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December 18, 2009

The Chief of Police has announced the continuation of the "We'll Drive You Home" program.

This program provides Sausalito residents a free and safe ride to and from any location within the City limits of Sausalito on New Year's Eve.

There are many celebration parties occurring in Sausalito at local clubs, restaurants, bars, and residences. Two large passenger vans will be on-call throughout the night to give any resident who needs one a ride to and from a New Year's celebration within the City of Sausalito. When residents are ready go to their party or night out on the town, simply call 415-613-5180 on New Year's Eve, and one of the vans will respond to take you there. When residents are ready to leave their party location for home, simply call 415-613-5180 again and one of the vans will respond to take you home safely.

Van services will run from 7:00 p.m. on December 31st, 2009 to 2:30 a.m. on January 1st, 2010.

Don't risk endangering yourself, don't risk endangering others, and don't take the chance of being arrested if you have drunk too much to drive. The City of Sausalito encourages everyone to have a fun and safe New Year's celebration by not driving while intoxicated.

We look forward to a wonderful year ahead as a community and are grateful for each member of our community and his/her contributions to our enjoyment of living here!

December 17, 2009

CrimeReports to Launch New iPhone Crime Map
Sausalito residents can now take their neighborhood crime map with them wherever they go.

Sausalito, CA—

CrimeReports.com announced the availability of a new iPhone application, that will provide citizens with local crime mapping and national sex offender data. The Sausalito Police Department already publishes their crime data on the National Crime Map at www.CrimeReports.com and are now making that data even easier to access through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available at the iTunes App Store starting today. The CrimeReports iPhone app is free.

In addition to local crime, the CrimeReports iPhone app also features crime data for more than 600 other law enforcement agencies across North America, and includes registered sex offender data for all 50 states. CrimeReports adds more than 50 agencies to its National Crime Map each month, so coverage is expanding quickly.

The CrimeReports iPhone app allows anyone to:

· Filter data by location or address, incident type, and customizable date range

· View recent neighborhood level crimes on the map or in a list

· View national sex offender data alongside crime in your neighborhood

· Sign-up for free, automated, email crime alerts

· Request the participation of other surrounding law enforcement agencies if they’re not already on-board



The CrimeReports team is also currently planning similar apps for other mobile platforms. You can find out more about the new CrimeReports iPhone app by visiting www.CrimeReports.com/iphone.




About CrimeReports
Working with more than 600 law enforcement agencies across North America, CrimeReports is the largest and most accurate online resource for up-to-date crime and sex offender information. The CrimeReports network offers a family of affordable, easy-to-use software tools for law enforcement agencies to understand crime trends and share up-to-date neighborhood crime data with the public. Community members can access the integrated crime map and receive email crime alerts for free at www.CrimeReports.com, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their neighborhood and community. CrimeReports services are offered by Public Engines, Inc. For more information, visit www.CrimeReports.com.

December 1, 2009

On 11-30-09, a resident at 460 Sausalito Blvd. interrupted a subject who was attempting to steal his bicycle from his garage. The subject is believed to be responsible for several other bicycle thefts in Sausalito during that last several weeks. Most of these thefts have occurred during day time hours.




The subject is described as a Hispanic male adult and approximately 25-35 years of age. He has a buzz cut, flat top type hair style. He was clean cut with no face hair. He was driving a forest green Honda Civic 2 door. No distinguishing marks or stickers were noticed. There was a partial license plate number of 6CY….




Please be on the lookout and call the SPD at 415-289-4170 if you have further information.

December 1, 2009

The Sausalito Police Department is participating in a Gingerbread House building competition. We have constructed our new home from the finest gingerbread and it is on display at the police department. Come visit us and check it out!

November 23, 2009

The Southern Marin Police Associations (Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito) came together to provide the Ritter House with a donation of 60 frozen turkeys. These turkeys will be distributed to families throughout the county for Thanksgiving. The Ritter House, which is located in San Rafael, has been working hard to provide holiday cheer to the low income families and individuals in Marin since 1987.

October 29, 2009

Press Release

Suspicious Activity

For immediate release:

10-29-2009 1500 hours

Matt Shoup, Detective
415-289-4118

On Thursday, 10-28-2009, the Sausalito Police Department received a report of a suspicious circumstance involving a resident being contacted by a discount carpet cleaning service.

A resident was contacted by an electronic messaging service and told about a discount on carpet cleaning services. This resident made an appointment and was later called back and asked questions about the time and day the resident would be home and other similar questions.

On the day of the appointment, the suspect showed up in a vehicle which had no insignia or markings identifying it as a business vehicle. Only one worker arrived for the appointment. He entered the residence and attempted to gain access to other areas of the residence (the contract was for the entry way only) stating that he could clean more of the carpets for a discount.

When the resident inquired about the company, they were given inconsistent statements about the business location, name, and phone numbers.

The resident became suspicious of the situation and asked the suspect to leave. The resident then called the police.



Safety Reminder

Never be afraid to ask for references regarding any business you did not initiate contact with.

Check with the Better Business Bureau and other like companies to confirm the legality or history of a business.

If you think a business is not legitimate, don’t take the risk and choose a different business. First reactions are usually the right ones.

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October 24, 2009

Open or unlocked doors, windows, and garages being used

by thieves in too many home burglaries in Sausalito


Many homeowners believe that most burglaries occur by breaking a window or prying open a door to gain entry into the residence. But the quickest and simplest means for a burglar to gain entry into a residence is through an open garage door. Many times the victim is working in the yard or inside the garage.

