Posts Tagged ‘crime’

Twin Peaks Update: How Things Look Since the Most Recent Murder and Before the Nighttime Road Shutdown

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Well, here’s your background – just keep reading down.

Photographer Ed French was killed in July 2017.

And here’s the latest:

SF Leaders Consider Proposal to Close Twin Peaks at Nighttime – By Terry McSweeney

(Of course, people would still go up atop Twin Peaks, but not with their cars, so that would certainly lower the SFPD / RPD workload.)

Impressions: Sunrise

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Here’s where one of the gates could go, on Twin Peaks Blvd. The 30 MPH speed limit seems a tad on the high side, but there you go:

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And here’s where the SFPD hangs out – you can pretty much see everybody who comes and goes from this spot:

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And here’s your greeting these days:

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Repeating endlessly:

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Speaking of which, here’s your broken auto glass report. I think I saw strong evidence of at least three break-ins last time I was up there:

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And:

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And:

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This is quite an improvement from earlier this summer, when all the broken glass really stood out on the newly laid macadam. So a rate of about 1000 break ins per year has dropped a lot, due to the heightened SFPD presence.

The popo aren’t up there now as much as in August 2017, but they’re still up there.

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As are your shutterbugs:

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All over, actually:

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Hey, did this woman sleep overnight on the less-trafficked, “car-free” side of this hill? IDK. She looked like a sleepyhead when I saw her one morning:

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So there you have it. I can understand why it’s easier for SFGov to just throw its hands up and say, “Screw it, let’s put up some gates on TPB.”

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As for whether that’s the best course of action, well, that’s up to you, Gentle Reader.

“Frequent Break-Ins” – Yes, Even In Marin – So Much Broken Glass in the Headlands That It’s Worth Signage

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

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Bad News for Amazon Whole Foods: “Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – Herrera wins on two key issues in case”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

(So IDK. I thought that this exact kind of “corrective education” was “offered” to alleged shoplifters at the Whole Foodses of San Francisco, but I don’t know that this Corrective Education Company was the one involved.)

Anyway, I saw this scene at one of my rare visits to the Haight Street WF…

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…and then posted this and this.

And now here comes this, just released:

“Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – ‘This is textbook extortion,’ court finds. Herrera wins on two key issues in case.

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today hailed a key victory against Corrective Education Company after a court ruled that the private, profit-driven business was engaging in extortion and false imprisonment in its “diversion program” scheme.

“We should all be concerned about privatizing our justice system, especially when a business like Corrective Education Company uses the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate and extort people,” Herrera said. “This ruling goes to the heart of their predatory business model, which is predicated on threats, deception and falsehoods. CEC is enriching itself on the backs of others, and many of the people they prey upon have limited means and are just barely getting by.”

Herrera sued the company in November 2015 over its “corrective education” scheme, asserting that the company’s practices amount to extortion and false imprisonment. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the People of the State of California.

Corrective Education Company contracts with major retailers, and when someone is suspected of shoplifting, they are taken to an isolated room and threatened with arrest and criminal prosecution unless they agree to watch a video created by CEC. In that video, CEC threatens to have suspects criminally prosecuted unless they sign a confession, agree to pay CEC up to $500, and undergo a six-hour “cognitive restructuring” and “behavioral modification” program. Faced with this Hobson’s “choice” between criminal prosecution and participating in CEC’s program, 90 percent of CEC’s victims — upwards of 13,000 Californians — “consent” to enroll in CEC’s program. After obtaining the forced confessions, CEC follows up with phone calls to the victims, again threatening them with criminal prosecution unless they pay CEC hundreds of dollars. CEC has also sent over 2,000 debt-collection letters in which it cloaks itself with prosecutorial authority in further efforts to enrich itself.

CEC operates in more than 25 states across the country.

In a ruling issued Monday afternoon, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn found Corrective Education Company engaged in extortion and false imprisonment.

“The undisputed facts … establish that CEC’s diversion program runs afoul of California’s extortion laws,” Judge Kahn wrote in his ruling granting summary adjudication on the two central issues in the case. “This is textbook extortion under California law, and has been so declared for at least 125 years.”

Numerous jurisdictions in California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, offer legitimate, pretrial diversion programs that are overseen by district attorney’s offices. CEC operates entirely outside of the criminal justice system and without the approval of local prosecutors.

In his ruling, Kahn ruled that each iteration of CEC’s diversion program in California constitutes extortion and false imprisonment and that Herrera was entitled to an injunction halting the unlawful practices. CEC’s clients have included Walmart, Bloomingdale’s, Ralph’s, Abercrombie and Fitch, Burlington Coat Factory, and Kroger’s.

