Posts Tagged ‘shots’

What, Exactly, is Drunk Driver Joshua Calder Remorseful For? The Killing, the Running, the Bike Moving?

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Brent Begin continues coverage of Joshua Calder’s vehicular homicide on Masonic Avenue on August 13th, 2010.

Now, one of the lessons for defense teams from the Johannes Mehserle case has got to be the importance of making a display of  remorse early on, before all the details are even established, through proxies if need be. Thusly

Josh is so remorseful for what happened, and I know that the memory [of] the events of that horrific night eats Josh up daily,” his girlfriend said. “Every moment, Josh’s thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nils Linke.”

I wonder, is there anyone else out there remorseful for her actions on that night?

The Ghost Bike of Nils Yannick Linke:

Nils Yannick Linke, RIP:

The Tenderloin Visits the Richmond District and the Result is Journalism – Night Shots from the Tens

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The Tens recently made a visit to the Richmond District and the resulting tripod shots can now be seen by all.

The Tumblr posts of his peregrinations are worthy of note, despite the absence of any MUNI raccoon shots.

Our Cliff House area. Better left:

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or right?

If only more students of Yelp-rated U.C. Tenderloin College of Law (Closer to the Courts, Closer to the Crime) were as productive…

Fireworks Over Golden Gate Park a Huge Success – Go Giants! – Soft Thuds Heard for Miles – Ended Before 10 PM

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

[UPDATE: Oh yes, the birds, too - I forgot about them.]

Get up to speed right here on tonight’s surprise fireworks show in the Music Concourse for the benefit of the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball.

Per the SFGiants:

“If you’re in The City and you hear fireworks in a minute, don’t be alarmed, it’s just the #SFGiants private World Series Gala at GG Park.”

But, uh oh:

“Seeing complaints from people in SF about the Tuesday night Fireworks. Giants better win the World Series for the city after this one!”

Und:

“Oh apparently it’s some fireworks show for the Giants over GG park? Effing stupid. I’ve never seen a city so obsessed with a sports team.”*

Here’s the video.

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Can you hear the chants of, “Let’s go, Giants?”

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And here’s the view from Fell Street:

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And here’s the mise en scene with Sutro Tower in the background.

This show was scheduled to end at 10:25 PM but concern over area NIMBYs pushed things up a half-hour or so.

Go Giants!

*Say what?

Wow, Brent Begin Reports on Nils Linke’s Killer: Kokkari Boozing, Bike Moving, Seat Switching

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Wow, writer Brent Begin is all over the case of Nils Linke, who was  killed in a collision with the Mercedes-driving Joshua Calder last Friday. Here are the latest allegations made public.

First the “booze-soaked dinner” at Kokkari:

“Investigators pulled the receipt for the meal, which included two bottles of wine, shots of liquor and after-dinner drinks, according to documents.”

And then the alleged seat switching:

“Witnesses report seeing Calder smash into the back of Linke and his bicycle, then getting out of the driver’s seat, moving the bike to the side of the road, then switching seats with his girlfriend before fleeing the scene.”

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Was the SFPD able to pull prints off of the bicycle? If so, this is not your typical hit-and-run felony case, that’s for sure.

Wonder how up-to-speed the staff at Kokkari is about California law. We may soon find out….

CA Business and Professions Code 25602:

(a) Every person who sells, furnishes, gives, or causes to
be sold, furnished, or given away, any alcoholic beverage to any
habitual or common drunkard or to any obviously intoxicated person is
guilty of a misdemeanor.
   (b) No person who sells, furnishes, gives, or causes to be sold,
furnished, or given away, any alcoholic beverage pursuant to
subdivision (a) of this section shall be civilly liable to any
injured person or the estate of such person for injuries inflicted on
that person as a result of intoxication by the consumer of such
alcoholic beverage.
   (c) The Legislature hereby declares that this section shall be
interpreted so that the holdings in cases such as Vesely v. Sager (5
Cal. 3d 153), Bernhard v. Harrah’s Club (16 Cal. 3d 313) and Coulter
v. Superior Court (____ Cal. 3d ____) be abrogated in favor of prior
judicial interpretation finding the consumption of alcoholic
beverages rather than the serving of alcoholic beverages as the
proximate cause of injuries inflicted upon another by an intoxicated
person.

CA Business and Professions Code 25602.1:

Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 25602, a cause
of action may be brought by or on behalf of any person who has
suffered injury or death against any person licensed, or required to
be licensed, pursuant to Section 23300, or any person authorized by
the federal government to sell alcoholic beverages on a military base
or other federal enclave, who sells, furnishes, gives or causes to
be sold, furnished or given away any alcoholic beverage, and any
other person who sells, or causes to be sold, any alcoholic beverage,
to any obviously intoxicated minor where the furnishing, sale or
giving of that beverage to the minor is the proximate cause of the
personal injury or death sustained by that person.

CA Civil Code 1714:

(a) Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his
or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by
his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or
her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully
or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or
herself. The design, distribution, or marketing of firearms and
ammunition is not exempt from the duty to use ordinary care and skill
that is required by this section. The extent of liability in these
cases is defined by the Title on Compensatory Relief.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to abrogate the holdings
in cases such as Vesely v. Sager (1971) 5 Cal.3d 153, Bernhard v.
Harrah’s Club (1976) 16 Cal.3d 313, and Coulter v. Superior Court
(1978) 21 Cal.3d 144 and to reinstate the prior judicial
interpretation of this section as it relates to proximate cause for
injuries incurred as a result of furnishing alcoholic beverages to an
intoxicated person, namely that the furnishing of alcoholic
beverages is not the proximate cause of injuries resulting from
intoxication, but rather the consumption of alcoholic beverages is
the proximate cause of injuries inflicted upon another by an
intoxicated person.

(c) No social host who furnishes alcoholic beverages to any person
may be held legally accountable for damages suffered by that person,
or for injury to the person or property of, or death of, any third
person, resulting from the consumption of those beverages.

The Best Photos and Videos from the Great 2010 Valentines Day Pillow Fight

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Can you make sense of this scene at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero Ferry Building? (Perhaps a black-and-white, slo-mo Raging Bull-style video or this official 1080p will help.)

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It was the Yelp-rated Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight of February 14th, 2010! This joint went down yesterday despite a threatened crackdown from San Francisco’s Park Rangers and an ominous warning from San Francisco Director of Public Health Mitchell Katz - he fretted about the risk of corneal abrasions, penetrating injuries, and even orbital fractures.” Captain Bringdown, M.D. documented 17 injuries from last year that were serious enough to require medical attention at emergency rooms. Hope 2010 was safer.

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Let’s take a look from the beginning. Just hop on the BART…

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…don a disuise to protect your identity…

christopher*

…or your corneas…

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…allow our gorgeous (red hair, blue feathers) media types (SF Stationwhat’s that?) time enough to give the command to roll cameras…

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…and leave us commence:

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A chicken fight with goose feathers – is that allowed?

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Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!

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Some took a defensive posture…

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…while others went mano a mano, no holds barred:

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Verily, it was the Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight of 2010:

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See you next year!

[Update: Mission Local has some good shots as well.]

Something New: “Oyster Hotel Reviews” Shows What Your Next Hotel Will Look Like

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Oyster Hotel Reviews recently sent some of its “reporters” to the 415, and man oh man, they took pictures of everything inside of 47 of our nicer joints. So if you’re obsessed with what your potential hotel room will look like, then you’re going to want to see this.

Click to soak up the new San Francisco section.

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See all the pics of individual hotel rooms? Oh man, that’s a lot of photos – and they’re all the same basic style, very straightforward with lots of fish-eye lens shots. (Images would look very different if you unleashed the kids from CaliberSF and let them roam San Francisco’s finest hotel rooms, of course.) 

But if you want to see how things look, like if you want to see multiple angles of the big flat screen TV in the Astor Suite at the Reeg, well have at it.

Presenting ”Bathroom at The Astor Suite of The St. Regis San Francisco, 2009.” Just a tiny TV in the bathroom, of course:

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Another thing: Oyster has listed our pros and cons for tout le monde to see. Here’s a selection:

Pros:

Sea lions at Pier 39
Liberalism and political activism
Epicenter of gay rights movements
Thriving gay scene, especially in Castro District

Cons: 

Microclimates within the city means it can be sunny in one neighborhood and gray in the next
Taxis can be frustratingly few and far between.
Vagrancy and panhandling are common. 
Locals consider some areas, like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Castro, intolerable tourist traps.
Street parking can be a blood sport; hotel parking is expensive.
(Very) slight chance of earthquakes

Boy, they’ve got us pegged, huh?

Anyway, they’ve also done New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Miami, the Caribbean – the list goes on. Check it out, after the jump. 

Ahora, el mundo es su ostra!

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Caliber is Your Source for Big, Beautiful Photos of the Bay Area – CaliberSF.Com

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

There’s no photo in this post – if you want big beautiful photos of the Bay Area, head on over to CaliberSF. They have bold shots that are up to 750 pixels wide, and beyond.

They even have a Manifesto ‘n stuff:

“Welcome to Caliber — a group of four San Francisco/Bay Area photographers: Troy Holden, Stuart Dixon, Julie Michelle, and Brad Evans.

Our subject matter will focus on The City and its surrounding cities, with the occasional trek across state and international borders.

