Posts Tagged ‘SFPD’

Our SFMTA Registers Its Disapproval with the Safe Hit Sidewalk Bulbouts Recently Installed by the SFMTrA at Fell and Baker

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

These guerrilla-installed white posts went in on October 5-6. I was thinking since I saw them still there on the evening of October 9th that maybe the SFMTA might be tolerating them. But no, all these posts are gone now, as of the evening of October 10th anyway.

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One problem with bulbouts is that they embolden pedestrians, as here, but I don’t know if our non-transparent SFMTA would agree with that.

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Installing a couple bulbouts here wouldn’t be crazy. It would take the five lanes you’d have to cross to get out of traffic down to four, pretty much, at the cost of two parking spaces.

The existing timing* seems generous to me, even during rush hour, so I don’t understand how the recent accident occurred.

*43 seconds or so, which is about 20 seconds more than other nearby intersections on Fell west of Masonic, at least during rush hour.

THE FUTURE IS NOW: New “CITIZEN” App, fka “VIGILANTE”(!), Hits Frisco – Real Time Crime Reports on Your Smartphone

Friday, September 29th, 2017

FKA being, of course, Formerly Known As.

Anyway, this app is now operational and available in San Francisco.

Lets check it:

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Well, this certainly could be true late night at a 24/7 McD’s:

“MAN BRANDISHING KNIFE IN McDONALD’S”

So it seems to be working, FBOW.

Maybe in the future, it’ll let us know about nearby red balls, or brown:

That Escalated Quickly – Life in the GGP

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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And then about 20 minutes later:

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SFGov used to roust people in Golden Gate Park at about 4:00 AM and then take them to a temporary processing station. Some ended up on buses with a Homeward Bound ticket that afternoon. IDK if they do that anymore…

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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