Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Pan’

George Hearts TASERs, So Why Shouldn’t the SFPD have Conducted Energy Devices?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón wants his SFPD to be equipped with Conducted Energy Devices (CED’s, aka TASERs), but he needs to get approval from the Police Commission to get going. So he’s working the media and the Internets to get the word out about the benefits of stun guns.

Check the Facebook (started up just yesterday), the Twitter, the YouTube – the SFPD is all over the place these days. And here’s the elevator pitch for CEDs from the SFPD in a punchy 7.5 minutes. And here’s the whole news conference from today.

Chief Gascon (in conducted energy neckware) making his case today as Police Commissioner Jim “The Hammer” Hammer looks on.

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Am I missing something here? Is there some reason why the SFPD shouldn’t have CED’s? Our Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol have access to TASERS when they’re on the job in SF, so why not the police?

Next week’s Police Commission hearing, skedded for March 3rd, will give the red light or, more likely, the green light.

To Be Continued…

Dennis Herrera and David Chiu Request Multiple Languages in Next U.S. Census Letter

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Since the whole point of the U.S. Census is to count people, wouldn’t it make sense to try to send out letters that people can generally read? Like, how about “Cantonese or Mandarin” (hey, aren’t they the same thing?) writing, for instance?

That’s what San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Board of Supervisors President and District 3 Supervisor David Chiu, and Vincent Pan of Chinese for Affirmative Action were asking at City Hall yesterday.

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Good question.