Our goal is to promote photography while acknowledging the present as well as the past, in whichever form it may show itself.”

All right. Expect good things.

And oh yes, Twitter, Flickr, Reader, what am I, your mother?

Bon courage, Calibre!

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade) – the Best Photos from Flickr

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will, gallery here) went down in Civic Center yesterday- what a huge turnout it had.

Here are the best photos uploaded to Flickr.

Auric Goldfinger really started a trend, back in the day:

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Cf. this shot from the Chronicle’s Frederic Larson - showing why you generally want to keep your white people skin tone magentas lower than the yellows. As always, click to expand.

Hey buddy, get gold or get gone – chest hair is no excuse:

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Here we go, a little gold goes a long way:

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Kanaka again

All right, that’s it for gold. Now how about orange?

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Beefcake beefcake, beefcake!

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DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

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The Center of Attention:

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Furry boots on top of the truck require an extra hand or two to secure footing:

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And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

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It’s all fur this year, either up top or on your platform shoes.

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Market Street was just packed, baby:

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And if you can’t afford the entrance fee, just neck outside the double chain link – show them all why they call it LovEvolution:

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And There You Have It - those are the best photos from Flickr.

See you next year!

Photos: San Francisco LovEvolution 2009 / LoveFest / Love Parade a Huge Success

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will) is still going strong down in Civic Center today – what a huge turnout it has – check the best photos from Flickr and some more photos posted on SFist. Now this year everybody’s paying $10 to get in, so that helps to pay for San Francisco’s excessive fees for doing anything, anytime, anywhere. Anyway, it’s fuzzy cowboy hats as far as the eye can see. And MUNI is FUBAR’ed beyond all recognition. Oh well.

Remember, this type of gathering is Why They Hate Us. Not Fleet Week or nothing, it’s this kind of stuff that They hate. Oh well. Here’s a slide show of photos to ponder. And here’s the post-first, edit-later (Go Go Gorgeous is a person, really? “Kobayash,” is a last name, really?) San Francisco Chronicle’s take, along with 23 photos. And here’s David Yu’s shots.

The cage dancers of Market go rolling up the street. Go Go Gorgeous!

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Sandra Gorgeous of GGG, (“a full-service Go Go company“) blowing you a kiss - the whole team is “all about adding that sexy, fun, and friendly energy to good events. Pour some gorgeous into your event!” Available, I’m sure, for weddings, bar mitzvahs….

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They had a ton of floats going uptown to Civic Center…

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…populated by people like these representatives from Sweet Tooth Entertainment:

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2009 on the left, 1969 on the right. Dude was baked:

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Do people really spray paint their Dell Inspiron laptop computers gold and then take them on parade? People do. Gold! I love goooold!” 

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And they all ended up in Civic Center, thusly. Just look at all these good-for-nothing pukes clogging up the place – is this why my grandfather fought the Second World War, and spent his weekends on the Jersey shore?

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Pretty much.

See you next year!

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SF LovEvolution Fast Facts

WHAT: San Francisco LovEvolution : A Dance Music Parade & FestivalLove Week page for more info.San Francisco LovEvolution Event Changes this year : on the need for a $10 entrance fee to the festival site at Civic Center Plaza

WHEN: Love Week starts Wednesday, September 30th with official and affiliated parties each night all week and through the weekend.
The main LovEvolution event is Saturday, October 3rd from 12noon – 8:00pm.

WHO: SF LovEvolution is all ages & all friendly peoples.

WHAT’S MORE:  A parade starts from 2nd & Market St. in downtown San Francisco with ~25 floats heading West down Market St.  The parade is free and all ages.

THEN WHAT: The floats arrive at Civic Center plaza where they park to becomes 25 stages on a transformed festival grounds with food, beverage, a new live electronic and performance stage, and outstanding revelry.  There is a $10 entrance fee to the festival grounds, children under 12 with their parents are Free.  All ages welcome.  No outside alcohol.

WHY: The entrance fee was necessary for the survival of the event due to significantly higher city related fees.  Please read the whole story below!

THERE’S MORE (!): After the festival ends at 8:00pm a number of after parties kick off all over the city, including the Official After Party produced by Skills & Spundae on site at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.  After parties have their own admission and age policies.  See the

LOVE: YES

As anyone who attended last years event knows, SF LovEvolution is now the largest electronic music event in America. Thanks to all those who have faithfully supported us and to the many new Lovers who attended last year. Because of the growth of LovEvolution, however, and to preserve our ability to parade down Market Street and party right in front of San Francisco City Hall, we’ve had to institute a few changes to this years event.

