Posts Tagged ‘safety zone’

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Visitacion Valley Gang Injunction Against Towerside / Down Below

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Our City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera can’t abide street wars in San Francisco so he’s working on another gang injunction, this time for 100-something acres of Visi Valley.

It’s this part of the VV, roughly:

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That’s the Sunnydale Projects on the left:

It’s the Down Below gangsters vs. the Towerside gang:

Lots of different names involved:

DBG symbols include: “Down Below Gangsters,” “Down Below Gang,” “DBG,” “324″ (referring to the letters “D”, “B”, and “G” on a telephone key pad), “Down the Hill,” “Down Below,” “The/Tha/Da Low,” “Lo/w,” “Low Boys,” “LB,” “Sunnydale,” “SD,” “Nolia”(referring to Magnolia, a New Orleans public housing development), “N.O.”(referring to the Nolia), “Sunnydale 42nd/42,” “42″ (referring to a parking lot at the Sunnydale Housing Development), “1800 Block” (referring to the 1800 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “1700 Block” (referring to the 1700 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “1600 Block” (referring to the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “1500 Block” (referring to the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue), “Spunk Squad,” “YGs,” “Young Guns/z,” “Young, Young Guns/z,” “YYGs,” “Borderline,” “BL,” “Borderline Posse,” “Borderline Players,” “BLP,” “257″ (referring to the letters “B”, “L”, and “P” on a telephone key pad), “Border Low,” “Swampy D,” and “The Swamp.”

TOWERSIDE symbols include: “Geneva Towers,” “Towerside,” “Towers,” “Tower Block,” “TB,” “T,” “T-Side,” “33,” “33rd,” “The/a 3s,” “312,” “1100 Block” (referring to 1100 Block of Sunnydale Avenue), “Brick Home Posse,” “BHP,” “Brick Homes,” “The Bricks,” and “Bricks.”

Anyway, all the deets:

Herrera seeks civil injunction against warring criminal street gangs in Visitacion Valley

Complaint begins process to enjoin 41 members of ‘Down Below Gangsters,’ ‘Towerside’ in safety zone encompassing both turfs

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 5, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against two warring criminal street gangsthat have terrorized San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley for more than three years.  The civil complaint filed in Superior Court this morning names the Down Below Gangsters and Towerside Gang as defendants in a civil action that seeks to prohibit an array of gang-related criminal and nuisance conduct by 41 adult gang members within a proposed “safety zone” covering less than two-tenths of a square mile. 

If granted by the court, Herrera’s civil gang injunction would bar named gang members from engaging in intimidation, graffiti vandalism, loitering, trespassing, displaying gang signs or symbols, and associating with other gang members under most circumstances within the safety zone.  The injunction would additionally prohibit the possession of guns and other weapons, drugs, and graffiti implements within the area at all times.  Violations of such injunctions can be pursued civilly by the City Attorney, for contempt of court, or prosecuted criminally by the District Attorney, as a misdemeanor for up to six months in county jail. 

“The residents of Visitacion Valley have been caught in a crossfire by warring criminal street gangs, and the injunction I’m pursuing today intends to put an end to it,” Herrera said.  “This injunction names 41 adult gang members in two rival gangs, representing the most active and dangerous threats to public safety.  As is typical in these cases, most live outside the community they’ve chosen to victimize.  As the California Supreme Court majority held in its 1997 Acuna decision on gang injunctions, ‘Preserving the peace is the first duty of government, and it is for the protection of the community from the predations of the idle, the contentious, and the brutal that government was invented.’  The gang injunction we’re pursuing today asserts the right of Visitacion Valley families to live in the peace and safety to which they’re entitled.”

“Gang injunctions like the ones City Attorney Herrera has successfully fought to put in place give law enforcement another important weapon in the fight against criminal street gangs who terrorize our communities,” said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris.  “As the chief elected law enforcement leader in San Francisco, I consider this another vital tool in the prosecution of violent criminals.  I thank the City Attorney for working with me to help keep San Francisco safe.”

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San Francisco’s First Continuously Green Bike Lane Just Popped Up on Market Street

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Via BIKE NOPA word comes of San Francisco’s first continuously green bike lane, down there on Market inbound. It seems that Dan Nguyen-Tan thought it was so good this morning, he told two friends about it, and they told two friends, and so on and so on

So tout de suite, tout le monde learned about it.

Will this greenery hold up better than the fast-fading beige of Market a little bit down the road?

Via Jamison, from today:

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Only Time Will Tell

The Great Unbeigeing – Market Street’s Traffic-Slowing Safety Paint is Peeling Off Already

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

You know that beige color (it’s not paint but I don’t know what it is, actually) that was just put down on Market Street? Well, it’s coming off fast.

From this…

…to this:

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San Francisco’s Market Street is Going Beige This Afternoon

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

This is the scene near Union Square, inbound, right down the street from the latest the latest MUNI bus vs. cyclist collision.

(Dude got scuffed up by an articulated 38 Geary (or whatever – it’s line number had been switched off) but he looked O.K. when they were putting him the ambulance.)

Anyway, here it is:

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Beige? Really? Wasn’t it supposed to be painted green?

(Beige. I think I’ll paint the ceiling beige, after seeing this glorious color up close.)

But, anything for safety’s sake. Hurray!

UPDATE: Turns out, per Bluoz, that this stuff is called “Ride Away/Greenway” or something. It’s from DaVinci Pavement and Design.

And here’s San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Program Director Andy Thornley chirping up to bring it all home:

“It’s actually “fawn” — I brake for Bambi — though others have characterized it as “cafe au lait” or “mochacino” — if it gets people to wake up and pay attention that’s all that matters. It’s another trial for Market Street, joining the forced right turns at 6th & 8th Streets (expect to see 10th Street turns soon) and Art in Storefronts and other good stuff. There’s more to the “Safety Zone” trial, 10 MPH pavement legends and signs, rumble strips, and advance stop lines that will blossom into full-blown bike boxes (with green pavement, you betcha) once the blinking Bike Plan injunction is lifted. These elements (color, rumble strips, 10 MPH marking) will be combined in various ways at the four parts of the 4th & 5th Street intersections (eastbound and westbound), SFMTA and SFCTA folks will be watching and evaluating to see which things are effective at slowing traffic and getting folks to watch out for each other, and then they’ll take the winning combination and implement it at all Market St boarding islands from Castro to the Embarcadero. Get yourself a fresh soy latte and roll on down for a test ride . . .”

So There You Have It.