Posts Tagged ‘SFPD’

Know Better Your Richmond District Bike Thieves – Caught in the Act, Left Tools Behind – A Car Jack Hack

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

I’ll tell you back in the day, bicycle thieves aspired to take your whole bike, so they’d carry around Volvo car jacks the better to pry open your old-school Kyptonite U-locks. Then U-locks got better and the parts market became bigger, so now we’re in the Era of Frankenbikes with people stealing, tearing down, and reassembling bike parts to make untraceable, “new” bikes for sale on the craigslist and at fucking Laney College.

So this recent theft attempt in our Richmond District is old school. Note how the thief has modified the jack for easier concealment:

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One supposes this crime was interrupted.

So now it’s time to break into another car to get another car jack to steal more bikes to sell for $60 each to buy more drugs, one assumes.

Consult this handy chart when considering alternative careers…

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It Begins: Rec and Park Finally Gets Around to Painting Crosswalks onto the Panhandle Bike Path – But Who Has the Right of Way?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Here you go – this is this morning:

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And here’s the result. Crosswalks are laid out all the intersections this multi-use path has with Shrader, Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon, as I was just talking about a couple days back.

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So, who has the right of way at these intersections – is it bike riders or peds? Well, IDK. I know about the arguments, I just don’t know the answers. (Is this bike path a “wilderness trail?” I’ve heard that one, from an in insurance company trying to deny coverage.)

Anyway, I’m thinking that about 25% of the peds have quite deficient situational awareness on this path (including two of the three workers seen above) and about 15% of the bike riders are stereotypical jerkwads who “knows my rights” and go a bit too fast. When these two subsets meet up at these unusual intersections, accidents happen, oh well.

We’ll see how this goes. (One hopes our RPD could put up a little signage about a speed limit and who has the right of way, if that’s not too bold for RPD to consider…)

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How Many Months Should Donors Give SF’s Famous RV Family to Leave Town? Getting a Lot of New Parking Tickets Now

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Here’s your background, from last month:

SF family’s RV was their home. Then it got towed 

SF donors help wandering family rescue their RV home from tow yard

So yeah, they’ve got their RV back, but the RV is still here, racking up a brace of new parking tickets.

And, per an area City Family member, they once again owe a total of “a couple thou” in parking tickets/penalties.

Who’s been giving out these tickets? Well, the SFMTA (elements of which can prolly spot this white whale from half a klick away, on a daily basis), but also the SFPD, sometimes in response to numerous NoPA, SoPA, EaPA neighbor complaints, and I should say these contacts to Park Station started in June 2017, if not before.

So that means that their RV could get towed again starting at pretty much any time, AFAIK. I mean, unless they have a deal with the SFMTA or some other part of SFGov. (And if I know my DPT, penalties will be kicking in with a quickness and new tickets that aren’t protested will go final and five unpaid / unprotested citations will get you on the boot / tow list and then parking this beast in a well-trafficked area with lots of SFMTA license plate scanners about means that you’re not keeping a low profile, at all.)

It’s operational, at least over short distances. Once you’ve seen it, you can’t not see it – sometimes I see it multiple times in a day.

If owned this RV, I’d get it out of San Francisco ASAP.

Twin Peaks Update: How Things Look Since the Most Recent Murder and Before the Nighttime Road Shutdown

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Well, here’s your background – just keep reading down.

Photographer Ed French was killed in July 2017.

And here’s the latest:

SF Leaders Consider Proposal to Close Twin Peaks at Nighttime – By Terry McSweeney

(Of course, people would still go up atop Twin Peaks, but not with their cars, so that would certainly lower the SFPD / RPD workload.)

Impressions: Sunrise

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Here’s where one of the gates could go, on Twin Peaks Blvd. The 30 MPH speed limit seems a tad on the high side, but there you go:

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And here’s where the SFPD hangs out – you can pretty much see everybody who comes and goes from this spot:

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And here’s your greeting these days:

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Repeating endlessly:

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Speaking of which, here’s your broken auto glass report. I think I saw strong evidence of at least three break-ins last time I was up there:

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And:

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And:

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This is quite an improvement from earlier this summer, when all the broken glass really stood out on the newly laid macadam. So a rate of about 1000 break ins per year has dropped a lot, due to the heightened SFPD presence.

The popo aren’t up there now as much as in August 2017, but they’re still up there.

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As are your shutterbugs:

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All over, actually:

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Hey, did this woman sleep overnight on the less-trafficked, “car-free” side of this hill? IDK. She looked like a sleepyhead when I saw her one morning:

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So there you have it. I can understand why it’s easier for SFGov to just throw its hands up and say, “Screw it, let’s put up some gates on TPB.”

