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Bite Koch April 17, 2014 at 11:55 am
Got to refill those city coffers some how!
Chris Corbett April 17, 2014 at 04:27 pm
Every time I see a SSF PD officer, I think he or she is coming to pull me over on an imaginary, fakeRead More "enforcement" stop, as it's called in the industry. Lawyers and cops are one and the same--they lie for a living. That is not up for debate--it is fact! See the Tallahassee PD, FSU, Jameis Winston, etc...too many people covering their own hides! If it were not the cold, hard truth, it would be the movie-of-the-week!
Chip Krug April 14, 2014 at 02:38 pm
In response to Reality Check, my logic is as follows. The same "impatient or inattentiveRead More drivers" are also using these other intersections that have lower rates of collisions. Therefore I conclude that there are other contributing factors to the high rates at the intersections discussed. This is not to deny that individual driving habits are also an important factor. I prefer to approach the challenge from a social psychology and traffic design perspective. Assigning blame to individuals might change behavior as long as stepped up enforcement is maintained. If we make it a permanent policy, then that enforcement becomes an added design feature of the intersection. As far as treating this as a revenue source, well that seems to me to set up perverse incentives. Our goal is to make these safer intersections for everyone.
Reality Check April 14, 2014 at 05:21 pm
While I'd allow that two of the intersections (Woodside/Broadway & Whipple/Veterans) have designRead More aspects that may increase crash risks, the major risk factor is sheer traffic volume and intersection complexity (width, number of lanes, number of crossing/turning movements possible). Any time you have greater volume, you have greater statistical exposure to (as you pointed out) the exact same "impatient/inattentive" drivers causing crashes. Add to that greater size/complexity, and the same less-than-perfect drivers are more likely to cause trouble at a big, busy intersection than a small, less-trafficked one. Short of traffic-calming measures to constrict and/or slow and/or downsize these intersections, there isn't much to be done to reduce crashes from a design perspective. So that leaves you with enforcement. And if you're going to spare a few officers (which is the most you can practically do) to watch intersections ... it probably makes sense to deploy them where they will see the most violations. But what's also well known in the rest of the civilized modern world that does not suffer the US's bizarre political allergy/backlash against automated enforcement, is that traffic cameras deployed and managed correctly are much more effective than having cops chase down violators like cowboys chasing down errant livestock. Have a look at this interactive traffic camera map (don't forget to zoom out!): http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-security/road-safety/safety-enforcement-cameras
Chip Krug April 14, 2014 at 09:50 pm
To Reality Check: Wow, that is a cool map. I agree with your whole line of reasoning - bravo! ItRead More seems you've considered each intersection in more detail than I have. Still, as a designer, I long for answers that are effective and easy on the budget as well as easy on the people.
Karen Stitt, a Palo Alto teen killed in 1982. Photo: Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
Michael Calhoun April 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm
The information posted about that night is inaccurate, and I'm not sure if its deliberate or not.Read More Anybody can look up a 1982 calendar online and see September 4th 1982 was a Saturday night. It was Labor Day weekend just before the school year started. Now, I can't say for sure whether there was a Golfland in 1982, but where Golfland is today at Wolfe and ECR (El Camino Real) did not exist. It was the Woolworth Garden Center at that time. The report I read in the paper stated a driver delivering to Woolworth Garden Center found her. Not a year goes by that I don't think about Karen, especially in September. I remember the night I heard the news. I had just gotten home from camping at Pinnacles with my mom, step-dad, sister, and her friend who lived next door to us. When we got home, my next door neighbor called me and asked what Karen's last name was. When I told her Karen's name, she told me she had been murdered. She then brought over the newspaper for me to read the story. Karen and I dated that previous school year. Her murder was part of my desire to become a police officer. While I realize the colder the trail goes, the harder it is to find witnesses and evidence...I will never lose hope that her killer(s) will be brought to justice. And if I'm able to, I will be in that courtroom to see the face of the animal(s) that took such a wonderful life away from her family and friends. She will always have a place in my heart.
vahall April 6, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Michele, you assume the registry protects at least one child. How can you say that? Do you knowRead More any children "protected" by the registry? On the contrary, I have two things to say; first, the VAST majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated within the child's own home or close social circle, NOT by persons on any registry. Second, by "protecting one child" (or pretending to), how many children are you causing harm to? By these children, I mean those whose parents/family members/loved ones are on the registry, and who suffer collateral consequences. Children who are ridiculed or bullied at school because of a family member's status, innocent children who are victimized when vigilante violence follows public registry, children who committed no crime but whose parent/family member/loved one can not secure a home, can not obtain a job, and is precluded from reuniting with the family or reintegrating into society. In addition to harming plenty of children, this behavior by persons pretending to protect children makes NO ONE safer.
vahall April 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm
The purpose of Offender Watch is to lessen the anxiety of those living and working in San MateoRead More County. I guess you have no former sex offenders living or working in San Mateo County, who might not appreciate their and their family's information gratuitously emailed to anyone who signs up for it. The registry damages families, inhibits rehabilitation and provides A FALSE SENSE OF SAFETY to parents.
Shaira Leah Gomez April 7, 2014 at 11:24 pm
It has been a great help for everyone, for any individual that this site has been established. WeRead More can certainly track sex offenders in our community. Which we can easily avoid them or we can take action on how to deal with them. We can't predict where a sex offender could harm us, so it's a better way to fight against them. There is nothing more important than being safe. We should always take certain actions against it; as for me, I found a certain safety application on android phone that helps me track sex offenders on my phone, and just a click on a panic button it could create a conference call to a 24/7 call center, a safety network and could escalate a call to a nearest 911 if it's a real emergency, check this site out for more http://safekidzone.com/?a_aid=52f12f7275422
Photo courtesy:  San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
Donna Coutchavlis-Wong April 3, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Phillip, You speak from experience knowing where the Anger management places are obviously. It alsoRead More appears you are the Head commentator and Cheer leader for this post and other posts. You lighten up with the key board yourself. There are places to entertain boredom such as your City Park with a good book, not hiding behind a keyboard sticking your nose where it doesn't belong. You can lighten up, don't make a suggestion to me if you can't handle a strong woman with her own opinions. Last I checked freedom of speech still exists here in the good old USA.
Phillip Bailey April 3, 2014 at 04:08 pm
If you're keeping score, we'll see. I have nothing against the strong female. My wife and twinRead More daughters are such. Your all cap rant said a lot about you - unless you forgot to look up to see you were typing with all upper case? http://www.ask.com/question/why-should-you-avoid-using-all-caps-in-your-email
Donna Coutchavlis-Wong April 3, 2014 at 04:22 pm
FYI...I sell on the internet and I use the Caps On button, obviously I didn't bother to switch overRead More to be etiquettely correct.
Screenshot of KPIX CBS 5 news website shows the senator swarmed by reporters as he leaves a federal courthouse on Monday, March 31, 2014.
Cynthia Marcopulos April 1, 2014 at 08:31 am
"Disgraced Senator Yee" -- if that's the case, then every person in Congress should beRead More "disgraced" for taking lobbyists' and corporation money to do their bidding, which they do without restraint, to the detriment of We, the People. There are 30 - 40 lobbyists per member of congress, and no one says "peep" about how rigged our system of government is...
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Chris Corbett March 31, 2014 at 04:42 pm
As long as the officers don't lie about the alleged texting and their supervisors don't blindly backRead More them, I am okay with the crack down and law. Safety first! It's when dirty cops make the good cops look bad, it's when I have an objection. It only takes one dirty cop to take down a department!
Alyssa Negrette April 1, 2014 at 07:06 am
It should really be against the law to be doing anything other than driving when operating aRead More vehicle. No mobile devices, no eating, no radio scanning, no smoking, etc. I agree with the above comment. Keep the crack down honest.
Chris Corbett April 1, 2014 at 07:49 am
That is the hard part for the Sheriffs and Chiefs in our community. There is always one or two copsRead More who are on the dirty side. And, the sad part is, their supervisors and department must blindly "back" them, as they'd be held accountable themselves for faulty supervision. Plus, bad cops have the support of their union, so they have their own cushion, so to speak. I was once pulled over and ticketed for alleged texting while driving, when it was still legal to hold a cell in your hand using a speaker (even looking up numbers), and I was prepared to fight it to the Supreme Court, and not a soul locally cared that their was a cop issuing false tickets back in 2009 or 2010. I am not sure, but he still might be on the force...I hope he is a clean cop now! Video cameras are needed to protect people, that's for sure--both the police from false accusations and the citizens from the police lying and using excessive force...
Police were able to get a photo from one of the ATM machines that the man accessed with the woman's card, in the hopes that someone might recognize him.
Mike GH T. March 31, 2014 at 02:19 pm
LOL, if you all feel so strongly about vilifying this person and have zero tolerance, then youRead More should all support the efforts of former CA state governors to expedite the death penalty process instead of letting it extend so long. Cull the prison population. The only thing I ask is give zero tolerance to white collar criminals, ie the likes of Kenneth Lay that robbed thousands of their livelyhood and savings, or Bernie Madoff with his Ponzi scheme.
crumpley March 31, 2014 at 05:29 pm
Notice the word "allegedly" or "suspicion of" in the article. They've justRead More charged someone in the case, and now everyone's ready to see em bring out the chair. Lovely culture we've got.
