Posts Tagged ‘SFPD’

Little-Known Fact: It’s Currently ILLEGAL for TNC’s Like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar to Pick Up or Drop Off Passengers at SFO

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sidecar driver Eric of Baghdad By The Bay has the deets.

Now here is where San Francisco Police Department Commander / fully-license CA attorney Richard Corriea distinguishes betwixt picking up and dropping off, but I don’t know how operational that distinction is currently.

I mean, for example, a cabbie out of a non-San Francisco locale such as Daly City is currently allowed to drop off fares legally but is not allowed to pick up anywhere at SFO. To do so is a misdemeanor. (Even San Francisco hacks are prevented from picking up at SFO without first paying a fee* and waiting in line.) So I guess there’s still a distinction, but Eric is saying there isn’t one anymore as far as TNC’s are concerned.

Here’s what I didn’t know, from Eric’s report of July 16th, 2014:

“Some of the TNC’s are being a bit passive aggressively defiant in that they are telling drivers they will cover the cost of the ticket [which I have heard runs between $220-$600 depending on what they write you up on], but they aren’t telling drivers not to take people to the airport. This makes some of these TNC’s look bad to the CPUC who has given them the right to operate in California. Sidecar has officially told all of it’s drivers to not accept rides to or from SFO and that is easy because riders have to put in their destination when they request a ride. Sidecar is also working on blocking requests to the airport until they can resolve the problem with SFO. Those other TNC’s aren’t doing this.”

If I were a TNC driver, I don’t know how happy I’d be after getting $600 from my employer as compensation for a misdemeanor rap.

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how proud SFGov should be of the existing taxi system.

For example,  here’s a fully-licensed and insured and regulated San Francisco taxi taking tourists from SFO to SF in 2010. They died.

Will TNC cars end up catching on fire and killing people? We’ll see.

I’m sure that this sitch will sort itself out sooner or later, but things are pretty messed up right now…

*Back in the 1990′s, some SF taxi drivers would also pay a bribe to get to the front of the line. At SFO, there are SFGov employees called “starters” who organize taxi operations. A system was set up to allow drivers who paid a $5 bribe to improperly get into the “short” line of drivers waiting to pick up arriving passengers. So a driver might end up paying $60 in bribes but get in exchange receive twelve or so lucrative “airport runs” in just one shift. So I guess this was a win-win for the bribe offerer and bribe receiver…  

Coors Truck Can’t Handle the Rocky Mountains of San Francisco: High-Centered in Nob Hill on a Very Steep Incline

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Adam Derewecki took this shot - he has the deets:

Reddit SF comments here.

Newly-Installed SFPD Park Station Captain Raj Vaswani vs. the Day Campers of the 94117

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Here’s Captain Vaswani of Park Station. See his greeting to the community below.

And here’s yesterday’s meeting on homelessness and other matters at Park Station:

“Discussing HOT teams and homelessness in the Haight Ashbury with @BevanDufty at Park Station tonight.”

And here’s the SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM (SFHOT).

And here are some recent day-campers in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park – they had an especially charismatic dog: 

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What does this all add up to? IDK.

The business owners on Haight and the homeowners groups are looking for changes on how SFGov handles the homeless. Who knows if they’ll get that.

In any event, here’s the schedule for community meetings:

Day: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Park Station

“Good afternoon from Park Police Station! My name is Raj Vaswani and I am honored to be your new Captain here in the vibrant Park District.

I know I have not yet attained ‘Legend’ status, which Captain Corrales held. If I stay the full 45 years, I have some time to work on becoming a legend. I wish Captain Corrales a well deserved retirement and I know he worked hard and was very passionate about fighting crime through-out his career. I personally know many of the officers & supervisors here at Park Station and I can tell you is that you are in very good hands; We have Officers with experience that love to work in the Park District.

My background is 20+ years in policing. I have worked as an officer at the old Potrero Station, Southern Station, Northern Station, and specifically the Northern Station Street Crimes Under-cover Unit. I was promoted while at Northern Station then worked 8 years in Investigations Bureau as a Inspector. I worked at Ingleside and Southern as a patrol supervisor, then a Patrol Lieutenant in the Mission.

I have also worked for the Deputy Chief as a Lieutenant in Administration Bureau. I’ve worked closely with DPW on the new Police Headquarters Building and the Sixth Street Substation. I’ve worked collaboratively with the San Francisco City Attorney and Treasurer on business regulations and permit matters. My last assignment as Lieutenant was for the Chief’s Office as the Commanding Officer for the Legal Division. In this position I had the unique opportunity to represent the department in civil litigation, arbitration and mediation in Federal Court. Lastly, I was recently the citywide Night Captain where I managed in-progress incidents and nightclub-related deployment of officers. Working in this capacity I had the unique opportunity to patrol the entire city and meet many of the new officers in our department.

