Posts Tagged ‘Captain’

Armed Robbery: Why You Shouldn’t Use Your iPhone at Haight and Webster While Waiting for MUNI at 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Cause somebody will pull out a gun and steal it from you.

Let’s check the story from Ann Mannix, SFPD Captain of Northern Station:

Yesterday a guy was waiting for the bus at Haight and Webster (4:15 PM) looking at his phone not paying attention to his surroundings when someone walked right up on him, pointed a gun and stole his iPhone 4.

I bet if he was aware of his surroundings the criminal wouldn’t have targeted him.

Conceal your valuables and be aware of your surroundings, always!”

Apparently, this isn’t a good place to try to hold onto your cellie.

Oh well.

Lower Haight is For Lovers…

…and armed cell phone thieves.

Enjoy!

Precautionary Closure of Western Beaches and the Great Highway This Morning – Tsunami Warning Due to Japanese Quake

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management is up early today, concerned about a possible small tsunami hitting San Francisco due to the recent 8.9 earthquake near Sendai, Japan.

Per Capt. Richard Corriea of Richmond Station:

Officers have closed the Great Highway to vehicle traffic between Balboa and Skyline Blvd. Please avoid the area.”

And Mayor Edwin Lee will be at our Emergency Operations Center bright and early this A.M. as well.

Deets below.

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This went out at 6:17 AM today:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2011
Contact:  Department of Emergency Management

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

SAN FRANCISCO CONTINUES TO MONITOR TSUNAMI WARNING
Precautionary Closure of Beaches and Great Highway

San Francisco, CA – The City and County of San Francisco continues to monitor the Tsunami warning issued this morning and is assessing risks to California Coastal areas. As a precaution, the Police Department has closed the upper and lower Great Highway and the National Park Service has closed Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Fort Funston.

This is in response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, which caused a tsunami warning to be issued for the US West Coast, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (DEM) has activated the City’s Emergency Operations Center.  DEM is currently in contact with the California Emergency Management Agency.

The City has not ordered an evacuation.  Residents are advised to monitor local media for information updates.”

UPDATE: And here’s his statement:

MAYOR EDWIN M. LEE’S STATEMENT ON THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement regarding the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan:

“On behalf of the residents of the City and County of San Francisco, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Japan and to the families and friends of those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck there today.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been impacted by this tragedy. I have contacted the Counsel General of Japan in San Francisco with our expression of sympathy and our willingness to join any international assistance effort.

We will continue to monitor the tsunami warnings that have been issued for the California coastal regions and act accordingly. This is a stark reminder to our City that we must always be prepared for the next disaster to ensure our families are safe.”

Pick Your Litmus Test: The Next SFPD Police Chief Will Be Non-Male? Non-White? Gaysexual? And What About Tasers?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m thinking, gee there aren’t a whole bunch of women at the reins of power in San Francisco these days, right? Let’s see here, the prospects of having a female Mayor, Board of Supervisors President, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Assessor-Recorder, or Treasurer anytime soon would appear remote.

So, yes, we have a woman fire chief, but even so, there’ll be a lot of pressure to find candidates of the female persuasion for SFPD Chief, wouldn’t you think?

So let’s say that candidate is you. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out is what you’re going to do about the TASER issue. If, as is the case with former* Chief George Gascon, you’re a firm believer in the TASER then you should get that info to the deciders ASAP. Say something like, “Forget about me if you won’t let me start up a well-run TASER program ASAP, with or without community input.”

That would be a bold move, huh? But otherwise, you’re not going to get any kind of TASER program during your term.

Stay tuned below, for a TASER program ranking.

Yes this is a TASER in SF, but it’s on the holster of a CHP officer:

So, a ranking of Taser programs, from worst to first:

3. A half-assed program, the kind run by BART

2. No program at all.

1. A well-run program, the kind that the SFPD would most likely have.

Has the lack of an SFPD TASER program resulted in a few deaths the past year? It would so appear.

*So far, assuming his appointment to District Attorney holds….

Meet America’s Newest Top Hippy Cop: SFPD Captain Denis O’Leary of Park Station

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council welcomed new police captain Denis O’Leary last night on Page Street.

See?

Subscribe to the Park Station newsletter if you want to keep up on things in the 94117.

HANC – Meet the new Captain of SFPD Park Station

When: November 11, 2010 – Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Urban School, 1563 Page Street, San Francisco

What: Captain Denis O’Leary will share his thoughts and intentions concerning policing in the Haight.

Information: hancsf@yahoo.com

Remembering the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Three Years Later – Turns Out That Everybody was to Blame

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Has it been only three years since the Cosco Busan, the leakiest 2001 Hyundai ever, spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel* into the bay? Seems longer.

Anyway, turns out that a dude who supposed to be up front looking out for stuff in the pea soup fog was downstairs in the galley eating breakfast. I did not know that, no sir. Of course, the idea to depart on sked despite the fog came from the bar pilot, so that’s the person who’s primarily responsible. But there still plenty of blame to go around. Deets below.

Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech!

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All right, it’s Blame Time:

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the following probable causes of the accident:

- the pilot’s degraded cognitive performance from his use of prescription medications, despite his completely clean post accident drug test,
- the absence of a comprehensive pre-departure master/pilot exchange and a lack of effective communication between Pilot John Cota and Master Mao Cai Sun during the accident voyage, and
- (COSCO Busan Master) Sun’s ineffective oversight of Cota’s piloting performance and the vessel’s progress.

Other contributing factors included:

- the failure of Fleet Management Ltd. to train the COSCO Busan crewmembers (which led to such acts of gross negligence as the bow lookout eating breakfast in the galley instead of being on watch) and Fleet Management’s failure to ensure that the crew understood and complied with the company’s safety management system;
- the failure of Caltrans to maintain foghorns on the bridge which were silent despite the heavy fog;
- the failure of Vessel Traffic Safety (VTS) to alert Cota and Sun that they were headed for the tower. VTS is legally required to alert a vessel if an accident appears imminent, yet they remained silent;
- the malfunctioning radar on the COSCO Busan, which led Captains Cota and Sun to use an electronic chart for the rest of the voyage. Although Coast Guard investigators found the radar to be in working order, they did not examine it until days after the accident (allowing time for faulty equipment to be fixed, which is not uncommon after a marine accident)
- Captain Sun’s incorrect identification of symbols on the electronic chart;
- the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to provide adequate medical oversight of Cota, in view of the medical and medication information he had reported to the Coast Guard

Happy Anniversary, Cosco Busan, or should I say MSC Venezia? Don’t ever come back.

The patched-up ship finally hits the road, back in aught-seven – this was the last time we’ll ever see the Cosco Busan in the Bay Area, most likely:

*Yeah, Wiki is still wrong on that gallonage figure, partly due to the U.S. Coast Guard sitting on information for months and months ’cause they didn’t want to earn themselves any more bad press.

Pithy Advice From an SFPD Captain: “If You are a Victim of Crime, Remember the Suspect’s Shoes.” Here’s Why

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Here’s the latest Tweet from Northern Station Captain Ann Mannix:

“If you are a victim of crime, remember the suspect’s shoes, they always change their clothes, never their shoes.”

Sounds like Good Advices to me.

And the zipper on the left elevator pump had a tag, but not the one on the right, and….

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When you greet a stranger, look at his shoes

Northern Station Police Captain Advises Not to Walk the Western Addition While Staring at a Cell Phone – Recent Robberies

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Here are the latest Twitterings from Northern Station Captain Ann Mannix:

Just read 4 street robbery reports from the weekend and every victim had their cell phones in their hands…conceal your cell”

So don’t be like this: Really.

Here’s how Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria defines the Western Addition, apparently. Rather a small piece of real estate compared with my version of what constitutes the Western A: 

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Let’s be careful out there…

Civil Sidewalks (aka Sit Lie Law) Update: Kick Off Rally in Haight Ashbury This Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Say what you will about the Civil Sidewalks people, but, no matter, you can’t say that they are afraid to enter the Fortress of Reaction, the Belly of the Beast. ‘Cause they’re going to Bring It to the Upper Haight this Saturday morning.

