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2013-02-16 03:30:50 PM  

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


After decades of failed trickle down economics, it's time for the rich to pay their fair share.

It's hardly grinding them up for meatloaf.
 
2013-02-16 03:31:17 PM  
2242 - Welfare Check - Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.
 
2013-02-16 03:32:16 PM  

ChrisDe: One day I might appreciate it, but my neighbors watch my house a little too closely. They've called us a couple of times for what they thought was suspicious activity, but wasn't. A friend leaving through the back door, a strange car parked in the driveway overnight. It's kind of putting the kibosh on my plans to have an affair with that intern in marketing.



   too many reality crime shows now....people are seeing a body in every trunk.
 
2013-02-16 03:33:08 PM  
When keeping it El Camino Real goes wrong.
I laugh my arse off when I hear about Atherton. I've got so much more for so much less, you clueless farks!
 
2013-02-16 03:33:17 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.


Nice try, but I was a private security dispatcher in Bel-Air, so we were catching most of the calls (we had a better response time) and I can guarantee none of them were for criminal offenses. Over 95% were for calls just like this. Like the people who were so paranoid of burglars they had motion sensor lights all around the house in a remote mountain area--but were pissed when the deer and raccoons set them off all night long. We took lots of calls for wild animals in the backyards; my fave was the lady who wanted me to send an officer to shoot the skunk under her porch.

Then there was the call of "someone screaming". I sent an officer: he heard nothing. Another call "They're still screaming!" The officer went back, this time went all around the house. It was a TV, on the Cartoon Network. The volume was a little loud, and the resident had fallen asleep.

There's just not a lot of crime in these areas--but there ARE a lot of paranoid people.
 
2013-02-16 03:33:38 PM  
img.gawkerassets.com

The one from Redwood City (above) that they didn't circle is funnier than several of the ones they did circle.
 
2013-02-16 03:38:16 PM  
I lived in Menlo Park (next town over from Atherton) for many years. They had great yard sales.

The neighborhood didn't change that quickly, but there was a small homeless encampment under an overpass near the creek. I had a neighbor who was foolish enough to leave her luggage on the curb while she went back inside to phone for a taxi. On recycling day. Gone.

Two other stories from that era:

- Very soon after I moved in, I was walking home one evening and took a wrong turn onto a dead-end street. In the process of backtracking my steps, the local patrol car pulled up next to me and asked if there was a problem. I told them I was looking for <my address>.  "Oh, do you work there?"  "No, I live there. Is that a problem?"  (I could hear the testicles retract from the sidewalk).

- We had a loquat tree in the front yard that gave literally bushels of fruit in season (the neighbor had persimmons, and left a wheelbarrow-full on his front walk).  Coming home one afternoon, there was an older woman with a couple of shopping bags standing on the sidewalk in front of the house, and a teenage boy standing on a folding chair under my tree picking loquats. I stopped and watched them for a while, and she kindly handed me part of his next haul, which I put into my bag. I thanked her, then went up on the porch, got out my keys, and went inside.

Good times.
 
2013-02-16 03:39:56 PM  
Picking fruit that isn't yours is a felony in California. Keeps the bums away from the orange groves. img.gawkerassets.com
 
2013-02-16 03:41:22 PM  

Shaggy_C: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable. It's all smoke and mirrors. Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.

And let's not forget sheer laziness.  Last time i had an attempted break-in, I called the cops and the guy on the line made it sound like the fact that he would have to fill out paperwork and send a form in the mail would just be so difficult that it wasn't even worth the effort and if I wanted an officer to come out I would need to sit there and spend an entire day off work to wait for them.  I wonder how many thousands of property crimes of that sort are never reported for that very reason?


I guess this is a national thing.  It seems that the police in general have become very lazy unless it has to do with DUI's, drugs, rape or murder.  Do you think that they would like to make a huge bust rather than find a killer? It seems it's just a competition to seehow many times they can get their names in the paper.  I believe that they sometimes forget what they signed up for.  I am also sure that there are a fair amount of domestic disputes that are not reported and pushed to the side because they "worked things out".   There is no fame or glory finding out who blew up your mailbox or stole an emblem off your car (if people still do that).  Where there are drunk teenagers, there will be property damage of some sort.  Good point.
 
2013-02-16 03:43:01 PM  
From the comments: "Police responded to call regarding someone in the neighborhood wearing white shoes after labor day. It was determined they were in fact more gray and just reflecting the light."

/I hope this becomes a thing.
 
2013-02-16 03:46:35 PM  
I wonder what would happen if I hired LL Cool J to walk that neighborhood at night?
 
