Overheard in Fog City

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Published on April 22, 2008 with No Comments

By Luke Thomas

April 22, 2008

SFPD inspector reported to Police Chief for belligerence and disrespecting committee

SFPD Inspector David Falzone, who acted in a manner unbecoming of a police officer during a Land Use Committee hearing yesterday, has been reported to Police Chief Heather Fong.

Falzone continued to interrupt Supervisor Sophie Maxwell as she was attempting to understand why police are refusing to cite store owners for blocking visual access to their stores. State and local safety laws require store owners to keep their store windows free of obstructions, obstructions that could prevent patrons from knowing if the store is in the process of being robbed.

According to reliable sources, Falzone, after the hearing was over, mumbled some unsavory words while slamming the door behind him as he left the hearing.

Fong confirmed to Fog City Journal today that her office has received a formal complaint about Falzone’s behavior and is “looking into the matter.”

Mirkarimi sunshine/transparency ordinance passes

An ordinance that would expand City Hall transparency and sunshine passed 7-3 today during the weekly Board of Supervisors meeting. The legislation, sponsored by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and co-sponsored by Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Chris Daly, requires all meetings at City Hall to be audio or video recorded and made available on the City’s website.

Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu and Michela Alioto-Pier voted against the ordinance.

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, who last week cast a dissenting a vote, voted in favor of the legislation today.

Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who also cast a dissenting vote last week, was absent from today’s proceedings.

Julio Ramos declares intent to “carpetbag” District 11 Supervisor race

College Board Trustee Julio Ramos has declared his intent to run for District 11 Supervisor. Ramos, according to reliable sources, owns a house in District 11 but does not live there.

“The house is still empty,” a source confirmed to Fog City Journal. “He (Ramos) is clearly carpetbagging the race.”

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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