You know, everybody will be there, starting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and SFPD Chief George Gascon, starting at 10:00 AM

Get all the deets from the BOMA, below.

Haight Street on any given Saturday:

 

Ashbury Street on free Ben & Jerry’s day:

The deets:

UPDATE: Civil Sidewalks | Campaign Kick-Off Rally on October 9, 2010

UPDATE – As of October 4, 2010

BOMA San Francisco Members:

Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and Chief of Police George Gascon at a Civil Sidewalks campaign kick-off rally on Haight Street this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Mayor will be there to meet you and thank you for your support and commitment to restoring civility to our sidewalks. Please join us and be sure to bring your family and friends!

Civil Sidewalks Campaign Kick-Off Rally with
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascón
October 9th @ 10:00 am
FTC, 1632 Haight Street

This is a family-friendly event – there will be fun activities planned for all attending children!

This rally will send a strong message that San Franciscans are serious about creating safe, civil sidewalks for residents and businesses across the City.

Please take a moment to watch the video above ( click here to view the video on YouTube if you can’t see it) of community leaders in support of the Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M effort. 
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The time has come to rally around the most important issue facing San Francisco’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors; Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M, the “poison pill.” ‘

Who wants Civil Sidewalks?
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascon
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Supervisor Carmen Chu

900 + small businesses
1,000 + SF residents
& over 25 merchant and neighborhood associations
Proposition L will ensure public sidewalks are accessible for everyone, and that all San Franciscans can enjoy the public right-of-way without fear of harassment. This is a commonsense law that is being used with success in 60 other U.S. cities including Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Seattle.
Proposition M is a political ploy by the Board of Supervisors intended to kill Measure L with a “poison pill.” Prop M neither changes deployment of foot patrols nor resources; this Measure puts politics ahead of your public safety.
If Yes on Prop L/No on Prop M is not successful in November, it is highly unlikely that we will have the opportunity to address this problem for decades. This is why we need YOUR help. Do you have two hours to give between now and Election Day?
PLEASE, take a moment and imagine how tremendously our city would benefit from passage of this law, and if two hours of your time is worth seeing that change through.

I Sure Hope Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger Gets Paid for this Ad that the Examiner Runs All the Time

Monday, October 4th, 2010

But it could be that he don’t get nothing, owing to the fact that this is a news photo, right? I don’t know.

The floating Airbuses of the Hudson tidal estuary:

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Oh, I just looked up what VALUES.COMThe Foundation for a Better Life is all about. O.K. fine. (Actually, I thought it was going to be like the E-Harmony dating service or something. Srsly.)

It turns out to be yet another lecture from Colorado, of all places, to San Francisco about, of all things, ”values.”

(Click on the links and you’ll see how San Francisco’s very own C. Montgomery Burns imposes his values on the 415 from afar.) 

(And I’ll spare you the deets about how you, or if you prefer, the Federal Treasury, same thing, pay for half of whatever this 501(c)(3) VALUES entity does.)

O.K. fine.

Free-flowing booze, nudity, DoOds kissing DoOds, freak flag-flying, fun in the sun - all from back before some billionaire, the A in AEG, bought the Bay to Breakers event and those NIMBY millionaires moved into greater Western Addition (aka Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, the NoPA, the EaPA, the SoPA, the DivCo, etc…)

Criminals From Back East Cold-Busted at Marina Apple Store – Stolen Credit Cards Used to Buy Mad Apple Products

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Police Captain Ann Mannix of Northern Station took time out of her bizzay sked to Tweet about a couple fraud arrests in the Great White North:

“Great fraud arrest on wed, Apple Store victim; 2 suspects arrested with lots of Apple products from many stores in Salifornia  bought with stolen credit cards, both suspects flew in from east coast for their spree.”

Criminals just love Apple products, huh?

This is how employees of the Apple Store on Chestnut greeted me when I walked in the joint on Opening Day back in aught-seven. Good times…

Let’s hope nobody else messes with the Big Apple:

Courage.