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San Diego Officer's 15 Years Working With The Homeless Coming To An End

Great article, I really do commend him for what he's accomplished. It's not easy working with the homeless. But as he says "being homeless is not a crime,"

March 25, 2014 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Border Patrol Refines Tactics In Rock-Throwing Scenarios

It should be about tactics & cover for all LE. But these agents need to defend themselves, trust me those young misguided me are not throwing small stones at the agents! They want to seriously hurt them, so then can get back across to Mexico. They don't want to get caught and spend years in a U.S. prison! These guys are mules, runners & coyotes.

March 14, 2014 at 3:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

In Southeastern San Diego, The Fine Line Between Gang Policing And Gang Behavior

There is a difference between doing your job and going beyond! The same is with the Trolley Systems "Crime Suppression Unit", which is a joke. First of all they are not law enforcement officers. Their Code Compliance Unit (which is small) are the same a "Meter Maids" they write, issue citations. State certification in PC832 does mean your a law enforcement officer. They are small about 25 employed by MTS, the rest you see are security guards (which there are about 120 contracted privately). There CSU acts like a bunch of wannabe cops in plain clothes, unmarked SUV's and doing the same shit as SDPD's gang unit. They have the same mentality or worse because they are not LE's. If you look into MTS's information under there Transit Enforcement you'll see "MTS Police" what a joke. They have no police force or sworn officers, their main director or Chief of Police as he likes to be called is Bill Burke a retired pd officer from? SDPD has better quality people with clean backgrounds, many of MTS's CCI's all have shady criminal pasts, they are there playing "cop" because they know they will never be real cops. Only a handful of the CCI's are good and stand up. As with the security guards doing undercover work, if I remember the State of CA defines what they can do and not do. But SDPD turns a blind eye.

March 6, 2014 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New SDPD Police Chief Zimmerman Can Only Serve 4 Years

Choosing a replacement that will only serve us for four years is not enough to tackle what has been going on with the SDPD. And I feel choosing someone from within the department may not be the best move. But we'll see?

February 27, 2014 at 7:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Fast Food Workers Join National Protest For Higher Wages

This is an area that needs to be addressed, fast food is pretty good at exploiting workers with low wages and benefits. So in reality how can someone really make ends meet in San Diego. Only one In-N-Out Burger is doing something positive about this.

Now lets look at retail and the biggest and largest exploiter is Wal-Mart, where they continue to offer low wages, very little full-time positions and continue to block anything that will better their employees. Union or non-union.

Look at the trolley system here in San Diego. UPS (Universal Protection) and MTS continue to use security guards to enforce the rules and provide safety and protection to the passengers to the public train system here. But they are paid very little wages, but are expected to do police work? With no holiday pay, sick pay or support from either company. This has been going since 1981.

And MTS has been notorious to their employees that run the rail and bus system here, these workers are what make the trolley and buses run. Since MTS took over they have constantly cutting back on their benefits, little to no pay raises, increasing costs and offering very little health care benefit choices. Constantly letting workers go for any reason that can deem legitimate.

The problem is San Diego and the people that run the city. They are an anti-labor town, their mentality is "fire person and we'll hire another for less wages," because people need a job. So how can this broken labor/wage system be fixed that will benefit everyone who lives and works here?

Just a thought.

August 29, 2013 at 10:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mural Near Market Creek Plaza Aims To Boost Good Habits

This is a good start and will send a positive message towards the Market Creek area. I feel that that residents and patrons should take a positive step and just say no to the crime and it's past. People should be more diligent in reporting any thing that may look suspicious to the police and not be afraid of getting involved.

August 27, 2013 at 4:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fighting Crime Near Market Creek Plaza

I work with Transit Security/Enforcement and we have seen a big increase in crime and drug dealing in both the Market Creek & Euclid Trolley Station. Besides the close surrounding neighborhood areas their is also an increase at the center and station. We constantly see a large numbers drug dealing, petty crime and prostitution. In the trolley and bus areas, it is becoming more difficult to do our job in security.

Ever since Universal Protection & Janitorial Service purchased the contract from Heritage Security a year ago. They are an observe and report typical security company and do not want the liability when confronting these individuals. Unlike in the past, Heritage wanted us to take a hands on approach. Now we are constantly being threatened with reprimands and termination. Plus we have armed security officers, which is first for UPS&J, they don't want anything to do with our armed officers.

Many of the individuals dealing drugs and committing crimes in the Market Creek and Trolley areas, are aware of what our current company wants us to do and does not want us to do. Many of us take breaks at Starbucks and the back area of the Market Creek where the tables and pavilion is. And we see so much gang activity and drug dealing going all over the Market Creek area. Many of the security officers that Market Creek employs are friends with these same individuals and we are astonished on how they look the other way.

As for SDPD, from our perception we do not see them making a proactive effort in curbing these illegal activities. Also Transit Security has about 125 officers from UPS. Transit Enforcement or the Code Compliant Officers who work for MTS, employs about 25 officers. They are certified by the state (think Meter Maids), to issues citations and detain with out probable cause. They are a bit more protected from liability issues by MTS to a point! The public perceives us as the same. i.e. Trolley Cops.

July 10, 2013 at 7:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )