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Because when times are tough – you kick those already down…

June 11, 2011

Birds of a feather...trashing those who care, together...

Interim Mayor Ed Lee is getting ready to put out his cuts only budget, that will require social services in San Francisco to eliminate services, eliminate jobs and push people already too close to the brink, even closer…

From the Public Press:

“The budget is going to be a hard one,” said Supervisor Carmen Chu, chair of the supervisors’ budget committee. “One of the things we heard from the community is: ‘Why do we only hear about cuts?’”

Lee has carved out a clear image of accessibility by appearing on stage at public schools in supervisors’ home districts to explain his approach and ask for ideas. But his policy agenda remains vague, and community groups anxiously await his budget proposal, a document that could result in closures, layoffs and loss of services for city residents.

“It might all be a big set-up,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness. “He is really an unknown entity in a lot of ways. He is a bureaucrat. He comes at things very matter of fact.”

And very matter of fact is not always good…

I understand that Twitter was a good retention for the image of the city, but like in metro areas across the country why is it the businesses get the welfare while the people are told of “tough choices,” “hard budgets,” and “the need for sacrifice.” Oh, because businesses create jobs, right? Well…yes, but social service cutbacks eliminate jobs, and oftentimes result in the loss to the community of people who care about others, or who place a higher priority on service than money.

You know, the people who work to try to clean up the panhandlers that beg for change in front of the new corporate offices of Twitter?

Yeah, those people, the ones who are artists, humanitarians, have an interest in the rate of compassion in an urban area as opposed to those who only see its developmental potential…in other words, people who give a damn.

San Francisco has always had a larger percentage than most of these types of people…but every year, more and more are forced out by corporate giveaways, PGA tournaments and yacht racing…

Pretty soon, the City by the Bay could very well lose its veil of progressive liberalism, torn completely away to reveal the naked capitalist within, counting his money and caring only that the tourists still come, and not the people who struggle to make it…those who live here.

Read the article:

Mayor: Social services agencies must plan for years of cuts

Have a nice day.

My Prayer for August 6th…

June 7, 2011

Rick Perry...a christian terrorist debasing the culture...with that tie.

Dear God, hear my prayer…

It is my understanding that Rick Perry, current Governor of Texas and potential candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination has invited all of the nation’s governors to join him on August 6th at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The purpose of this gathering is a day of prayer and fasting for the nation in order to seek your guidance in solving America’s problems.

In a statement, Governor Perry said “Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel.”

I agree, God.

So I am sure you will understand completely my wish, my prayer to you God, that you will do your part to solve America’s problems on August 6th by repeatedly striking the stage at Reliant Stadium with violent bolts of lightning.

In doing so, the rest of America will finally be free to constructively solve the remaining problems with logical analysis, scientific evidence and rational discussion.

We might finally get a decent school textbook too…

In your name I pray,

Amen.

Have a nice day.

A Sad Day for the SFPD and San Francisco…

June 5, 2011

Cameras for everybody!

According to the SFPD’s new chief, Greg Suhr, the department will be looking for cameras officers can wear into drug busts, so as to avoid another hundred or so dismissals by the DA’s office due to sloppy police work and accusations of theft and other improper conduct.

Cameras, so police officers can prove they are obeying their own laws.

There are of course two ways of looking at this:

1.

An over-zealous Public Defender Jeff Adachi has brought improper light onto the activities of the SFPD who are just trying to get the drugs out of the Tenderloin, and in doing so, has driven them to this…IE, Police Commission President Thomas Mazzuco saying of Suhr’s plan, “There’s nothing for officers to hide, and I think it would be good for the public to see through their eyes for once.”

2.

The SFPD has become so lax in their procedures, they no longer remember to dot their I’s and cross their T’s or worse, until Adachi started producing all these videotapes, they didn’t see the reason to do so anymore, and saw little wrong with not documenting laptops or mp3 players they liberated from SRO rooms, or creating charges the evidence collected does not support.

Not for me to say which is which, but the SFPD has a long and storied history of abuse, and the residents of the Tenderloin have a long and storied history of being abused so it would appear the cameras could help. This would assume the officers don’t turn them off, lose the video or entertain some other sort of mishap which doesn’t allow Jeff Adachi or the Press to see what it is the officers might be seeing at certain crucial times.

