Let’s try to make sense of SFMTA/MUNI’s ad policy.
An ad for a movie like this…
…isn’t allowed, because it shows the use of firearms. So we ended up with this kind of SFMTA ad:
But this kind of ad, on the streets today, is A-OK:
The latest in fusion flatware:
This is about as close as I usually get to the infamous half-million dollar bathroom that we paid for back in the aughts.
But it’s close enough to hear the following:
“Trying to get myself clean!”
“Just trying to protect yourself!”
Note that these dudes were conversing inside the women’s bathroom on the east side of the building.
One assumes somebody pulled out a knife, because he felt threatened.
On It Goes…
Well, let’s see how things look these days on one-third of one-half of the first block of troubled Sixth Street these days.
On the left you can find the current roost of Mobile Command Three from the SFPD. It’s probably there owing to the recent murder (San Francisco’s first and only for 2012 so far) at Stevenson and Sixth. If the cops wanted to have a substation in this area, they’d already have one in there, of course, so the 415’s littlest Mobile Command unit is a kind of temporary substitute.
And look, the poorly-managed and poorly-situated Passion Cafe is no more. The sign that used to be there is gone. Will tourist-beloved Dottie’s True Blue Cafe move in there soon? I don’t know.
And oh, the Happy Donuts has finally moved in from across the street and, of course, the SFGov-backed Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers is now firmly ensconced on the corner. It’s hard getting used to having a fast food burger chain in here:
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So that’s what’s new in this active stretch of the corrupt Twitterloin.
Speaking of which, what’s up with this? Can you imagine going down to your local diner to get a malted or whatever and leaving your bike propped up against the building unlocked, thusly?
What is this, Mayberry, RFD or Osaka, Japan? I mean, I don’t think you can just leave your bike around on the sidewalk while you nosh on your twice-fried American fries, can you?
Well, I guess you can but it’s a good way to lose your ride with a quickness.
Or, maybe it’s a bait bike from the SFPD, put out there to see who would steal it? Anyway, it was there all by its lonesome for seven minutes at least, which has got to be some kind of record for Mid-Market. Hurray.
That’s your 2012 update for the heart of Mayor Ed Lee’s troubled Mid Market area…
[UPDATE: Appears as if the City Family actually fought back against the revelers with water trucks. So much for the “zero tolerance” edict from Police Chief Greg Suhr. Anyway, look for Halloween in the Castro 2012 to be twice as big. You’ll see…]
“THERE WILL BE NO HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION IN THE CASTRO in 2011”
“…Staying Home for Halloween is the ‘in’ thing to do…”
And here’s the same message from a local media outfit, you know, the one owned by gay-hating, evolution-unbelieving Republican Philip Anschutz:
“Halloween bash in San Francisco’s Castro won’t rise from dead this year”
Like these people waiting for the 24 Divisadero bus yesterday evening:
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Actually, the Castro was hopping. Via Owenchristoff:
“Fun Halloween! Castro was a zoo. Glad to be back in the quiet Richmond dist.”
“Official party? Nope. Who cares. Crowds converging now on San Francisco’s Castro for Halloween”
And there’s this, from NilesHD:
“Although there’s no official San Francisco Halloween anymore in the Castro, that’s where most people go to celebrate Halloween !!”
Now the way to explain this is by noting that the City Family doesn’t really benefit from people going to the Castro district on Halloween, so it suppresses turnout by lying to people.
(If Halloween were an event that the City Family cared about, then things would be much different. It’d be more like the sitch with the America’s Cup 2013, you know, Rich People Like Boats, so it’s full speed ahead with AC13. Oh well.)
Now what’s this, is it the campaign of, speak of the Devil, quasi-City Family member David Chiu on the streets of the Castro last night?
Happy Halloween 2011, San Francisco.
See you next year!
Here’s the news about today’s homicide from Mike Aldax:
“Police Chief Greg Suhr came to the crime scene. He will hold a community meeting about the incident Tuesday at the Richmond Recreation Center at 251 18th Ave. The meeting is set for [October 4th, 2011 at] 6:30 p.m.“
This is the now-standard community meeting that’s been promised for each and every SFPD officer-involved shooting.
And, per Eric Mar‘s office, our District One Supervisor will be on hand to ask and answer questions.
[UPDATE, October 4th, 2011
Please join me in attending a Police Community meeting tonight. Yesterday morning at 7:30am, Richmond Station officers responded to a call of a stabbing on the 600 block of Funston Street. Officers encountered a wounded victim outside the home and was told the suspect was still inside. As they entered the home they found an elderly woman with life threatening injuries and began to render aid. The suspect, armed with two knives charged at the officers and an Officer Involved Shooting occurred. The incident is being investigated. Both the elderly woman and the suspect died from their injuries.
A community meeting will be held tonight, October 4, 2011, and Police Chief Greg Suhr will address concerns and answer questions about the incident. The meeting will be held at the Richmond Rec Center located at 251 18th Avenue, between California and Clement Sts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
And see what the SFPD has to say, below.
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“Officer Involved Shooting at the 600 blk of Funston Ave.
Posted Date: 10/3/2011
On October 3, 2011 at approximately 7:18 a.m., San Francisco Police responded to a call of a stabbing at the 600 block of Funston Ave. Officers and paramedics arrived on the scene and discovered a 78 year old Chinese male victim in front of the residence bleeding profusely. The victim suffered a stab wound to his hand and forearm.
Officers and paramedics immediately rendered medical aid in attempt to control the bleeding. The officers continued up the stairway where they found a 78 year old Chinese female victim with what the officers believed to be life threatening stab wounds to the body. As officers were trying to pull the victim to safety and get medical treatment for the female victim, they were confronted by a 44 year old Chinese male suspect.
The suspect had two knives as he advanced towards the officers. One officer used an Extended Range Impact Weapon (ERIW) in an effort to subdue the suspect. The ERIW proved to be ineffective. A cover officer discharged his firearm on the advancing suspect and stopped the deadly threat. Officers continued to search the house for additional suspects and victims and found a 50 year old Chinese female hiding in the back of the house inside a locked bedroom, she was uninjured.
All victims and suspect are related. The suspect was the son of both 78 year old victims, and the uninjured female found by officers at the scene, was the sister of the suspect.
At approximately, 9:39 a.m. the suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 78 year old female victim was also pronounced dead a few minutes later at the hospital at 9:41 a.m
This is an active ongoing police investigation by the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Detail, Internal Affairs Division, District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Citizens Complaints.
There will be a community meeting pertaining to the officer involved shooting tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Location will be at the Richmond Recreational Center at 251 18th Ave between Clement and California.”
Somebody was dragging somebody or something, as you can see:
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Is Chief Suhr going to call for a community meeting with District One Supervisor Eric Mar? (Apparently, it’s his policy* to do that kind of thing after each SFPD officer-involved shooting, whether it’s needed or not.)
*You know who could use that policy? The BART Police, that’s who.**
** The worst police you’ll encounter in the 415:
Believe this murder took place somewhere in the Lower Haight area.
Here’s the info from the SFPD:
Inspector Michael Morley, Richard Martin, or Bob Velarde
SFPD Homicide Detail 415-553-1145
SFPD Bay Area Regional Information Center ( BRICC) 415-553-1071
SFPD Anonymous Tip Line: 415-575-4444
SFPD Text-A-Tipto: 847411
type: SFPD + msg
SFPD CASE #100 704 683
I’ll tell you, I worked at a bank back in the day, back in the pre-digital camera era, and I’ll tell you, there’s no way a typical analog camera would get this kind of image of an alleged bank robber. Particularly since the old-school cams had to be tripped manually when the time came, owing to the expense of film.
But these days, digital cameras is everywhere.
Anyway, if I were this fellow, I’d leave town, for a while anyway.
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SAN FRANCISCO POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING SERIAL BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT (10-039)
San Francisco police are seeking the public’s help in locating a bank robbery suspect who has robbed four downtown San Francisco banks since March 22. In three of the incidents, the suspect approached a bank customer already at the teller window and placed a knife to the customer’s throat. While holding the knife, the suspect demanded and was given currency from the teller. The suspect then fled the bank. In one of the three incidents, the hostage victim suffered a non-life-threatening knife wound.
The first incident on March 22 occurred at Citibank, 1801 Van Ness Avenue. There was no customer threat or weapon used in this incident. Two days later, on March 24, the suspect entered the East West Bank at 743 Washington Street and held a knife to the throat of an Asian male customer at the teller window. On April 2, the suspect went into the Wells Fargo Bank at 1160 Grant Avenue and again held a knife to the throat of a customer, an Asian male. This was the incident in which the customer was injured.
On April 5, the suspect entered City National Bank, 150 California Street, stood behind a 90-year-old Hispanic female customer at the teller window, and held a knife to her throat. After demanding and receiving currency, the suspect fled the bank. The victim was not injured.
The suspect is described as an African-American male, 30-40, 6’, 175 lbs, black hair with mustache and goatee. The suspect wore a dark baseball cap in each incident. Surveillance photos of the suspect accompany this press release.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect is urged to contact Inspector Phillip Wong, Criminal Investigation Unit, 553-1201, to call the Confidential Tip Line, 415-575-4444, or to use Text-a-Tip by typing TIP411 or 847411 in the “To” field and “SFPD” in the text field.
For more information, please contact the Media Relations Unit, 553-1651
Look at just a part of the cache of TIMBUK2 messenger bags that were strewn about the sidewalks of the Lower Haight recently. Can you see how somebody took a blade and methodically rendered these bags useless – who would do that?
Are these factory seconds from the San Francisco Timbuk2 production line, like there was there a concern that inferior products could hurt the brand? Or maybe somebody didn’t want these items to getting returned to the store for refund or exchange?
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Now the people at the North Face Outlet, hooh boy, when they used to have sales in San Francisco’s SOMA back in the day, they used to bring it – just the tiniest flaw would justify a huge discount (and sometimes they’d have great deals on perfectly good, but unpopular, goods).
But how would The North Face people keep outlet purchasers from going to the full-price yuppie store in Union Square to get a full-price refund? Why, TNF would have a worker color in the iconic logo’s “O” with a Sharpie:
No refund for you! Some wear this blackened “O,” this scarlet ebony letter, as a badge of honor.
Anyway, It seems a shame about all those Timbuk2 bags.
Poor little fellers.