2013-02-16 03:48:28 PM  

flucto: OMG this is about RICH PEOPLE? Let's all be OUTRAGED and grind them into free meatloaf for the poor.


Whoa, take it easy there Gospel of Luke. Not all of us are Christians.
 
2013-02-16 03:51:11 PM  
I was listening to my police scanner app one night and dispatch came on to send a car to an address where two guys were "having buttsex in front of an open window."
 
2013-02-16 03:51:27 PM  
MaudlinMutantMollusk: How do such incredibly stupid people accumulate so much money?

They marry into it.
 
2013-02-16 03:54:24 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Shaggy_C: These residents pay the high taxes that cover the police department's labor costs.  They can use the police for whatever reason (no matter how seemingly frivolous) they want.

No that's not actually how it works


FTFY
 
2013-02-16 03:57:48 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?


Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View.
 
2013-02-16 03:57:52 PM  
Gawker. Because when you have a website, you have to publish SOMETHING. Even when there's nothing to publish.
 
2013-02-16 03:58:08 PM  

xanadian: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x327]

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I hope that hawk had ordered out for some nummy Pekingese food.
 
2013-02-16 03:58:30 PM  

dready zim: Peter von Nostrand: Shaggy_C: These residents pay the high taxes that cover the police department's labor costs.  They can use the police for whatever reason (no matter how seemingly frivolous) they want.

No that's not actually how it works

FTFY


How clever
 
2013-02-16 04:05:59 PM  

SpdrJay: I was listening to my police scanner app one night and dispatch came on to send a car to an address where two guys were "having buttsex in front of an open window."


Good Lord, can't the police do anything right? There were WAY more than two!

...So I heard
 
2013-02-16 04:07:16 PM  
From Kensington, a wealthy community across the bay:

http://www.kensingtonoutlook.com/issues/outlook_julaug_06.pdf

An African American man was seen sitting in a car parked on Purdue Ave. A suspicious resident, who was greeted by the occupant, noted the car's license plate and called the police. When police arrived the man and car were gone. later an astute officer realized that the license plate was that of the Kensington police's own unmarked car; the driver had been Acting Police Chief Hull, doing a routine neighborhood watch.
 
2013-02-16 04:08:35 PM  

WI241TH: Andromeda: Semi-related, does anyone remember the police blotter posted for a random small town in Alaska where it was filled with crazy drunk antics and wild bears and what not?  THAT was a thing of beauty, but I can't remember what it was.

Someone linked it in the comments:
http://www.adn.com/2013/02/07/2780557/unalaska-police-blotter.html#st o rylink=misearch


I haven't seen the Arcata Eye Police Log linked here lately.
 
2013-02-16 04:08:58 PM  
How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?
 
2013-02-16 04:10:46 PM  
I would definitely not call the cops if this arterton  rang my doorbell...

i2.listal.com
 
2013-02-16 04:12:48 PM  

offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?


There's a reason cops often have such bad attitudes, you know.
 
2013-02-16 04:15:19 PM  

offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?


They're rich and white, or perhaps Indian.
 
2013-02-16 04:17:13 PM  
"A man's monocle popped off his face when he realized that the caviar he was eating was second-tier."
 
2013-02-16 04:17:36 PM  

SpdrJay: I was listening to my police scanner app one night and dispatch came on to send a car to an address where two guys were "having buttsex in front of an open window."


Hey, I thought that at night, when it's dark out, you can't see into a brightly lit room.  It was an honest mistake.

Oh, I mean, I have no idea why you mention that.
 
2013-02-16 04:21:21 PM  
When I was visiting Key West I looked at the crime section of the local paper. The one that made the headline on the page was "Man Writes Roommate Bad Check".
 
2013-02-16 04:27:19 PM  

Gyrfalcon: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.

Nice try, but I was a private security dispatcher in Bel-Air, so we were catching most of the calls (we had a better response time) and I can guarantee none of them were for criminal offenses. Over 95% were for calls just like this. Like the people who were so paranoid of burglars they had motion sensor lights all around the house in a remote mountain area--but were pissed when the deer and raccoons set them off all night long. We took lots of calls for wild animals in the backyards; my fave was the lady who wanted me to send an officer to shoot the skunk under her porch.

Then there was the call of "someone screaming". I sent an officer: he heard nothing. Another call "They're still screaming!" The officer went back, this time went all around the house. It was a TV, on the Cartoon Network. The volume was a little loud, and the resident had fallen asleep.

There's just not a lot of crime in these areas--but there ARE a lot of paranoid people.