The victim may take a break and step inside the residence and forget to close the garage door. This is a perfect time for the suspect to enter the garage and remove your property. Many times the suspect is looking for small items inside the garage and will try and conceal these items under his/her clothing.

Using extra caution to secure your home will go a long way to help ensure you will not be a victim of a residential burglary.


Prevention Tips:

1. Secure and lock all accessible entry points: Securing you home will significantly reduce your chances of being a victim. Even for short trips to the store.

2. Close garage door: While working at home in the yard, even quick breaks could be an invitation for burglary.

3. Check garage door/window: Double check to make sure that your garage door closes completely every time.

4. Strangers: Keep an eye out for anyone who looks suspicious; time of day, behavior, etc.

5. Garage door opener: Don’t leave your garage door opener in plain view inside your vehicle.

6. Lock up: Any and all expensive items you may have inside your garage.

7. Above all: Be a good neighbor and let your neighbors know when they forget to close their garage doors.



October 22, 2009

RESIDENTIAL PROWLER

On Thursday, 10-22-2009 at approximately 1:35 a.m., the Sausalito Police Department received a report of a prowler who entered a residence through an unlocked door. The door was accessed by an elevated deck. The prowler was scared away by a house guest and fled in an unknown direction. There is no known loss at this time.

Police officers made a thorough search of the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. The suspect is described as an unknown race male, approximately 6 feet tall, with “slicked back”, dark hair. Anyone noticing suspicious activity in this area is asked to contact the Police Department at 415-289-4170

The Police Department will be canvassing the surrounding area to locate any possible witnesses.



Safety Reminder



Lock all doors and windows at night and while you are away from your residence. Burglars often attempt to gain access to unlocked deck doors and elevated windows.

The Sausalito Police will conduct a security assessment of your residence and surrounding area. To inquire about a security assessment, please call 415-289-4118.

The Police Department will issue updates to the press and residents when new information arises.



October 7, 2009

Special Olympics and Marin County Law Enforcement Agencies would like to invite you to our Tip-A-Cop event at Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante in Mill Valley (22 Miller Avenue) on Friday night, October 23, 2009 from 5 PM until 10 PM. During this event you will be served by uniformed Police Officers from all over the county who will be working for your tips. In 2008, over $230,000 was raised for Special Olympics in Northern California through Tip-A-Cops at various restaurants. This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of our Special Olympic athletes while enjoying a great dinner with your friends and family. We hope to see you there.

If you have any questions, please contact Sergeant Stacie Gregory at 415-289-4170.

October 1, 2009

THE GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT DRILL

The City of Sausalito’s Disaster Preparedness-Emergency Operations Program would like to advise the community that a statewide ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:15 AM on October 15, 2009. The City of Sausalito encourages all community members to participate in this drill. Participating in the drill means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.

The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Californians prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Visit http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roots/seven_steps.html and http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=667 for tips on how to prepare, protect, and recover from a disaster such as an earthquake.

Anyone who lives and works in California can participate in this drill, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. We ask that you talk to your coworkers, neighbors and friends about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.

There will not be any freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake. The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work or school to participate in—in fact, participating at work and at school is encouraged!

If you are going to participate in the drill please register for free at www.ShakeOut.org/register. Registering your participation allows www.ShakeOut.org to track the amount of people participating in the drill. At this time, over 5 million people are registered to participate in this drill. However, you do not need to register for the drill to participate in it.

I have heard about alternate ways of staying safe during an earthquake, like the “Triangle of Life” concept. What should I do?

The safest thing to do during an earthquake is “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” as described at http://www.earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon. This special report gives a detailed comparison of the “Triangle of Life” vs. “Drop, Cover, and Hold” concepts and lists the pros and cons of each concept.

Is an earthquake going to hit California on October 15th?

The ShakeOut is a DRILL planned for October 15, 2009 (and the third Thursday of October each year). There is not an earthquake predicted to occur, though because California is a very seismically active region it's not impossible. A new study has forecast a 99.7% chance of an earthquake the size of the Northridge Earthquake or larger anytime during the next 30 years.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding this drill, please contact www.shakeout.org or the City of Sausalito Emergency Services Manager, Sergeant William R. Fraass, at bfraass@ci.sausalito.ca.us or (415) 289-4100 ex 657.

September 26, 2009

“SHARE THE ROAD” CHECKPOINT IN SAUSALITO


On Sunday, September 27, 2009, from 0800 AM to 1000 AM a “Share the Road” Checkpoint will be set up in the 1000 block of Bridgeway in Sausalito. The checkpoint will be conducted by the Sausalito Police Department, the Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety, and volunteers from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. This will be one in a series of checkpoints occurring on weekend mornings throughout Marin County during the summer months of 2009.

The purpose of these checkpoints is to demonstrate Marin County Law Enforcement’s and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s commitment to traffic safety and to provide educational literature in a friendly atmosphere about the ways motorists and bicyclists can safely and conscientiously “Share the Road” together. The Sausalito Police Department’s goal for this project is to encourage a better understanding and relationship between motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians regarding their sharing of the roadways. All bicyclists and motorists that pass through the checkpoint will be provided an informational “Share the Road” flyer. The flyers will contain Codes of Conduct for bicyclists and motorists to insure their safety and foster respect for each other as well as California Vehicle Code information, additional safety tips, and information about the Basic Street Bicycle Skills classes.

The “Share the Road” Checkpoint is another aspect of the Sausalito Police Department’s on going Traffic Safety Program.

For further information, contact the Sergeant Steven Veveiros at (415) 289-4100 ext 861.



