Posts Tagged ‘felony’

Was the Conviction of Cyclist Chris Bucchere a Kafkaesque Experience? Look Who’s Reading “The Trial” by Franz Kafka

Monday, August 4th, 2014

[UPDATE: So, what we've had in this case is remarkably poor judgment, having to do with an obsession over "bomb"-ing down steep hills, penning an ode to bike helmet, insisting that speeding through an intersection is "legal," and now, inadvertently pinging people about what you're reading. If you don't get feedback here, where are you going to get it from?]

Well here’s what popped up on a Google News Alert:

 “Chris Bucchere has 82 books on Goodreads, and is currently reading The Trial by Franz Kafka…

Mmmm. Is this some kind of public statement about George Gascon’s recent case against him?

To review, here’s The Trial:

“One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor the reader.”

And here’s Kafkaesque:

Of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings; especially:  having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality

So Chris B is Josef K?

Hoo boy.

Seen on the Street: SFPD Felony Stop at Ellis and Gough in the Western Addition – Every Last Side Window in this Pontiac was Broken

Friday, August 1st, 2014

This is what it looks like when the SFPD brings it with eight vehicles:

Just a slice of life in the projects…

Rich White Lady from the Marina Times, Susan Dyer Reynolds, Calls for Bicycle Commuter Licensing and Insurance

Friday, July 6th, 2012

You know, because of the Chris Bucchere thing.

Here it is, or a part of it, anyway:

“With huge numbers of people biking to work on a daily basis, it may be time to look into licensing commuter bicyclists so they must take the same DMV tests motorcyclists and motorists take to ensure that they know the laws. It also seems that offenders should face some of the same punishments motorcyclists and motorists face, like points against their license. And if they’re going to be commuters, thus increasing the chances of accidents on city streets, perhaps they should also have to carry insurance. I’m not advocating these measures for the person who bikes through Golden Gate Park recreationally, one or two Sundays a month; but for everyday commuters, I think it makes sense.”

Oh, hold on, this post will need a photo.

Type Marina District into the Google, and this is what you’ll get:

Hair lightened and teeth whitened – I’ll have to try that one of these days. 

Now, where was I? Oh yes, uh, I seriously kind of don’t think you can require licensing and insurance for people who go to work on a bike and not for the people who go about solely in Golden Gate Park.

And points at the DMV, well, that would seem to penalize those with driver licenses more than those without, capiche? 

And Davis, CA? Is that our lodestar now, law enforcement-wise, rich white Marina Lady?

OK fine: 

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I drink your milkshake, Susan Dyer Reynolds!

I drink it up!

P.S.: I’m Brown Larry Bird/ You’re the ’97 Celtics

P.S.S.: Gentle Reader, don’t miss these riveting stories from the Great White North:

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.

Skyscraperman Dan Goodwin Takes on Our Millennium Tower – Refuses Orders to Stop Climb

Monday, September 6th, 2010

This is the scene today in the SoMA, where Skyscraperman and cancer survivor Dan Goodwin is adding our Millennium Tower at 301 Mission to his list of climbed buildings.

SFist has a nice shot posted.

Looks like he needed something to do after his Extreme Delivery deal with Dominoes Pizzato climb the Campanile Tower at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las got cancelled.

Can you see the fellow on the right trying to talk to Dan from the partially open window? Dan paid no attention to him so the window guy shut his window after about 15 seconds. Click to expand:

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The Welcome Wagon awaits:

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Is this man really 55 years old?

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Apparently.

What do you think it’ll cost the SFPD to manage this falderal when all is said and done?

And what will Kamala Harris charge him with? How about: 

Disorderly conduct;

Public nuisance;

Criminal trespass; and

Criminal damage to property?

You know, for starters. Could this become an issue for Steve Cooley to use in the race for California Attorney General if Kamala goes too easy on Spider Dan?

We’ll see.

Famous Stan Lee will close this one out with the deets on his Dan’s life story:

What a story!

Here’s this young guy, Dan Goodwin, seemingly normal in every respect, who ends up emulating his comicbook hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, in real life!

After witnessing the tragic fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on November 21st, 1980, Dan became a man with a mission. A mission made all the more urgent after the horrible event in New York on September 11th, 2001.

We’ve all seen the newspaper and TV accounts of Dan’s incredible feats, his scaling the outside walls of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the World Trade Center in New York. But SpiderDan (as the media dubbed him) is far more than a publicity-seeking opportunist. There has been an unflagging, altruistic purpose to his widely-heralded, attention-getting climbs. This amazing young man has elected to put his new-found fame to a most worthy cause, a cause that should be at the very top of our nation’s priorities today.

