it's definitely a really long lens
Wut? Is there a bunch of post processing on this or lens magic? Those islands never look that big from the sunset.
Nice. What streets are you looking down in the pic?
I see your hating ass commenting on everyone's pictures and honestly you can catch my fuckin fade 😂😂
Beautiful yes, safe NO!
None of those are photos of the city :)
You get a lot of housing for your dollar in Vallejo compared to anywhere else in the Bay Area.
Preferences vary, but there are a lot of people commuting from Berkely or Oakland to Silicon Valley to make $X, that would be better off finding a similar job in Oakland making 75% of $X and commuting from Vallejo.
You should definitely make a vallejo subreddit if one doesn't already exist
Update on the Sausalito residents intimidating people off public land post
I'm the OP from that post: https://www.reddit.com/sub/bayarea/comments/83zblz/sausalito_residents_attempting_to_scare_people
So, yesterday, I and a number of other redditors emailed Jonathan Goldman, the Director of Public Works in Sausalito to find out what the heck is going on.
Unlike a couple years ago when I got an email from him affirming that the initial portion of Wolfback Ridge Road is public (screenshot of the email is linked to in the original post), this time he claims it's private.
After some other folks (thanks - you know who you are!) pressed him for answers, it turns out that at some point in the last couple years the road was turned from public to private. He says the basis for that change had something to do with the residents convincing the Assessor that the road should be private. How they did that is unclear to me, and he didn't provide details.
A reporter from KPIX (the local CBS affiliate) also got involved, and is now inquiring as to whether the residents have paid back taxes on the additional land they received and whether they paid the city back for maintenance of the road. I'm set to be interviewed by them in about an hour.
I don't know the details of how this public land became private, but this feels, to me, like co-option of government by wealthy residents who want the gov to enforce the privacy they wish to have. Maybe it's totally legitimate, but it sure looks suspicious to me. Edit: Looks a lot less suspicious now thanks to some reasonable-sounding explanations in the thread.
I'm also confused as to why, when I filed a police report about this, the police seemed genuinely concerned and never said anything to the effect of, "Why were you trespassing?" I guess they didn't get the memo either.
That said, I'm not an investigative reporter (or any sort of investigator or reporter) so as the city is now saying it's private land, I don't intend to return to it except possibly to post an apology letter to the residents explaining why I reasonably believed it to be public (since I was told so by the city of Sausalito). I'm hoping that others, such as KPIX, will dig in and find out:
Why they were basically given private land when it had been public for....a long time? Jonathan Goldman appears to assert that it wasn't sold to them. If so, how did they acquire it? I haven't looked (again, not an investigator nor looking to become one) but someone else emailing them is asserting that there's not any record of anyone selling that land/accessway to the residents. Edit: Yeah, I don't think there's anything dodgy here at this point, or at least not any dodgier than your normal municipal who-knows-who politics.
Are they paying taxes on it?
Anyway, I certainly intend to return to those trails as they really are nice but it seems like parking on Wolfback Ridge Road is a no-go right now and possibly forever. An indisputably legal place to park is the Spencer Avenue parking for the bus, from which you can hike up Morning Glory trail to Alta trail, just to the north of where Wolfback Ridge Road connects to Alta trail.
Edit: KPIX aired the story at 6:13. I thought it was good in the sense that it was fair to everyone around. They acknowledged that there's been a lot of confusion both from online sources and city officials about the status of the road, but also pointed out that the city of Sausalito now says that road is owned by them, which I don't have a good reason not to believe just like I had no reason not to believe them 2 years ago when they told me it was public. I'm assuming it was an honest mistake by Mr. Goldman at this point, or that something changed in the last two years. But beyond that, people have posted some reasonable-sounding explanations of how why there's been so much confusion on the issue. For me though, now, whether it "should" be private or not, and even regardless of how it got to be private, it seems it is private as far as the law is concerned, and I wouldn't recommend parking there unless its status changes.
I also sent an apology to the head of their HOA and 'outed' myself to them as when I look at this from their point of view, they equally believed they were in the right (and quite probably are, legally, barring stickering my car with something designed to be difficult to get off) though also let them know that based on the info I had at the time, I was doing nothing wrong, which is why I was incensed to get stickered.
