Posts Tagged ‘department’

Fire Boat vs. Humpback: SFFD Slows and Stops to Avoid Striking a Whale Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, July 17th, 2017

This was yesterday:

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With the whale down again, the San Francisco Fire Department boat then puttered away.

We’ve had a lot of documented whale strikes lately, but this is the most care I’ve seen displayed by a boating crew.

If the “SFPD” Calls You from (415) 553-0123 Demanding Money, It’s Not the Popo, It’s a Scam – Press Release

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The news of the day, from an official SFGov department which should NOT be using .org as a suffix, and which should prolly find a different acronym, for a reason what’s painfully obvious.

“*** PRESS RELEASE ***

San Francisco Public Safety Officials Warn of Scam Spoofing the Police Phone Numbers

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco public safety officials are informing the public about a consumer scam where aggressive telephone calls are being made by scammers posing as San Francisco police officers. Concerned residents that received these calls today reported the scam to 9-1-1 dispatchers.

These callers claim they have a warrant for the call recipient’s arrest and demand payment in gift cards in order avoid arrest. Technology allows the scammer to “spoof” or alter the Caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from the San Francisco Police Department’s Non-Emergency Number which is 415-553-0123.

Neither the San Francisco Police Department nor any other City and County of San Francisco agency will call you to demand payment and threaten arrest for any matter.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the SFPD or any other law enforcement or government agency demanding payment, immediately HANG UP. Under no circumstances should you engage them in conversation or provide any personal information. Make notes about what the caller said and do one of the following:

If you’ve been targeted by this scam, please report the incident by completing the following online report: http://sanfranciscopolice.org/reports#file-report. You may also call 311 to file a harassing phone call report or go to any SFPD District Station to file a report.

You know, kind of like this.

And did you catch that, they’re saying, “DON’T CALL 911 FOR THIS, YOU KNUCKLEHEADS,” more or less.

Until the next scam, Gentle Readers…

Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond Should be Renamed Algea Pond – But at Least the Clawed Frogs are Gone, I Guess

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Get up to speed here.

I don’t know why there’s so much green atop these days. I don’t know if this has anything to do with its history as the Quarry Pond, you know, the former name. Anyway, no lilies to be seen.

But there is a funky chicken in the lower left:

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Oh, here it is:

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And here’s RPD’s Attention Comrades sign, so that the frogs won’t get dumped here again:

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That’s your lily pond update for 2017.

See SFPD Interim Chief Toney Chaplin and Jeff Adachi at “Panel Discussion on Race and Policing” – UC Hastings on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

All the deets:

“Panel Discussion on Race and Policing

September 28, 2016
3:30 – 5:00 pm
UC Hastings College of the Law
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister Street

In the last few years, a series of tragic incidents raised public attention to a serious crisis of trust between police departments and the communities they serve, particularly communities of color and of low income. These incidents have led to vocal riots and to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, leading to violent clashes between activists and police officers. What are the roots of this crisis? How can racialized practices in policing be understood and addressed? What is being done, and what should be done, to heal the broken trust between the police and the community? This panel on Race & Policing will feature voices of activists, police officers, lawyers, community-relations officials, and academics, in an effort to tackle these important questions.

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Race and Policing Panel at UC Hastings
WHO: Panelists include San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Police Department Interim Chief Toney Chaplin, UC Berkeley Professor Nikki Jones, Former Director of the DOJ’s Community Service Relations Service Grande Lum, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and UC Hastings Professor Hadar Aviram (moderator).
WHAT: UC Hastings is hosting a panel of leaders in the criminal justice field — activists, police officers, lawyers, community-relations officials, and academics — to discuss the complicated relationship between race and policing.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Louis B. Mayer Lounge, UC Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 OR watch via livestream
REGISTRATION: Event is free and open to the public. Registration online here.

An Up-Close View of the Prius-Killing Tree of Clement Street

Friday, August 12th, 2016

This attack from a few months back…

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…came from this tree, which still shows where it broke apart:

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Beware beware…

Here’s All What’s Left of 1994’s Giant “Gold Mountain” Mural at Romolo Place in North Beach – Graffiti

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First, the giant mural of Romolo was all like this:

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But now it’s all like this – I haven’t been through this way since it got painted over, thusly:

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Due to this:

“I’m done with them. That’s why the mural is painted over,” Sherry said. She said that during the 2004 restoration, which took almost a year, she worked on the mural six days a week for almost a year and was only compensated for transportation and lunch. “It was an absolute nightmare,” she said. “All they could pay me was coming out of their poor little pockets, so I accepted it because at the time I could afford to take a lot of time to do this. … So I basically just did the work, and they let it go to hell again.

There was a theory that murals discourage graffiti. I don’t know well that theory worked out…

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:

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Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Prius Pwnage: Prius Prunage Needed After a Ton of Tree Tumbles Upon This Troubled Toyota

Monday, March 14th, 2016

As seen on Clement:

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This Prius is a lowrider now…

Hey Look, All the Invasive Frogs are GONE from Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – Now Back to Normal – Photos

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:

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Now here’s your background:

Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho

And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:

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Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (commons.wikimedia.org)

And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:

Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith

Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:

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It was time for some rehab. Yes yes yes.

Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.

“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”

By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:

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Chemicals were everywhere:

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Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…

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…and they went to town:

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It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…

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Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:

PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:

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And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.

You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:

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And there you have it.

Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!

May you remain frog-free forever…

Boy, Our SF “City Family” is Really Counting on Stealing the Oakland Warriors from Oakland – “LET’S GROW WARRIORS?”

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Is there anything wrong with leaving the Golden State Warriors in Oakland?

Anyway, here’s the scene in Golden Gate Park – I can’t imagine this arboreal/sports clothing line program “makes money” for our City Family, but rich like having fun too, and this is one way for them to do it:

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What’s next, “Let’s Grow Niners?”