It would be very unfortunate for the SFPD, the Police Commission and the Police Officers Association to begin using videotapes that show very little, as evidence they have done nothing wrong.

In any case, the way I see it, it’s sad it has had to come to this at all, that a police department is caught in a lie so many times, we now feel the need for video to prove we are not being lied to, again.

Have a nice day.

Nearly 120?

May 28, 2011

Nothing to see here...

120 cases.

All dismissed because the police don’t follow the laws they are sworn to protect.

I can understand how people who don’t spend a lot of time in the Tenderloin wonder how this could have happened, but for those who do live in the TL, and pay attention to their surroundings, this all comes as no surprise whatsoever.

Working in social services has afforded me the opportunity to meet 100’s of people I wouldn’t have had I been in another career and in many instances I have heard the stories of police abuse, of police making up charges, of the SFPD essentially running roughshod over any semblance of rights a resident in the Tenderloin might have, but until recently, none of these complaints were taken all that seriously.

I’m not entirely sure what got Jeff Adachi all fired up, suddenly paying attention to police misconduct in the Tenderloin, but I for one, am glad. It was time for somebody to hold the SFPD accountable, legally. A high crime rate in various parts of the city doesn’t give them free reign to do as they wish. By any means necessary is never a slogan for a police officer.

We all know that to say there are drug issues in the TL is like saying the Giants are going to miss Buster Posey: true understatement. And we all know that some of the people the police arrested, some of whom had their cases dismissed were guilty of the drug charges that brought their arrest. However, this is no excuse for the SFPD to do whatever it is they will to make those arrests. In doing so they shirk their reponsibilities and endengder mistrust by the people who might help them clean things up.  

And all of our rights are safer the moment they finally accept the law applies to their actions as well.

In the Tenderloin, I’ve borne witness to several instances of police violence, some of it strong enough I felt it necessary to voice my opinion, and whenever I did, I was threatened with arrest by the offending officer, and had that officer followed through on their threats, what recourse would I have had? He might have said I was interfering in police business, despite the fact I voiced my opinion from well over ten feet distant and was not getting in anyone’s way at all, but try to prove that in court when it is my word against the officers.

Well, Jeff Adachi appears to be on a one office crusade to remind the SFPD they can’t simply lie whenever they feel like it. They can’t make up charges despite the fact they witnessed no crime. They can’t just break down somebody’s door or enter without consent, with no probable cause.

The can’t break the law they swore to protect.

We all have rights.

I’m glad that message is finally being sent.

Read the article:

S.F. police scandal widens – 26 more cases dropped

Have a nice day.

Accepting political fraud as our only option…

May 23, 2011

Progress...for who? The top 1% was doing just fine without you...

Another great piece by Chris Hedges, who admittedly can get quite wordy, but this one’s pretty good…

“The liberal class, which attempted last week to discredit the words my friend Cornel West spoke about Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, prefers comfort and privilege to justice, truth and confrontation. Its guiding ideological stance is determined by what is most expedient to the careers of its members. It refuses to challenge, in a meaningful way, the decaying structures of democracy or the ascendancy of the corporate state. It glosses over the relentless assault on working men and women and the imperial wars that are bankrupting the nation. It proclaims its adherence to traditional liberal values while defending and promoting systems of power that mock these values. The pillars of the liberal establishment—the press, the church, culture, the university, labor and the Democratic Party—all honor an unwritten quid pro quo with corporations and the power elite, as well as our masters of war, on whom they depend for money, access and positions of influence. Those who expose this moral cowardice and collaboration with corporate power are always ruthlessly thrust aside.”

Continue reading:

Why Liberal Sellouts Attack Prophets Like Cornel West by Chris Hedges

Or try reading:

Are Well-Off Progressives Standing in the Way of a Real Movement for Economic Justice?

Have a nice day.

Okay San Jose, let it begin…

May 15, 2011

Last year when ya made it to the Western Conference finals, you got swept by the Chicago Blackhawks.