Edit again: Please don't harass the residents. They are a little disturbed by some of the darker things people have posted here.
Rooting for the people on this one. Pretty cool how fast you got the ball moving from your experience and post. Whatever happens in the end, awesome work.
Posted a version of this near the bottom of the original thread, just wanted to add here as well:
The larger issue here seems to be purposeful confusion, the residents of Wolfback Ridge taking advantage of a grey area that has not been adequately clarified.
You or I can't just pop up a sign and say 'this is private'. There must be a law or ordnance or something cited somewhere on the sign itself (just look at any tow-away sign posted on private property, for example).
So where's the law or ordnance posted on the sign linked by OP? What is the justification for saying that street is indeed private, if in fact it is?
History time! Back in the 60s, what is now the Marin Headlands was going to be developed by Gulf Oil (among others) into a mini city known as Marincello. Check it out:
Ever wonder why, when you're heading south on the 101, into San Francisco, there's an 'exit to nowhere' along Rodeo Ave? Because that was going to be one of the main entrances into Marincello.
The other entrance? Wolfback Ridge road. It's why that big (and expensive) bridge spans the 101!
But the people didn't like the idea of Marincello, no no. Many good and brave Sausalito citizens (some of whom I'm personally familiar with), banded together to stop this ogre from destroying the nature preserve we now take for granted as the Marin Headlands.
What helped take this ogre down? Wolfback Ridge Road.
Two court cases for y'all: GLASS V GULF OIL (1970) and LYNCH V GLASS (1975):
(Person I responded to) mentioned in a previous message, re: the 101 bridge, something about there may having been a road leading up to Wolfback Ridge before the freeway was built. There was! And the public used it! From Glass V Gulf Oil:
Defendants point to the following evidence as necessitating a contrary finding: (1) Testimony of the 73-year-old former street superintendent of the City of Sausalito relating his use of the road for hunting when he was a youth, and detailing work done on the road while he was a city official; (2) testimony of plaintiffs' predecessor in title concerning his use of the road and its open nature both before and after his conveyance to plaintiffs in 1957; (3) testimony of the former city fire chief concerning the open nature of the road during the 23-year-period preceding his retirement in 1964; (4) testimony of a tenant of defendants' predecessor in title that he used the road to get to the grazing lands he leased; (5) testimony of defendants' civil engineer concerning the condition of the road and his use of it prior to the Marincello proposals; and (6) testimony of a Sausalito resident relating back to 1928 or 1929 concerning his use of the road while hunting. From his testimony, if believed (and it is not contradicted), it can be assumed that until 1966, after the instigation of this suit, when a barricade was put across the western reaches of the road (see VI below), the road had not been obstructed; that for most of the time there had been no signs indicating that it was a private road; and that city equipment had been used to improve the road.
"City equipment had been used to improve the road" - just leaving that there.
But, I'm getting long winded. What we're dealing with here, I believe, is a case of unintended consequences. The two cases above (IANAL BTW) helped stop Marincello from driving a freeway up into the Headlands and creating a mini-city. Yea!
But the current residents appear to be using the grey area of those decisions as a way to keep people off a road that may truly be public - boo!
Also, OP cites an e-mail from the Dir of Public Works saying the road is public, up to the curve, where it appears to become private streets. Though, speaking from personal experience, this same Dir of Public Works could not tell me if portions of my street in Sausalito were public or private (odd), saying he would have to employ a surveyor to find out (odder still, but longer story that dovetails into why this whole thing is an issue in the first place, IMHO).
Seems like the city needs to employ an impartial surveyor here and settle this issue, once and for all!
Why in the world is public land being given to wealthy people, and not sold publicly at market rate?? What in the world?!
We can't have affordable housing, but we need to subsidize privatizing public land?! what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
Thanks! Something about the taking of public land just winds me up. Half the reason I live in Marin is all the public space to walk around on.
Sausalito residents attempting to scare people off public land.
Up at the top of Sausalito, with some of the best views in the Bay, is Wolfback Ridge Road, which intersects with hiking trails: Alta, SCA, and Rodeo Valley fire road). Great hiking, highly recommend.
