Archive for May, 2010

Sit Lie Ordinance

May 24, 2010

Just wanted to comment again on the ” sit/lie ” ordinance which the major is trying to pass to bolster his political career.

Aside from politics, this is really  about a few block stretch of Haight Street. Yes, that haight street.

It has a number, maybe 25 at a time, of young, drug addled, middle class kids, who didn’t get enough attention at home, so they are demanding it now.

They are being enabled because there is a well established support structure which has been in place from the days when the neighborhood was a mecca for young, drug taking, boomers.

There is a free medical clinic, free food, a plasma center to sell your blood for money,  halfway houses, methadone clinics, rehab centers, medical pot places, a half dozen stores tat sell  nothing but pipes, etc.

And the big one; nobody can seem to get a handle on all the people sleeping for free in the park every night.

If you travel around the developing world, you see limbless beggars with cups in their mouths.

i have a hard time feeling sorry for he kids on haight street.

One of the things i love about gentrification is how people buy a house cheap because a neighborhood is run down, then complain about the less wealthy.

After they kick out the poorer people, their property values go up. They then like to congratulate themselves for their “hard work” at “cleaning up” the hood and for their foresight at buying in “early”.

The reason the young people flooded into the haight 45 years ago, was because it had become an african american neighborhood, and that caused the rents to drop.

Since then, african americans have been all but pushed out of the city.

But getting back to the ordiance….

I think there are already enough laws on the books. Adding more just encourages selective enforcement.

If all the streets had a five mile per hour speed limit, but we were told not to worry, we never enforce it,

The law would still be there if they wanted to pull you over and ticket you.


Gotcha Government

May 1, 2010

The Feds are broke, the state is broke, the county is broke, the city is broke, and i’m broke.

However, unlike me, the local government has taken a hostile turn in it’s search for more money.

I’ve cut back, but the city hasn’t.

15 years ago, they had 18,000 enployess, now they have 26,000.

These folks can’t be fired because they were created for the unions

in exchange for political favors.

So they see you and me as  ATM machines.

The parking ticket thing just keeps getting more and more ridiculous.

If you work for my city, after 5 years, you can retire at 80% percent of your salary.

So the extra people they hired to write more tickets are actually going to cost them more money  then they raise.

But they are just kicking the can down the road for the next politician

because it wont show up for a while.

The latest wrinkle is the new meters they are installing that sense when a car has entered or left a space.

That means when someone leaves and you pull in, the meter resets.

And it wont allow you to add more money after you have stayed more that the alloted time.

Here’s another  example of the mean spirit my city now has;

My friend, who supports 5 people on about $25G a year, is running in to pay his phone bill while his family is waiting in the car outside.

The ticket writer shows up and my friend runs out just in time.

Sorry, i’ll move it he says.

No problem, the ticket writer says.

Two weeks later, the ticket shows up in the mail.

Or you park in a unmetered  space only to find when you return that they have installed a meter and ticketed you!

The tickets are priced just below the threshold where you would take time off from work to complain.

Not that it would do any good.

They no longer accept any excuses and you are only offered options as to how you want to pay.

And they are now  charging $3 just to go pay your ticket in person!

We have been getting lots of tickets lately for chicken poop infractions lately in my neighborhood.

A lot of them are actually being written by uniformed police.

Excuse me, do you think you could concentrate on reducing the killings instead?

Oh, i forgot. You are now revenue generators.

In the next city over, the building inspectors not being satisfied with finding petty things that require extra paid visits, are now instructed to write actual  fines,  for any thing they can find even if it’s unrelated to the permit and it’s original to the house!

Your 125 year old steps are not within 3/8 of an inch with each other, pay up now.

I feel more and more like i’m living in latin america where you have to pay bribes all day.