I thought most of the bikes in the flat, flat Mission District were fixies these days, but I guess not:
Here are the the latest photos of the recovered rides:
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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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Right here. (Cause, you know, the Mission District is San Francisco’s Capital of Bike Stealing.)
“New bicycle section on http://www.missionstation.org to track reported stolen and recovered stolen bicycles. Send us your feedback!”
But sadly, the Recovered Bicycle Database only has one entry right now – it’s a black Specialized road bike that I’m sure you’ll recognize in a second, if it’s yours.
“For Information: Inspector Pomatto #2071 Mission Investigations (415) 558-5400″
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OTOH, the Stolen Bicycle Database has eight entries currently. See?
Thanks, Captain Corrales!
Well this is what happens at our shut-down Hibernia Bank (Landmark #130) at Jones, McAllister and Market these days – pigeon poo blocks drainage and then that starts a process that causes parts of the building to rain down on the sidewalk.
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Anywho, here’s your #1 pigeon-feeding crew – here’s your problem. They attract hundreds all at once:
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.
Lower Haight is For Lovers…
…and armed cell phone thieves.
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.
“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.
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 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.”
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….
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.
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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.
*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.
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