Posts Tagged ‘Stop and Frisk’

Scraaaaaaaape: DPW Truck vs. MUNI Bus on Market Street – But No Harm No Foul – The City Family Abides

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Is it easy to drive a big ol’ Ford F-450 Super Duty pick-em-up truck around Market Street what with all the MUNI buses and streetcars, and with all the peds walking around like a chicken with its head cut off?

Probably not.

As here, on Market the other day, when the driver of this white DPW truck, which has stickers on it saying “Tax Dollars At Work,” cut a corner too close and loudly scraped up the left rear corner of a MUNI bus.

The aftermath  - a little bit stuck:

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Now when you think about it, there’s really no point in reporting this one, because the bus still works and the truck still works and is the City Family going to write a check to the City Family to compensate for the losses of the City Family? I think not.

So all you can do is pick up the stuff what fell off the back of the big pickup and offer it up to the embarrassed DPW worker.

Dude, here’s your shovel back:

So, no harm no foul, except for a scraped-up bus, which probably had its fair share of scrapes already.

And it’s all, well yeah, I screwed that one up but no biggee.

Too bad others in SFGov can’t similarly admit mistakes…

Interim Supervisor (and So-Called Progressive) Christina Olague, Ed Lee, and Stop and Frisk – How Does This Make Sense?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

All right, work with me here, people.

1. So-called Progressive Christina Olague worked hard on the RUN ED RUN campaign so that “Interim” Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Republican Party’s choice, would beat actual Progressive John Avalos in the mayoral race last year. So that Ed Lee could try to … promote his stop and frisk approach to law enforcement. So how can Olague be a Progressive if she worked to elect the standing leader of the conservative faction of San Francisco politics?

2. And uh, doesn’t San Francisco already have a stop and frisk policy? I think so! Let’s go to the videotape HTML:

United States v. Hernandez, No. CR 08-0730 WHA (N.D. Calif. 1-6-2011)

San Francisco police officers observed three men whom they believed to be members of the MS-13 gang standing in front of a restaurant. A no-loitering sign was posted in the restaurant window. The officers watched the men for a few minutes, but observed no threatening or gang-related behavior. The officers approached the men to advise them about the no-loitering policy, and despite the lack of any threatening behavior, conducted a pat-down search of each one.”

Uh, doesn’t that sound like a recent instance of stop and frisk? It does to me! But this particular instance was ruled to be unconstitutional. 

So, we have a stop and frisk policy RIGHT NOW in San Francisco, but apparently the SFPD isn’t going far enough with it, in the eyes of Accidental Mayor Ed Lee, anyway, and yet the SFPD ALREADY goes too far with it, like right now.  So how does that make any sense?

All right, here’s your San Francisco stop and frisk answer key:

1. Christina Olague leans to the left in San Francisco politics but she partnered with the dominant political faction, the conservative one, in order to get appointed as Supervisor for District Five for nine years. Of course, that meant that she had to strongly favor the Republican choice over somebody like John Avalos, somebody who would never forward vague unconstitutional-sounding ambiguities as Mayor Ed Lee has recently done with the stop and the frisk. But if she hadn’t done that then there’d be no way she’d ever get elected Supe on her own, so that’s the decision she made.

2. I’m still at a loss on this one.  San Francisco already has a stop and frisk program that already pushes past the limits (at times, anyway, certainly) of what courts are going to allow and yet Ed Lee wants a stop and frisk program. I’m guessing that the murder rate ‘n stuff is way up recently so Ed Lee wants to be able to point to something that he attempted to do about it. IRL, this whole concept was an obvious non-starter from the get-go.  

Thus concludes Interim Supervisor (and So-Called Progressive) Christina Olague, Ed Lee, and Stop and Frisk – How Does This Make Sense?