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As for whether that’s the best course of action, well, that’s up to you, Gentle Reader.

Rec and Park’s New Sign in the Panhandle Directs Tourist Pedestrians AWAY from the Multi-Use Path Abutting Fell

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Let’s pay off on that headline right now.

Looking east from Stanyan:

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Enhance!

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Oh here we go: Bikes to the left, peds to the right, see?

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Now I say tourists ’cause locals already know that they can tread upon “the bike path” in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

The real solution would be to widen this path what functions as a sidewalk for the south side of Fell, but for some reason, our RPD SFMTA SFCTA DPW alphabet soup don’t want to do that.

(And their next step will be to add painted crosswalk-type lines on the multi-use path where it intersects with what would be the sidewalks of Shrader, Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon if it weren’t for the existence of Golden Gate Park, the better to avoid any more bike v. ped accidents.)

Anyway, for better or worse…

TASER TASER TASER – Sign Up Now for These Official SFPD TASER Meetings – TASER TASER TASER

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The cops can’t say TASER, but I can: TASER TASER TASER. (I can also say band aid and realtor.)

There are only 100 seats, so these free meetings will sell out, and maybe the first one already has, but IDK because I can’t get to the evite page. But you can, Gentle Reader, I’m sure of it. You’re very clever.

 “Community Input on CEDs (Conducted Energy Device)
Tue, Sep 12, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA
The San Francisco Police Commission along with the SFPD and with the facilitation support of the Human Right’s Commission is inviting community members to weigh in, ask questions, share perspectives and voice concerns about whether CEDs (Conducted Energy Devices, also known as Tasers) should be considered as a force option for the Police Department. The meetings are also a platform to provide input on the draft policy (http://sanfranciscopolice.org/sites/default/files/Documents/PoliceCommission/police-commission-CED%20policy%20draft%20dated%2008%3A25%3A17%20%28%22clean%20version%29.pdf) to be presented for discussion at a future Police Commission meeting. We will have two meetings. First meeting is: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6pm- 8 pm @Bill Graham Auditorium, 99 Grove (http:/ /evite .me/kS846TMa7q) Because of the capacity limitations of this space, we ask those interested to register via Evite. For safety, we are limited to 100 attendees and will accept comments, feedback, questions and concerns by email sfpd.commission@sfgov.org or via the Commission’s Facebook and/or Twitter.

All the deets, in pdf format:

police-commission-CED policy draft dated 08-25-17 (-clean version)

Spot the former SF Police Commish who did a 180 on “Conducted Energy Devices” a while back. I think he was the critical vote.

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And in the meantime, Frisco still has TASERs all over, they’re just not being used by the SFPD. Think of different LEOs what operate here, some in large numbers:

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Annual Move-In Weekend at Our University of San Francisco Appears to have been Well-Managed

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Less contentious compared with years past, you know, AFAIK.

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Sorry for this snoozer of a post, but there you go…

Recent Marketing for the SFPD’s “Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau”

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is:

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And here it is:

Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau
Deputy Chief Michael Connolly

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The Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau was established in February 2016, to oversee the proposed use of force reforms, as well as to coordinate efforts of the Police Department with the United States Department of Justice Collaborative Reform Initiative.
The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance is a proactive, non-adversarial, and cost effective form of technical assistance for agencies with significant law enforcement related issues. “The CRI-TA’s purpose is to improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing long-term, holistic strategy that identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust.  The CRI-TA offers recommendations based on a comprehensive agency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community.”
Learn more about Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance here: www.cops.usdoj.gov/technicalassistance
For questions about the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau or on SFPD’s reform progress, please email: sfpd.professionalstandards@sfgov.org
Learn more about the Bureau’s support in helping the San Francisco Police Department increase transparency and accountability in order to better serve citizens of the City of San Francisco.
In addition to supporting the Department’s effort to increase transparency and accountability, the Bureau contains the units listed below:
Professional Standards
The mission of the Professional Standards Unit is to contribute to excellence in law enforcement by increasing professionalism and maintaining high levels of accountability within the San Francisco Police Department through the use of early intervention tracking and related auditing systems.
Written Directives
The Written Directives Unit is responsible for facilitating the review, development and publication of Department policies, bulletins, manuals and forms related to the operation of the San Francisco Police Department.

