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Posts Tagged ‘Public Safety’

From Oakland to Missouri

bay-bridge12As the debate over police militarization continues, SF Weekly reports that Oakland has decided to pass on this year’s Urban Shield terrorism-response event.

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

National Night Out

police-badge4Yesterday (August 5th for those who haven’t had coffee yet) was National Night Out, neighborhood block party-style events promoted by local governments and the National Association of Neighborhood Watch to promote public safety. In San Francisco, an event held at a Visitacion Valley playground that was the site of a horrible shooting this summer was particularly relevant, and attended by folks like Police Chief Greg Suhr and Supervisor Malia Cohen. Some advocates took what they call a less “suspicion” and “surveillance” approach to the day, organizing the Second Annual Night Out for Safety and Democracy at the Lake Merritt amphitheater to focus on restorative justice issues.

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Stopping Violence

house12Many of our city’s homeless women have been subject to violence and the city is aiming to do something about that. This is a sad circumstance and it is good we are doing something about it. The world would be a much better place if we limited ourselves to fake, television violence… preferably with spandex and Chris Jericho (pictured).

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Southeast Troubles

After a string of murders in the city’s southeast, protestors showed up to City Hall to push for more funding for violence prevention. It seems like the city is at a Crossroads, but hopefully no more people get hurt.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Burglary spike

water-fountain1The city’s northeastern section has seen a big increase in burglaries this year. Maybe everyone needs to be reporting in a higher register.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014


Police badgeSan Francisco Public Schools and the Police Department are looking at a more “centrally coordinated relationship.” The way I see it though… SFUSD and SFPD, sittin’ in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, first comes love, then comes marraige, then comes the baby in the baby carraige. On a serious note, I take playground songs seriously and only condone ones that have a serious, moral message. I am proud to share one that clearly promotes post-marital relations.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

hot buttons

The Chronicle covers three hot button issues (Laura’s Law, school assignments, and the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier). I wonder how they forgot me though, considering I am a hot button with issues.

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Public Safety

ChangesCity officials have some big plans for improving public safety over the coming decade. Like, forty of them.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

County Jail

blank sheriff badgeAnti-incarceration organizations are at odds with City officials over plans for a new county jail, slated to be built in 2017.

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Fire Code Citation

Fire HydrantThe Mission Bay fire from March 11, which destroyed a developing 172-unit complex with over $40 million in damage has resulted in a $1000 fine to the subcontractor who was working out of compliance with the City’s fire code.

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

May Day Mayday

May DayJudging by my mommy-blog feed, May Day is all about getting crafty with ribbons and a pole while small children dressed in white frolic in a field of dandelions. It sounds like May Day in the Mission had a slightly different vibe.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Cops vs. Campos?

Last month, an officer involved shooting resulted in the death of a Bernal Heights resident. With Supervisor David Campos and the SFPOA now caught up in a war of words on the subject, neighborhood tensions continue to rise.

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Private Schools: Gettin’ Seismic wit’ it

changes9The Examiner reports that private schools could be in for a shaky situation when the Big One hits.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

New Jail for SF?

Police badgeSF Weekly shares details on a proposed new jail for our town, as well as the elected officials who are stacking up for and against the proposal.

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Violence Task Force

blank reporters notebook with pencilThe Examiner reports on last week’s news conference where Supervisor Malia Cohen called for a “cease-fire” in District 10 and annouced plans to convene a task force to address violence and shootings in the area. A couple candidates challenging Supervisor Cohen in the upcoming November election also chime in. 

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Pedestrian Safety

look-both-ways7In an effort to increase pedestrian safety, a local school is using a life-size simulation, complete with an inflatable car, to teach students good safety habits early on.

Life-size street simulation teaches elementary students pedestrian safety (Examiner) 5/20/2014

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

SFO Asiana Crash

magnifying-glass7Both the Chronicle and Examiner report that the parents of teenager Ye Meng Yuan, who was struck and killed after last year’s Asiana Airlines crash, have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city.

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Jaywalking and Paintball Guns

Did you know paintball guns are not legal in San Francisco? More over, did you know that jaywalking is not legal?? (I mean, we all know jaywalking isn’t legal, but I figure if we all just keep pretending we don’t know that then it is cool to keep doing it.)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

credit where credit is due

Mayor Ed Lee honored Muni bus driver Felicia Anderson for her swift, steady action following an on-bus shooting earlier this month. So if you ever needed a reminder to be polite to your bus driver (read: say thank you), this should serve as that reminder.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Public Safety Bond

A bond to upgrade the City’s public safety infrastructure hit a momentary snag following a discussion over what should go into it. The issue in question: streetlight funding.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Bart safety

The BART Police Department recently announced plans to heighten security on trains and in stations, making my mother – among others – feel much better.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Crime in the City

Feeling safer these days? Nothing like sorting through arrest and crime data to get your day started, kudos to Chief Suhr for the Casablanca reference.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Surveillance on Market

SF Police Chief Greg Suhr has put together a proposal for additional surveillance during major city events along Market Street and uses what happened in Boston to make his case.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Pricey Digs

The Examiner reports that San Francisco pays some of the highest costs per inmate in the state.

Monday, April 1st, 2013


It’s been exactly a year since the Sandy Hook shooting, and what has San Francisco done differently? Apparently a lot.

Friday, March 15th, 2013