Archive for the ‘crime’ Category

Rec and Park Employee Busted by a Google Maps Car in Golden Gate Park

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Reader JR sent this one in. Read his words below.

If you want to see for yourself, take a look at the Streets View of JFK Drive near the Rose Garden, a little west of “425 JFK Drive, SF”

I think the bigger crime here is being oblivious to the big old honking Google Maps car going down JFK, but anyway.

Hey, is that Phil Ginsburg? (I can’t tell, but check out those sideburns. Does he wear a watch? Not that I know of.)

Anyway:

“I stumbled across your website. I was reading through the pages. 

I was disturbed by the recklessness of a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Employee killing a person (1). I looked  further online into that.

 I continued reading your website clicking through the pages. I was interested about the re-stripping of JFK DR in Golden Gate Park. (2) I clicked the link for public radio. I did a Google street view of JFK Dr and found what appears to be a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Employee Driving while talking on the phone. See attachment. According to Google’s photo taken was Dec. 2013. San Francisco Recreation and Park Department vehicle identification number 651-6035. 

California DMV Lowers the Boom on Deadbeat San Franciscans with “Operation Blue Zone” (OBZ) – Fighting Placard Abuse

Monday, July 21st, 2014

IMO, this DMV “operation” misses the point, ’cause the bigger crime is all the drivers of those new Mercedes-Benzeses parking for free in or near the Financial ALL DAY LONG.

We have a corrupt system in which you can simply ask your doctor(!) for free parking.

But anyway:

DMV Investigators Make Major Disabled Placard Application Bust

Operation Blue Zone Catches Three Fraudulent Placard Applicants

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today the arrest of three suspects in connection with illegal activity associated with the Disabled Person Placard (DPP) application process. On Saturday, July 12, 2014, Qiaoyun Chen, 50 years old, and Guobin Qin, 29 years old, were arrested at their homes in San Francisco. The San Francisco District Attorney’s office charged the suspects with four felonies including filing false information with a state agency, perjury, commercial burglary, and forgery. The third suspect, Yessi Morales, 35 years old from San Francisco, was arrested on July 3, 2014 during a traffic stop by the San Francisco Police Department, she is charged with 24 felony counts.

“The DMV is stepping up Disabled Placard enforcement in a different, more aggressive way by catching the perpetrators at the beginning stages,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “Operation Blue Zone has been very successful in catching fraud placard applications in the Bay Area.”

The San Francisco District DMV Investigations Office started the Operation Blue Zone (OBZ) investigation in February 2014 after receiving a large number of DPP applications that were flagged by DMV field office staff as being allegedly fraudulent. Flag triggers included suspected forged doctor’s signatures, similar applicant and doctor hand-writing, frequent applications being submitted by the same doctor, and suspected false medical diagnosis. These alleged fraud applications began increasing in numbers in late 2013 and the beginning of 2014, with the majority of the placard recipients living or working in San Francisco. The suspected fraud applications were submitted in several DMV field offices with the majority submitted to the San Mateo DMV field office.

“The crimes related to submitting a fraudulent application as opposed to catching someone on the street misusing a DPP for parking is quite different,” said DMV Supervising Investigator Calvin Woo. “Parking misuse violations are typically local ordinance infractions or vehicle code misdemeanors where the abuser ends up with a hefty fine. Fraud DPP application violations are felonies.”

All three suspects could face up to four years in prison. Morales has been freed on $60,000 bail, and Qin and Chen were released after posting $30,000 bail apiece.

If you believe that someone has been issued a Disabled Person Placard in error or suspect placard misuse, we urge you to contact your local DMV Investigations office and submit a written complaint. The complaint can be anonymous. Please be aware that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse may be unfounded. The department considers crimes relating to disabled placards very serious and every complaint of this nature will be reviewed. Complaint forms can be found on the DMV public website www.dmv.ca.gov under the search key words “Record of Complaint,” or under form INV172A – Record of Complaint form. You may also obtain a complaint form from your local DMV field office.

DMV’s Investigations Division enhances consumer protection including auto and identity related fraud, car dealers, driving schools, traffic violator schools, and other DMV occupational licensees, as well as Internal Affairs Investigations. DMV is a department under the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

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Physical Graffiti: “A Pearl of a City, San Francisco, Call it a Diamond of a Spirit”

Friday, July 18th, 2014

A bit wordy for vandalism, but here it is:

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A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission…

Little-Known Fact: It’s Currently ILLEGAL for TNC’s Like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to Pick Up or Drop Off Passengers at SFO

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sidecar driver Eric of Baghdad By The Bay has the deets.

Now here is where San Francisco Police Department Commander / fully-license CA attorney Richard Corriea distinguishes betwixt picking up and dropping off, but I don’t know how operational that distinction is currently.

I mean, for example, a cabbie out of a non-San Francisco locale such as Daly City is currently allowed to drop off fares legally but is not allowed to pick up anywhere at SFO. To do so is a misdemeanor. (Even San Francisco hacks are prevented from picking up at SFO without first paying a fee* and waiting in line.) So I guess there’s still a distinction, but Eric is saying there isn’t one anymore as far as TNC’s are concerned.

Here’s what I didn’t know, from Eric’s report of July 16th, 2014:

“Some of the TNC’s are being a bit passive aggressively defiant in that they are telling drivers they will cover the cost of the ticket [which I have heard runs between $220-$600 depending on what they write you up on], but they aren’t telling drivers not to take people to the airport. This makes some of these TNC’s look bad to the CPUC who has given them the right to operate in California. Sidecar has officially told all of it’s drivers to not accept rides to or from SFO and that is easy because riders have to put in their destination when they request a ride. Sidecar is also working on blocking requests to the airport until they can resolve the problem with SFO. Those other TNC’s aren’t doing this.”

