Not that I care, not that I don’t do the same myself sometimes:
Here it is:
My name is John Sanford Jr. and it is with great honor to serve as the new Commanding Officer of the Park Police district. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve with the women and men of the Park Police district. Park Police station is a very iconic station filled with outstanding officers and a great history.
I am equally elated to serve the Park district community and the various Board of Supervisor members that represent this fine district. I am fully aware that many members of the community are frustrated with the transition of yet another commanding officer here at Park Station. I truly understand the frustration, but promise you I bring full dedication and commitment to the post.
I personally know both Captain Greg Corrales and Captain Raj Vasawani and despite two different styles, both are highly intelligent and dedicated to duty. I understand both have served recently with overwhelming commitment. Personally, I am glad these fine captains have raised the bar; I believe they have set an expectation which will only benefit this deserving community. To this end, I will serve with professional integrity. I will encourage and embrace collaboration and partnership with the community. My goal is to foster a sustainable process with continuity, which will assist us with reducing crime and improving the quality of life for those who dwell within our borders.”
Please feel free to e-mail me: John.firstname.lastname@example.org
In the spirit of community policing, I look forward to the task ahead!”
Here’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.)
This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction turning left from inbound Oak onto northbound Masonic got pulled over at the Masonic Chevron.
One supposes that the new left turn arrow phase at this intersection was the instigation for the enforcement action. (Back in the day, traffic didn’t back up during the Morning Drive due to the Double Left Turn that’s no longer there, owing to concerns over ped safety, one supposes.)
All right, here’s your money shot, here’s your scene at Fell and Masonic with a brace of drivers, drivers who “know” they’re special, so fucking special, you know, your Prius hybrid drivers, your Range Rover drivers, and your new funky BMW i3 (with absurdly tall, absurdly narrow Conestoga wagon wheels) electric car drivers:
That was the scene I initialy came upon and this is the same area as I left. Note the all-black Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. It’s not a coincidence that the drivers of all these cars got pulled over at the same time, just saying:
Of course, the SFPD will also pull you over if they notice you doing something wrong going the other way, but the funny thing was that the two cars I saw getting pulled over heading south on Masonic, against the current, heading towards the Financial, were normal ones, like VW Golfs. (I’ll ask you, should you ever be proud of your car? The answer is that no you shouldn’t be, because Pride Goeth Before The Painful Traffic Ticket What’s Going to End Up Costing Your Four Figures. JMO.)
Moving on, to this – peds coming up to chat up the cops to cheer them on.
Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t see any driver run a red during the time I was at these intersection taking photos of the enforcement action, but I was paying more attention to the cops as opposed to the drivers. And I’ll note that sometimes the traffic lights would cycle red green red green red green without anyone getting pulled over.
I’ll leave you with this, my misfocused shot of a ped giving a black power salute to the SFPD to thank them for this latest enforcement action:
You’d make it simpler for the fuzz if you’d transfer your booze to a water bottle or something. Simply putting your 40 in a paper bag or, in this case, black fabric(?), doesn’t cut it.
So they’ll pour your brew out right in front of you. And then quickly move on to the friction of the day, no muss, no fuss.
That is, if I’m reading this right:
“Probation Violation – Fulton/Masonic – 10/02/2014 4:25PM
Captain of Park Station who was on routine patrol is approached by a loss prevention agent. The agent states a theft had just occurred at Lucky’s supermarket and the suspect was still in sight. Captain observed the subject walking away and immediately ordered the thief to stop, which the thief was reluctant to do. The Captain was able to catch up to the thief and attempt to take him into custody. The thief would not go down without a fight. After a brief struggle, the Captain was able to overpower the thief and take him into custody. The thief was on felony probation for the transportation of drugs.”
PARK STATION, COMPANY F, WHERE THE SUMMER OF LOVE NEVER ENDS:
Perhaps I’m jumping to contusions, but this large crew of aggressively-lounging bike riders certainly appeared to be trying to send a message to a pair of area bike robbers making the news lately.
Strike a pose:
And what does that T-shirt say? It’s all, “WE KILL BIKE THIEVES.”* How charming!
(I’ve seen lots of bike meetups in the Panhandle, but usually people ride off or start picnicking. Instead, this crew just sat around and glared, for hours, kind of like the guy on my JetBlue flight to DC a couple weeks after 9/11, arms crossed, standing near the cockpit and just staring at everybody just waiting for somebody to try something.)
I’l tell you, I’ve ridden the Panhandle bike path thousands of times in the early morning hours, after zero-dark-thirty, and I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this. Similar attacks occurred on the McAllister bike route in the projects / projecty Friendship Village Apartments near Webster, about ten years back, purportedly with a “lead pipe” (that probably wasn’t made of lead, but anyway).