I look forward to serving your needs as the Captain of Park Station. I have already reached out to some of the businesses, organizations, and Supervisors that represent the Park District. Today, I will be walking Haight Street and hope to meet some of the residents and businesses that represent this historic neighborhood . I’m a strong believer that the police are a part of the fabric of the community, but the neighborhood groups, merchants associations, residents, and visitors also play an important part in our success; I intend to continue having a positive collaborative relationship with the community!

Please consider coming to our evening National Night Out Event on Aug. 5th! (More info to follow,

And speaking of following….. feel free to follow me on twitter! http://twitter.com/sfvas ). I hope to use Social Media to stay connected to you all.

Sincerely,

Captain Raj Vaswani”

How the SFPD Parks to Buy Just One Thing at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Which is sort of funny.

At first I thought this could have been part of traffic enforcement, but it turned out to be a quick TJ’s run.

And this was after the officer beeped (not with a regular car horn, but with the loud, low growling noise that these cars can make whatever that’s called) at a pedestrian, for some unapparent reason, unless it was a routine beep to say Here I Come On The Sidewalk, Look Out Peds!

In mitigation, the officer didn’t park in a stall at the mostly-unused Lucky Penny parking lot at Geary, seen camera right.

And this technique is a lot more efficient than queuing up for a space at the badly-engineered TJ’s lot.

And this parking job didn’t block traffic at all.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this before – it’s kind of a funny way to park, IMO.

Cf. ” Mayor Ed Lee Can’t Stop Parking Illegally.”

Transit First for Thee/

But Not For Me!

Sebastian the Police Horse, Eucalyptus Trees

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Part of the San Francisco Police Mounted Unit::

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San Francisco Bicycle Riders Demonstrate the Idaho Stop at the Bottom of a Steep Hill

Monday, July 7th, 2014

A “California Stop” occurs when a driver or cyclist slows down for a stop sign, but does not come to a full stop at any particular instant. This certainly is an aspect of traffic culture in San Francisco and it’s one that’s tolerated by the SFPD. For example, motorcycle-riding cops will sometimes lie in wait on Pierce as car after car commits a California Stop coming down Alamo Heights on Fulton. Maybe ten people go through without incident but then somebody rolls through at 7 MPH and the driver gets pulled over. Just watch the police themselves cruising around in cars and on bikes to see how fast they go past the red octagon, depending on traffic, visibility, time of day, etc. California Stops aren’t tolerated as much in other places, such as the small towns of Marin County. And, oh yes, this approach is also known as an “Oklahoma Stop” in other parts of the country.

OTOH, an “Idaho Stop” occurs when a cyclist doesn’t slow down at all for a stop sign.

Thusly, near Twin Peaks:

Look for Idaho Stops in the Lower Haight area, where many fixed gear riders maintain the same pace whether cycling past stop signs or not.

Some people in San Francisco want Idaho Stops to be legal in San Francisco.

Would that be a good thing?

Saving Private Nevius: The Good and the Bad of the Latest CW Nevius Effort Regarding the Mid-Market Area

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here you go, writer CW Nevius becomes a guide for your ride through the gritty 6th and Market area – he’s been in Pentonville and he’s been in Battersea, he’s your Sightsee M.C:

The toughest corner for Mid-Market to turn

1. If this is about the good, the not bad and the ugly of CW Nevius, let’s start with the Good. Check out these quotes:

“In the sunshine and rainbows world of Mayor Ed Lee…”

“…much-promised revitalization of Mid-Market.”

These are very un-Nevius. Could you imaging mayoral spokesmodel Christine Falvey ever taking this kind of tone when discussing our Dear Leader? I can’t. So this column is the rare instance of the Nevius holding a perspective from outside our reigning political establishment. These lines are in no way beat sweeteners / source greasers and that’s refreshing.

2. Instead of Nevius getting quotes from people in the Mid-Market and then holding those statements out as facts, here he  generally lets the quotes speak for themselves. This is what reporters should be doing, so let’s classify that as Not Bad.

3. Now, it’s time for a little Ugly. Here comes the dogmatic Nevius with completely unsupported statements:

“It’s a fascinating moment in Mid-Market. We’re either reaching a critical tipping point, with new construction and businesses driving the revival, or smacking futilely into the familiar dynamic of poverty, drugs and scary sidewalk theater.”

“Because Mid-Market won’t change until the corner of Jones and Market changes.”

