Archive for the ‘crime’ Category

Here We Go: SFPD Taraval Station Captain vs. SFDA George Gascon – Prop 47 and Car Break-Ins – “Bundle” Prosecutions?

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Here it is, a brand-new “Captain’s Message” from the Outside Lands.

I’ve never seen anything like this.

1. Oh, so this is the beef from elements of the SFPD against George Gascon? News to me.

2. Here’s the referenced opinion piece from the ‘Xam. I’ll note that the writer is trying to sway opinion afore Frisco’s next election day in June 2016, so we’re getting pretty political here, non? (And in that election, we’ll get to vote for DCCC candidates, who then will officially endorse candidates running in November 2016 and all this could affect who runs the SFPD and, of course, which station captains work where, just saying.)

3. And when I saw this: Read Captain Flaherty’s April 2016 message to the Taraval Community, I thought that the topic would be, and I’m srsly, Racist SFPD Testing Scandal 2.0, which came out of a rape investigation involving an SFPD officer working out of Taraval Station. This whole affair was the talk of the Westside on NextDoor.com last year, IIRC. But no, it’s a station captain lobbing shotgun beanbags at our DA. Surprise surprise.

4. “Bundle Prosecution?” I’ve never heard this term. Hey, you know, this would have made a great CWNevius posting – I wonder why he didn’t articulate this one. Now I’ve already heard the beef about the SFPD arresting people only to have the SFDA spring them, but I’ve always chalked that up to San Francisco’s notorious jury pool and also some of our more liberal judges. And I still do, actually.

5. Man, how many car windows do you have to break in order to get nine arrests? I’ll tell you, my car made it a decade and a half on the streets of the 94117 with zero broken glass. But the past six months, I’ve lost two windows (with nothing taken, there’s nothing worth stealing really, except for the quarters in the coin tray, which, of course, was left untouched). Now, do you think I’m going to report this? No. And if did, do you think the perpetrators would get caught? Prolly not. And then the people have to get caught get nine times? Wow, as stated, news to me.

6. And there’s something about the borders of Taraval Station that isn’t synonymous with the Westside? I’m baffled by that. Taraval Station is prototypical westside, IMO.

Take a look yourself, below. (I didn’t read all of it, I got bored halfway through.)

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Security Guards Rousting Homeless at Hamilton Square / Western Addition Library on Easter Sunday? Who’s Paying These People?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Just asking. You tell me, babe. Here’s the view from Geary just east of Scott:

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This was at a time when the Western Addition Library was closed and this sure looks like rousting to me.

Are these guys peace officers or park rangers or feds or something? Sure don’t look like it. That means they’re security guards operating at Hamilton Square? Do they work for the SFPL? IDK.

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What’s next, the Library Police (to go with the Mint Police and every other kind of police we have in SF)?

Signed: Sleepless in Seattle Puzzled in Frisco

 

This is What It’s Like to Operate a Bike in Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco

Friday, March 25th, 2016

It’s exactly like this:

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But Ed Lee has a plan for the West Coast Capital of Bike Theft.

Here it is, going to Brasil to lecture about how to lose billions on the Olympics? Well, maybe not, but Flying South To Rio must be more fun than doing the job six people appointed this longtime SFGov bureaucrat to do…

The Center of San Francisco is the Still the Wild Wild West – Twin Peaks Seems to be a Kind of Lawless Area

Friday, March 11th, 2016

This place is a magnet – it attracts all kinds of people.

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It wouldn’t seem to be a good place to escape from, after breaking into cars for valuables, but turns out that it is…

NCRIC: The “Northern California Regional Intelligence Center?” – “REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY?” – How We Live in 2016

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

So what’s NCRIC – it has something to do with HIDTA (Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area)?

As seen on the side of bus from our quite horrible MUNI transit system:

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And both these outfits don’t merit Wikipedia entries excepting for this Kevin V. Ryan hagiography written by an Interested Party at an Area Law Firm?

Here’s something:

“The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) is an Intelligence Sharing Initiative owned and operated by the Federal, State and Local Public Safety Partners of the Region.”

And there’s this:

“The NCRIC was established by the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NC HIDTA) Executive Board, combining the personnel, intelligence and investigative resources of that region’s Investigatve [sic] Support Center (ISC) and the Northern California Regional Threat Assessment Center (NC RTAC)NCRIC is an integral component of The National Fusion Center Enterprise and is one of 78 State Governor designated and DHS recognized fusion centers in The United States.”

(Hey, do “About Us” webpages from the gov’mint typically have typos? Nope.)

So what’s up with all this alphabet soup? IDK

Is it a good thing or a bad thing? IDK

All right, keep alert, fellow Americans…

Local Discussion of the Police Shooting of Akai Gurley in New York: “CPA and AAAJ-ALC Statement on Peter Liang”

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Here’s what our local Chinese Progressive Association and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus have to say about the shooting of Akai Gurley in East New York – read the press release after the jump.

Its POV differs from others about town, one might note.

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SFPD Arresting Shoplifters at the Mall: For Some Reason, This is a BIG Issue in the Twitterloin, But a NOTHINGBURGER at City Target West

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Shoplifters, like this one

in the Twitterloin District are a big concern.

Yet, a scene like this a few miles to the west raises…

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NO hackles at all.

Why’s that?

IDK, but Out West, out in the Western Addition, SFGov doesn’t spend eight figures a year on non-profits so there aren’t any “organizers” to “organize” against the functioning of the SFPD?

Generally speaking, residents to the west of the Twitterloin don’t want to micromanage the SFPD, for whatever reason…

NFL Killjoys Remove SUPER BOWL 50 Decals from Garish “50” Advertising Sculptures, So No More SUPERB OWL, No More ‘SUP BRO

Monday, February 1st, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, also the similar giant ad at the Palace of Fine Arts has had its letters removed now too. So that makes this A Trend. One assumes our NFL invaders have tired of nos jeux sans frontières. Haha! ‘SUP  BROS? You mad?]

Here’s how the ad atop Twin Peaks looks now – see? No more letter stickers:

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Did the NFL PPL go up there and say, “The Hell With This” and then remove all the letters?

Aw, man!

Sorry, Muggers and Vandals: The SFPD has Planted Itself Atop Twin Peaks – Look Out for License Plates Scanners!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

So yeah, tourists have been getting mugged lately up at the lookout at Twin Peaks on Christmas Tree [Holiday Tree?] Road. And the grotesque “50” sculpture ad from the NFL people has been “getting the business” from locals who think that Ed Lee got snookered by wasting our city’s time/ money / effort on hosting the NFL’s parties for Super Bowl 50. And, oh it’s Super Week starting today and The Eyes Of The World Are Upon Us.

Therefore, why not have an officer sit up there in a radio car with the lights on playing Candy Crush*? Sitting, waiting/ anticipating

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That’s your view as you drive out of the big parking lot, and the entrance and exit are basically at the same place. I’ll tell you, this certainly sends a message to those who want to mayhem up there. And I’ll tell you, this place is a magnet for yahoos right up there with Haight Stanyan or Pier 39.

So, Is This Good Policing? IDK.

But this certainly Sends A Message, no doubt.

*Just guessing! But Man, the SFPD sure loves its smartphones is all I’m saying.

VICTORY: NFL Relents – Hauls Super Bowl 50 Corporate Sculpture Ad From Alamo Square – NFL Badly Misled by Local “Host Committee”

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

Intrusive Super Bowl “50” Sculpture in Alamo Square Righted – But 90 Minutes Later, Angry Locals Topple It Again – Now It’s Irreparable – Photos

And here’s the latest from this morning – via LZ, we see that the NFL has relented to community pressure and it’s just removed the tacky “50” logo from Alamo Square:

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Now it looks like this – the 50 is GONE. The workers must have been arriving just as I was leaving earlier this AM:

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And now when you’re up at Union Square, the only way you can tell that San Francisco is hosting the party part of SB50 is this giant sign what’s supposed to tell tourists (and federal law enforcement?) not to keep valuables (or guns?) in cars, due to the high chances of break-ins in Mayor Ed Lee’s Frisco. Sadly, the sign hasn’t been turned on yet. [UPDATE: Oh, per Hoodline, the sign IS on, it’s just that nobody can read it? You know, that’s even worse. The ones I saw last year were legible. Mmm..]

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So, questions:

1. Are the NFL people going to repair or replace it and then bring it back? If so, then it will need security 24-7. Perhaps more on-the-clock SFGov employees can “volunteer” some more of “their” time for this purpose?

2. OTOH, perhaps the NFL will remove all the statues from SF? That would be a nice gesture, IMO.

3. Hey, isn’t the local Host Committee supposed to warn the NFL when the NFL wants to do something grossly inappropriate, like isn’t the Committee supposed to have local knowledge?  

4. And how is the 50th Super Bowl [SB50] of 2016 not exactly like the 34th America’s Cup [AC34, aka “THE SUPER BOWL OF SAILING] of 2013? Check it: 

“…we estimate that the increase in overall economic activity in San Francisco due to hosting an America’s Cup could be on the order of $1.37 billion. This is three times the estimated impact of hosting the Super Bowl ($300-$500 million).”

See how that works – our disastrous, deadly America’s Cup was predicted to be a BIGGER deal than any old Super Bowl. Was/is that true? NOPE. Oh well.

Anyway, apologies to the people of Alamo Square. Sorry about all this.