’s –> New Danny’s –> Minny’s –> New Minny’s –> ???

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Do I have that right?

The record on Yelp ends in 2009:

This is all the same place:

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Perhaps this location is now Ssisso and Dennys/Dannys/Minnys is gone? IDK, but I think the New Minny’s sign is still there

I can’t see how New Minny’s is still in operation, so I’ll assume that the mall people simply left the sign up ’cause that was the easier choice.

A mystery solved.

Anyway, memories:

Changes include the removal of graphics and the substitution of trademarked names with generic terms (“Grand Slam” became “Humongous Breakfast” and “Heartland Scramble” became “Hearty Scramble”).

And suffer J.E.:

We were vacationing in San Francisco this week, staying at the Tomo hotel in J town and I stupidly wanted to eat breakfast nearby.  What a mistake!!  The owner/manager? practically pulled us into this trap of a joint off the sidewalk.  We should have kept on walking!  Anyway, after looking at what he told us was a Denny’s menu, he switched it with a menu that had a “Danny’s” logo, the sign outside this place was “Minny’s or New Minny’s?, the food was lousy and when I went to pay the bill for our breakfast for 3 it came to $36!!!  I elected not to argue with this turkey and just get the hell out!  I paid with plastic and had to ask him for a receipt which he reprinted and gave me a duplicate.  When we got home today in So-Cal and I checked my on-line stmt, the SOB billed me an extra $10!! for a total of $46 for two lousy bacon and egg meals and one pancake breakfast!!  Boy am I upset!!

Demockracy: A Full-Blown Political Campaign to “Save” a MUNI Bus Stop, Complete with Paid Signature Gatherers – London Breed Fooled

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Get up to speed here by reading down and take a look at Hoodline and StreetsblogSF and here’s the short version about the campaign to “save” a redundant bus stop what’s nine seconds away from another. (And here’s a parody blog post that has a lot of images on this topic.)

Now take a look at this:

Volunteers Needed to Help Us Save the 21 Hayes Muni Line!

Posting ID : A1050191362
Date Posted : 20 days ago
Category : Volunteers

Help us save the 21 Hayes MUNI line! The San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency (SFMTA) is currently in the process of removing bus stops on the 21 Hayes MUNI line. This will result in an increase in the number of passengers at downstream/upstream bus stops, as well as increased pressure on the already overcrowded 5 Fulton line.

We need a group of volunteers to stand at bus stops in two-hour shifts, and inform passengers about the impending changes. Volunteers will be collecting signatures on a petition to tell the SF District Supervisor, London Breed, that passengers of the 21 Hayes and 5 Fulton want to keep the existing stops, which will prevent an increase in the number of passengers at downstream/upstream bus stops, as well as increased pressure on the already overcrowded 5 Fulton line.

Volunteers SHOULD NOT be shy, SHOULD be morning people, and SHOULD be ready to collect as many signatures as possible. A bonus if volunteers are from the Nopa/Alamo Square/Western Addition/Hayes Valley neighborhoods, and/or live near the 21 Hayes line, and the 5 Fulton MUNI lines.

CASH BONUSES FOR NUMBERS OF SIGNATURES COLLECTED

TIME(S): 7AM-10AM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (4/15, 4/16, 4/17)”

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So these hyper-enthusiastic people got paid? So they weren’t volunteers at all?

And who’s the mastermind behind these efforts – who’s paying the cash bonuses?

This kind of thing makes a mockery of district elections, IMO.

Anyway, it appears as if the SFMTA will enshrine this useless bus stop tomorrow, May 5, 2015…

Realizing It’s Already Won Its Dispute with MUNI Passengers, Central Coffee Removes Its Now-Redundant #21 Hayes Redundant Bus Stop Flyers

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The official decision comes May 5, 2015, but the Central Coffee people know they’ve already “won” on this issue so now they’re acting as they aren’t involved. See?

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So if the SFMTA wants to eliminate this redundant stop, it seems as if the easiest way to do that would be to cancel the #21 Hayes entirely. I mean it doesn’t make sense to space bus stops nine seconds apart, does it?

The people of Central Coffee might think they’re clever to unnecessarily slow down the 21 in order to make more money, but they’re not.

