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Thursday, June 01, 2023
Close Encounters June 2023
Seems like every time we declare another war on drugs nothing changes. Maybe we have our priorities mixed up. After all, how can we declare a war on drugs when we are helping people using them . . . . Sound bizarre? We think so. And then you have, only in our great City, “The San Francisco Drug Dealers Union. Wait, really??!! Yes, really. Not sure exactly what they do . . . Read More

Thursday, June 01, 2023
Experience Versus Opinions
“The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them knows anything about the subject.” — Marcus Aurelius Read More

Monday, May 01, 2023
Close Encounters May 2023
During the passage of the multiple stories culminated from the Close Encounters column there were many times when investigating officers sure could have used a few more hands to assist several times but were unable to do so because the “extra hands” were also tied up on other situations needing immediate resolution. That situation should not be permitted. Read More

Monday, May 01, 2023
Moving On
Last month our new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was approved by a 10-1 vote from the Board of Supervisors. Active and retired members had been following this contract drama as it played out in the media, the local newspapers, and videos of the board meetings that had been held to discuss the contract up to the vote on it. Read More

Saturday, April 01, 2023
Needing What You Dislike
By now, everyone has seen the videos from the Board of Supervisors’ supplemental budget hearing. In what for some was a complete about face, they implored Chief Scott to send officers to their districts and to value lives over Versace and Louis Vuitton purses, so that the people in their districts can feel safe walking down the street and not get shot, robbed, or assaulted. Read More

Wednesday, March 01, 2023
Close Encounters March 2023
Probably not a good idea to ignite a firecracker in the direction of the police car that’s stopped right next to you but that’s exactly what happened to Officer John Crocket and Officer Gustavo Lopez who were on uniform patrol, driving a marked unit and decided to investigate further. Read More

Wednesday, March 01, 2023
Carry On!
Brothers and sisters, Read More

Wednesday, March 01, 2023
This and That
This month’s lead article is written by Sean Perdomo, who served the POA in many capacities from starting as a defense representative to being our treasurer. I am honored for him to write this month’s President’s column. Read More

Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Close Encounters February 2023
Leave it to Sergeant Jarrod Yee to start off the New Year with a statistic or two in regards to outstanding work the officers at Bayview accomplish every day. Read More

Wednesday, February 01, 2023
Second Time Around, Same…
As I briefly wrote last month, the SFPOA and the city are involved in contract negotiations. Much like the last time we went into a negotiation for our contract in 2018, the road to getting something fair and equitable is just as hard if not harder than 2018 when the POA got an arbitration ruling. In 2018 we were battling several things. Read More

Sunday, January 01, 2023
Close Encounters January 2023
It’s customary to end each Close Encounter article with a careful reminder to “stay safe.” or, even a more sensible “Let’s be careful out there.” an admonishment borrowed from the famous Michael Conrad from the “Hill Street Blues”police-television series a “few” years ago. Read More

Sunday, January 01, 2023
Hello, 2023...
Killer robots, contracts, traffic stops, ah the list is endless when it comes to what 2023 has to offer us. For union business, there is never a shortage of “things” on our plate. From the continual meet and confer circuit, to an election for POA board positions, and even recovering from all those holiday parties! There is never any shortage of work to be done. Read More

Thursday, December 01, 2022
Dispatcher of the "Year"
When San Francisco resident Paul Pelosi, the husband of congressional House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was viciously attacked by a hammer-wielding assailant on October 28, 2022, his 9-1-1 call was answered by SF dispatcher Heather Grimes. Read More

Thursday, December 01, 2022
Close Encounters December 2022
What would you possibly have to do to have a $1 million dollar felony warrant issued for your arrest? Well, in this case the warrant was issued for 2 individuals, 1 male, 1 female, who beat a person within an inch of his life. Read More

Thursday, December 01, 2022
2022 Recap: The Highs and Lows
This year-end article is somewhat daunting for me. It feels like 2022 went by with lightning speed. As I try to remember all the things that happened during the past year, I don’t want to miss any details. It has been a very eventful year in San Francisco. Read More

Tuesday, November 01, 2022
San Franciscans have a choice to make when they turn in their ballots for this election. Do they want to start on the road to recovery, no pun intended, or do they want to see the city keep circling the drain with no end to what is plaguing it. Read More

Tuesday, November 01, 2022
The Chaotic Streets of San Francisco
We have all seen the viral videos and news reports, both local and national, heck even international, about the state of the streets in San Francisco. The streets downtown are in chaos. Read More

Tuesday, November 01, 2022
Close Encounters November 2022
It’s sunset in the Mission District and Officer Gustavo Lopez and his partner, Officer Diego Rodriquez-Ortiz were patrolling the Dolores Park neighborhood when they were approached by a woman who was screaming hysterically in Spanish about someone who had a gun. Read More

Saturday, October 01, 2022
Close Encounters October 2022
Going, going, . . . Gone!! The San Francisco Police Department could, quite possibly, face a day of reckoning as far as personnel shortages are concerned. It’s common knowledge that the Department should be staffed with more than 2100 officers, but they have been slowly dropping from 2100 to 1723. Read More