September 23, 2009

Use the City's Website for obtaining timely crime information in your neighborhood or on crimes of interest to you. http://ci.sausalito.ca.us

1. “In the Loop”
http://ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=429
a. This will provide you with e-mail updates on citywide public notices and publications.
b. Subscribe from the home page of the City of Sausalito website – upper top left corner.

2. Neighborhood Crime Alerts
http://ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=1
a. This is found on the home page of the City of Sausalito website.
b. Provides same information that will come in your e-mail notification through “In the Loop”.
i. Does not require a subscription.

3. Crime Reporting/Mapping Service
http://crimereports.com/map/index/?search=+Sausalito+CA
a. Information found on the Police Department website on how to subscribe.
b. This allows you to specify what types of crimes you want to be notified about and the proximity to your residence.
i. This information will be e-mailed directly to you.

4. Weekly Log
http://ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=414 a. A list of calls for service with a small narrative and general location.
b. This is updated every Wednesday.
c. This can be found under the Police Department portion of the website.

5. Calls for Service
http://ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=540

a. This details every Police Department call for service.
b. It lists the date, time, type of call and location.
c. This is updated every Wednesday.
d. This can be found under the Police Department portion of the website.

6. Twitter
http://twitter.com/SausalitoPolice
a. This website can be found under the Police Department portion of the website.
b. Used by the department to relay information about community events throughout the city.

A direct phone line and e-mail directory can be located on the Sausalito Police Department portion of the website under Contact Us.


August 30, 2009

RESULTS FROM DUI AND DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT

On Friday evening the Sausalito Police Department, along with many other Marin County Law Enforcement Agencies, conducted a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Bridgeway, between Gate Five Road and Coloma Street. The operation began at 6:00 PM and ran until midnight. A total of three thousand, three hundred and fifty-nine (3,359) vehicles went through the checkpoint. Of these vehicles, three thousand and twenty-seven (3,027) were screened and three hundred and thirty-two (332) were passed through unscreened to relieve traffic congestion.

These are the results of the operation.

- Two (2) drivers were arrested and booked for DUI.
- Eighty-two (82) field sobriety tests were performed.
- Two (2) drivers operating with suspended licenses were arrested, cited, and released.
- Seven (7) unlicensed drivers were arrested, cited, and released.
- Two (2) moving, safety violations were issued.
- Two (2) vehicles were impounded.

This checkpoint was the part of the Avoid the Marin 13 Grant. It was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

August 17, 2009

DUI Check Point planned in Sausalito

A DUI Check Point will take place from 6 PM to 2 AM on August 29th in Sausalito on Bridgeway as part of the County Wide DUI State grant program. Marin law enforcement Department's that participate in this program are reimbursed for overtime and equipment expenses by the State of California. The Sausalito Police Department is one of 13 Marin agencies participating in this DUI enforcement grant.

DUI Check Points increase public awareness and act as deterrent to DUI drivers while also attempting to prevent tragic DUI accidents by stopping those violating DUI laws. The Sausalito Police Department strongly encourages all those who drink to either have a designated driver, drink responsibly, or seek alternative transportation if they have been drinking over the legal limit of a .08 blood alcohol level or feel their driving could be impaired.

Scott Paulin
Chief of Police


JULY 16, 2009

Yacht Brokers Arrested for Embezzlement



Sausalito, CA – July 16, 2009. Husband and wife yacht brokers are in custody on multiple charges of embezzlement with victims in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The current known dollar loss is one quarter of a million dollars and this figure may go higher.




Sausalito Police arrested Robert Clay Prescott and Teresa Prescott late Thursday afternoon on numerous embezzlement charges. The Prescotts are the owners of Anchorage Brokers and Consultants with offices located at #1 Gate 5 Road in Sausalito and at 25 Third Street in San Rafael. The business is commonly referred to as ABC Yachts.




Police began their investigation in April when the first victim reported that the Prescotts brokered the sale of his sailboat and paid him with a check for $144,000.00. The victim’s bank notified him that the check was written from an account with insufficient funds. After his initial investigation, the investigating officer, Sean Smagalski, contacted the California Department of Boating and Waterways for assistance. This department regulates the licensing and operation of boat sale brokers. Working with one of their investigators, Ofc. Smagalski confirmed that the brokers’ actions were criminal in nature and also discovered additional victims. Ofc. Smagalski worked with an inspector from the Marin County District Attorney’s office who specializes in fraud and financial crimes to obtain search warrants for banking and business records. The three month investigation resulted in arrest warrants that were served at the Sausalito business on Thursday. Robert Prescott, age 65, and Teresa Prescott, age 48, both of Mill Valley were taken into custody without incident. They were booked at Marin County Jail and bail was set at one half million dollars for each of them. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.




Police believe there may be additional unidentified victims. If you are a victim or have information about this case, please call Sausalito Police detectives at 415.289.4118.








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July 15, 2009

Effective July 20, 2009, the City of Sausalito will increase all parking fines by $5.00. This parking fine increase is to offset the recent increases in fees taken by the State of California from the city’s current parking fines. The City of Sausalito is required to remit nearly $10.00 of each parking citation issued to the State and the Marin County.


June 24, 2009

NEW EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM

The City of Sausalito’s Disaster Preparedness-Emergency Operations Program is pleased to announce the launch of an Emergency Broadcast System for the City. The Emergency Broadcast System is a joint venture between the City of Sausalito and Radio Sausalito (1610 AM). The purpose and goal of this Emergency Broadcast System is to keep the citizens of Sausalito as informed as possible to the events going on in the City as they relate to winter storms, wide spread power outages, large fires, police emergencies, or any other disasters that may occur within the City.

The concept of an Emergency Broadcast System for the City dates back to 2002. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts in the City at the time, the project had to be placed on hold. However, after the Cosco Busan Oil Spill in the San Francisco Bay in November 2007 and the winter storms that struck Sausalito in January 2008 which left numerous City residents without power or access to updated information about the disasters, the Emergency Broadcast System program was re-instituted and made a priority for the City of Sausalito.

The City’s Emergency Broadcast System is capable of broadcasting federal, state, county, and city specific emergency information over Radio Sausalito’s frequency (1610 AM). The City’s Emergency Operation’s Center Managers can access the system and update the emergency broadcasts as necessary.

All Sausalito community members will be able to receive these Emergency Broadcasts via a standard AM radio tuned to (1610 AM). During emergency announcements, increased signal strength is added to ensure reliable reception everywhere in Sausalito.

In times of emergency or disaster, the City asks the community to please tune into Radio Sausalito and call the City’s telephonic disaster hotline at (415) 289-4151 to stay informed.

Please contact the City of Sausalito’s Emergency Services Manager, Sergeant William R. Fraass, at (415) 289-4100 ex. 657.

June 15, 2009

Graduation time is here. Your soon-to-be-adult is asking to have a graduation party in your home. Is this a good time to throw caution to the wind and let them show you that he or she can behave responsibly while you make your own plans to vacate the premises for the night? Probably not.
If your child decides to have a party with (or without) your permission in your home or at another location, you have significant responsibilities and are legally liable. Even if your child is over the age of 21 you are responsible for what happens on your property.
I have seen and we have all heard on the news of cases where problems have occurred because of poor or no oversight at gathering. Just hoping or wishing that things will go smoothly will not make it occur unless there is proper planning and oversight.
Here are some guidelines to follow if you are hosting a party:
• Spell out the rules for attendees
• Have responsible adults present who will enforce the rules
• No Alcohol
• No communal punch bowl where alcohol or drugs could be added
• No coming and going of guests
• A guest list that is strictly adhered to with no “party crashers”
• Set times for beginning and end, and adhere to them
• Have a signal between you and your child so you can communicate non-verbally when things are getting out of hand, or when the agreed-to rules are not being followed
• Have someone greet guests and turn away any who appear under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who were not invited. Call police if necessary
• Have planned activities, utilizing only common areas (no bedrooms, etc)
• Maintain a common sense ratio of adults to children, determined by the age of guest, location of the party, and square footage covered for the event

Here are some guidelines to follow if you or your child is attending a party:
• Only attend a party of people you know well or have sufficient information to believe they are trustworthy
• Let other know where you are going and when you will return
• Do not accept a drink form a communal punch bowl
• Get another drink if you have left your beverage unattended
• Do not go off, (nor allow a friend to go off) with someone you do not know well, especially if you are feeling under the influence or are feeling sick
• Have a code phrase between you and your friends that you can use if you are feeling uncomfortable and want to leave.
• Keep keys, ID, and cell phones on your person
• If the party gets out of hand, leave immediately. If necessary, call for help
• Do not drive drunk or ride with someone who may have been drinking


May 20, 2009

Sausalito Police Department on Twitter

The Sausalito Police Department has signed up for Twitter. In continuing our mission of public safety we are committed to multiple ways to communicate with our citizens. Twitter is a very popular web service which allows small updates to be made in a public forum. With this service, we will be able to inform our twitter subscribers of crime updates or any community involvement the Sausalito Police Department will be taking part in.

Please visit the link below and sign up for our updates.

http://twitter.com/SausalitoPolice

May 7, 2009

Assault Incident Press Release

On Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at approximately 8:29 PM, the Sausalito Police Department was dispatched to Dunphy Park, 1600 block of Bridgeway, on the report of male being assaulted




Officers arrived at Dunphy Park less than a minute after being dispatched to the call and located a 62 year old male lying on the ground bleeding heavily from significant injuries to his face. The victim was transported by the Southern Marin Fire District to Marin General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.




The suspect was described by the victim and a witness as white male adult, of slender build, and wearing a black jacket with a picture of a skull on it. The witness to the crime also identified the suspect as Daelen Ode Adaire, a 27 year old male from Sausalito. Adaire was reported to have fled the scene by running south on Bridgeway prior to the officers arrival.




The Sausalito Police Department, along with units from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Mill Valley Police Department, conducted a comprehensive search of numerous locations within the City of Sausalito but were unable to locate Adaire. During this search, numerous citizens were contacted and advised to contact the police if they saw anyone matching Adaire’s description.




At 9:39 PM, while Officers were conducting a follow up interview with a witness, the Sausalito Police Department received a report that Adaire was seen walking southbound on Caledonia Street. Officers responded to the call and searched the area for Adaire. Officers located Adaire in the Dunphy Park Parking Lot at 9:45 PM and took him into custody without incident.




Adaire was booked into the Marin County Jail for Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Great Bodily Injury and a probation violation.

April 19, 2009

Updated Information on Sausalito Homicide


Sausalito officials reveal the female homicide victim’s name discovered at 501 Bridgeway as, Avril Clary, 46 years old. She appeared to have sustained a severe laceration to her neck and cuts on her hands. The suspect in this case, Chet Turner, made self-incriminating statements to Sausalito investigators when they interviewed him on Saturday evening. The suspect was booked at the Marin County Jail on Homicide charges.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Sausalito
Police Detective Brandon Rodgers at 289-4118.



April 18, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

On 4-18-09 at 4:30 PM, Sausalito Police received a request to check on the welfare of a female Sausalito resident at 501 Bridgeway. This request came from the Richmond Police Department. Richmond Police received information from a friend of another Sausalito resident, a Chet Turner. The friend said that Chet Turner may have killed his girlfriend in Sausalito within the past two days.

