San Francisco Party Bus Rentals
These days, it can seem as though the amount of bands considered to be “necessary listening” is borderline incomprehensible. Especially if one is a fan of going and seeing the acts live, how is it possible to make it to all of the shows featuring beloved acts? Lack of time, money, and energy begin to take their toll, and soon we find ourselves wondering if it is even worth trying to go see live music anymore. Better to just stay home, make a pot of tea, and put some Keith Jarrett on the turntable. While we certainly understand this decision, we also know that for many of you it is not this easy. Which is why God invented the music festival.
As the cross-cultural events make their way through San Francisco, we take pride on this blog in being able to discuss some of the most exciting ways to learn about and celebrate some of the many unique heritages that make up our diverse city. Today, we are shining our little spotlight on the Zellerbach Hall, located at Berkeley University, as it prepares to open its doors to the public for the 41st Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival which takes place on the weekend of July 6th and 7th as well as July 13th and 14th.
What can we say about Bill Murray that hasn’t been said thousands of times already? We know about his antics (sneaking up to people in Central Park, putting his hands over their eyes, and when they turn around saying, “nobody will ever believe you”), and we know about his movies. We can’t help but love him because we appreciate the way he transcends every expectation we hold for celebrities and maintains his humanness. Bill Murray has become something of an adjective, something we strive to become in the same way we want to become generous or humble. In San Francisco, these feelings have congealed into one marvelous event: The Murray Invitational.
Even though San Francisco is notorious for their unpredictable climate, it’s safe to say there’s still enough chilly days left to knock out all seven of these chilly weather drinks before we’re in the full-fledged summer heat. Try some of these tasty treats while you’re exploring the city this month. Even if you’ve had them before – you’ve never had them like San Francisco makes them, trust me.
We have written about California’s new party bus law in previous posts, but since we are nearing the end of 2012 and the law goes into effect on Jan. 1, now seems like a good time to remind readers about it. The new law, formally known as Assembly Bill 45, closes a loophole in an existing law regarding underage drinking on party buses. Laws prohibiting underage consumption of alcohol in limousines have been on the books for many years. However, because party buses are a newer type of luxury transportation, there were no laws expressly prohibiting minors from drinking alcohol on these luxury vehicles.
A New Hampshire man was recently indicted on charges of burglary and grand larceny after he allegedly stole cash from the motel where he was living and hired a limousine as a getaway car. The 27-year-old Concord, N.H. man was apprehended in a nearby town after allegedly taking a lockbox containing between $2,000 and $3,000 from the office of the Shore Lodge in Onley on Oct. 7. Arresting officers also found that he was in possession of a six-pack of Corona beer with one of the bottles mostly empty. The allegedly stolen cash was stuffed in the six-pack carton along with the remaining bottles of beer.
The Onley Police Department was alerted after the motel manager discovered that someone had broken into the office and taken the lockbox. The manager and motel employees told police that they thought the suspect’s room would be a good place to begin their investigation. When police entered the suspect’s motel room, they found the empty lockbox but few other clues as to where he might have fled with the money. Later that evening, police received a tip that the suspect had been seen near a local convenience store. Shortly thereafter, they received another call saying that the suspect had been seen getting into a white limousine that stopped briefly at the convenience store before heading south on U.S. Route 13.
Olney police alerted other police departments along the suspect’s likely escape route. The limo was stopped, and the suspect apprehended in a short period of time. The suspect tried to use an alias during his arrest but provided his real name during the arrest interview. Police found that the suspect has quite a criminal record, including convictions for being a habitual offender, credit card fraud, a protective order violation, reckless conduct, driving after license revocation, unauthorized use of rented property, resisting arrest, breach of bail and other charges.
This thief may be a thoroughly unsavory character and a criminal, but he does have a sense of style. If you and your family and friends are planning an adventure and need a Bay Area limousine for your own limo getaway vehicle, we can definitely help, provided you’re getting away from everyday responsibilities and your sense of style does not include larceny, of course! All of our San Francisco limousines, party buses and other luxury vehicles are available at very affordable rates and can be stocked with your choice of beer and other refreshing beverages. If you’re thinking about making your own getaway with a group of friends or perhaps an intimate group of two, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936.
Comedian Will Ferrell is auctioning off a craft beer bus tour for four lucky winners who will join the movie star for a tour of craft beer bars in Southern California this December. On Dec. 12, the winners will join Mr. Ferrell for lunch at the Blind Lady Ale House after sampling craft beers at three bars known for their superb selection of micro brews. The four winners will receive VIP treatment while sampling craft beers on and off the bus with 120 other beer lovers on board. Ferrell is auctioning the experience to raise money for Cancer for College, a charitable organization established by his longtime friend Craig Pollard. The organization raises funds to help cancer survivors earn college educations after they recover.
Ferrell has announced that in addition to a nice lunch and some tasty brews, each guest will also receive "the most glorious red jumpsuit you have ever worn in order to get into the spirit of the holiday season." The jumpsuits are a tribute to Mr. Ferrell’s performance in the popular holiday movie “Elf” released in 2003. Beer lovers who want to bid on this beer bus tour have until Nov. 14 to take their chance on bending an elbow (and a story or two) with Mr. Ferrell and contributing to a worthy cause. Organizers hope to raise $20,000 for Cancer for College recipients.
Micro brew fans here in the Bay Area who want to organize their own craft beer pub crawl but would rather not deal with traffic and parking hassles can rent one of our San Francisco luxury coaches for the ultimate brews cruise! We offer several VIP luxury tour buses from which our guests can choose where they can enjoy their favorite craft beers en route to their destinations as long as everyone is of legal drinking age. Our Bay Area bus rentals are a practical and very economical way to transport larger groups of people to the following:
- Sporting events
- Pub crawls
- Golf outings
- Shopping excursions
- Sightseeing tours
- Casino trips
- Amusement parks
- Many other fun destinations!
Renting one of our San Francisco luxury buses is very easy and affordable. Browse the pages of our site to view information and images of your group transportation options, and then give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 for more information and to reserve yours today! Any time you need spacious, comfortable and affordable transportation for groups of all sizes, you can rely on us to make it a fun and very memorable experience. Call us today!
We have blogged quite a bit over the last several months about a proposed law that would toughen regulations and penalties for allowing underage drinking on party buses. The “party bus” law would close existing loopholes in California law that apply to alcohol consumption in limousines and other types of transportation and make it illegal for minors to drink alcohol while on board party buses. After debate in the State Assembly and Senate, Assembly Bill 45 passed both houses of the legislature and was recently signed into law by Governor Brown.
You may remember that the bill was introduced by Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) after a couple of tragic and irresponsible accidents involving excessive alcohol consumption aboard party buses. Beginning Jan.1, 2013, party buses carrying minors will be required to have a chaperone on board to ensure no underage drinking occurs. If minors do consume alcohol while riding in a party bus, chaperones could face criminal charges. Chauffeurs and party bus rental services can also get into trouble if minors drink on board party buses. Chauffeurs with three such violations could face misdemeanor charges, and party bus operators would face fines up to $2,000 for the first two offenses and have their licenses revoked for three or more violations.
The two fatal accidents prompted Assemblyman Hill to introduce this legislation.
"These incidents caused me to say, why could these things be happening?" Hill explained recently to reporters. "When these tragedies occurred a couple of years ago, what this new legislation hoped to do was to close that loophole and provide the same restrictions on buses as it does to limousines."
Many bar owners in San Francisco have banned party buses from their establishments after growing tired of party buses dropping off drunken riders at their businesses.
"Most clubs I know say ‘no’ to party buses," Steven Lee, owner of The Grand nightclub and member of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission. "People do all their drinking on the buses and it’s not a benefit to the club. We have to deal with all the security and all the hassle without any of the benefit."
As we have stated many times before, the new law won’t change our policies on underage drinking or rowdy behavior on our Bay Area limos, party buses, limo buses, luxury coaches and other types of transportation. The safety of our guests has always been and always will be our primary consideration, and we do not tolerate any illegal or reckless behavior. Our other consideration is that each of our guests has a fun, comfortable, memorable and affordable limo experience! If we sound like your idea of a professional and responsible San Francisco party bus service, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936 to reserve one for your next special occasion.
According to a recent article from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), criminals are taking advantage of the surging popularity of party buses and defrauding customers across the country. In their article, the BBB cited a recent incident in Colorado where University of Colorado students thought they had reserved a party bus for transportation to and from a football game with archrival Colorado State. Their party bus never arrived to take them to the big game, and when they contacted the party bus rental service, the person who answered the phone told them that the bus had broken down. The person told them that they would not receive a refund for the party bus rental but if they caught a cab to the game and got a receipt, they would be reimbursed for the cab ride.
When the students told the man that they doubted the reimbursement offer and demanded a full refund for the party bus, the man refused, saying that he would not give them their money back because they had threatened him. Fortunately, the students had used a credit card to pay for the party bus and were able to cancel the charge after explaining the situation to the provider. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. The BBB warns potential party bus renters that there were problems with other party bus services in Colorado and in other areas across the country. The broken down party bus is a common excuse used by the scammers, and BBB investigators say that many of these criminals use several different business names to prolong their activities.
If you want to rent a San Francisco party bus for an upcoming special event, here are a few tips to avoid falling victim to unethical party bus operators:
- Check out the Bay Area party bus company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau.
- Go to the California Public Utilities Commission’s website at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc/ to see if the operator is licensed in our state.
- Perform a web search to see what others are saying about the operator.
- Make sure the website of the company features the CPUC’s TCP number on each page, and check that against the listing on the CPUC site.
- If something looks or sounds suspicious, contact the CPUC directly. The number for their San Francisco office is 415-703-2782.
Renting a San Francisco party van should be a fun, memorable and very comfortable experience. However, as you can see, not all party bus services have the same dedication to their guests as we do. If you rent one of our party buses, we will go above and beyond to ensure that you and your friends and family have a great time and make your special occasion truly memorable. Call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936 to reserve an affordable San Francisco party bus for your event, and get ready to have a great time!
San Francisco officials, scrambling to cover an expected $17 million shortfall in the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency budget, are planning on cracking down on parking scofflaws and illegal limousine services to help balance the agency’s budget. Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation, said recently that increasing the city’s taxi medallion program fees, aggressive action on unpaid parking tickets and stepped-up enforcement on illegal San Francisco limos and town car services should help bridge the funding gap for the agency. Reiskin was quick to point out that despite prevailing public opinion that his agency was out to get car owners in the city, his agency wasn’t against all drivers, only drivers who park illegally and ignore parking tickets.
“There is always going to be a concern about that,” said Reiskin. “But everybody benefits, including motorists, when we enforce the laws that we have. We’re not anticipating these revenues from more meters or extending meter hours — it’s enforcing the rules we have.”
We fully support the city’s tougher stance against illegal San Francisco limousine and town car services and applaud any efforts that protect people from these unscrupulous operators. Regular readers of this blog know that we often pass along stories about illegal limo services here in the Bay Area and elsewhere, as we want people to know about the risks of doing business with these outfits. The vast majority of their clients do not know they are doing business with an illegal business, but they are at serious risk due to the following:
- Lack of insurance
Illegal limo services do not have required insurance coverage to protect passengers in case of an accident. Passengers injured while riding in an illegal limo could face many thousands of dollars in medical bills that they would have to pay themselves.
- Unlicensed drivers
Lack of proper training, drug screening and criminal background checks is just a few of the many reasons why it is important to have a professional chauffeur from a legitimate San Francisco limo service.
- Lack of safety inspections
Unlicensed operators are looking to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible and disregard safety inspections and other measures to safeguard passengers.
Every Bay Area limo, party bus, limo bus, corporate coach and other type of vehicle in our fleet is subject to regular safety inspectors to ensure that they are safe to carry passengers, and we will gladly provide proof of insurance to any of our guests. If you would like to rent a luxury vehicle for a special event from an ethical, legal and affordable San Francisco limo service that puts the safety and satisfaction of their guests above all other considerations, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936. We look forward to hearing from you!