Anyway, the residents of Wolfback Ridge put up (quite awhile ago) a gate and lots of signs warning people to stay off across what the Dir of Public Works in Sausalito tells me is public land. Why the city hasn't forced them to take their signs and gate down, I don't know, but the city was quite clear with me about what portion is public.
Yesterday, I drove up there, parked on the shoulder of the public part of the road, and went hiking to take pictures of yesterday morning's excellent fog. When I came back, I found a giant yellow sticker stuck to the window of my car warning that my license plate had been recorded and that there would be consequences for parking there again. I peeled the sticker off, but by design, it left a lot of residue behind (not a big deal to clean off with some solvent).
This pissed me off, and I found this thread on HackerNews from 2015 talking about exactly the same thing happening there: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10532883
Apparently people have also been confronted when walking on the public part of the road, though nobody has done that to me.
Anyway, this riled me up so I printed out some signs of my own and went back today, taping my signs onto a bunch of their signs, parking there, and going for a hike again. Nobody messed with my car this time, though a man was peering into mine when I came back to my car. We had a conversation. He believes his neighborhood owns the road, regardless of what the city says.
I'd like to encourage others to make use of Wolfback Ridge Road, as it really does have great access to trails with amazing views in all directions, and because it's not ok to appropriate public land just because you're wealthy (it's a very pricey neighborhood).
Here's a series of pictures documenting their signs, the signs I put up, the road itself, an email from the Dir of Public Works in Sausalito confirming that portion is public, and a couple of maps to help you get there if you'd like to check it out.
Edit: Someone found the exact signs they used. Note that these are advertised specifically as having a strong adhesive that a pain to remove. https://www.myparkingpermit.com/Parking-Violation-Stickers/No-Parking-Area-Towed-Away/SKU-D-2055....
Edit: Some people have asked if there's someone to contact about this. I think the best people to contact right now are: Jonathan Goldman, Director of Public Works in Sausalito. firstname.lastname@example.org
Another person to reach out to (I'll be reaching out to both of them) is Henry Symon. He's Assemblyman Marc Levine's guy who handles community outreach in Sausalito. Henry.email@example.com
Hell yes. I really admire your follow-through on this. You should absolutely forward this to Stanley Roberts for People Behaving Badly.
The wording "our private property" is very telling and would never show up on an official sign.
Wealthy Sausalito residents being entitled assholes? Who could have foreseen this!?
Great idea! I'll do so.
Edit: And done! Will be curious if I get a response.
I don't understand why that was downvoted. It's true.
The median cost of a home in Benicia is $640,000, in Crockett it's $535,000, American Canyon is $521,000. Vallejo is only $390,000. It's the only city in the Bay Area where a middle class family has a chance at home ownership. That's a beautiful thing.
Vallejo has been coming up in the last couple of years. All the decay from the bankrupcy and 2008 recession is finally getting cleaned up. A lot of the neighborhoods are looking better and business is growing.
All great things for Vallejo. Also they are the only city in Solano County that are legal weed friendly.
Nice shot from CMA!
I was born and raised in Vallejo and have never seen this location or shot before, really fantastic job. What a shame that Vallejo hasn’t developed as nicely as, say, Sausalito or Benicia or any other shoreline city in the Bay.
I'm not sure what's more funny: the bee advice or the fact this sign has the SFPD phone number on it.
See, you made the mistake of using gravel and not bees.
My car has been slim jammed probably 5 times in SF, they never took much aside from the coins in the ashtray. My window was broken once in Oakland. They grabbed my backpack which was full to the brim with glorious instant karma...50 lbs of gravel.
“This is the SFPD and we’re BEEhind you!”
To you last minute lane cutters: you’re selfish and your piss poor planning affects people‘s lives. Fuck you.
Edit: especially the people heading north on 85 and merging onto the 237.
Like the ones who ride the FastTrack lane towards the Bay Bridge, then try to move over at the last possible second into a cash lane, literally right in front of the tollbooths, completely blocking the FastTrack lane until they can move over.
There's a special place in hell for people like that.
To the Bay Area drivers who camp the left lane going the exact speed limit and then get pissed bc someone is on their ass and they never move over forcing a pass on the right, fuck you.
