No, not the newest Mercedes, but anyway:
Why is San Francisco the car break-in capital of the world?
But we’re famous for it…
As seen in NoPA, at the Top Of The Hill:
Don’t simply look at police statistics, just talk to people in the auto glass industry and ask how busy they are these days. Busy busy busy!
But Ed Lee went to the law school, so he has a solution. He wants people to go to preliminary hearings and then boo judges who don’t rule the way property insurance companies would like. I”m srsly.
All these items espied near Fulton tell quite a story.
A sad story.
The junkie who breaks into your car at night doesn’t really want most of your stuff. The junkie can’t use most of it, so it gets tossed. Value = 0. So why does the junkie take it? This sitch isn’t good for you and it’s not good for the junkie.
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I tell everybody who comes to town.
It’s my obligation.
Now, let’s hear from Northern Station SFPD Police Captain Ann Mannix:
“I just looked at our most recent crime stats and, no surprise to me, auto break-ins are up yet again… Help us out by taking anything valuable out of your car and encourage others to do so as well, especially your out-of-town visitors.”
Walking on, walking on broken glass in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:
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[UPDATE: More deets here from Erin Sherbert.]
“Statement from Chiu Campaign Manager on Campaign HQ Break-In
SAN FRANCISCO (November 7, 2011) Nicole Derse, campaign manager for the David Chiu for Mayor campaign, released the following statement regarding a break-in last night at the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at 1800 Van Ness Avenue (at Clay):
“Late Sunday night, the David Chiu for Mayor campaign headquarters at Van Ness and Clay was vandalized and burglarized. Thousands of dollars of equipment were stolen, and the intruders rooted through confidential campaign materials – removing them from drawers and leaving them scattered on the floor.”
“If this was a politically motivated attempt to distract the Chiu for Mayor campaign on the eve of Election Day, it has failed miserably. David and our team of volunteers are as determined as ever to get our message out to San Franciscans in these last hours before voters go to the polls. This matter has been referred to the SFPD for a full investigation, and we are confident that they will get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, we will get back to work.”
On the case:
What items tempt you the most when you scan parked cars for Objects in Plain View – would it be a laptop computer, an iPod, maybe a backpack? Well, be careful, cause when the SFPD baits cars for sting operations in Golden Gate Park, they sometimes use all three. (It’s almost like entrapment, or something. So tempting these parcels are, next thing you know, it’s smashy smashy!)
From the Richmond District Blog comes a sneak peek of Richmond Station Police Captain Richard Corriea‘s next weekly update for the Richmond District Police Community Police Forum. Read an entire entry below.
Yes, it’s MLK near the Friend Gate of Strybing Arboretum. Perhaps the cars huddle together for safety?
“On July 25, 2009 Richmond [District] officers working in plain clothes staked out a car at Middle Drive and Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. There were several items of value in the car, including, a backpack, computer and an IPOD. The officers knew from experience that an auto burglar would find the car an appealing target. Indeed, several hours into the stakeout an individual burglarized the car, and he was immediately arrested. A subsequent search of the suspect turned up evidence from a theft committed nearby earlier in the day and narcotics. The suspect, who has been arrested forty-nine times, including thirty-one times for felonies, was booked for burglary, possession of stolen property, theft and a narcotics violation. This individual is likely responsible for several auto burglaries daily.”
How many car windows do you have to break to get a rap sheet this long – hundreds, thousands?
On It Goes…
Well, read all about it. Rooftop solar is coming to the Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East housing projects in the greater Western Addition / Lower Haight area.
The Future is Now. Click to expand:
The mise-en-scene this morning, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rev. Amos Brown, Public Utilities Commission Director Ed Harrington, District 8 Supervisor hopeful Laura Spanjian, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy District Director Melanie Nutter. The roof you can see upper left is slated for a panel or two:
Mr. Mayor was going on about San Francisco being number one in California rooftop photovoltaic solar installations on a per capita basis – his statement was just one caveat shy of being operational. It would appear the rich yuppies and less-rich granolas of ridiculously-named Nevada City, California, to name just one city, have erected a ginourmous number of rooftop panels. Maybe he meant San Francisco County. Oh, here’s the caveat – “large” city. Doesn’t match what he was actually saying today, but that fixes the error. In front of a sample PV panel and betwixt MLK and Barack Obama from somebody’s bedroom window across the street:
So how much is “365 kw?” Well, I’m not sure what that figure means. It could mean maximum power in ideal conditions. You’ll just have to do an install and then measure what you get on a sunny day, ’cause every installation of PV is unique. If it helps to compare, the 5.4 litre engine from a used Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can put out more power than what the solar panels at Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East together will be capable of producing at maximum.
(In other vehicular matters, no, the mayor’s SUV wasn’t sitting idling during the entire event – that’s an improvement.)
And in other vehicular matters once again, this was the scene at the end of the block where the news conference was held. Scratch one laptop. Is it being fenced right now? Probably.
The Fixing Broken Windows theory in action.
Anywho, el comunicado de prensa de hoy:
MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES FIRST SOLAR INSTALLATIONS AT S.F. PUBLIC HOUSING SITES; CREATES GREEN-COLLAR JOBS
Newsom also announces 450% increase in San Francisco solar applications since inception of solar rebate program
More deets after the jump.