An Open Letter to Chief Suhr from Streetsblog

Is this Chief Suhr's car parked in the red zone in front of City Hall? Image: A tipster.
Is this Chief Suhr’s car parked in the red zone in front of City Hall? Image: A tipster.

Dear Chief Suhr,

We hope you are okay.

This afternoon, at roughly 1:10, a tipster took some photographs of this silver car parked in the red zone in front of City Hall and sent them to us. Your business card was displayed in the wind screen.

We at Streetsblog just want to make sure you and everyone at City Hall are okay.

Obviously, if it’s your car, you must have been responding to an emergency. Why else would you park in the red zone? As you know, these red zones are there for a reason: to maintain visibility and safety. This is especially pertinent at this cross walk, which was given safety upgrades after the death of 68-year-old Priscila Moreto, who was struck and killed some two years ago, a few feet from where the car was parked today.

Now, we know safety is your number one priority. You say as much regularly, when referring to your concerns about the bike yield proposal, for example. And as you’ve pointed out, it’s also important that pedestrians are attentive, lest they get run over, maimed, or killed because of law-abiding people, such as yourself, operating two-to-20-ton motorized machines.

Of course, there’s another, more insidious possibility–but we don’t think this is really possible for a police chief in a major, progressive city such as San Francisco. It could be that someone took your card and is using it to break the law. And we know you don’t tolerate anyone besmirching the good name of the department, by breaking the law under its banner. If that’s the case, we trust you’ll get to the bottom of this and punish the miscreant.

Regardless, we thank you for participating in yesterday’s Walk to Work event and for keeping us safe.

Sincerely,

Streetsblog San Francisco.

Maybe somebody used his card without permission? Image: a tipster.
Maybe somebody used his card without permission? Image: a tipster.
  • seriously

    shur should ride muni, for free, naturally

  • neroden

    No, it’s actually true that you can’t park there. You should cut it out.

  • neroden

    Thanks for explaining that the cops are corrupt and are refusing to ticket you for committing a traffic violation because they’re corrupt.

    Because that’s the facts here. You are parking illegally and the corrupt cops are letting you get away with it. Cut it out!

  • neroden

    It seems that it’s time to bring back citizens’ arrests. Who else is gonna arrest the criminals in blue?

  • Rogue Cyclist

    Make your City CarShare reservations now!

  • HayBro

    Would you like an additional 80,000 people driving in on a weekday?: “Since 2006, there were 86,000+ new commuters in San Francisco, but only ~5% of them decided to drive alone to work. Over 80,000 potential car trips a day have been diverted, making our streets less congested! Giving people quality choices to get around mean many will choose to walk, bike, or take transit. http://sf.streetsblog.org/…/census-95-of-new-sf-commuters-…/

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