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My first thought was that they might have been doing photography…
As seen on Post Street by Dave Golden:
Well, this is news to me.
Check it, the biggest military shoulder patch in the world is worn by members of the Novato-based “Pacific Strike Team,” which is part of the National Strike Force, which is part of the Deployable Operations Group, which is part of the United States Coast Guard.
See? Here they are, training for disaster response up in Marin County last year.
“Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharina Lamonica and Petty Officer 3rd Class Grace Peterson setup a weather station during an exercise with National Strike Force’s Pacific Strike Team, Feb. 16, 2011. The Pacific Strike Team conducted the exercise as part of its annual Readiness for Operations inspection”
And you thought Novato was just a cow town:
I moved your star about 100 clicks north of where you have it, Dawg. Novato’s in the North Bay, not the South, just saying.
All the deets:
“The Deployable Operations Group (DOG) is a United States Coast Guard command that provides properly equipped, trained and organized Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) to Coast Guard, DHS, DoD and inter-agency operational and tactical commanders. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, it was established on 20 July 2007, and is commanded by a Rear Admiral lower half.”
“Each Strike Team is a highly trained cadre of Coast Guard professionals who maintain and rapidly deploy with specialized equipment and incident management skills wherever needed. The strike teams are recognized worldwide as expert authorities in the preparation for and response to the effects resulting from oil discharges, hazardous substance releases, weapons of mass destruction events, and other emergencies on behalf of the American public. There are three strike teams within the NSF. The Atlantic Strike Team (AST) is based at Fort Dix, New Jersey, the Gulf Strike Team (GST) is based in Mobile, Alabama, and the Pacific Strike Team is based in Novato, California.”
Thanks in advance, Pacific Strike Team.
All the deets, below.
San Francisco Police Sponsor Hate Crimes Symposium
On Thursday October 13, 2011 the San Francisco Police will sponsor a Hate Crimes Symposium. This symposium will be held at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center Rainbow Room located at 1800 Market Street, 2nd Floor from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.
The symposium will be an informational presentation followed by a Q&A format. The event will be held during National Coming Out Week and one day after the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard on October 12, 1998. As the Federal Hate Crime Statue “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (18 U.S.C. 249)” was named after Matthew, it’s a poignant time of year to host this discussion.
Agenda of presentation will be:
* Deputy Chief Denise Schmitt to welcome attendees, discuss the Chief’s LGBT Forum and introduce panelists
* US DOJ Attorney SUSAN BADGER to discuss the US DOJ’s role in prosecuting hate crimes
* FBI Special Agent MELISSA PATRICK to discuss the FBI’s role, resources and limitations
* SFDA Asst District Attorney VICTOR HWANG to discuss how cases are prosecuted and why some are kept at the local/State level while others become Federal cases
* SFPD LT. TERESA GRACIE to discuss the police department’s role and how SFPD leverages with the FBI and works cooperatively with them
* SFPD Chief’s LGBT Community Advisory Forum to discuss the importance of crime reporting, resources and support organizations for survivors of hate crimes
* Moderated Q & A from the audience and answers from specific members of the panel or responses from all panel members as appropriate
* Final closing comments from panelists
GOAL OF THE EVENT: To establish the Forum as a publicly known entity with a defined mission of representing the LGBT community City-wide to the SFPD and Chief Suhr directly.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide California museums that don’t give Nazi-stolen art back to the rightful owners. Even if that means that returning 500-year-old Adam and Eve will cost Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art a cool $24 mil.
El Protector De La Gente, Jerry Brown:
Brown Defends Right to Seek Return of Artworks Stolen by Nazis
LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Connecticut woman who seeks the return of a pair of 500-year-old paintings looted by the Nazis during World War II, kept for a time in the estate of Nazi leader Hermann Göring and purchased 40 years ago by the Norton Simon Museum of Art.
Brown’s friend of the court brief backs Marei Von Saher, who is suing the Pasadena museum over “Adam and Eve.” The two panels painted by the 16th century German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder are evocative of original sin, according to the museum’s website.
The works were confiscated by Nazi soldiers from an Amsterdam gallery owned by a relative of Von Saher’s during the war. From there, the panels were moved to Göring’s country estate near Berlin until May 1945, when they were discovered by American troops. The following year, they were returned to Amsterdam. From there, the artwork’s trail grows murkier, leading through Russia and to a sale in 1971 to the Norton Simon Museum, where the panels are on display on the main floor. The paintings were appraised last year at $24 million. A depiction similar to the “Eve” panel appears each week at the beginning of the TV show “Desperate Housewives.”
Here they are:
All the deets, after the jump.
“Golden Guardian 2010” – it’s on!
“Golden Guardian 2010 will be the sixth Full Scale Exercise (FSE) in the Governor’s Golden Guardian Exercise Series since 2004. The theme of Golden Guardian 2010 is terrorist attacks in multiple ports throughout California. The FSE will be aligned with the National Level Exercise, NLE10 (Improvised Nuclear Device in FEMA Region IX), and will take place over several days in May 2010.”
O.K. then. Joe Eskenazi has a full report with video.
A military dolphin today near AT&T Park:
On the job:
OMG, call Cute Overload. These critters salute when they’re not finding terrorists ‘n stuff:
Here’s a much better photo of a well-trained animal. Hard at work or hardly working? A military dolphin as seen in the Gulf:
Brien Aho / U.S. Navy
Never seen anything like this before…
Now back in the day, you could shimmy over a nine-foot cyclone fence and then just walk up the staircase to the top of this observation tower the U.S. Army used to operate in the Presidio. It was the coolest vantage point in town.
But now the barbed concertina wire is thicker than ever and the wobbly stairs up to the first landing have been removed. And perhaps there are new systems in place that would assist the park police as they catch any monkey trying to shimmy up to the top. (Perhaps means definitely, BTW.)
Oh well. It’s painted Sutro Tower white and red because it’s a hazard to aerial navigation peeking just above the Eucalyptus the way it do. Last time I was there, you could tell that people would go up to drink beer and have sex and whatnot.
You’d think the phone companies would have used this old tower for cell antennas but perhaps this old thing is too old. There’s a new tower right next door but there’s not enough room to party up there even if you could try. The old tower has a roomy platform on top, made for a bunch of generals and majors to reconnoiter and whatnot.
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Oh well, it’s the end of an era….