In the ruling, Kahn wrote: “By the quid pro quo of asking for money in exchange for forbearance in calling police, the retailer and CEC are acting in concert and are jointly liable for the extortionate conduct.”

The specifics of the injunction are still to be fleshed out, as is restitution and monetary civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation.

The case is: People of the State of California v. Corrective Education Company, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-15-549094 filed Nov. 23, 2015.

Something New: Checkpoint Charlie Atop Twin Peaks – SFPD “Community Policing” of a Sort

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve been up to Twin Peaks seven days out of the past eight – this is the first I’ve seen anything like this:

There was an SFPD presence up here even before the killing of last week, but it has stepped up quite a bit now.

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VIDEO: San Francisco police step up patrols on Twin Peaks after 71-year-old man murdered by thieves

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SFGov Paves Over Its Problems Up at the Twin Peaks Tourist Area, After Taking Away Most of the Available Parking

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Here you go, new pavement:

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Well, mostly. This was a couple weeks ago. Rec and Park is on a paving rampage lately, so maybe they’ve gone further by now, or maybe this is where they’re responsibility ends, IDK:

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Infamous TUTOR SALIBA is in the house. I can’t say that I understand NO PEDESTRIAN & TRAFFIC ALLOWED. This doesn’t appear to be an official SFGov sign, it’s just something that somebody made. I don’t understand it, oh well.

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Anyway, that was your “transformation” project to not have so many people hanging out up at Twin Peaks. And it’s worked – fewer people go up there and stop to wander around these days. It used to look like this:

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You can still park in the middle section there, but cars are now banned entirely on the left side and officially banned from parking on the right side.

And here’s one part of the problem – it’s one of two sad notes left by a visitor who had a bunch of stuff stolen:

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I suppose locals learn that Things Are Different Here after experiencing a few break-ins in Frisco, or maybe their friends tell them. But the people who don’t know that Stealing Things From Cars is a Way Of Life for many in the 415 make up the endless stream of visitors coming to town, be they out-of-state peace officers with guns left inside or whoever.

(A couple license plate scanners mounted high on poles ala Tiburon could be highly effective, just saying. Because of the geography / layout.)

Anyway, that’s the update. Feel free to click here and read down about Twin Peaks issues over the years.

Our Historic Hibernia Bank Now has Three (3!) Fences to Protect Itself from the Twitterloin Milieu

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Just count them, Gentle Reader:

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And look, somebody is actually going in/out – a rare sighting.

Back in the ’90s, my buds would buy bad weed on these very steps, but that was before this area became known as the Thieves Market. (And my other buds living in a nearby dorm would grow their own buds with powerful grow lamps in tiny closets because 1) Electricity was unmetered by the school so it was free (no additional cost to use all the juice you wanted) and 2) Electricity was unmetered so there was no way PG&E / the popo could detect your outrageous use of juice, you know, the increase. Ah mem’ries.))

Anyway, this place only needed one fence back then…

Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjqrzakGTqwLpk_WtxQQXww

Twitterloin Update: Hibernia Bank / ONE JONES has a New Friendlier Fence – Was This a Good Investment of $20 Million?

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

IDK.

Anyway, this usually empty hulk has some new marketing signs out front…

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…and here’s the new see-through fence:

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Here’s a good one, from last year, from Area Realtor CWNevius:

The overhaul will surely have a positive effect on the neighborhood…

I’ll tell you, I have a beef with just about every part of this clause except for overhaul, because this building was indeed overhauled. But “will” and “surely” and “positive effect” and “neighborhood,” well, geez. Next time you’re at this corner, you know, buying your street meat or whatever, pop open your mobile and scan for WiFi – and then you’ll see that that there are no actual neighbors in this so-called neighborhood.

(And that’s just one clause of one bit out of four bits what made up a full two days’ work for Chuck Nevius. I don’t think I ever read all these bits. Look how happy he was when his colleague also got a ticket from the MUNI police, the same way as Chuck hisself did just a few months earlier. Except Chuck didn’t actually pay his fare. And then he complained about the way he was caught. And I think he’s still mad about getting towed by the SFMTA, even though he admitted breaking the rules. What a character!)

Anyway, who will dare to move into One Jones? Who will be The One?

(Hey what about the Academy of Art – they could have come in few years back and opened up yet another campus the way they did with that landmarked pavestone church at Van Ness and Union. I don’t think their stus would mind this 1 Jones location, at all…)

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.