Posts Tagged ‘police’

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

 

Unsolved Mysteries: An Air Rifle vs. Windows Battle All Along Geary?

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Here’s the story:

Police ask public for assistance with investigation of Geary shootings – Posted on March 2, 2017 by Sarah B

And here’s one of the windows – I guess the projectile made it about halfway through:

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I looked for a pellet or a BB (beebee, a little spherical piece of metal) on the ground, but saw nothing.

Bee(bee) on the look out.

An Afternoon SFPD “Sting” Operation to Enforce the Mandatory Right Turn on Market Inbound at 6th – Two Vignettes

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

I’m sure you all know all about the No Left Turn and the rarer No Right Turn, but this here is about the No Straight at 6th Street on Market Street inbound.

Now of course this enforcement action wasn’t an actual sting operation as:

  1. It wasn’t bike riders getting ticketed, and
  2. There was no subterfuge.

Take a look – if you can’t see dude standing in the street with the sun at your back, well, you’ve got issues, Gentle Reader:

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Of course, the fishing’d be easier in the AM but this was in the afternoon. Here comes Victim #1, blithely motoring straight through, as people have done for more than a century:

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Cop springs into the slow lane…

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…and then informs the driver of the new-ish rule. But get this – popo let him off with just a warning. FIN.

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That’s story #1.

Story #2 is shorter. Through the intersection…

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…and then after a 30-second chat…

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…out comes the ticket book. That’s (at least) $238 for starters, but the real-life cost could get up to something like $1000-something what with the court fees and possible increase insurance costs and whatnot.

Anyway, FIN for Story #2.

I’m surprised the cops are still just warning people in 2017, JMO.

ENDOFLINE

SFMTA “Sting” Operation Snares Deadbeats, Even on Saturdays – Northbound #43 Masonic at Fulton

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Normally it’s totally cool to not pay your MUNI fare, but not today on the #43 Masonic:

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Oh, but wait, this isn’t at all a sting operation, ’cause that kind of thing involves some sort of subterfuge, right?

So when you move here from New Yawk and then start talking about:

“…a sting operation in the wiggle…”

or wherever, where the cops just park their cars or motorcycles and just stand there five feet past a stop sign, well I just gotta say no, that’s not what a sting operation is. Sry.

(What’s that, you didn’t see the cops? Well, you should be looking around more – pay attention, fool!)

Anyway, most people stopped on this day, but not all, oh well:

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ENDOFLINE

Special SFPD Park Station Community Meeting on Valentine’s Day Dealing with Violent Crime Uptick North of the Panhandle

Monday, February 13th, 2017

All the deets from Hoodline.

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Living in Frisco: Ten On-Street Parking Spaces, Five Broken Car Windows Over a Ten Day Period

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

This would be on about 100 feet of Ashbury in the 94117, both sides of the street, so generally you’ll have 4 or 5 rides parked there on both sides, so that’s ten spaces.

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What do you think the report rate is for people who’ve lost a bunch of windows the past several years? I think it’s not high. So when the media / popo report on a reduction of car break-ins, I think they should take pains to specify it’s the reported rate what’s fallen.

Anyway, my advice would be to leave your glove box and consoles and coin trays open at night…

How Frisco is Handling Its Infamous Broken Car Windows Issue – Not Well – Let’s See What the Street Sweeper Can Do

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Before:

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And After, problem solved:
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Mission Accomplished

An SFPD Crackdown on Drivers in Haight-Ashbury, Lately

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

You never used to see this, regular SFPD patrol cars enforcing traffic laws. Typically, the Motor Patrol (motorcycles) would get you – they’d enforce traffic all the live long day. And if you got a ticket from a regular patrol car, well, you must have really messed up.

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But these are the days of enforcement actions, where the focus is on traffic patrol.

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Hey, does Park Station sometimes go a month or two not handing out a single solitary ticket to a pedestrian or bike rider? Yes, yes it does. Look at their stats. It seems that, in the interest of safety, the SFPD should have those groups ascared of getting a ticket as well. But no, zero enforcement, at least during some months, means zero risk of getting a ticket in the area* and that’s why about half of the ped vs. driver and bike vs. driver accidents in Frisco are the fault of the driver, and the other half not.**

*It varies by station, of course, but the whole city is like this, with bad-attitudes peds all over.

**And this fact is so politically charged that we the public no longer get to hear about the fault of deadly accidents about town. I think that disclosure ended in calendar 2014. These days the focus is upon “mistakes” made by all concerned, but that’s not a safety approach, that’s a political approach. So hearing a non-engineer*** mayoral (politics!) appointee (politics!) talking about his safety organization is a bit a joke, some feel.

***Not a necessity, but it’d be nice.

Weekend Church Parking Done Right and Weekend Church Parking Done Wrong – Both are SFMTA-Approved

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Here’s St. Agnes:

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That’s parking done right.

And here’s Bush Street, where anybody can just put up cones to claim a lane:

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This is parking done wrong.

17 Foot Tall Facebook Ad Encampment Removed at the Foot of Battery – A Sudden Departure Before Sunrise

Monday, December 12th, 2016

November 2016:

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December 2016:

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