If I were a TNC driver, I don’t know how happy I’d be after getting $600 from my employer as compensation for a misdemeanor rap.

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how proud SFGov should be of the existing taxi system.

For example,  here’s a fully-licensed and insured and regulated San Francisco taxi taking tourists from SFO to SF in 2010. They died.

Will TNC cars end up catching on fire and killing people? We’ll see.

I’m sure that this sitch will sort itself out sooner or later, but things are pretty messed up right now…

*Back in the 1990′s, some SF taxi drivers would also pay a bribe to get to the front of the line. At SFO, there are SFGov employees called “starters” who organize taxi operations. A system was set up to allow drivers who paid a $5 bribe to improperly get into the “short” line of drivers waiting to pick up arriving passengers. So a driver might end up paying $60 in bribes but get in exchange receive twelve or so lucrative “airport runs” in just one shift. So I guess this was a win-win for the bribe offerer and bribe receiver…  

24 Hours of ZenDesk: A Welcome from Mayor Ed Lee, a Party with Homeless Out Back, and Finally, Heroin Heroin Heroin

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Hey look, it’s Bluoz covering the Mid-Market, as per usual:

The new Zendesk doorway

Oh, here we go, via Sam Colt / Business Insider:

And here’s the party out back:

And here’s the shooting gallery in the same doorway – the “ZenDesk junkies

And that’s your 24 hours of ZenDesk.

Newly-Installed SFPD Park Station Captain Raj Vaswani vs. the Day Campers of the 94117

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Here’s Captain Vaswani of Park Station. See his greeting to the community below.

And here’s yesterday’s meeting on homelessness and other matters at Park Station:

“Discussing HOT teams and homelessness in the Haight Ashbury with @BevanDufty at Park Station tonight.”

And here’s the SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM (SFHOT).

And here are some recent day-campers in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park – they had an especially charismatic dog: 

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What does this all add up to? IDK.

The business owners on Haight and the homeowners groups are looking for changes on how SFGov handles the homeless. Who knows if they’ll get that.

In any event, here’s the schedule for community meetings:

Day: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Park Station

“Good afternoon from Park Police Station! My name is Raj Vaswani and I am honored to be your new Captain here in the vibrant Park District.

I know I have not yet attained ‘Legend’ status, which Captain Corrales held. If I stay the full 45 years, I have some time to work on becoming a legend. I wish Captain Corrales a well deserved retirement and I know he worked hard and was very passionate about fighting crime through-out his career. I personally know many of the officers & supervisors here at Park Station and I can tell you is that you are in very good hands; We have Officers with experience that love to work in the Park District.

My background is 20+ years in policing. I have worked as an officer at the old Potrero Station, Southern Station, Northern Station, and specifically the Northern Station Street Crimes Under-cover Unit. I was promoted while at Northern Station then worked 8 years in Investigations Bureau as a Inspector. I worked at Ingleside and Southern as a patrol supervisor, then a Patrol Lieutenant in the Mission.

I have also worked for the Deputy Chief as a Lieutenant in Administration Bureau. I’ve worked closely with DPW on the new Police Headquarters Building and the Sixth Street Substation. I’ve worked collaboratively with the San Francisco City Attorney and Treasurer on business regulations and permit matters. My last assignment as Lieutenant was for the Chief’s Office as the Commanding Officer for the Legal Division. In this position I had the unique opportunity to represent the department in civil litigation, arbitration and mediation in Federal Court. Lastly, I was recently the citywide Night Captain where I managed in-progress incidents and nightclub-related deployment of officers. Working in this capacity I had the unique opportunity to patrol the entire city and meet many of the new officers in our department.

I look forward to serving your needs as the Captain of Park Station. I have already reached out to some of the businesses, organizations, and Supervisors that represent the Park District. Today, I will be walking Haight Street and hope to meet some of the residents and businesses that represent this historic neighborhood . I’m a strong believer that the police are a part of the fabric of the community, but the neighborhood groups, merchants associations, residents, and visitors also play an important part in our success; I intend to continue having a positive collaborative relationship with the community!

Please consider coming to our evening National Night Out Event on Aug. 5th! (More info to follow,

And speaking of following….. feel free to follow me on twitter! http://twitter.com/sfvas ). I hope to use Social Media to stay connected to you all.

Sincerely,

Captain Raj Vaswani”

Sebastian the Police Horse, Eucalyptus Trees

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Part of the San Francisco Police Mounted Unit::

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The Languid, Sexy Baseball Furies of Fulton Street: Physical Graffiti at Barrel Head Brewhouse Near Masonic

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

First she was all like this, back last year when the Barrel Head Brewhouse was going in at 1785 Fulton Street. A spontaneous act of street art, apparently:

But now she’s all like this, taken off of the street and placed indoors upstairs at the Brewhouse.

Note that the formerly-censored(?) bloodied bat has been restored. (That’s what makes her a Fury, IMO.)

Imagine that – the journey from street crime to high art took merely a half-year…

When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

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Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.

But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

Orange is the New Firefighting Outfit – Department of Correction Prisoners On The Job Along I-80

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Sort of looks like a chain gang, huh?

All the deets:

Grass fires along I-80 keep firefighters busy

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