There are so many stupid merges here it’s understandable someone might have to cut over last minute.
It’s the left lane campers that make traffic fucking terrible here. Huge following distances and no understanding that it’s the PASSING lane. Not your lane or the fast lane, but the lane to pass cars in.
Pass and get over to the right.
Sorry end rant but I’ve never ever seen it as worse as it is here. People feel obligated to get all the way to the left and then crawl.
Edit: this pissed a lot of people off and I’m sure those reading are certain I’m the speeding asshole.
Fwiw my 20yr old truck can’t even really speed. Between an underpowered engine and a desire to get decent mileage I’m not even speeding.
These comments are coming from someone who has driven in many metro areas and never seen such a proliferation of left lane hogs.
Without fail the most congested and used lane always seems to be the left. This is not about speeding or not it’s simply about how to efficiently use the highway.
Sitting in the left lane, regardless of speed, is improper use. It’s meant to serve as a way to pass other vehicles safely (so there aren’t two lanes to pay attention to while making the pass, one on each side) and to allow the high way to flow most efficiently.
Simply put, if you aren’t actively passing, get to the right. If you are in a lane to the right and have to pass, change lanes, get to the (what should be open) left lane, make the pass, and get back over.
It’s so stupidly simple it hurts to watch the unnecessary congestion every single day.
TL;DR traffic here sucks and drivers who are totally ignorant to the effect of their habits and choices (left lane cruising, unnecessarily long follow distances) are just making it worse.
END RANT DRIVE SAFE YOU GUYS. And double check your god damn headlights are on if your car has auto lights.
God fucking damnit. For all you idiots claiming this isn’t the rule of the road or the law here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=VEH&division=11.&title=&....
It’s amazing how many of y’all don’t know anything. Section 21753: “the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall safely move to the right hand side of the highway in favor of the overtaking vehicle after an audible single or a momentary flash of the headlights by the overtaking vehicle.” And there’s more goodies in there for those who thought this isn’t a ca thing.
Also a big fuck you to those assholes who drive on the shoulder.
Please, for the loveof all things holy and unholy, USE YOUT GODDAMN BLINKERS!!
ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE WHAT IS HAPPENING
What is actually going on
You must be some sensitive people. I was up & felt nothing in south Walnut Creek.
WHAT IS HAPPENING
Uhh ... nature?
We live in a seismically active area. That is what is happening.
A lot of little earthquakes alleviate the pressure and prevent a big one.
This is a common misconception. The moment magnitude scale increases exponentially, and the amount of energy increases by ~32x each step up. For instance, the '89 quake had an intensity of 6.9, and about that intensity is what would begin to cause serious damage . To dissipate that energy would require ~1,000 5.0 earthquakes or ~32,000 4.0 earthquakes. In reality, what is commonly seen is that small earthquakes with shorter time intervals between them tend to foreshadow a much larger earthquake.
This myth is dangerous because people may feel a few small earthquakes and become complacent believing that the risk of a large one has gone away, when in reality it's become much more likely that a big one happens. Earthquake forecasting is not an exact science, so it's best to just be prepared at all times. I wish people would do a little more research on earthquakes when living on an active tectonic boundary, but oh well.
Anyone feel that earthquake?
Pretty weak and only a few seconds long but enough to startle me in bed.
I'm in Alamo, thought my little brother sleeping upstairs fell out of his bed or something. Then I remembered that he is not an elephant.
Shook my bed very briefly but noticeably in Walnut Creek
Yup, felt it in Walnut Creek.
My husband works at one of the big tech companies. He loves his job, but we know our time in the Bay Area is temporary. Eventually he plans to either get a different job, or switch teams at his current company so that we can move elsewhere. We've given up on ever buying a house in the Bay Area.
I'm a millennial bay area native who doesn't work in tech and didn't major in compsci/engineering.. lmfao fuck my life, I'm gonna have to move to the midwest or something, aren't I?
I know it's bad now but you absolutely do not need a 7 figure salary to afford a house here.
If you are legitimately doing software engineering in the Bay Area and aren't anywhere near six figures, you are probably being drastically underpaid.
Looking at Glassdoor and limiting to only companies with <50 employees and only 1-3 years of experience, the average pay is $101k.