(And the office of London Breed seems to be out of touch on this one. Apparently, she’s going to get a left-of-center challenger and it would certainly look funny if there have been political donation$ made by the Central Coffee people to interim Mayor Ed Lee or to London Breed – I mean those are the two I can think of. Obvs, you need money to win elections, but this sitch seems to be going over the line. So this is a kind of corruption, or perhaps the London Breed office is out of touch? I’ll tell you, Ross Mirkarimi knew the same very district on a block-by-block basis. Who’s the energetic, hands-on Ross Mirkarimi of London Breed’s office? There might not be one. One wonders if RM and/or Christina Olague insisted upon this redundant bus stop as well. What this does is make a mockery of corruption-inducing district elections.)

End Of Line.

Outrageousness: Vaunted SFMTA Powerless to Remove a #21 Hayes Bus Stop That’s 9 Seconds Away from Another

Monday, April 27th, 2015

[UPDATE: James writes in to remind us all that:

….people could still conceivably email the board at MTABoard@sfmta.com or show up at the shitshow on May 5th.]

Word comes from James, see below.

This is fucking bullshit, man. (A few days later, I actually timed a bus – it took nine whole seconds for the driver to pull out of the stop at Masonic and then start pulling into the one by the coffee shop.)

Here’s the nut graf from the head of the SFMTA:

“Based on community feedback at the SFMTA Board of Directors meeting this week, from Supervisor Breed’s office and by email, we are modifying our proposal for the 21 Hayes. We are no longer recommending removal of the inbound bus stop at Central Avenue.”

So, SFMTA, you’re a part of the problem, right? Do you realize that, SFMTA?

One wonders.

“They arent’ removing the stop. I just got this in my email:

Dear sir or madam:

Thank you for reaching out with your concerns about the 21 Hayes. First and foremost, I would like to make it clear that we have no plans to discontinue the route. In fact, we are planning to increase service during both a.m. and p.m. peak periods to provide greater reliability for customers.

We had recommended removing a couple of stops along the corridor with the goal of further improving reliability on the 21 Hayes. As we work to improve Muni citywide, selective bus stop removal is one of many tools in our toolbox to reduce travel times and create a more efficient public transit network. By optimizing the location of bus stops and reducing the number of stops, we can improve service for customers, reduce conflicts between buses and other vehicles, improve safety for people walking and bicycling, and decrease the amount of time buses spend stopped at stoplights.

We are committed to a thoughtful and community-based process when selecting which stops to remove or relocate. Based on community feedback at the SFMTA Board of Directors meeting this week, from Supervisor Breed’s office and by email, we are modifying our proposal for the 21 Hayes. We are no longer recommending removal of the inbound bus stop at Central Avenue. We will move forward with the recommendation to eliminate the outbound stop at Lyon and to lengthen the inbound stop at Lyon.

These items will be heard by the SFMTA Board on May 5. As always, we welcome and invite public comment. You can find out more about the Board meeting online at http://www.sfmta.com/board.

To learn more about how we are improving Muni throughout San Francisco, including major service increases that start tomorrow, visit http://www.muniforward.com. You can also sign up for alerts specific to the lines you ride.

Thank you again for taking the time to write and for participating in the process to improve Muni service in San Francisco.

Sincerely,
Edward D. Reiskin
Director of Transportation
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Here’s What’s Wrong with MUNI: The SFMTA Can’t Remove a Bus Stop That’s 9 Seconds East and 12 Seconds West from Other Bus Stops

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The SFMTA simply can’t do it. Or it hasn’t done it, not yet.

Here’s the sitch on Hayes – what do you see?

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I see two active bus stops.

Here we go, pulling out of one…

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And pulling into the next, nine seconds later, per the camera EXIF file:

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And look, you can see the next stop too.

The SFMTA knows this is a ridiculous situation, but it’s afraid to talk about it.

Perhaps 2015 is the year that this gets fixed, we’ll see.

(And then after that, there’ll be other stops to remove. I don’t really get why we need lengthened stops on this line, but perhaps this will become clear with time.)

SFMTA Decides Tomorrow to “Save” the #21 Hayes MUNI Bus Line? – Two Bus Stops Placed 15 Seconds Apart at Central

Monday, April 20th, 2015

I don’t know if I’m explaining things the right way here, so I’m offering you, the Gentle Reader, a copy of the postcard I just got in the mail.

All right, let’s review: MUNI has two bus stops between Central and Masonic on the same short block of Hayes Street. This is absurd.