A Tent City Moves: Mayor Ed Lee’s Vietnam – He Can Take Any Hill in the Theater, But He Can’t Win the War

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

[TRIGGER WARNING: Military Analogy – “taking the hill” as in Hill 937 during the Vietnam War, for example. Also Personal Vietnam, as with DJT. Also a kind of Sports Reference, to the Big Game.]

This is 498 11th Street, let’s say. Really, it’s across the street from the end of the even side of the 400 block of 11th, but if I told you I was talking about the long-lasting Tent City (2015-2017) across the street from 498 11th, you’d go there and look around and say, “Oh, there it is.”

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How would you describe it? I almost don’t recognize the place, without tents* and parked RV/stolen-bicycle-part-processing stations.** Anyway, DPW SFPD SFMTA and other SFGov alphabet soups geared up*** to take this hill, betwixt Potrero and a Best Buy parking entrance/exit, really just part of one side of one city block, and now the water trucks come by three (3!) times a day, Mayor Willie Brown-style.

And this is 400 11th Street more or less. You can see the structure made to hold up the Veteran’s Cab sign on the left and the I-80 freeway on the right. In essence, a small Super Bowl Tent City moved one block, about 100 meters, a mere tenth of a Klick (Military Slang), to the northwest:

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IMO, absolutely nothing has changed, after this huge, years-long effort.

A solution to this whole issue is Above My Pay Grade. I’m just offering my Sit Rep.

Over and Out.

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Bad News for Amazon Whole Foods: “Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – Herrera wins on two key issues in case”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

(So IDK. I thought that this exact kind of “corrective education” was “offered” to alleged shoplifters at the Whole Foodses of San Francisco, but I don’t know that this Corrective Education Company was the one involved.)

Anyway, I saw this scene at one of my rare visits to the Haight Street WF…

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…and then posted this and this.

And now here comes this, just released:

“Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – ‘This is textbook extortion,’ court finds. Herrera wins on two key issues in case.

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today hailed a key victory against Corrective Education Company after a court ruled that the private, profit-driven business was engaging in extortion and false imprisonment in its “diversion program” scheme.

“We should all be concerned about privatizing our justice system, especially when a business like Corrective Education Company uses the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate and extort people,” Herrera said. “This ruling goes to the heart of their predatory business model, which is predicated on threats, deception and falsehoods. CEC is enriching itself on the backs of others, and many of the people they prey upon have limited means and are just barely getting by.”

Herrera sued the company in November 2015 over its “corrective education” scheme, asserting that the company’s practices amount to extortion and false imprisonment. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the People of the State of California.

Corrective Education Company contracts with major retailers, and when someone is suspected of shoplifting, they are taken to an isolated room and threatened with arrest and criminal prosecution unless they agree to watch a video created by CEC. In that video, CEC threatens to have suspects criminally prosecuted unless they sign a confession, agree to pay CEC up to $500, and undergo a six-hour “cognitive restructuring” and “behavioral modification” program. Faced with this Hobson’s “choice” between criminal prosecution and participating in CEC’s program, 90 percent of CEC’s victims — upwards of 13,000 Californians — “consent” to enroll in CEC’s program. After obtaining the forced confessions, CEC follows up with phone calls to the victims, again threatening them with criminal prosecution unless they pay CEC hundreds of dollars. CEC has also sent over 2,000 debt-collection letters in which it cloaks itself with prosecutorial authority in further efforts to enrich itself.

CEC operates in more than 25 states across the country.

In a ruling issued Monday afternoon, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn found Corrective Education Company engaged in extortion and false imprisonment.

“The undisputed facts … establish that CEC’s diversion program runs afoul of California’s extortion laws,” Judge Kahn wrote in his ruling granting summary adjudication on the two central issues in the case. “This is textbook extortion under California law, and has been so declared for at least 125 years.”

Numerous jurisdictions in California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, offer legitimate, pretrial diversion programs that are overseen by district attorney’s offices. CEC operates entirely outside of the criminal justice system and without the approval of local prosecutors.

In his ruling, Kahn ruled that each iteration of CEC’s diversion program in California constitutes extortion and false imprisonment and that Herrera was entitled to an injunction halting the unlawful practices. CEC’s clients have included Walmart, Bloomingdale’s, Ralph’s, Abercrombie and Fitch, Burlington Coat Factory, and Kroger’s.

In the ruling, Kahn wrote: “By the quid pro quo of asking for money in exchange for forbearance in calling police, the retailer and CEC are acting in concert and are jointly liable for the extortionate conduct.”

The specifics of the injunction are still to be fleshed out, as is restitution and monetary civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation.

The case is: People of the State of California v. Corrective Education Company, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-15-549094 filed Nov. 23, 2015.