First, because of escalating city fees and the events growth last year, LovEvolution 2009 will require a large increase in all levels of traffic, police, security and medical personnel. This translates into a very large increase in how much money it costs to pull off this special event. As this is a non-profit event with minimal corporate sponsorship, we will be charging a $10 admission to LovEvolution this year in order to pay for the increased staff and other event expenses. We’ve always asked for a $10 donation but since most people do not give, donations are not sufficient to fund and improve the event. In order to be able to continue the event, we received special permission from the city for a $10 admission plan. This is as close to free as we could make it and at $10 for 250 world class DJs, LovEvolution is still the best bargain for an event of this scale in America. **We pay 100% of the costs back to the city, so without this change, we could not have the event. Please note kids under 12 with their parents are FREE. You can also get in free by volunteering. Of course – the parade is FREE to all and the entire event from 12noon- 8:00pm is still ALL AGES.** (After parties will vary by event).

Second, there will be no glass or outside alcohol allowed in the event. This has always been a condition of our permits, but when the event was smaller we never had to enforce. But the site was littered with broken glass last year that presented a safety hazard, so we now have to enforce this policy. This is for all our safety and is no different than at any concert or gated event, so please don’t bring alcohol or glass, it will be confiscated or you’ll be turned away at the gates.

On the bright side, the $10 admission will allow us to continue having this amazing event as well as to add some special production elements in Civic Center plaza. This year we are premiering the LovEvolution Live stage in front of city hall featuring an all out performance by The Mutaytor, and much more tba. The $10 admission will also allow us to reduce prices at our bars since we are now not as dependent upon alcohol sales to pay for the event. We’ll also be eventually eliminating entry fees fees for the floats so producers can make their floats even better. And YES – there will be ins and out allowed. And YES, kids under 12 with their parents are FREE.

Last but not least, the $10 admission will allow us to increase the amount of our non-profit contributions to other worthy organizations. Non-profits that received funds last year and/or we expect to donate to this year include:

Friends of the Main Library
Next Aid
Aids Housing Alliance
The Center for Sex and Culture
Beat University Scholarship Fund
Black Rock Arts Foundation
Bay Area Young Positives
Burners Without Borders
San Francisco Suicide Prevention/HIV AIDS Nightline
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

Thanks for your support and looking forwarding to a fabulous LovEvolution 2009!!

Shots Fired in the Western Addition, and a Huge Response from the SFPD

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Just happened to be passing through the Western Addition last night*, north of the North of Panhandle / NOPA area, when it was fairly obvious the SFPD was bringing it to the intersection of Eddy and Divisadero, like 20 vehicles and cops walking around with AR-15′s, the works.

Welcome machine gun – as seen on a sidewalk of Divisadero Street last night. Click to expand:

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Word on the street is that somebody fired a weapon (a shotgun? a “12-gauge shotgun”?) at somebody and then ran through the unlit parking lot of the New Liberation Presbyterian Church. Here’s the Google Maps (now with real-time bus arrival information, apparently) map:

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And here’s the manhunt, in progress, complete with a Fillmore Center-style skyscraper residential building (is that an old failure of the bad old Redevelopment Agency or a new failure of the “new and improved” Redevelopment Agency? I can’t tell the difference, really) in the background.

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(I gotta say, there appeared to be excellent trigger control and muzzle discipline from all the officers brandishing long guns - and that’s a Good Thing.)

So the manhunt continued through the parking lot for a while until everyone was satisfied that nobody was lurking about. The cops then widened the search. (A church-goer was going on about how the SFPD was “claiming” that shot(s) were fired in the area, and I was thinking, well, do you suppose the cops just all of a sudden decided to take their damn machine guns** out for a midnight stroll? Oh well.)

Is this kind of police call a common occurrence? I don’t know. Since nobody got injured, apparently, it’s not something likely to make the papers or SFist.com but at the time it seemed like a war was going on.

The block of Eddy shown above was the very one where District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was planting shrubbery on Saturday (and actually the photo above shows some of the new plants).  

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You can’t say that the government is ignoring this particular block of San Francisco, that’s for sure.

Speaking of which, here’s Eddy and Divisadero pre-Redevelopment-era, from 1947:

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No bike lanes of course, but no ugly medians either.

And a streetcar, don’t forget the streetcar.

For all I know, this is just another day in the Western A, but it seemed like a big deal at the time. If there were reports of shots being fired on my block, I wouldn’t mind a massive response from the SFPD. Just saying.

[UPDATE: EveryBlock has the story, or at least a few details...]

Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call

1200 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Unknown

Pierce St. and Ellis St. Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call

1100 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Assignment handled

*Looking for “Crazy” Rob Anderson‘s car – they say he doesn’t have one – can you believe that!?!?!?! Nooooooo!!!!

**Not really a machine gun, but a kissing cousin of an M-16 assault rifle.