Angela March 31, 2014 at 10:58 pm
VJ I apologize I must of been so shocked I got the names switched, Thank you for pointing out to me.Read More Mike- Both Wall Street scum, and dirtbags who rob and tie up people are bad. I dont think any times make it okay for either to be okay. Tonight there was a story about a similar robbery in Pleasant Hill with 85 year women and another woman. The robber got the older woman a glass of water, kleenex and kept saying he was sorry. He put them in a bedroom with a TV and did not harm them. Again not ok and I would still give him jail time.
Mike GH T. March 30, 2014 at 02:34 pm
I pity the man. I hope the system is intervening and providing this child some seriousRead More intervention. What about the girlfriend for remaining with this guy. She's probably a victim of DV as well. It's a sad sad state of affairs for all parties involved. The grandmother did a bang up job raising her daughter who ended up with such a loser. I hope the police made a cross report to CPS.
Laura R March 30, 2014 at 04:36 pm
Mike GH T. made a very good recommendation: what can we do to make sure that the police make aRead More cross report to Child Protective Services?
Anabel Haggarty April 7, 2014 at 01:56 pm
What a sorry piece of shit!! I hope he gets life and then hes raped repeatedly in the ass!!
Marilyn Jean Hartman, 62, has now been arrested several times at SFO.
Phillip Bailey March 28, 2014 at 01:05 pm
You'll get there some day Jeffrey....
originofalphabet April 11, 2014 at 07:50 am
Are any of the commenters here 62 and female? I doubt it. So you are incredibly uncharitable knowingRead More nothing about this woman's life. The Internet is all about schadenfreude. (Look it up.) I hope before you go interact with more people that you get some therapy so that you understand how the world can break people. It's so entertaining to make fun of broken people isn't it? Because they're pathetic and can't fight back. You're all such cowards. Go do something positive rather than wasting your time here denigrating a poor women who doesn't even have the resources to get to Hawaii and tries the only way she knows how.
Phillip Bailey April 11, 2014 at 12:45 pm
@ originofalphabet - You are correct. Those snarky posters will "get there" some time inRead More their life time and or have a loved one who comes down with ALS or MS or Parkinson's. Our global planet has gone to H*ll in a hand-basket.
Desert Rat March 28, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Anybody who criticizes Leland Yee is racist. Felonies not withstanding....
Hutch March 28, 2014 at 09:10 pm
What's the difference between Leland Yee doing favors for political contributions and otherRead More politicians doing favors to unions and corporations? The whole system is rigged to screw taxpayers. They need to stop all personal gifts and corporate donations including unions.
Hutch March 31, 2014 at 02:19 pm
It's time for this crap to stop. Send Jerry Hill a message Senator.Hill@senate.ca.gov Tell him toRead More change laws to stop all "gifts" and stop contributions by lobbyists, corporations and unions. Also if a politician is suspended they should lose all pay and benefits unless they are later exonerated.
Concerned Citizen March 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm
There are con artists around every corner! It makes me angry that people take from those who are notRead More wealthy, and who need money just as much as they! I got ripped of by a BUG con artist, Merrill Lynch, but somehow they were never arrested....I guess some are too big for that kind of thing!
Ashley Kirk.
RM March 21, 2014 at 09:09 am
Man, that guy is one ugly SOB.
Bill March 21, 2014 at 11:48 am
Perhaps as punishment, these animals should spend their 60 years behind bars in the county dogRead More pound. Oh, wait, they euthanize their residents after 60 days or so... Even better!!
Meth found at the San Clemente checkpoint last month. Photo courtesy the U.S. Border Patrol.
Susan Pellizzer March 21, 2014 at 10:17 am
It is important that we have the results of these studies that California is high on the list ofRead More this growing negative element of gangs and cyber crimes. However the results should be of no surprise. Couldn't that money been better spend to allocate to beefing up our border patrols, customs and immigration along the hotbed of entry to the USA? This would also assist in combating the illegal entry of people physically into the USA and also illegal drugs. If our government was not so quick to hand over a paycheck to illegals perhaps California could have more funds available to combat the new crimes we are facing today. We would have more funds to invest in the quality of pubic education for today's citizens arming these children with knowledge to be productive citizens and not be seduced by the allure of illegal wealth that drugs have to offer. Just sayin.....
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