Who knows, perhaps news of this kind of meet-up will spread, through word-on-the-street, until it reaches ears of these strong-arm robbers.
In any event, this small series of crimes certainly now has the attention of the SFPD – we’ll see how it goes. I’ll tell you, it’d be nice to have a retired/out-on-disability cop monitoring a network of London-style, high-def** crime cameras for the night shift of Park Station, but I don’t see anything like that happening soon. Oh well…
*$35! “Take an aggressive stance against rampant bike theft with this bold, reflective graphic statement”
**I suppose we already have a kind of video network, what with local business cameras on 24-7 plus the low-def SFPD cams, but this is nothing like the high-def cams what a town like Stockton***, CA has…
***The cops over in Stockton laugh, just laugh at the SFPD’s low-def crime cam setup.
“Discussing HOT teams and homelessness in the Haight Ashbury with @BevanDufty at Park Station tonight.”
And here’s the SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM (SFHOT).
And here are some recent day-campers in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park – they had an especially charismatic dog:
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What does this all add up to? IDK.
The business owners on Haight and the homeowners groups are looking for changes on how SFGov handles the homeless. Who knows if they’ll get that.
In any event, here’s the schedule for community meetings:
Day: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Park Station
“Good afternoon from Park Police Station! My name is Raj Vaswani and I am honored to be your new Captain here in the vibrant Park District.
I know I have not yet attained ‘Legend’ status, which Captain Corrales held. If I stay the full 45 years, I have some time to work on becoming a legend. I wish Captain Corrales a well deserved retirement and I know he worked hard and was very passionate about fighting crime through-out his career. I personally know many of the officers & supervisors here at Park Station and I can tell you is that you are in very good hands; We have Officers with experience that love to work in the Park District.
My background is 20+ years in policing. I have worked as an officer at the old Potrero Station, Southern Station, Northern Station, and specifically the Northern Station Street Crimes Under-cover Unit. I was promoted while at Northern Station then worked 8 years in Investigations Bureau as a Inspector. I worked at Ingleside and Southern as a patrol supervisor, then a Patrol Lieutenant in the Mission.
I have also worked for the Deputy Chief as a Lieutenant in Administration Bureau. I’ve worked closely with DPW on the new Police Headquarters Building and the Sixth Street Substation. I’ve worked collaboratively with the San Francisco City Attorney and Treasurer on business regulations and permit matters. My last assignment as Lieutenant was for the Chief’s Office as the Commanding Officer for the Legal Division. In this position I had the unique opportunity to represent the department in civil litigation, arbitration and mediation in Federal Court. Lastly, I was recently the citywide Night Captain where I managed in-progress incidents and nightclub-related deployment of officers. Working in this capacity I had the unique opportunity to patrol the entire city and meet many of the new officers in our department.
I look forward to serving your needs as the Captain of Park Station. I have already reached out to some of the businesses, organizations, and Supervisors that represent the Park District. Today, I will be walking Haight Street and hope to meet some of the residents and businesses that represent this historic neighborhood . I’m a strong believer that the police are a part of the fabric of the community, but the neighborhood groups, merchants associations, residents, and visitors also play an important part in our success; I intend to continue having a positive collaborative relationship with the community!
Please consider coming to our evening National Night Out Event on Aug. 5th! (More info to follow,
And speaking of following….. feel free to follow me on twitter! http://twitter.com/sfvas ). I hope to use Social Media to stay connected to you all.
Captain Raj Vaswani”
Well, here it is, an actual real 8-page newspaper “serving Cole Valley, Alamo Square, Hayes Valley and the Haights” – it’s the brand-new HAtCHBeat, Issue One*
Now meet Liz Fedak, Publisher.
Somebody who tried something like this a little while back was Eve Batey. Her online-only effort didn’t work out.
And speaking of online-only, Hoodline (mostly covering “Divisadero, Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Upper Haight,” mostly) comes to mind as there’s a lot of overlap there. Liz has carved out an area that we can call District 5 Less The Inner Sunset.
Who’s taken notice already? How about D5 Supervisor London Breed** with her City Hall column and SFPD Park Station Captain Gregory Corrales with his Police Beat?
And add to that an alphabet soup of SFGov departments, including advertisers with big ads such as the Department of Elections and the SF Public Library.
Check it out if you can. You’ll see a bit about Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic (1988-2013) that takes a decidedly anti-RPD position.
That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:
“Do you have interest in writing, photography or videography? Whether you have experience or not, send an email to email@example.com to get involved.”
Leaving you with the categories to be covered:
Business + Money — HATCH Beat
Parenting — HATCH Beat
Profiles — HATCH Beat
Community — HATCH Beat
Calendar — HATCH Beat
Pets — HATCH Beat
Food + Drink — HATCH Beat
Police Blotter — HATCH Beat
Entertainment — HATCH Beat
Bon courage, HAtCHBeat!