Archive for the ‘crime’ Category

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.

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

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Get up to speed here:

“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

So some people stood this piece of NFL “art” back up yesterday, but at around 8:30 PM this thing went back down, and it stayed down. And that brings us to this morning, Sunday, January 31, 2016:

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Here’s the report from late last night, from the midnight hour, I can feel the power:

“The sculpture had been righted when we returned to the area around 7pm. Then we heard a loud boom around 8:30pm– the satisfying metallic thud which meant it had been toppled again. BRAVO to the person(s) who did this again. SF loves you.”

This is no longer corporate advertising or corporate art – now it’s garbage. Look at it. Strewn coffee cups, aluminum cans, police CAUTION tape, oxidizing scrap iron plates all over, electronic guts and solar panels removed – it’s now garbage.

We’ve reached endgame. If the NFL people want, they can pick up their garbage afore they get cited (I mean, does the official permit allow it to be on the grass/mud? Nope) and then they could use this scrap to try again. I’m saying just look at the coin “art” graphic on the 0 in “50” – it’s been ripped away. It’s not presentable anymo is what I’m saying. Makeshift repairs aren’t going to cut it anymore. This monstrosity will need to go back to its Maker or it will need to be tossed.

Now what would happen if the NFL people replaced / repaired this thing 100% and then brought it back? The same thing, right?

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Who thought this was a good idea?

“O0PS,” We Did It Again! – Local Residents Finally Topple One-Ton NFL Super Bowl “50” Ad Sculpture in Alamo Square

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

[UPDATE: And be sure not to miss SUP’ BRO?” in Civic Center and “UP R BOWEL” up atop Twin Peaks.]

[UPDATE II: And look, this act of creative destruction has Gone National already, although I should point out that first this ad was altered to say “OOPS” and only later was it pushed over, probably by two separate crews. And look, now the NFL is paying money (our money!) for security guards to watch over some of the other “art” pieces. What’ll happen next???]

First it was all like this – the NFL people thought San Franciscans would line up to thank them for having us pay for their ads, like this ugliness in Alamo Square:

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But what happened was local citizens started attacking this giant metal ad. Look here our excellent HoodLine:

City Waived Fees For Controversial Super Bowl 50 Statues

See the image? It says, “Evict [Mayor] Ed Lee” in white spray paint.

Then the NFL people said that these ads are “graffiti resistant,” and they tried to clean things up.

Then the same “artwork” was altered by area residents to say “SUPERB OWL

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Then this thing got fixed again by the NFL or whomever, sort of. Note the missing aluminum strip around the “0”

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Then the letters were rearranged yesterday to say “O0PS

And now here’s the scene this morning – what, where did it go? Do you see the sculpture?

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I thought, well, what happened, did the locals simply haul it off or perhaps the NFL people decided this was too much of an embarrassment / distraction so maybe they hauled it away?

Oh, here it is! Boom:

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And you see those reddish (metal?) plates?

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They’re what was weighing these ads down.

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So they wanted to make these ads look solid, but the truth is that they’re more like cheesy Beats Solo headphones, by Dr. Dre, oh well.

Oh look, a Google (and now Storer Transportation too?) bus stop in the background:

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Cleverly, the latest crew of locals took the “0” from “Super Bowl 5o” to use as a capital “O” (along with the “O” in BOWL to form “O0ps.” Nice.

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Those are the Painted Ladies / Seven Sisters in the background

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I’m thinking this would be a good opportunity for the NFL to simply apologize and then get rid of this monstrosity this weekend.

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Also, it’d be nice if the NFL could put like $20,000,000 in escrow to pay for having all their parties here. Then the City of SF could draw down the monies to pay for all our out of pocket expenses.

It might seem funny that most San Franciscans don’t want the NFL coming here, but this is the case. Sorry, America.