Posts Tagged ‘Orange County’

License Plate Update: It’s Not Just Bridge Toll Evaders, Now Law Enforcement Likes to Use Paper “Dealer Plates” – A Strange Convoy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:

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Tinted windows don’t mean nothing – we know who’s inside

Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?

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And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:

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Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:

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Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.

*Don’t call it that.

Small Gift Tour – Sanrio Pop-Up Stores Coming to Town this Weekend – Wrap Your Smart Car with Hello Kitty

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Sanrio’s Pop Up Tour is coming to San Francisco October 23-24, 2010, so soon you’ll be able to get iPhone covers (3rd and 4th generation only) for $40 ‘n stuff.

And, whether you attend the tour or not, you can now wrap your SmartCar with Your Favorite Kitteh. See? 

Beep beep:

More deets on the dressing up your microcar after the jump. And here are you Pop-Up Store deets:

October 23, 2010
San Francisco
Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94105
11am to 7pm

October 24, 2010
Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
11:30am to 7:30pm

Oct 28: Portland, OR

Oct 30-31: Seattle, WA

Nov 4: Sacramento, CA

Nov 6: San Diego, CA

Nov 7: Orange County, CA

Nov 13-14: Las Vegas, NV

Nov 16: Tempe, AZ

Nov 19: Austin, TX

Nov 21: New Orleans, LA

Nov 26-28: Atlanta, GA

Dec 2-5: Miami, FL

Dec 10-11: New York City, NY

See you there!


The Presidio’s Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates the 55th Anniversary of Disneyland

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum just celebrated the 55th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland, from way back in July 1955. To mark the occasion they held a three-day star-studded extravaganza up in the Presidio.  

Yes, the Disney Family Museum is in the northern part of San Francisco. Check it: FaceBook / YouTube / Twitter / WDFM Blog

Anyway, the place was awash with rabid Disney fans, with some of them talking about their memories of Opening Day despite the fact that they didn’t look older than 55.

So, just what you’d expect, an extensive recap from a fan, here it is at Jim Hill Media.

And here’s a list of the speakers:

Diane Disney Miller – daughter of Walt Disney
Tony Baxter – current SR VP of Creative Development for Disneyland
Jack Lindquist – former President of Disneyland
Dick Nunis – Disney Legend and former Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions
Matt Ouimet – former President of Disneyland Resort
Buzz Price – Economist who helped Walt Disney find original site of Disneyland
Craig Russell– Current Chief Design and Project Delivery Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
Marty Sklar– Disney Legend and former Vice Chair of Imagineering
Bruce Vaughn– Current Chief Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

This was the first day, down in the multi-hued movie theatre that you can rent out parties, I think. This was the Founding Members Only discussion with Walt’s daughter Diane Disney Miller,  Disney Legend Buzz Price, and Disney historians and authors Katherine and Richard Greene as they discuss Walt’s idea, concept, and how Disneyland became a reality:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Former Disneyland executives Jack Lindquist and Matt Ouimet were joined by Senior Vice-President of Creative Development for Disneyland Tony Baxter as they discussed the development of Disneyland, its impact on America, and Walt’s legacy with former Vice Chair of Imagineering Marty Sklar:

Left to Right – Tony Baxter, Jack Lindquist, Matt Ouimet and moderator Marty Sklar. Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

Disney Legends Dick Nunis and Marty Sklar, along with Craig Russell and Bruce Vaughn , currently executives with Walt Disney Imagineering, explored how Walt Disney’s new concept in family entertainment was a catalyst for parks around the world:

Photography by Joseph Driste, Courtesy The Walt Disney Family Museum

How will they top this in 2015 during the Diamond Jubilee of Disneyland?

Bon Courage, WDFM!

Non-“DUI Lawyer” Explains What to do if You’re Stopped for a DUI in California

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Hooh boy. Below is an actual “press release” that just came over the transom from a lawyer licensed in California. We’re going to do it Point/Counterpoint style with the actual press release from the “DUI lawyer” followed by the reply from a non-“DUI lawyer.” 

Easy peasey. But first, a photo caption: 

The poor victims of California’s draconian DUI laws, horrible laws enforced by unreliable cops using unreliable breathalyzers. Oops, nobody wanted to pose for a photo bearing that caption, so let’s make do with a shot from the wrecked Volvo of the victims of a boozed-up driver:

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“California DUI Lawyer Explains What to do if You’re Stopped for a DUI”

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ — Nationally-known California DUI attorney [Redacted] , author of [Redacted], offers this advice:

“What should I do if I’m stopped  for suspicion of DUI?”
[Think to yourself, “Man, what’s gone wrong today such that I’m now in this predicament? Maybe it has something to do with all that effing  alcohol I just drank? Or maybe it was the Vicodin. What changes can I make in my life?]

First, don’t flunk the “attitude test”:  Be pleasant and cooperative with the officer. But that doesn’t mean to do everything you’re asked.
[No arguments here.] 

For example, you’re not required by law to take the DUI field sobriety tests, and frankly I’d advise you to decline them. 
[Frankly, take the Field Sobriety Test, if you want.]

In [Redacted – basically a list of some of the counties where said “DUI lawyer” has an office] and other parts of California, you may be asked to take a DUI handheld breath test during the DUI investigation; again, you’re not required by California law to take it and you should politely decline.
[WTF? Didn’t he just say that in the preceding sentence? Again, take the Field Sobriety Test, if you want.]

“Should I answer the officer’s questions?”
[It depends – are you drunk or not?]

Decline to answer potentially incriminating questions, such as “How much have you had to drink?”
[Don’t say “a couple beers”! Everybody always says, “a couple beers”!]

or “How do you feel?”
[Don’t say, “Drunk”!]
Remember: whatever you say that can hurt you will be put in the officer’s DUI report – and whatever will help you will be left out.  A good answer is, “I would prefer not to answer any more questions until I can see an attorney.”
[Try to not to slur your speech when you say this.]

“Should I take a breath or blood test?”
[Both. Why not Bring It On!]

If you’re offered a test after you’re arrested for DUI, you should probably take it. 

If you refuse, the possible license suspension and jail time will be longer and a refusal can be used in evidence as an implied admission of intoxication.
[Bingo. Now we’re on the trolley.]
The blood test is potentially more accurate than the generally unreliable breathalyzer
[“Unreliable”? Wouldn’t you want your DUI level determined by an unreliable method if you’re drunk, as most people prosecuted for drunk driving actually were?]

so if you’re confident that your blood-alcohol level is under .08%, take it.
[This is advice? If you know you’re going to pass the blood test, you should take it? But what if you are actually too drunk to drive under the law, the position most people find themselves in after failing or refusing to fail the Field Sobriety Test? There’s no pithy advice for actual drunk people, apparently.]

“How serious are the consequences of a California DUI conviction?”
[Pretty much the same whether you hire a “DUI Lawyer” or not, if you’re a first timer with a typical case. F. Lee Bailey famously avoided conviction when he got caught in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley back in 1982. More about him later.]

Initially, the possible legal consequences of a DUI conviction depend upon many factors, such as the blood-alcohol level, any prior DUI record, presence of children in the car, etc.  Penalties include jail, fines, license suspension, DUI schools, probation and possibly more.  But the indirect damage can be considerable: including a criminal record, increased car insurance, employment problems, professional licensing issues, security clearance — even possible consequences in divorce or child custody cases.
[Yep. What’s this, a commercial for lawyers?]

“What is the most important thing for me to know if I’m arrested for DUI in California?”
[Yes, it is a commercial for lawyers. Here comes the hard sell.]

DUI is the most difficult crime for an attorney to defend correctly,

due to the complex criminal DUI laws

and scientific blood-alcohol issues, as well as separate California DMV administrative hearings.
[Difficult? The hearings they have on the second floor of the DMV where the drunk driver’s chance to speak  lasts a number of seconds or minutes? Srsly? Hahahahahahhahahah! Oooooh… a hearing at the blessed DMV where you’re going to lose your license to drive for a while, whether you like it or not! So “complex” a path for your attorney to navigate as he cashes in on your drinking problem.]

Recognize that it’s usually the unreliable breath machine that largely determines guilt or innocence.
[Recognize that it’s the usually reliable breath machine that largely determines whether you are guilty of DUI.]

It’s crucial that you retain a California DUI attorney with at least 10 years experience,
[Gee, he means maybe himself, maybe, just maybe? Hahahahahahhahahah!]

preferably a lawyer who specializes in DUI defense exclusively in Los Angeles, Orange County or wherever you were arrested.
[If you look at it along these lines, this attorney has somebody available to represent about half of the state of California. What a specialist!]

For more information about California DUI laws and DUI lawyers, visit [Redacted]
About the Law Offices of [Redacted]
Known nationally as “The Dean of DUI Attorneys,…”
[The “Dean”! Hahahahahahhahahah!]

Thus ends our trip to press release lawyer land.

Now, about F Lee Bailey. The way he got off was to hire Robert Shapiro(!), who went after the arresting officer, Peter Canaan. Remember all that stuff about Ron Fuhrman back in the O.J. Simpson case? There’s your “aggressive defense” defense strategery:

“In 1982, he attracted national attention again when he beat a drunk driving charge with LEGAL REPRESENTATION from his friend, ROBERT L. SHAPIRO. Bailey complained that the police had picked on him because he was famous. Soon he was campaigning publicly against what he saw as police harassment, warning, “The cops have decided to set some fierce public examples of their new hard line, probably to scare drivers into going easy on the booze.” He promptly wrote a legal SELF-HELP book titled How to Protect Yourself against Cops in California and Other Strange Places, purporting to be a guide to avoiding unfair drunk driving convictions.”

So, O.J. Simpson didn’t kill his ex-wife and Ron Goldman (a guy who just happened to be seen around town driving the crappy white Ferrari Mondial that OJ’s money paid for), because of the N-word and you’re not a drunk driver because you paid thousands of dollars for a “DUI attorney”? O.K. fine.

Let’s review the state of affairs:

99%+ of trips made by drunk drivers in California never result in a traffic stop, arrest, conviction or anything of that sort and;

California has one of the most lenient standards for how impaired you can be compared with the rest of the world, and;

A thousand-something non-drunk driving Californians die each year due to drunk drivers.

That’s the state of affairs. If you want to pay an attorney to commiserate with you after the DMV pulls your license, well then have at it.

And also, what does this mean, California Lawyer Magazine?

“DUI defense is the specialty people love to hate—but dare not drive without.”

So let’s see here, got my keys, my cell phone, OMG, where’s my DUI defense? I never dare to drive without it! WTF, CLM. Also, try finishing this sentence:

“DUI has gotten to be like child molesting…”

All right, if you say so.

That is all.