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Posts Tagged ‘Public Safety’

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

Law and Order: Tech Crime Unit

judge hand with gavelThe Examiner reports that District Attorney George Gascon has requested a budget increase to hire additional staff that can keep up with sophisticated criminals in a city with increasingly prevalent tech crime.

DA looking to create special tech crime unit (Examiner) 5/20/2014

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

More police to patrol Mid-Market

Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius reports that a new police department substation will open next week on Sixth Street to help with the turnover of officers patrolling mid-Market. The added presence of our guys and gals in blue is aimed at curbing drug sells and smartphone muggings in particular. With the extra eyes on the street, I know I’ll feel much safer uploading pics of my dinner while waiting for the 5.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Who’s going to “tabloid jail”?

Alright, no one. People Magazine and US Weekly won’t be subject to jail time for getting the truth wrong, but at one point Bay Area drivers that didn’t stay in their lane or skipped out on paying toll got more than a slap on the wrist and a hefty fine. The Chronicle reports that when the Bay Bridge opened in 1936, so did one of the smallest jails in the world. Bay Bridge bandits caught breaking the rules were tossed into a 6-foot-by-6-foot box with a bench. Guess the negative reinforcement worked, the teeny-tiny-jail only lasted a year.

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Shake what yo momma gave ya

City Hall was but one site of the annual V-Day dance mob meant to raise awareness of violence against women. I mean, is there really any better way to empower females than the Electric Slide? I think not.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Under the department of Predictable News…

…the San Francisco Chronicle’s East Bay columnist, Chip Johnson, criticizes Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. (Yes, again.)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Bar Pilots

The verdict is in.The California Board of Pilot Commissioners has suspended and sentenced the pilot of the ship that struck the Bay Bridge in January to several dozen “observation trips” with his colleagues. If I ever cause $3 million in damage to a public structure, I am more than willing to go on as many observation trips as needed to make up for it.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Across the Bay

newspaper29Mayor Quan’s campaign responds to heat received after ethical concerns were raised about the Mayor’s campaign allegedly sending emails to city employees at their dot gov addresses. 

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

You’re on Candid Camera! (And it’ll cost you.)

Muni is adding more cameras to their busses. Nope, not to catch you and your friends and the whacky shenanigans that you get into, but to ticket you for driving or parking in the bus lane! I know, it’s less cool once you get the details.

Friday, May 18th, 2012


Been noticing some unpleasant smells while walking up the stairs at the Civic Center BART station? The Chronicle reports on how the agency plans to address the fecal situation, as well as BART’s improved text alert notification system.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Keepin’ it safe

The Examiner tells us about new legislation aimed to address safety conditions in parking lots outside of entertainment venues.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Does this mean we’re friends again?

After a back and forth battle about the safety conditions of Muni’s operations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) might have finally come to a resolution. Nothing like a story about two public agencies getting along to start your Monday off right!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Muni Muggers Beware

Crime as a whole is down on Muni (yay!), but larceny rates on Muni are up (notsoyay!). In reaction to the rise in mostly mobile device related crime, Muni has started a public service campaign that reminds passengers that people still get mugged, and those who flash $600 devices are even more likely to get mugged.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

One Billion Rising

City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012