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KQED News was On The Scene for This Morning’s “Occupy Oakland” Police Eviction – Follow Along, Tick TockTuesday, October 25th, 2011
No, they‘re required by contract, a bad 20-year contract engineered by somewhat corrupt former Mayor Willie Brown.
Blogger Michael Petrelis is looking into these things, particularly some in the Castro – be sure to follow along his adventure this month as he considers attending one the semi-secret meetings that DPW hosts with Clear Channel and others.
These things, which are/were a burden to small local newspapers in particular, seem to require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. Multiple crews were working simultaneously on Market Street a few weeks back:
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Just as the assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk was a case study against district elections, ridiculous 20-year contracts what tie the City’s hands are case studies against San Francisco’s Strong Mayor system.
Rina Palta of KALW News has a bit on prison realignment this morning. (That’s just the kind of thing you can find at THE INFORMANT: Cops, Courts, and Communities in the Bay Area.)
And here’s some related information about parolees from candidate for Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, below.
“October 1: State transfers parolees to San Francisco’s probation programs and jails - The City braces for influx of ex-offenders starting Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO — On Saturday, October 1, the first group of state prison parolees scheduled for transfer to San Francisco will begin arriving in the City under Realignment — legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 4, 2011.
The City has created a comprehensive program to shift ex-offenders to local control, including increasing electronic monitoring, social and rehabilitation programs, and preparing for an increased jail population.
Some details on the parolees and program:
· Expected number of new parolees in 2011-2012: 700
· Average age of transferred parolee: 39
· Average number of prior convictions: 7
· Time in which parolees have to report to the City after release: 48 hours
· Crimes: Non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual offenses
· Transportation for parolees: City will transport most; some travel by bus
· Recidivism: How will the City’s new parolee population impact jails?
· Funding: State funding is short of City needs and only budgeted for nine months. How will programs be sustained?
· Impact on City agencies: How will law enforcement, social and health services be affected by the increased ex-offender population?
Supervisor Mirkarimi, Chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee, convened hearings on Realignment and sponsored several ordinances to address the ex-offender transfer.”
“News Rack Advisory Committee” – I Know What You Did _This_ Summer – Is DPW is Afraid of Michael Petrelis?Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Anyway, I’ve never met the man myself but this is an artist’s impression of what M. Petrelis looks like when he’s on the case against corruption from our City Family.
I’d tell you the name of the movie this is from, but that would be racist,* somehow.
Anyway, Petrelis was nosing around, as he’s wont to do, and then one of DPW’s webpages evolved a bit.
So, first it was all like this:
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That’s what it looked like yesterday.
But now it’s all like this:
“Advisory committee members are newspaper distributors and concerned citizens appointed by the Director of Public Works.The NAC meets regularly to discuss policies and procedures and to make recommendations to the Director of Public Works to amend the Guidelines Regarding News Racks and other progam needs. Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.”
Who’s doing what now? Were the relevant policies wrong before? Are they right now?
I know not.
Let’s hope Michael can get to the bottom of this soon.
*And then maybe, you know, to punish me, a signals intelligence officer working at the Chinese consulate near Japantown could packet sniff my cell again.**
**Now I’m not even sure about the first time. But I remember picking up some election stuff and a handcart at City Hall*** on a Friday evening, you know, using Mom’s Taxi,**** and it was the anniversary of something horrible that the backward, unelected, one-party-state that is the People’s Republic of China had done, so I figured I’d drop by Laguna on my home on Turk, check out the scene, see how many Feds are hanging about. It was boring so I sat in Mom’s taxi checking the gMail before heading out. Twelve hours later I get an email from Google telling me how I’d been hacked from somewhere in the PRC, ostensibly, on the East Coast – I checked the location on a map. That kind of thing hasn’t happened before and it hasn’t happened since. (And if somebody read my emails, I don’t really care anyway, as I haven’t ever really been in contact with the Tibetans or whomever might scheme to attack or whatever.) But, when there’s a protest going on around that consulate, you might want to consider taking the battery pack out of your mobile, just saying. Now I’m sure that the United States spies on China the same way that our Chinese Consulate on Geary conducts espionage on San Franciscans so I guess it all evens out in the great scheme of things. And maybe the hack was a coinkidink, don’t know. (China has more than a few freelance hackers, of course.)
***Now how on Gaia’s Green Earth does the Department of Elections get away with paying pollworkers less than minimum wage for a 15 hour day on Election Day plus three hours of unpaid training? It’s not considered work? There’s some exception? I gots to know. They called me again yesterday, following up on the numerous letters they’ve already sent out. 1. No, I don’t want to work this election. 2. No, I don’t want to work future elections. (Short phone call.) You know, maybe if the City paid election workers at least minimum wage, you know, the way they require everybody else in town to pay minimum wage, then the City wouldn’t have such a hard time finding workers who don’t go psycho and steal ballots and cell phones and whatnot? Maybe? Anyway, IMO the only reason to sign up for a pollworker gig is to get out of working for a campaign, which, back in the day, I was more or less required to do, you know, take vacation days off to work on campaigns else my supe, a so-called Constitutional Officer of the State of California would frown a perfect upside-down smile at me. And you don’t want that. And oh yes, remember to not tell the Fiona people you’re also working on Leland’s campaign and to not tell the Leland people you’re also working on Fiona’s campaign, cause, you know. Ah mem’ries.
****Which is actually an aging 8-passenger Toyota (which is actually shorter than some two-door Camry Solaras), but don’t worry – it has an old-school throttle cable going through the firewall and an electronic throttle position sensor doohicky too, belts-and-suspenders style, so I’ll have no one to blame when I get caught speeding on the superslab or crashing into things…
Starting Monday, Jon Kelley and Marla Tellez will Have the Noon News Early: It’s “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM!”Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Would you like your lunchtime news an hour early and from San Jose?
Well then, you’re in luck.
Marla Tellez on the Central Coast:
“SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 15, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced the launch of a new weekday newscast, “NBC Bay Area News at 11AM,” debuting Monday, September 19. Broadcast veteran Jon Kelley, host of Today in the Bay, will anchor the new newscast with NBC Bay Area’s Marla Tellez. The program will air following NBC’s Today Show.
Jon Kelley has spent more than 15 years in television journalism, covering news, sports and entertainment in a variety of roles. He’s won multiple awards for sports reporting, and played football for the University of Nebraska before beginning his broadcast journalism career.
Marla Tellez is a native San Franciscan who has covered news in Northern California for several years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communications, and has won multiple Emmys for producing and reporting.
“This expansion of NBC Bay Area news allows us to serve our Bay Area viewers with more of the high-quality international, national and local coverage they’ve come to expect from us,” said Jonathan Mitchell, NBC Bay Area’s Vice President of News. “We’re excited that viewers will be able to join Jon and Marla in mid-day for an update on the day’s most important stories.” About NBC Owned Television Stations NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”
Now, who’ll do the weather for this show?
Remember back a few days ago when SWA was using the “Let’s Roll” as a part of it’s frequent flier promotion?
“Got bad timing? Southwest Airlines is launching a new contest as part of its frequent flier program. Hey, free or discounted travel is all good, but is “Let’s Roll!” really the best slogan they could come up with as the country nears the tenth anniversary of 9/11?”
But SWA just fixed things.
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Has been changed to this:
Good for you, SWA.
(Speaking of which, SWA apparently kicked a white musician dude off of a flight yesterday due to his saggy pants, news to me. But that’s sort of funny due to some incident we had at SFO not too long ago when MR. B.M.O.C. football player totally ignored a request from a black female airline employee for said football star to pull up his saggy pants. He ended up just walking away from her. He couldn’t be bothered because, unsurprisingly, he had luggage in his hands, or something. Said airline employee had the option to forget about it, but instead, she kicked things up a notch and the rest is history. Now, around the same time, a “faggy white boy” on a different airline in a different part of the country was allowed to fly while wearing nothing but women’s underwear, or something like that. Somehow, that “proved” something about something. Somehow, and people “know” this for sure, the black female airline employee singled out MR. B.M.O.C. due to racism. Or something like that. Oh well.)
“Update on Officer Involved Shooting: GSR found on suspect’s hand
Posted Date: 7/19/2011
As stated by Chief Suhr during Monday’s press conference, information pertaining to the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2011 would be released as it becomes available.
Results from the analysis of evidence collected from the hands of Kenneth Harding revealed that GSR (gunshot residue) was present on Harding’s right hand. The presence of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers.
The presence of GSR on an individual’s hands indicates that either: the individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his/her hands.
No GSR was detected on Harding’s left hand.”
Boy, This NBC Bay Area KNTV News Van is Just Begging Not to Be Vandalized – Yay Ecologic! Yay SF Giants!Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
Let me tell you, San Francisco News stations have learned that it just doesn’t pay to advertise their names on the sides of vans, you know, because that’s just making them a target for mischief, right?
They have differing policies on just how incognito they are, but this is typical. You can’t get more incognito than that.
Comes now, straight outta San Jose, KNTV-TV, our NBC affiliate for the Bay Area. See?
Now, I just happened to have an 8oz Krylon Premium Metallic Gold Foil #1050 in my rucksack on this night and I was all set to go to town, you know, to express myself, but then I noticed the Ecologic and Giants stickers.
And I couldn’t do it, man, I just couldn’t mess with the Giants AND the Ecologic (whatever the Hell that is). My Message would have been clouded, dig?
Well played, NBCBAYAREA.
Life was simpler back in the day, non?
SFPD ShotSpotter Shows Where the SFPD Fired Ten Times at Kenneth Harding on July 16th, 2011 in the BayviewMonday, July 18th, 2011
Caroline Chen has some more details on the SFPD shooting of Kenneth Harding on July 16th, 2011 in Bayview’s Mendel Plaza near 3rd Street.
The SFPD’s Shotspotter* map indicating the order and location of triangulated shot locations:
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Here’s a bigger picture via Google Maps:
The distance across the street from the place where Kenneth Harding fell from the location where shots 2-8 were fired is about 55 feet.
One protest is at 5:00 PM on July 19th and the Community Meeting is at 6:00 PM on July 20th.
*A Shot Spotter sensor looks one of these things, most likely: