Posts Tagged ‘police’

Double-Park Nation, San Francisco – A Lesson in Urban Etiquette – “Double Parking: Is It For Me?”

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Here’s long-time SF blogger 40 Going On 28 going on about what really grinds his gears:

Urban Etiquette: Motoring in the City

And all that’s fine, for the most part.*

But here’s your nugget, San Francisco driving culture-wise:

4. Double Parking: Is It For Me?

The advice about not parking “anywhere near an intersection” is the Inviolable Rule. You can’t just go to the end of the block and then double-park right in front of the crosswalk – that’s not kosher. Agreed.

But what of this fairly typical sitch, in the Western Addition?

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The street here is quite short, just three blocks, plus it’s quite wide plus, bonus, it’s not on a bus line, so all these bandits need not worry about getting a pesky MUNI bus camera ticket. IMO, the moving van has priority here, so the other drivers should avoid double parking near it.

Obviously, these double parkers should show a great deal of respect for elements of the SFPD and DPT, and they shouldn’t box in legally parked cars. If that happens to you, simply start honking your horn and then the car owner should appear within a minute or so, to hastily get out of your way. (I mean, ideally.)

Anyway, that’s my perspective, that double parking etiquette is something you’re just going to have to learn after you get here and drive around.

I’ve been driving / parking here for a quarter century now. This is JMO.

*Personally, I don’t see the harm of California stops in SF in most circumstances. I’m not talking about a MUNI driver blowing through stops at 12 MPH (as documented by a video cam on the very same bus), no, I’m talking about creeping (down the back streets on D’s) through. You should aspire to drive just the way off-duty SFPD cops do. Then you’ll be invisible to them when they’re on-duty. And when they’re trying to meet their quota for tickets on Fulton, let’s say, they’ll just sit and watch 20 cars creep through a stop sign (without ever coming to a complete stop) but then pull over the driver who only slows down to, say, 7 MPH or so. And as far as ped safety is concerned, you’re always scanning for peds, right? If so, feel free to Cali stop, particularly when there’s not a soul around.

Here’s Why the SFPD’s “Focus On The Five” Traffic Enforcement Goal is At Least 40% Wrong

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Here’s your set-up, from The StreetsBlog:

“…only one of the 10 police stations is actually meeting its goal of issuing at least 50 percent of traffic citations for the five most common violations that cause pedestrian injuries.”

But, IRL the the five most common violations that cause pedestrian injuries actually  include:

CVC 21456 – Walk, Wait, or Don’t Walk 

CVC 21954 – Pedestrians Outside Crosswalk / CVC 21955 – Crossing Between Controlled Intersections*

Under the CVC, jaywalkers can either be in a crosswalk (or close enough – if you’re one or two feet away, that might be close enough to be considered “in the crosswalk”) (and, of course, these can be marked or unmarked crosswalks) but doing something wrong (like starting too early or too late or going too fast (running) or too slow (just standing in the crosswalk, for ex.) OR crossing in the middle of a block.

If you look at the math, there’s no way that these violations can be out of the top five.

That’s just one reason why there’s not even a prayer of a chance that SFGov’s “Vision Zero” 2024 can “succeed.” (Oh what’s that, Sweden experimented with VisionZero and it succeeded? Well, not really. Oh what’s that, it was good to try anyway, even though they didn’t get to actual absolute zero, they had a big reduction in injuries? Well, France, among others, didn’t implement Vision Zero and yet it had greater success over a similar time period, right? Oh what’s that, Vision Zero is just a “framing” phrase, a meaningless platitude that pours old wine into new bottles? Well, finally we agree.)

Of course you’re never going to beat drivers Failing To Yield for the number of pedestrian deaths in San Francisco County. But do you think lying about things like Focus in The Five helps your cause?

And are there reasons why it’s far easier to comply with the demands of non-profit pressure groups in the Richmond District as opposed to other districts of San Francisco? Yes there are. Take the same Captain and put him/her in another district and then watch your compliance numbers fall. Why’s that? Do you suppose that the SFPD has a mission, has a job not 100% congruent with “urbanists” straight outta Park Slope and pricey prep schools like Punahou?

Something to think about.

*These are twins, basically. 

The Never-Ending Vigil: Falun Gong vs. the Chinese Consulate on Geary – Continuing Rain or Shine

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Here’s how things look on Geary during our recent rains…

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…and here’s a 14 year old San Jose Mercury News report on the same group at the same location:

They’ve become part of the landscape on Geary and Laguna. Every morning they wave and say, “Good morning,” to the San Francisco police officer on duty, Xu said. Every evening, they say, “Good night.” They are so familiar with the postal carrier they know when a substitute is walking the route and greet both warmly.

Across the street, a San Francisco police officer sits in his vehicle, reading a paper. The cops hardly think a dozen old people and mothers with kids in tow are a threat to the People’s Republic of China, but as a matter of policy, the police dispatch an officer whenever there is a demonstration in front of the consulate.