So, what makes 2014 different from 2013 or 2011 or 2007 or 1999 or any other year in the history of Mid-Market? That’s not stated. And where’s the support for the purported Malcolm Gladwell-esque “tipping point?” It’s like Chuck is sitting in a bar pontificating about how if the Giants hire some new pitcher they’ll either win the World Series or they’ll have the worst record in the Division. Doesn’t really make sense, huh? Perhaps, just perhaps, Mid-Market might just muddle through with some changes here and there and later on 2014 wont be seen as some watershed moment? Well, that probability simply isn’t allowed for in Nevius-land.

And what makes Market and Jones the supposed linchpin intersection out of all the others in the area? Again, the Neve doesn’t even offer a theory.

That’s the good, the not bad, and the ugly of CW Nevius on the topic of the Mid-Market of 2014.

OMG, See 1970′s SF on YouTube for Free Courtesy of “The Streets Of San Francisco Full Episodes”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Somebody‘s posting complete episodes of The Streets of San Francisco 1970′s buddy-cop TVdrama on YouTube?!

Check it: 

86 complete shows have been posted so far.

Here’s a sample of the first four, 75% of which revolve around the deaths of “girls” in their 20′s. To wit:

“girl found dead in the water”

 ”would-be Jack the Ripper stalks the city, slashing prostitutes to death”

 ”feels responsible for the death of a female hitchhike”

Meh.

(Mmmm, is it possible that posting these eps could stimulate DVD sales? IDK.)

Be my guest if you have the time to watch any of them. I’m sure there are old scenes of the Bay Area I’d like to see, but somebody will need to go through and pick out the good parts and string them together afore I’ll watch any part of any TSOSF rerun, sorry.

“Many actors guest-starred on the show; some were relatively unknown at the time and became successful stars in their own feature films or television series. Guest stars included: Pernell RobertsEdmond O’BrienRicky NelsonRon GlassSusan DeyMarion RossVan WilliamsPaula KellyDon JohnsonTom Selleck,Leslie NielsenJames WoodsNick NolteArnold SchwarzeneggerMartin SheenDabney ColemanDavid WayneVera MilesBrenda VaccaroDesi Arnaz, Jr.,Tony YoungCal BelliniMarshall ColtPat ConwayPatty DukeDenver PyleRichard EganRichard EasthamRodolfo Hoyos, Jr.Don KeeferWright KingFlip MarkNora MarloweJohn RitterRobert WagnerWayne MaunderDick Van PattenMark HamillStefanie PowersTom BosleyLarry HagmanTim O’ConnorBill BixbyJohn DavidsonEve McVeaghNorman FellAnthony GearyCharles AidmanBeverly WashburnMichael ConstantineLen BirmanPaul Michael Glaser,David SoulLuther AdlerLaurie Heineman, and Meredith Baxter, among many others. Even Michael Douglas’s own mother, Diana Douglas, guest-starred in a season two episode, “Chapel of the Damned”. Character actor Robert F. Simon appeared eight times as Captain Rudy Olsen. Gary Vinson appeared toward the end of his career.”

When Visiting Chinatown, Be Sure To Take a Selfie with a Banksy – “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” at 799 Commercial Near Grant

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Thusly. Strike a pose, mate: 

Click to expand, Gov’ner. Right!

Of course this shot was from back in the day, from back before the Black Paint Attack of 2013, which damaged the appearance of the famously peaceful heart doctor.

But a genuine 2010 Banksy is a genuine 2010 Banksy, right? So check it out the next time you’re on Eddy Grant Avenue – it’s electric!

Here’s your Map, from all the way back in 2011. Can you spot the Banksy

Sure you can!

Vandalized Panhandle Playground Slide Crisis Enters Its Second Month – Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Amy Stephenson of Hoodline (fka uppercasing) has the deets on the The Case Of The Missing Panhandle Slides

Now here’s how the purple slides looked back in happier times, before The Attack of May 2014:

But then, sometime at the end of May, I’m guessing May 30th or May 31st, you know, the weekend, some vandal(s) (I’m guessing “young punks” or “hippies”) put a giant hole in the leftmost slide. Ouch!

So, first it was all like this…

…and then it was all like this – an even bigger hole:

But then on the following Monday (June 2nd), somebody from SFGov (DPW? RPD? SFPD?) came along and added some red DANGER tape:

And then soon after that, up went the plywood and then somebody came along and did a more permanent fix and so that’s how things look today, near the end of June.

Now I’m just assuming that the hole was the result of vandalism, but I don’t figure how else it could have happened.

(Can I blame SFGov for the hole? Nope. Not at all.)

(Can I find fault with how SFGov was/is handling the issue? Nope. Not at all.)

IMO, fixing these slides proper would be a big job, so simply getting another big old piece of plastic might be the best course of action. And that might take a while. I’m figuring a resolution by the end of July is reasonable – sorry kids.

In mitigation, the playground still has one working slide.

In the meantime, WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?