I don't understand the "Nice Try" comment, but I was just explaining of how it works around here..  I speak the truth, and I guess or will assume you are doing the same. There can be 2 truths to a statement made.  I did not say that this is what they were doing, just that it happens.

"Lighten up Francis"  There was no "nice try", only difference in area.  Do you know what the police swept under the rug?  Probably not, but I guarantee there is more than just dust under the rug.  More money will buy you more ability in our society.  Sorry if I didn't explain your locale perfectly, but that is difficult to do when you have never lived there for 20 years.  I bet if I did, I would tell you more junk than most police know.  Hell, I know of cops snorting coke of their badge.  They are now running a towns. There is not much difference wherever you go, just how they categorize crime and how much cash you have to get off.
 
2013-02-16 04:28:51 PM  

Lunchlady: I deal directly with people from the Westside of LA just about every day at work and this doesn't surprise in the least. Anytime anyone tells you that people with the most money are the most talented or the smartest you should laugh in their face.

Ever wonder what rich housewives do when they're bored and can't shop? They create problems. See also: HOA's


There are countless communities in socal with a similar police blotter and yes, godawful HOAs.
 
2013-02-16 04:30:22 PM  
Most people need a little drama in their lives to keep the blood pumping.  Most of us get more than we want.  Those that don't get enough create their own.
 
2013-02-16 04:35:04 PM  
Isn't this how is supposed to be? We shouldn't need so many cops if people would quit living like scum. Some folks are such animals when left to their own devise.

/never been arrested, never will be
 
2013-02-16 04:35:08 PM  
My favorite one came from a local newspaper in a tiny mid-western town [years ago now]:

11:21 pm Suspected intoxicated woman reported on Main St.

11:27 pm Suspect now crawling east on Main.
 
2013-02-16 04:40:15 PM  

serial_crusher: My neighbors called the cops because of a suspicious vehicle driving by their house at the same time every day for a few weeks.
Turns out it was their next door neighbor driving to work.


I know all my neighbors. People who move in to a house and don't talk to anyone or even make an effort to see who is living around them scare me. They are the ones who need to be watched.
 
2013-02-16 04:41:47 PM  
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2013-02-16 04:44:31 PM  

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I hope that hawk had ordered out for some nummy Pekingese food.


Or maybe some Mexican, perhaps a little chimihuahua.
 
2013-02-16 04:45:48 PM  

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2013-02-16 04:46:06 PM  
I live in this town but in Connecticut.  Last week a few women were all upset that men wearing hoodies and carrying snow shovels.  They were all up in arms wondering  who they were and what they were doing.

In unrelated news we got over 30 inches of snow last weekend.
 
2013-02-16 04:47:16 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: Shaggy_C: JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable. It's all smoke and mirrors. Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.

And let's not forget sheer laziness.  Last time i had an attempted break-in, I called the cops and the guy on the line made it sound like the fact that he would have to fill out paperwork and send a form in the mail would just be so difficult that it wasn't even worth the effort and if I wanted an officer to come out I would need to sit there and spend an entire day off work to wait for them.  I wonder how many thousands of property crimes of that sort are never reported for that very reason?

I guess this is a national thing.  It seems that the police in general have become very lazy unless it has to do with DUI's, drugs, rape or murder.  Do you think that they would like to make a huge bust rather than find a killer? It seems it's just a competition to seehow many times they can get their names in the paper.  I believe that they sometimes forget what they signed up for.  I am also sure that there are a fair amount of domestic disputes that are not reported and pushed to the side because they "worked things out".   There is no fame or glory finding out who blew up your mailbox or stole an emblem off your car (if people still do that).  Where there are drunk teenagers, there will be property damage of some sort.  Good point.


My Mom's house was robbed while she was on vacation and the detective said that they rarely get solved. So maybe it wasn't seen as serious and he/she knew it wouldn't get solved. Or the person was havig a bad day. So yeah this post may be pointless.
 
2013-02-16 04:47:58 PM  

meyerkev: SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?

Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View.


San Jose does vary drastically from one neighborhood to the next, although I don't claim to be an expert on the city.  And there's at least some hope that the BART extension will make 880 and 237 into less of a parking lot (I think the Milpitas and Berryessa stations are supposed to open in 2018), although I expect things to get much worse between when the new 49er's stadium opens (probably later this year) and then.

/Santa Clara
 
2013-02-16 04:50:31 PM  
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2013-02-16 04:51:33 PM  

MarkEC: Vodka Zombie: I got pulled over once after driving on the same road twice in the span of a few minutes. I'd gone to the hardware store to pick up some things, and on my way home I realized I forgot something. So, back to the store.

