A very cool thing happened to me today on the freeway, one of those experiences you always wish for but rarely get to see. As I was coming off 92 and merging onto 280 northbound, the guy behind me swerved, passed on the right, and cut right in front of me really fast without signaling. I let it go: no gestures, no eye contact, no reaction. Seconds later, a California Highway Patrol cruiser came out of nowhere, passed me, and went after the guy. Two exits north, the CHP locked onto the guy, hit the flashing lights, and pulled him over. As I drove by, I mentally high-fived the cop. How satisfying is that! John Maybury, Editor and Publisher
Cynthia Luce recently saw a dark blue sedan chase and pull over a speeder on Highway 1. The only reason she knew it was a police car was the flashing lights in the rear window and the two uniformed cops who jumped out of the unmarked car (probably an undercover vehicle pressed into service). This was evidently part of the San Mateo County mutual-aid agreement that allows other jurisdictions to help Pacifica police with traffic enforcement. Drivers, beware! Slow down, signal lane changes, obey the law, and don't be a jerk.
Guerrero's Taqueria is going into the JAC space in Fairmont Shopping Center. Says our business source, "Again, $10,000 a month in expenses before you make a profit. Good luck to them." Guerrero's original location behind the big red caboose and Vallemar Station remains open for business.
I just finished watching the National Geographic Channel series “The 80s: The
Decade That Made Us” (DVD should be available online). Fascinating stuff. Take the story of Lieutenant Colonel
Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet officer who “saved the world” by not launching
nuclear missiles when his detection equipment sounded a false alarm. I had
never heard of this incident. On the silly side, I also learned that David
Hasselhoff (whose Knight Rider TV show made him a huge star in Europe)
serenaded the crowds celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A Peninsula masseuse is offering “mayofacial therapy” (supposed to be
myofascial). Lisa Warns, who spotted this hilarious typo at the Foster City
Jewish Community Center, says: “I should have known -- there is a mayo
facial. A friend found ‘mayonnaise face mask’ on ask.com. No thanks, I prefer
chocolate! See “chocolate face mask” on ehow.com.”
Lisa adds, “And in case
anyone asks what myofascial therapy is, here's the definition: deep tissue
massage therapy that helps reduce pain, loosen adhesions and increase
joint range of motion in specific areas.”
KTVU Channel 2 has fired three senior producers
after the station mistakenly aired a racist joke about the Korean pilots of the
Asiana airliner that crashed July 6 at SFO. San Francisco Chronicle columnists
Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross commented July 24 on the firing: “Randy
former KTVU political editor who left the station 2 1/2 years ago, because ‘people
were working harder and harder and feeling less secure about what was hitting
the air,’ said Wednesday the episode was emblematic of the pressure news
reporters everywhere are under to get information out as quickly
as possible. At Channel 2 and elsewhere, ‘People are overtaxed and have
more responsibility sometimes than they can handle. And sometimes, in
situations like this, terrible mistakes happen that are bigger than one person.
Alan Wald thought it was odd for the Pacifica Police Department to announce a DUI sobriety checkpoint July 26 at an undisclosed location. But Alan looked into it and found this in the law books:
"It seemed contradictory to me that police would announce the checkpoint but conceal the location, so I did a little homework. A California Supreme Court decision in 1987 (Ingersoll vs. Palmer) requires that 'police conducting a lawful sobriety checkpoint must provide advance notice of the roadblock to the public, although they are not required to disclose its specific location. Publicity both reduces the intrusiveness of the stop and increases the deterrent effect of the roadblock...'
But the most interesting part of the court's ruling for police conducting legal DUI checkpoints is this: 'Motorists who seek to avoid a roadblock may not be stopped and detained merely because they attempted to avoid the roadblock.' In other words, you are allowed to make a legal U-turn when you're, say, 50 feet away from entering a DUI checkpoint. Try it and see."
(For the record, we do not recommend doing U-turns on Highway 1. You could get a ticket for crossing the double yellow line.)