Archive for the ‘crime’ Category

Yet Another “My Father Was The Zodiac Killer” Story, But This One is a Book from HarperCollins: “The Most Dangerous Animal of All”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s the pitch:

“An explosive and historic book of true crime and an emotionally powerful and revelatory memoir of a man whose ten-year search for his biological father leads to a chilling discovery: His father is one of the most notorious-and still at large-serial killers in America.

Soon after his birth mother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. It was a quest that would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan D. Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long search for his father following a complex trail of startling twists and connections. Combing through government records and news reports and through conversations with his father’s relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues, including forensic evidence, identifying his father as one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in American history.”

But hey, what does the SFPD have to say about all this? Have they even had a chance?

I asked if HarperCollins had contact with the San Francisco Police Department, for verification purposes. No, and apparently for good reason. According to the book, Andreadis said, the San Francisco Police Department “knew more than they’re willing to admit.”

All right, well officially this book is being published today, May 13th, 2014.

That’s the news

Historic Photo, 1834: Young Abraham Lincoln Gets Detained by Mounted Constable on Lower Haight Street

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Or maybe this is a youthful activist who can’t admit to himself he just violated a section of the almighty CVC:

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Take your pick.

(At least he didn’t endorse Ed Lee for Mayor, the way a certain local bicycle coalition did…)

The SF Chronicle Asks SFMTA Spokesmodel Paul Rose for Pedestrian Law Advice and He Gets It 100% Wrong: Countdown Timers

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Here we go:

Is a pedestrian supposed to stop as soon as the numbers start to flash? Can the walker proceed throughout the countdown? Or, as one letter writer seemed to think, is the countdown really for the benefit of drivers? We asked Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, for the answer.

“It’s an awareness tool to let pedestrians know how much time they have to cross the street,” he said. “All pedestrians are strongly encouraged to make responsible decisions on when they should or shouldn’t cross.” But can a pedestrian get ticketed – ha! – for starting to walk when the countdown is near zero? Nope. “They can start whenever they want,” Rose said.”

Now here’s what a countdown timer looks like, in the City and County:

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Note that San Francisco peds see an “approved upraised hand symbol” right next to the countdown timer.

Now here’s Da Law:

“Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol: No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.”

Oh, here’s another stab at this subject:

According to California Vehicle Code 21456, pedestrians can’t walk if there’s a “Don’t Walk” sign or an upraised hand symbol. Anyone who has started crossing after one of those flashes should proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone.

And this appears to be a common ticket handed out to peds near the LA County Courthouse.

And here’s another reference.

Of course Paul Rose is paid to lie on behalf of the SFMTA, so it’s not clear what his intent was.

Oh well.

“V C Section 21456 Walk Wait or Don’ t Walk

Walk, Wait, or Don’t Walk

21456.  Whenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words “WALK” or “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:

(a) “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.

(b) Flashing or steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.

Amended Ch. 413, StaEts. 1981. ffective January 1, 1982″

Sam Singer: “Master of Disaster” or Master of the Pregnant Denial – Comparing Shoplifter Mary Hayashi and Domestic Violencer G Chahal

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

All right, let’s check in with some recent clients of San Francisco-based Singer Associates, Public Relations, Public Affairs.

But first, let’s review some vocab at the Wiki:

“A negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself. For example, “I have never consumed cocaine while on duty” might imply that the person making the statement had consumed cocaine on other occasions, and was only denying that they had done so while on duty.”

See how that works? Let’s get to cases:

Mary Hayashi: I did not shoplift $2,500 worth of goods”

Gurbaksh Chahal: I didn’t hit her 117 times

All right, if you add up the leather pants and the other stuff Mary Hayashi took out of that store in Union Square, I think the total is $2400-something.

And if you looked at the video of Gurbaksh Chahal, wouldn’t you see punches and kicks and whatever making up the total that the SFPD is alleging?

So what’s the point of all this? Is this what “crisis communications” is all about?

Of course I don’t know what Sam Singer or whoever says to earn all that money, but how about this instead for his numerous clients:

YOU ARE ONE SICK PUPPY – WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU? WHY DON’T YOU FESS UP AND WE’LL SEE ABOUT GETTING YOU THE MENTAL HELP YOU DESERVE?

How about that?

Anyway, it sure seems funny that both these convictereenos came up with the same “clever” kind of denial.

And what do you think, Gentle Reader, do you think that these crises were properly “managed?”

Just asking.

Hey Look, That Plane That Caused a Blackout in SoMA Last Year is Back in Business – The Dangers of Towed Banner Ads

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Well, here it is, a rare 1947 Sintson 108-2 over Golden Gate Park towing a banner, so that means it’s the very aircraft that dropped a different banner on SoMA last year, causing a blackout.

Ah memories:

“The aircraft, a Stinson 108, operating as a banner tow, experienced a release of the banner for reasons unknown. The banner displaying “$8.99 HAIRCUT SALE ENDS TODAY…” fell onto power lines at Fifth & Brannan Streets in San Francisco, California, causing a brief interruption of local power.  Note: Ad-Viation has registered two Stinson 108′s, N331C and N6053M, possibly out of Hayward Executive – KHWD.”

Well let’s hope this doesn’t happen again….

McKinley Statue Update: Fenceless and Defenseless, Graffiti Attacks Continue – Nevertheless, It’s a Meeting Place

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

If you want to learn yourself about the William McKinley statue and the Golden Gate Park East End Girls and Boys who hang out at the eastern end of GGP, click here.

What do you see in this photo? Are you a realtor* who sees the graffiti or are you a dirty hippie who sees other hippies hanging out after riding their bikes?

(I see both, actually. And I don’t have any objections to the current situation, not being a NIMBY or a real estate broker myself.)

Anyway, local real estate interests and the silverbacks at RPD still want their damn “period-specific” fence to keep out the dirty dirty hippies and their spay paint cans.

Like this:

I don’t know how you can look at this illustration and not chuckle, but they were serious about this.

Hey, RPD and the arts people, can you think of another solution?

Just asking.

*Lower case “r,” always. 

Sure, Re/code and the Huffington Post are Against Gurbaksh Chahal Now, But Why Did They Partner with Him Until Last Month?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Was the biggest owner of RadiumOne allowed to promote himself on Re/code as recently as April 9th?

Sure looks that way:

And here’s some similar claptrap from the HuffPo

So let’s see here, we knew about the 911 call and the existence of the damning video evidence all the way back in 2013, right?

So what’s changed?

I don’t get it.

Anyway, Re/code and the HuffPo, to their credit, haven’t allowed him to promote himself, AFAIK, since his convictions, so I guess that’s a start.

Oh well.

Attention MSM: RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasn’t Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times – A “Negative Pregnant”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Here we go:

While acknowledging in the first post that “my temper got the better of me,” Chahal denied hitting his girlfriend 117 times as accused and called the reaction an “overblown drama.”

OK, but G wasn’t accused of hitting her 117 times, it was hitting or kicking or whatever.

So maybe he was trying to be reaaaaally Clintonian here with his denial – it’s hard to tell. Moving on.

Oh, what’s this:

negative pregnant (sometimes called a pregnant denial) refers to a denial which implies its affirmative opposite by seeming to deny only a qualification of the allegation and not the allegation itself. 

in this case, the denial is one of assault or battery or domestic violence or intimate partner violence* or whatever it was that caused Juliet to call 911 in August last year and also allege that G struck her on July 4th last year. (Perhaps attorney Mark Geragos and or Juliet herself could offer up more details, but they’re most likely prevented from doing so at this point.)

It could be that G writes what he writes mostly for his true believers and relatives and all this doesn’t really matter, who knows.

But anyway, RadiumOne’s Gurbaksh Chahal Wasnt Actually Accused of “Hitting” Juliet Kakish 117 Times, that’s my point.

*That’s a new one on me – is G already in his counseling sessions? Sounds like it. Regardless, some things get through to his high school dropout mind, and some don’t.

Sunday Morning Press Release: “RadiumOne Terminates Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO – Chairman Bill Lonergan Appointed as CEO”

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Gurbaksh Chahal just got convicted after charges of domestic violence were filed against him by the SFDA. Here is one of the effects.

But I don’t think this move will stop the bleeding if Gurbaksh Chaha still has an ownership interest. OTOH, if people on the board of RadiumOne have dreams of becoming an ambassador or governor, then this will be enough.

“RadiumOne terminates Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman

Bill Lonergan appointed as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At a board meeting yesterday evening, RadiumOne’s board of directors voted  to terminate the employment of Gurbaksh Chahal as CEO and Chairman of the company. Bill Lonergan, the company COO, will take over as CEO of the Company immediately.  Bill has an extraordinary professional background and has helped build Blue Lithium and RadiumOne into industry leading brands. We are confident he will continue RadiumOne’s impressive trajectory.

RadiumOne builds software that automates media buying, making big data actionable for digital marketers.

RadiumOne uses programmatic advertising to connect brands to their next customers by incorporating valuable first-party data about behaviors, actions and interests demonstrated by consumers across web and mobile touch points.

Based in San Francisco, RadiumOne has offices across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

To learn more about RadiumOne, please visit http://www.radiumone.com.

Contact:
Aman Battish
(202) 386-8586
abattish@brunswickgroup.com

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The SFPD Traffic Violation Crackdown Comes to the Western Addition – Lying in Wait at Fell and Masonic

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The crackdown has come to Fell and Masonic

This SFPD officer from Park Station had to wait about three minutes before seeing an illegal left on northbound Masonic to westbound Fell. The VW was busted with a quickness.

You have no idea how much pressure is coming down to write traffic citations.”