Sausalito Officers responded to 501 Bridgeway and no one answered the door. Officers entered the residence to conduct the welfare check and found a white female deceased in a bedroom. The victim appeared to have sustained violent injures that may have led to her death.

Sausalito investigators requested the Richmond Police Department to check a possible location for Chet Turner, a residence 2017 San Mateo Street in the City of Richmond. Turner was detained at this location until Sausalito investigators arrived. Sausalito investigators interviewed Chet Turner and arrested him for the homicide of his girlfriend.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Sausalito Police Detective Brandon Rodgers at 289-4118.

April 2, 2009

PROSTITUTION STING AND ARREST


On Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 1330 PM, officers from the Sausalito Police Department conducted a raid on a reported house of prostitution in Sausalito.

The business which was the subject of the raid, Esimo Day Spa, located at 2829 Bridgeway, Suite #107, was brought to the attention of the Sausalito Police Department through complaints from the public that there was continuous suspicious activity occurring at the spa and a large amount of men frequenting the business for short periods of time at all hours of the day.

A 45 year old female and employee of Esimo Day Spa, was arrested by Detective Matt Shoup of the Sausalito Police Department after she had solicited to perform an act of prostitution on an undercover officer. The suspect was later booked into the Marin County Jail with a bail set at $600.

March 17th, 2009

Sausalito Police Department Launches On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service with CrimeReports.com

Citizens empowered with near real-time neighborhood crime information available 24/7/365.

SAUSALITO, CA – The Sausalito Police Department and CrimeReports.com have announced a new On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service that provides easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts to the citizens of Sausalito. The service, located at http://www.crimereports.com or directly from the Sausalito Police Department Web site http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=154, provides neighborhood crime data in near real-time and is available now.

The CrimeReports service is free to the public and allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly email alerts if/when crimes occur near their home, office, local school, etc. Citizens can also view reported crime activity on an easy to use map for any location within Sausalito Police Department boundaries. Crime incident data is updated nightly and includes:
· Incident type
· Date
· Location
· Distance from citizen’s address
· Event identification/case number
· Brief crime incident description

“CrimeReports.com will prove particularly valuable to those in the community who want to stay informed about what is going on in their neighborhoods and empower citizens to work with the police department to address neighborhood crime issues.” said Chief Scott Paulin.

“By participating in CrimeReports.com, the Sausalito Police Department is demonstrating its commitment to service and safety by making crime information available to the citizens of Sausalito said Greg Whisenant, co-founder and CEO of Public Engines, which makes the CrimeReports.com application. “Chief Scott Paulin and the Sausalito Police Department staff are forward-looking, providing timely, location specific information to the public when they need it” he said.

The CrimeReports service is an ideal implementation of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the authorized data sharing protocol developed and supported by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Using GJXDM as the underlying technology gives the application much more versatility and flexibility. For example, if adjacent law enforcement agencies choose to integrate with the service, side by side data will be readily available for both alerting and analytics. It will also allow for additional integration at the regional, state and even national level.


About the Sausalito Police Department
The Police Department is staffed with 24 employees and 20 Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) to serve this unique community located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Police Department also has oversight of Parking Lot Operations and the Information Technology Department that brings the total employees under the Police Department's management to 37. The Sausalito Police Department, just like the community that it serves, is a forward-thinking and proactive department that operates in partnership with the citizens that it serves.


Scott Paulin
Chief of Police

Monday, January 12, 2009

Assault Incident Press Release

On Sunday morning, 1-11-2009 at approximately 0130 hours, the Sausalito Police Department was dispatched to the area of Edwards Avenue and Alexander Avenue in regards to the report of an adult disturbance. While en route, officers were advised that several men could be heard arguing. The argument was escalating in volume and one of the men yelled he saw a gun. Upon arrival officers secured the scene and separated the parties.

Through the investigation it was discovered that David Harland, a resident of Alexander Avenue, invited three friends over to celebrate his 19th birthday. After several hours of drinking alcohol the four men went to 7-eleven to buy a pack of cigarettes. The four returned to Harland’s house and discovered the pack of cigarettes missing. The three men accused Harland of stealing the cigarettes. He was offended by the accusation and retrieved a .22 cal rifle from his bedroom. Harland loaded the rifle and pointed it at the three victims, instructing them to leave the property. The friends started to leave the property in their vehicle.

The vehicle was backing out of the driveway when Harland appeared in the doorway with a bow and arrow. Harland drew back the bow and shot the arrow into the victims’ vehicle. The arrow pierced the front, driver’s side bumper. The three friends exited the vehicle to try and
de-escalate the situation. Officers arrived on scene at approximately this time.

Following the investigation Harland was placed under arrest and booked into Marin County Jail for felony assault with a firearm, felony assault with a deadly weapon/not a firearm and brandishing a weapon. The bow, arrow and rifle were located and confiscated as evidence.

December 15, 2008

DUI Prevention

Chief of Police Scott Paulin has provided three articles that include valuable information, two of which relate to problems that may be created by driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. This issue becomes more prevalent during the holiday season with increased opportunities for celebrations, so he offers timely advice that can help us all get through the holiday season happily and safely! The third article advises us of changes in the law that will become effective in 2009.

Chief Paulin states: Don't risk endangering yourself, others, or take the chance of being arrested if you have drunk too much to drive. The City of Sausalito encourages everyone to have fun and safe holiday celebrations by not driving while intoxicated. Thank you.

Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911
Spotting & Reporting Drunk Drivers Tip Sheet

How to Report a Drunk Driver

1. Call 911 and tell them you wish to report a drunk driver. You do not have to give your name.

2. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling.

3. Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color, and license plate number.

4. Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

5. Do not follow or try to stop the car or detain the driver. Leave that to trained professionals to protect your safety.

How to Spot a Drunk Driver

The following signs can help you detect an impaired driver on the road:

• Turning with too wide of a radius

• Straddling the center of the road or lane marker

• Appearing to be drunk (i.e., eye fixation, face close to windshield, drinking in the vehicle)

• Almost striking an object or another vehicle

• Weaving, drifting, or zigzagging across the road

• Driving on surfaces other than a designated roadway

• Turning abruptly or illegally

• Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit

• Stopping without cause in a traffic lane

• Stopping inappropriately

• Following others too closely

• Driving into curbs

• Erratic braking

• Driving into opposing or crossing traffic

• Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions

• Slow response to traffic signals, including sudden stops and delayed starts

• Driving with headlights off at night


And so you can enjoy your New Year's Eve celebration and not run the risk of driving while under the influence .

"WE'LL DRIVE YOU HOME"
Call 415-497-4760 On New Year's Eve!

The City of Sausalito offers a program that will provide Sausalito residents a free and safe ride to and from any location within the City limits of Sausalito on New Year's Eve. What a safe and sane solution!

There are many celebration parties occurring in Sausalito at local clubs, restaurants, bars, and residences. Two large passenger vans will be on-call throughout the night to give any resident a ride to and from a New Year's celebration within the City of Sausalito. When residents are ready go to their party or night out on the town, simply call 415-497-4760 on New Year's Eve, and one of the vans will respond to take you there. When residents are ready to leave their party location for home simply call 415-497-4760 again and one of the vans will respond to take you home safely.

Van services will run from 7:00 p.m. on December 31st, 2008 to 2:30 a.m. on January 1st, 2009.

NEW CALIFORNIA VEHICLE CODE INFORMATION

Text Messaging While Driving is Prohibited:
Starting January 1, 2009, it will be a violation of the Vehicle Code (Section 23123.5) to use an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text based communication while driving a motor vehicle. Text-based communication includes, but is not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail. A violation of this provision is punishable by a base fine of $20 for the first offense and a $50 base fine for each subsequent offense.

This law does not prohibit a driver from dialing and/or receiving phone calls while driving, although it is discouraged.

Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices attached to the Windshield:
Your GPS device can now be attached to your windshield under the provisions of Vehicle Code Section 26708, which has been amended to allow for a GPS device to be mounted in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver (passenger's side), or a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver. This device must only be used for navigational purposes while driving and must be mounted outside of an airbag deployment zone. Satellite radio devices and any other mountable devices are still not allowed to be attached to the windshield. Any device is still allowed to be mounted to the dashboard itself. This takes effect on January 1, 2009.

Prohibited Use of Hand-held Wireless Telephone Questions:
Just a refresher on the two laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving that went into effect July 1, 2008. And yes, you can be stopped for the mere fact that you are on your cellular phone while driving.
Under the California Vehicle Code, Section 23123, all drivers are prohibited from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. Motorists 18 and over may use a "hands-free device" while driving.

The second law, Vehicle Code Section 23124, prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers are allowed to use the speaker function of their phone as long as they are not holding the phone.

The base fine for the first offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. With the addition of penalty assessments, the fine can be more than triple the base fine amount. The violation is a reportable offense and will appear on your dirving record, but a violation point will not be assigned.

The law does allow a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services

Headlight Requirement During Incliment Weather:

Please remember that your vehicle's headlights must be used when there is a condition requiring the windshield wipers to be in continuous use due to rain, mist, snow, fog, or other precipitation or atmospheric moisture.


November 5, 2008

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A DISASTER?

There are many different kinds of disasters that may strike us in Sausalito. Earthquakes, floods, fires, airplane crashes, chemical spills, pipeline leaks and others, small and large, which seldom give warning and are always equally devastating to their victims. Are you prepared to handle all kinds of disasters? The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden disaster or emergency. Learn how to protect yourself and handle a disaster by planning ahead. Discuss all ideas with your family, and then prepare an emergency plan. Make sure everyone in your family is well versed in the plan and that the plan is kept in a readily accessible area.

PREPARING FOR EARTHQUAKES

Surviving an earthquake is not luck or happenstance. You can survive an earthquake and minimize the damage it causes by becoming aware of potential hazards and taking some basic earthquake preparedness measures.

The movement of the ground during an earthquake is seldom the actual cause of death or injury. Most casualties result from partial building collapse, falling objects and debris, such as toppling bookcases, ceiling plaster and light fixtures.

Since earthquakes strike without warning, it is important to prepare before they occur. The longer you put off preparing for earthquakes, the greater the risk. No one knows when earthquakes which are going to cause great damage are going to occur so it is better to assume that they are coming sooner than later. At least then, you’ll be prepared.

The checklist and guidelines provided to you here are basic ground rules for survival during an earthquake.

Before the Quake

Develop a family earthquake plan. Prepare yourself, your family and your home by completing the activities on this checklist.