When I was heading home again, the cop pulled me over and asked what I was doing. After explaining my story, he told me that he'd better not see me on that road again. I laughed at him, he said he was serious, and I laughed at him even harder.

I think he began to understand the stupidity of his order when I asked for his phone number should I need anything from any of the shops on that very busy, and very public, street as he'd be the one picking them up for me.

Poor bastard really wanted to write me a ticket for something.

Probably an anti-cruising law.


Yeah. But it was sometime around 11 AM on Thursday.
 
2013-02-16 04:51:42 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: I would definitely not call the cops if this arterton  rang my doorbell...

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4.bp.blogspot.com
What about this Atherton?
 
2013-02-16 04:53:11 PM  

meyerkev: SuperNinjaToad: Not sure if all the crime reports of the different townships are placed next to each other but it seems like the areas surrounding Atherton are pretty POS dangerous places. We're talking going from picking fruit tress, paranoid of UPS guy to rape, murder and carjaking 3 blocks over. WTF?

Well, East Palo Alto spent a large time as the murder capital of the world, and that's right next door.

(Heading North to South):
Redwood City is fairly middle-class (which means that their house costs more than my parents in the Midwest will earn in their lifetimes.  SF is crazy).
Atherton is super-super rich.
Menlo Park is slightly cheaper Palo Alto.
Palo Alto is super rich because there's negative amounts of mass transit, a bunch of college students (including med students who figure that an extra few thousand of debt really doesn't matter) who need to be near campus, and all the startups, so you have the entrepreneurs and the college students competing for the same real estate.
Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Santa Clara are basically Redwood City, getting a tad cheaper as you go further South (Well East at this point).
I've heard that parts of San Jose are slummy, but couldn't verify.

And then the entire East Bay (so, Fremont and Hayward) is where "poor" people live, because rents are cheaper.  With disgusting traffic (The bridges, 880 and 680 are just parking lots that make 101 look nice), and $100/month bridge tolls.  It's just not worth it, IMO.

So the fact that Atherton has super-super-rich people problems, and that the poorer areas have normal people problems does not surprise me.

/Seriously, rents go down 30% going 5 miles from University Street to Mountain View, and if Atherton had rents, they'd be even higher.
//Mountain View.


Funny.  You've just divided the entire bay area into two categories:
1) Stanford and Places Adjacent to Stanford (and SF)
2) Other Places that I've heard are gross and for losers
 
2013-02-16 04:59:50 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: The police might not be reporting other criminal offenses, as this is done in my area to keep the property values stable.  It's all smoke and mirrors.  Never trust police and their agenda when it comes to disclosing all the information.  They are better liars than the criminals sometimes.  There are good ones as well, just saying this is how it is done around here.

I grew up in an area that was an all white community and realtors wouldn't imagine of selling a house to someone other than whitey, they would be cutting their own throats because of their selling fee, however one family was allowed to buy a house because he was related to someone famous.  That was my one "colored" neighbor growing up.  Things have changed a lot in 20 years.  Some good, some bad.  It's a shame when NYC and Jersey a**holes decide to move in this area because it's cheaper than their "home", as many use this area for a drug distribution hub for several areas.


==============

It can go the other way as well.  The cops playing up crime stats to justify their demands for more pay/benefits.   Because the cops routinely falsify crime stats, the Census Bureau regularly conducts crime surveys where they send people out to individual addresses bypassing the local police entirely.
 
2013-02-16 05:02:35 PM  
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2013-02-16 05:05:57 PM  

Zombalupagus: When I was visiting Key West I looked at the crime section of the local paper. The one that made the headline on the page was "Man Writes Roommate Bad Check".


I love reading the local crime blotter and newspaper when I visit relatives in rural New England. As someone who has lived in Chicago most of her life, the difference almost makes it feel like I live in another country. What? a car break-in made the paper? My car was broken into twice in one month just recently. Funny, I didn't see that reported in the Sun-Times. I find it both amusing and very sad.
 
2013-02-16 05:07:01 PM  

offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?


I doubt the police in that area have a whole lot to worry about.
 
2013-02-16 05:13:57 PM  

bingo the psych-o: offmymeds: How is it that these idiots aren't in jail for wasting the cops time?

I doubt the police in that area have a whole lot to worry about.


=================

Yup.  Car accidents, ambulance calls is what cops in wealthy areas deal with mostly, silly-ass calls like these probably break up the monotony.   I remember a few years ago when police were called in a neighboring rich town because of a "squirrel behaving erratically".
 
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