Aware of the fact that America’s skyscrapers are, and always will be, vulnerable to future terrorist attacks, Dan Goodwin has devoted his time and his fame to sponsoring the world’s first Skyscraper Defense Act. Its goal is admirable, its purpose clear, its need painfully apparent. The Skyscraper Defense Act would fund the creation and training of super elite rescue teams throughout the United States capable of rescuing victims from burning skyscrapers through the use of specially designed hovering helicopters, cables and highly trained professionals able to scale the exteriors of such buildings.

I’m proud to think that a superhero like Spider-Man, with whom I’m so closely connected, might have influenced Dan Goodwin in any way and might bear some share of the credit for the concept of the much needed and much admired Skyscraper Defense Act.

So, here’s to SpiderDan. It’s a kick to be able to welcome a real life superhero into the proud pantheon of American icons!

Excelsior!

Stan Lee

Outside Lands 2010 Recap: 80,000 Attendees This Year, if You Count the Fence Hoppers

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Outside Lands 2010 was the smallest in the short history of OL - the count is pegged at 70-something thousand or 80,000 if you include the fence jumpers and tunnelers.

And five more makes it 80,000:

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Here are all the deets from the organizers:

“A special thanks to our gracious partner who has made Outside Lands a reality for the past 3 years: San Francisco Recreation & Park Department. We’d also like to thank the following for their support: Office of the Mayor, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Entertainment Commission, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (Muni and Department of Parking & Traffic), all the artists, staff, volunteers, community members and the whole City and County of San Francisco. 

Most importantly we would like to thank you, the fan, for the continued support of Outside Lands since the festival’s inception in 2008 and for cementing it as one of the world’s premier music festivals.

Check out the highlights below:

2010 Blogs & Videos
2010 Photo Gallery

2010 Press

Cheers,
 
Your Friends at Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents & Starr Hill Presents”

Did Outside Lands 2010 Bring In Less than Half the Money of OL 2008? Hard to Tell…

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I don’t know, if you look at how many people paid to get in two years ago and compare that with the 70-something thousand claimed for 2010 and then factor in the recent price drop for one-day tickets, you might conclude that Outside Lands took in a little less than half the revenue this year compared with 2008.

Just saying.

But it’s nice to know that San Francisco was guaranteed a million dollars or so for renting out the land.

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Maybe 2011′s effort will reverse the trend …

Outside Lands 2010 Appears to be a Bust this Year – It’s Nothing Like 2008

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Consarn it, I remember all the way back to aught-eight, back when Outside Lands was rocking, baby. This year, I don’t know if it’s worth the effort of  figuring out how to sneak in to see the “lackluster lineup” for 2010. Is it possible that this event is now too well-managed, too organized? Or, maybe not having a headliner hurt?

Jimthecritic is critical, anyway:

“I didnt release how much smaller outside lands was gonna be. fewer stages. one whole less area.”

And when they start saying stuff like this after only two years:

“It may not be the greatest Outside Lands lineup ever…”

Well, it’ll make you pine for the Beck, for the Radiohead, technical issues or no. Oh well.

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At least both of the Outside Lands windmills windmill – that’s more than what we can say about the real ones in Golden Gate Park…

Sneaking Into Outside Lands 2010 – People are Going Under the Wire Already

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

[UPDATE: Kids, this is an old post by now. Ya gots to check the update for 2011.]

[UPDATE: Some people are now reporting that sneaking in is "pretty much impossible," or that it's possible but that it carries risks like being jailed and having to come up with bail(!) and/or being attacked by German shepherd(!) dogs. See the comments. For example, did any of these people get jailed? And are there really three perimeter fences? I don't know, I saw scores of people sneaking in with no apparent problems. Wuballin, for one, says he's, "sneaking into outside lands for free, 2nd day in a row, that how we do it in the bay."]

I’ll tell you, that eight-foot cyclone fence surrounding the 2010 Outside Lands music festival looks impressive at first, but already there’s evidence of fans going over the wire, under the wire and through the wire.

Here’s  the scene at 11:00AM-something, while the bands were warming up.

The Department of Recreation and Parks loses another five bucks:

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Is sneaking in a victimless crime, like punching someone in the dark? Oh well.

Anyway, one of the bands was warming up with Here Comes the Sun. That’s apropopriate but a tad on the optimistic side…

Cosco Busan Oil Spill Endgame: Chinese-Based Fleet Management Ltd. to pay $10 Mil.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Here’s the news from the boys and girls at Justice, below.

Patched up and riding high – the last time we saw the Cosco Busan back in 2007. Will it ever come back? She’s called the MSC Venezia these days, currently working in the Canaries.

Oh well, she’s not the first Hyundai to leak oil into San Francsico Bay, and she won’t be the last.

The full release, after the jump

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