The officer on the scene may change, but one keeps in contact with the protesters and the consulate: officer Jeff Roth, the event coordinator at Northern Station, which handles more than a few consulates because the district straddles the Western Addition, Pacific Heights and the Marina.

“They aren’t happy about it, but they don’t really have a say in the matter,” Roth said of the consulate officials.

Other protests — over Tibet and the like — have brought requests from the consulate in the past for police to stop protesters, Roth said. “We’ve explained, ‘Yes, the consulate is Chinese property, but this is America — the protesters have their First Amendment rights.’”

I’ll tell you, it’s not my habit to repost SJMN articles, but this one appears to have gone missing. If somebody can find an official link, please send it my way, by all means. (I hope it’s archived somewhere – it’s a bit surprising to me how it’s been lost in the sands of time after just 14 years.

In the meantime, this is my best guess as to how this article appeared back at the turn of the century:

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The Metal Detectors of Stanyan Street

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’ve seen this hobby in Hawaii and Fun Diego, but never in the 415 / 628 / 650, never in Frisco

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Good News: The SFPD is Hiring Police Cadets! – But, Bad News: The Pay is Just 6.6% More Than the Coming $15 Minimum Wage?!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

I guess this is the SFPD’s version of a Community Service Officer program?

But the pay starts off at $15.99 per hour?

The thing is that the In-&-Out Burger pays more. And didn’t we just vote in a higher minimum wage?

Can you imagine living in the Bay Area with a part-time job what pays $1300-something per month before taxes? Well, if you’re a rich kid living at home, I could see how you could swing that. Or if you had financial aid as a college student. Otherwise, IDK.

Read ‘em and weep:

SFPD Hiring Part-Time Cadets.
Duties:
·Perform clerical duties such as ordering, receiving and distributing supplies, processing mail, preparing
reports, indexing and filing criminal records and correspondences
·May direct and control traffic
·Monitor walk-through metal detectors and video surveillance equipment in building security assignments
·Search handbags, briefcases, backpacks and other containers
·Provide directions and other information to persons entering public buildings
·Provide first aid and CPR in case of life threatening emergencies
·Performs traffic and pedestrian control as directed;
·Participates in crime prevention activities such as neighborhood watch meetings, school and community group
presentations, and Police Department building tours;
·Maintains records and retrieves information;
·Attends weekend and/or evening training sessions;
·Performs other related duties and responsibilities not requiring Peace Officer powers
Cadet Rotations and Training Assignments:
·Public Safety Building
·District Station
·Record Destruction
·Field Operations Bureau
·Evidence
·Investigations
·Police Academy
·Records
·Traffic
·Other Duties and Assignments as needed
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
·Learn the organization and functions of a Police Department
·Techniques for courteously dealing with the public in a tactful, but firm, manner
·Communicate orally with people of diverse education, social and ethnic backgrounds
·Learn, understand and apply applicable police department rules, regulations, instructions, laws, ordinances,
policies, practices and methods
·Work courteously with the general public on the telephone and in person
·Understand and carry out oral and written directions
·Walk and/or stand for log periods of time
·Understand and follow oral and written instructions
·Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
$15.99 – $19.38/hour; $2,771.00 – $3,358.00/month; $33,254.00 – $40,300.00/year
To apply –> http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp…

Marin Headlands Mystery Machine: Sleep All Day, Party All Night – It’s Fun Being a Vampire

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Wait for it…

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Wait for it…

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Oh, there it is. Boy, this is a little ballsy, huh?

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I don’t think the authoritahs could miss this parking job…

How the Mellow SFPD Handles Things When All You Want To Do on Election Day is Sit at a MUNI Stop and Drink Beer

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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.

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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.

“Panhandle Police Altercation” – The Difference Between Being Found “Not Guilty” Vs. Being “Found Innocent”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Well, here it is.

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The problem with this Hoodline headline is that Dude wasn’t “found innocent.” IRL, the jury ruled that he is not guilty.

In other words:

Juries never find defendants innocent. They cannot. Not only is it not their job, it is not within their power. They can only find them ‘not guilty.’”

Am I being too picky here?

Sorry.

How the San Francisco Giants are LYING When They Say “Ticket Scalping is Illegal” in San Francisco

Friday, October 24th, 2014

C’mon focus, look at the sign, as seen this morning by Stanley Roberts of People Behaving Badly and KRON-TV

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Now it could be that this is what the San Francisco Giants organization wishes Police Code Section 869 would say, but this aint what it says.

Comes now SF Weekly writer Joe Eskenazi:

“…according to the police code cited on the sign (Good Ol’ No. 869) scalping is not strictly illegal: This is a code that prohibits folks from selling wares on the street without a peddlers’ permit. This means folks who sell their tickets online or out of their homes or offices are not violating the law. And your humble narrator was unable to find anything within the police code stating that people who buy wares from unlicensed peddlers are subject to arrest…”

So, Giants, why don’t you take these signs down, or change them? 

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Streetfighter 94117: New SFPD Park Station Captain Raj Vaswani Takes Down a Shoplifter at the Lucky, You Know, Personally

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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:

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