Our SFMTA wants to correct this Accident of History by removing the inbound stop at Central. This would leave two inbound stops for nearby residents of the 94117 – at Lyon and at Masonic.

The idea forwarded by the owner of Central Coffee, that making the inefficient 21 Hayes line (which still has waaaaay too many stops) more efficient will instead make it less efficient (leading to its termination), is absurd.

Here’s the latest outrage, this corporate mailer recently sent to hundreds(?) (or thousands) of residents who live near Central Coffee:

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[I should add, don’t try to click over to the “NOPA-Rider” website, as the site isn’t functioning  and I’m getting a phishing warning when using both Chrome and IE. I don’t exactly understand how browsers work and why there are so many false alarms for legitimate sites, so, anyway, my advice is to not to click over there.]

I’ll tell you, if I were a rent-seeking coffee-shop owner and I wanted to selfishly dictate how the #21 should be operated, I wouldn’t go about things this way.

And I’ll ask you, Gentle Reader, why would somebody living in the SoPA (Southeast of Panhandle Area) be so so concerned about a bus line what’s serving the NoPA (Northeast of Panhandle Area)? One would think a Haight Street resident wouldn’t even consider The Great Speeding-Up Of The Bus Stop-Clogged 21 Hayes a bad thing, much less worthy of opposing with such a massive campaign.

So here’s the difference.

I think that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:

Zero.

Our SFMTA thinks that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:

Zero as well, prolly.

Our SFMTA is proposing that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:

One, for now.

And the owner of Central Coffee thinks that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:

Two, at least.

I mean, right? Like if having bus stops just nine houses apart* is such a good thing for “efficiency,” why shouldn’t we add a third stop in the middle of the block so that the stops would be merely four houses apart – is that going to be the next proposal?

(You think I’m a MUNI fanboy? Hardly. FTR, MUNI sucks, hard.)

Anywho, tomorrow is the Big Day for this decision, supposedly.

One hopes the SFMTA will be able to handle this kind of pressure properly.

One hopes…

*I’m srsly. This is the current situation. This is what our poorly-run SFMTA is trying to fix.

Verlocal – What’s That?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

I guess it’s this, among other things:

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Verlocal doesn’t appear* to be owned by area Republican-type billionaire Ron Conway, so it’s got that going for it.

*But I’ll note that a search containing the terms Con Ronway and Verlocal turns up interesting results, almost as if the famous algorithm has been altered for Ronny-Baby…

“Central Coffee Tea & Spice” in the Western Addition Jeopardizes Its High 4.5 Star Yelp Rating with an Absurd Campaign Against the #21 Hayes

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

[UPDATE: It’s gotten worse – here’s one of the bulk mail postcards that just went out. Apparently, the big meeting to decide this issue comes tomorrow, April 21st, 2015.]

Here it is, a flyer posted at Central Coffee Tea & Spice, 1696 Hayes:

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And here’s some background from Nuala Sawyer of Hoodline

First things first, MUNI sucks and the SFMTA is the reason why. (If you don’t believe that, I’ll assume that you work in the marketing department of MUNI or that you’re a blogger what has taken SFMTA money in some sort of MUNI marketing effort.)

Having said that, we should all applaud the SFMTA’s attempts to suck less by trying to remove bus stops*, especially when we’re talking about the #21 Hayes line. 

But now, according to the owner of Central Coffee, the SFMTA’s attempt to improve the efficiency of the 21 Hayes is somehow going to end up killing the entire line so we should lobby Ed Reiskin and the board of the SFMTA to “save the 21 Hayes?”

WTH. Here’s the sitch right now. The coffee shop is in the middle and the bus stop that “needs” to be saved (marked by Google Maps with a blue square) is cattywumpus across the street:

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How many freaking bus stops does one side of one short block of Hayes need? As you can see, it has two right now. Does the owner of Central Coffee favor adding in even more stops, you know, since bus stops are so great?

(I’ll tell you, there’s a People Love Us On Yelp sticker right next to the flyer you can see above and, I’ll tell you, a business owner on Polk just went through a Yelp War over a similar issue just a month or two ago. So much so, he took actually down his Yelp sign, so hounded he felt.)

This will not stand, this aggression against Frisco coming from Central Coffee.

This will not stand, Man.

*Our situation is exactly like what brought about the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990 – everybody knew we had too many military bases, but no pol would tolerate the shutdown of a base in his/her district. Then BRAC came along to save the day.