I really hate the Blackhawks, almost as much as I hate the Red Wings…and Vancouver? Well, they used to employ a certain Todd Bertuzzi who saw fit to sucker punch Steve Moore before driving his head into the ice and snapping his neck…

So yeah, I hate Vancouver too.

Todd McLellan has been talking about the Sharks growing each year in the playoffs and I agree…they got nowhere to go now but up…

Tonight, game one…

Go Sharks!

The larger message from the Henry Hotel…

May 14, 2011

Which one wears the gang colors?

When the SFPD used master keys at the Henry Hotel to stage raids on drug dealers…when they manhandled a suspect at the Jefferson Hotel, allegedly stole a duffel bag and then lied about it in their police report…when they illegally entered that apartment in the Richmond…it all sends a bad message to San Francisco and its residents. Simply put, in the pursuit of those whom the police deem to be criminals, the laws the police have sworn to protect become optional.

Search warrants? Probable cause? Dignity for all people and the truth?

Mere details…

The police are supposed to be public servants. They are supposed to be the authorities we citizens call on for help in times of trouble, trust to do what’s right and have our best interests at heart. They are supposed to be above the criminals on the street, function as the gun-toting barrier between us and them, but when they choose to break the law, even in pursuit of criminals that barrier becomes blurred.

This is especially a problem when it comes to the Tenderloin, because the SFPD can’t change the neighborhood without community participation and if the police aren’t trusted, the people who live there are more inclined to keep quiet and walk away.

Personally, as I’ve written before, I have a love/hate relationship with the semi-lawlessness of these 50 square blocks or so, but I also recognize my beliefs are not the only ones to hold sway…there are families here, children, artists and activists who would like the neighborhood safer.  When attending neighborhood meetings with the SFPD, Tenderloin residents hear so much about how we’re all on the same team in trying to solve these problems, how the community functions as the eyes and the ears of the police department, but what are we to do when the SFPD operates as just one more law-optional gang of thugs in a neighborhood already full of others?

When their truth is suspect, we can’t take them seriously as leaders, nor can we trust them to protect the laws designed to protect us, especially when they themselves appear to see these laws as more of a suggestion. We shouldn’t have to count on Jeff Adachi to call them out on their bullshit and criminal activity, for the respect of their department, they should root out problem cops from within.

The SFPD has had enough past problems darkening their doorways, one might think they wouldn’t be so intent on creating more by taking these shortcuts.

And I can already hear it…who cares? They are going after drug dealers. If you don’t do anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about, right?

Wrong.

When a police force in a city supposedly as liberal as San Francisco feels they can act without following the laws, nobody is safe, not from a police officer with a vendetta, not from a cop who wants to shut down a club, an art show, or anything else they decide is causing too much of a problem. How are we to trust them not to violently crack down on protesters…oh yeah, right, we can’t trust that already.

If I get on the stand to refute the allegations of an officer, and the jury takes the word of an officer over mine, simply because he or she is an officer, this can open a number of doors for a police department who doesn’t follow the law, and none of those entryways will benefit the public.

Being law-abiding for the most part, I should expect to be left alone by those meant to enforce the law, but if they operate in a climate of legal grey areas, then we are all in a position where we no longer get final say on what it is we do, within the law.

The police will make that decision.

I might suggest to any member of the San Francisco Police Department who wants to be able to enter any home, apartment or SRO room whenever they like, they should move to Indiana. There, the state Supreme Court just decided their police can do exactly that…but Indiana is not San Francisco, not yet and until then, the SFPD really shouldn’t take such liberties, especially considering they don’t allow such behavior from us.

A badge or a gun should make no difference, nor should officers be able to count on protection from their crew at 850 Bryant. That isn’t law, that’s a Dirty Harry movie or maybe a Law and Order episode.   

If the police want to clean up the Tenderloin, they need the cooperation of those who live there. To get that cooperation, they need to be leaders, not armed assholes driving the streets behind mirrored sunglasses choosing which law to follow…

I don’t get that choice unless I risk arrest, and for the police it should be no different.

Finally, if everything I’ve written above seems as overreach or perhaps an exaggeration of any potential problems, well…congratulations!

You’ve obviously never had to personally deal with the SFPD.

Have a nice day.