Decide how and where your family will reunite if separated.
Choose an out-of-state friend or relative that separated family members can call after the quake to report their whereabouts and condition.
Know the safe spots in each room; under sturdy tables, desks, or against inside walls.
Know the danger spots: windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.
Conduct practice drills. Physically place yourself in safe locations.
Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitations) from your local Red Cross Chapter or other community organization.
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers.
Learn how to shut off gas, water and electricity in case the lines are damaged. (Safety note: Do not attempt to relight gas pilot. Call the utility company.)
Check chimneys, roofs, walls, and foundations for stability. Make sure your house is bolted to its foundation.
Secure water heater and appliances that could move enough to rupture utility lines.
Keep breakables and heavy objects on bottom shelves.
Secure heavy tall furniture that can topple, such as bookcases, china cabinets or wall units.
Secure hanging plants and heavy picture frames or mirrors (especially over beds).
Put latches on cabinet doors to keep them closed during shaking.
Keep flammable or hazardous liquids such as paints, pest sprays or cleaning products in cabinets or secured on lower shelves.
Maintain emergency food, water and other supplies, including a flashlight, a portable batter-operated radio, extra batteries, medicines, first aid kit and clothing.


During the Quake

· If you are indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table or stand in a corner.

· If you are outdoors, get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines.

· If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses and power lines. Stay inside until the shaking is over.

· If you are in a high-rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use elevators.

After the Quake

Check for injuries. Apply first aid. Do not move seriously injured individuals unless they are in immediate danger.

Do not use the telephone immediately unless there is a serious injury or fire.

Hunt for hazards.

· Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn utility off at the source.

· Check building for cracks and damage, including roof, chimneys and foundation.

· Check food and water supplies. Emergency water may be obtained from water heaters, melted ice cubes, toilet tanks and canned vegetables.

· Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports. Cooperate fully with public safety officials.

· Do not use your vehicle unless there is an emergency. Keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.

PREPARING FOR FLOODS

In recent years, storms in California have become more intense and longer lasting. Flash floods, mudslides, stream and creek flooding have all occurred in Marin County--claiming lives and damaging property. Wherever you live or travel, you should be aware of the dangers of a winter storm and be prepared to cope with one.

Knowing what to do (and not to do) before the storm, when you receive a storm warning, during the storm, and after the storm will allow you to make it through the storm successfully.

Sausalito and Marin County have prepared these brief safety tips to follow if a winter storm threatens you and your family. Keep this information handy.

For normal floods, knowing what to expect is half the battle. If you are a new resident, get to know something about your surrounding area. Has your house ever flooded? Is there a history of the streets in your neighborhood becoming impassable during a storm event? Do you need renter's or owner's flood (and earthquake) insurance? Find out. There are plenty of people around that can tell you about floods. Be sure to ask about various routes out of the area.

· Keep first aid and critical medical supplies, such as prescription medications, on hand.

· Keep a stock of food which requires little cooking and no refrigeration; electrical power may be interrupted.

· Keep a portable radio and flashlights in working order. Have extra batteries on hand.

· Keep your automobile fueled; if electric power is cut off, filling stations may not be able to operate.

· Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing.

When You Receive a Storm Warning

· Store drinking water in closed, clean containers. Water service may be interrupted.

· If flooding is likely, and time permits, move essential items and furniture to upper floors of your home.

· If advised to leave your home, move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water. Leave a note telling friends and relatives where you are going.

· As you are evacuating your home, cut off all electric circuits at the fuse panel by pulling the main switch, or disconnect all electrical appliances. Shut off the gas service at the valve next to the meter, and turn off the water service at the main valve.


STORM RELATED CONTACT INFORMATION

As we move into the winter storm season, we want to take this opportunity to remind our citizens what to do during a storm related emergency. Start by:

Making sure that your flashlights have batteries
pull out the old telephone that does not need to be plugged into the electrical outlet
have some spare food (not required to cook)
. . . . . and make yourself comfortable.

If your power goes out, call PG&E at 800-743-5002 in order to get a guestimate of when it may be back on. Remember to treat any downed power line as if it is “live” or carrying electric current. Do not touch or try to move it and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines and other electric emergencies immediately by calling 911 or PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5002.

If you have a standby generator, make sure that it's installed safely and inform PG&E to avoid risking damage to your property and endangering PG&E line workers who may be working on nearby power lines.
Never use barbeques or charcoal indoors to heat your home in order to avoid the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
If your power goes out, turn off or even unplug all electric appliances. Otherwise, when power is restored, several appliances may come back on at once and overload your circuits or hot appliances may come on while you’re away or asleep and pose a fire hazard. Leave on a single lamp to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
Also remember that when the stop lights are out due to a power outage, you MUST stop and treat the non-functioning light as a four way stop.
During severe storms or flooding, please contact the Corporation Yard at 289-4113 for sandbags, or drop by the yard at 530 Nevada Street.

And, as always, should you experience flooded roadways or trees down in the road, contact the Sausalito Police Department at 289-4170 and advise them of any treacherous or hazardous situations.

Other numbers to have on hand:

Non-Emergency Police Services: General Police Services, Responses or Reporting Crimes not in progress. (24/7): (415) 289-4170

Police Watch Commander (on-duty 24/7)
(415) 289-4183

Police Records and Public Information 7am-5pm Mon-Thur.
(415) 289-4174

Non-Emergency Fire Services: For General Fire Service Business and Fire Staff contacts: (415) 388-8182

EMERGENCY SERVICES for Police or Fire Responses (and calling from "hard-wired" telephones lines): 9-1-1

EMERGENCY SERVICES for Police or Fire Responses (and calling from cellular telephones within Marin County): (415) 472-0911

CITY OF SAUSALITO PRE-RECORDED EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE: 415-289-4151 for updated information about current disaster situations impacting our town.



November 4, 2008

Happy and Safe Shopping this Holiday Season!

For some people, the day after Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza is big fun. For other’s, the mere thought of it makes them break out in hives. With the Holiday season fast approaching, people are increasingly turning to online shopping in order to beat the Holiday rush. A comfortable, convenient, and easy way to avoid the crowds and compare gift ideas, shopping via your favorite online store offers an attractive alternative to standing in line for hours on end in a crowded and stressful environment. Buying your Holiday gifts online also offers the distinct advantage that you can quickly and easily compare the prices of your chosen gifts, either by manually comparing prices on a selection of websites, or through price comparison services.

