Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Here’s How You Can Tell Our DPW is NOT a Safety Organization: It Allows Its Drivers to Run Red Lights All the Time

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Hey, what’s the speed of a DPW street sweeper when it’s sweeping? IDK but that’s the same speed that DPW operators run red lights, as here:

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Now this could have been a legal right on red, but it wasn’t, ’cause the driver is under so much time pressure there’s not time to stop or slow down, one is forced to conclude.

Similarly, on Divisadero, drivers don’t stop for reds either, and in some cases that includes traveling straight through an intersection, such as the one Grove, seemingly every time, on a red.

It would be a trivial exercise to get SFGov employees to follow CA driving laws. (You know, if you were motivated to figure out how to do it AND if you didn’t care a whit about the massive massive blowback you, a department head, would suffer.)

Our PG&E Didn’t/Doesn’t Have a Good Handle on Natural Gas Long-Haul Transmission Safety, But Check Out Its Car Parking

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

You can’t get any safer than this:

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These cones are really helping matters is what I’m saying…

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.

Speaking of the SFMTA and JFK Drive, Who’s More Distracted Here, This PCO or This UBER Driver?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

This is how we live, in 2016:

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You think these ppl were just parked, checking the Facebook? Nope, they were driving at about 20 MPH inbound on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. That’s why the hands are on the steering wheels and the phones are held up high.

Hey, do UBER drivers go about with handicap placards hanging from the rear view? Yes, some do.

Anyway, here’s the PCO again. How much time pressure is this person under if she’s fiddling with her ticketing assistance device whilst driving?

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What’s that, SFMTA – you don’t have quotas, but your employees act as if they do? Sure seems that way…

Sidewalk “Bulb Outs” Embolden Already Overconfident Pedestrians – “Vision Zero” vs. Risk Compensation

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

This is typical:

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The reply to the thoughtless, repeated use of the novel term “Vision Zero” is this.

Do we really want “comfortable,” confident pedestrians? Really?

Here are the New and Improved Safe Hit Posts at the Start of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Monday, October 31st, 2016

And here’s the SFMTA’s official defense.

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Anyway, the innocuous posts have been replaced, officially. The average driver would typically infringe upon the neutral zone at the very least and that’s not the case anymore…

UCSF Popo Enter the Tenderloin – “UC Hastings Entering Public Safety Partnership with UCSF Police

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

I had missed this news, but you can’t miss all the new UCSF vehicles on McAllister these days. Changing things was quite a big issue earlier this year. Anyway:

“Affected members of the UC Hastings Public Safety officer’s unit have been presented various employment options if they meet required qualifications, as police officers, security guards, or security guard supervisors for the UCSF Police Department. For officers who do not qualify (or elect to not apply) for jobs with the UCSF Police Department or alternative positions with UC Hastings, the College will offer conscientious separation terms.”

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So that’s that – the oldest and largest law school in the West is now a little closer to the UC Family.

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It’s Official: Our Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path to Shut Down at Certain Times from October to ???

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:

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If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.

In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.

(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)

Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?

Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.

(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.

I mean, take a look:

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A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)

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It’s Now Safer to Raise and Lower Flags on Top of City Hall – I Guess – Just Look at This Ugly Walkway

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

First, things were all like this atop City Hall, the highest* classical dome** in the Western*** Hemisphere.

But now they’re like this, with a more prominent walkway up there:

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Safety First, I s’pose, consarn it. Really jumps out at you is what I’m saying…

*Yes, higher than the U.S. Capitol Building Back East. By design. Just ever so slightly. On purpose.

**So yes, it’s lower than the Superdome football stadium and whatnot.

***And yes, the Great Countries of Europe have domes what are bigger and older. They were the ones we copied from. Yet still, we have the Biggest Classical Dome in the New World, so we have that going for us… 

An Endangered Species: The Solitary Squad Car Used by UC Hastings Law School “Public Safety Officers” in the Twitterloin

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

This is it – they have just this one, as seen on McAllister:

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All the deets

“UC Hastings-UCSF Public Safety Partnership Proposal – Presenting the initial UC Hastings proposal to replace the college’s Public Safety Department with the University of California San Francisco Police Department.

A Public Meeting was held this morning to present the initial UC Hastings proposal to replace the college’s Public Safety Department with the University of California San Francisco Police Department (UCSFPD). All UC Hastings students, faculty, and staff were invited to attend.

UC Hastings General Counsel Elise Traynum welcomed attendees and introduced the proposal.

“The UC Hastings community is in need of additional protection which can only be provided by a police department,” said Traynum. “An advantage to entering into an agreement with UCSFPD is access to a broad array of basic police services and support services that the college cannot fund.”

“It is proposed that UCSFPD would handle all street patrols, investigations, and crime prevention services, emergency management functions in the event of life-threatening disasters, homeland security and related community policing responsibilities,” said Traynum.

Traynum also outlined options for the five affected UC Hastings Public Safety officer’s unit members, listing four possibilities: 1) Officers may be hired as police officers for UCSFPD if they meet requisite qualifications; or 2) Officers may be hired as security guards, or security guard supervisors, for UCSFPD if they meet required qualifications; or, 3) Officers may be hired for positions at UC Hastings if they meet requisite qualifications; or, 4) for Officers who do not qualify for jobs with the UCSFPD or alternative position with UC Hastings, or officers who elect to not apply for these, the College would consider buying them out, at an amount to be determined.

Finally, Traynum underscored that reducing labor costs is not the motivation for contracting out public safety. “The motivation for contracting out public safety is to give the UC Hastings community access to a broad array of basic police services and support services that the college could not fund.”

UCSFPD Chief Mike Denson then presented “A Study of a Public Safety Partnership” (click here to view), and highlighted the department’s commitment to safety and security externally and internally, including the physical and emotional well-being of students.

Time for public comment was provided following the presentation, and the UC Hastings Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA) and representatives were also offered the opportunity to present a counter proposal at the meeting.

Acting Chancellor & Dean David Faigman called the input “enormously helpful” and laid out two basic principles he and the college will follow in making this decision. First, that any change would be to create a more secure and safer campus. Second, that UC Hastings will do the best we can for our current officers. He also noted that UC Hastings does not plan to raise tuition to improve safety and security. “If in the end it doesn’t make sense for our campus, we’re not going to do it,” concluded Faigman. “And if it does, we’ll do so in a conscientious manner.”

The college will hold a follow-up public meeting in April to present its final proposal. Details will be publicized widely.

MEDIA CONTACT
Alex A.G. Shapiro
Director of External Relations
UC Hastings College of the Law
Office: (415) 581-8842
Cell: (415) 813-9214
Email: shapiroa@uchastings.edu