Internet shopping is generally a very safe and convenient medium for today's busy shopper, however to ensure a productive and positive shopping experience it is worth it to keep in mind the following online safety tips:

• Where possible, use a secure online payment service like PayPal or WorldPay.

• Use credit cards rather than debit cards.

• Don't keep your personal or financial information (including account passwords) on your computer. Use removable storage (like a USB stick).

• Don't give out personal or financial information to vendors over the phone, through the mail, or online unless you are absolutely certain that your contact is legitimate.

• Try to make all of your online transactions with one credit card, if you have more than one.

• Keep a record of what you pay for and always check your online purchases off against your statement[s].

• Always check the privacy policy of any Web site that requests personal details. If the Web site is requesting this type of information and does not have a privacy policy, it is not wise to submit your information.

• When submitting information online, make sure there is a "lock" icon on the browser's status bar (and that it is "locked").

• Keep your operating system, anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software up to date.

• Use anti-virus software and/or firewalls on every computer you own/use.

• Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true... it probably is!

* If you suspect you may be a victim of fraud or identity theft, call the Sausalito Police Department at 289-4170 to report this crime.

Other Safety Reminders for the Changing Season

Although our winters here in Marin County are not as severe as those in other areas of the country, we still need to get our homes, yards, and vehicles ready for the colder weather. Make sure:

• Your rain gutters, yards, and curbs are free of debris

• Your fireplace is clean of creosol

• Your fireplace has an adequate smoke arrestor

• You have changed the battery on your smoke detector

• You slow down when driving in rainy weather-especially the first few rains. Remember, the road surface gets oily and slick.

• You have windshield wipers that work AND remember to use your headlights whenever your windshield wipers are on – day or night. It’s the law!

November 3, 2008

Looking to get more involved?

Sign-up now to attend the Citizens Police Academy and learn about operations in the Sausalito Police Department. You will gain new insights into existing police services while providing your input for future policing goals. All who live or work in the City of Sausalito are invited to apply for this 8-week program. The sessions begin on January 7th and go to February 25th, 2009. The sessions are held on Wednesday’s evenings from 7:00 pm-9:30 pm at the Sausalito Police Department. Class size is limited so please sign up now to secure your spot.

Contact Sergeant Stacie Gregory at 289-4100 ext. 696 or email at sgregory@ci.sausalito.ca.us to enroll or for more information. Graduation from the Academy also makes you eligible to apply to become one of our VIPS (Volunteers In Public Safety). For more information about the VIPS program, the Citizens Police Academy, and other policing services, please visit our website at http://ci.sausalito.ca.us

October 28, 2008

Arrest of Residential "Door-Kick" Burglary Suspect - Chas Langley

On Monday night officers from the Oakland Police Department responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in an area that had been burglarized numerous times over the last few weeks. When they arrived on scene, they located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle along with one passenger failed to stop and a pursuit followed. The driver crashed his vehicle and attempted to flee, but the two were soon apprehended. Inside the vehicle, officers discovered property that was allegedly taken during a residential burglary.

Oakland officers were made aware of similar type of burglaries in the Sausalito area and contacted SPD detectives. SPD Detective Rodgers responded to Oakland to assist in the investigation. Chas Langley, who at the time was allegedly giving a false name to officers, was positively identified by information provided by Detective Rodgers.

Chas Langley is a suspect in several Sausalito and Southern Marin residential burglaries.

Chas Langley, age 25, and Kevin Simmons, age 21, were booked on suspicion of residential burglary. Oakland PD is attempting to link Langley to 20 additional residential burglaries in their area.

SPD Detectives Shoup and Rodgers will be working closely with the Oakland PD to clear as many local burglaries as possible. If local stolen property is recovered, victims will be contacted.



October 20, 2008

Sausalito Police Boat to the Rescue

I would like to commend Corporal Michael Striek, Officer Michael Davis, and Deputy Daniel Maples for the actions taken to save the life of a man whose boat capsized in Richardson Bay.

On Monday, October 20, 2008, at approximately 2354 hours, Corporal Striek and Marin County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Maples were aboard the Sausalito Police Department Patrol Boat in Richardson Bay attempting to locate and contact a subject for a welfare check. While out in the bay, Marin County Communications (MCC) announced that they had received multiple phone calls reporting a person screaming for help in the water. The person could not be seen only heard.

Corporal Striek and Deputy Maples diverted from their assignment and headed toward the area where the cries for help were being heard. Officer M. Davis on land responded to the area to provide assistance in locating the subject. Officer M. Davis was able to give clear and accurate directions to the patrolmen on the boat leading them to the male subject in the water. Corporal Striek and Deputy Maples were able to locate the male subject, verbally identified as “Blair,” treading water. Both of the patrolmen were able to extract the victim from the water into the safety of the boat.

The victim was rushed to shore where Fire Department personnel began providing medical assistance. The victim was suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion. He related that his dingy had capsized and that he had been in the water for approximately twenty minutes and was loosing his strength to stay afloat. The bay waters are fridged cold and if the victim had to remain in the water any longer before rescue the risk of death was likely.

At this time of night the bay is very dark and not well illuminated by city lights, making it very difficult for the personnel on the water to see the victim floating. The coordination between Officer M. Davis on land and Corporal Striek and Deputy Maples was excellent and lead to a successful rescue.

I would like to commend Corporal M. Striek, Officer M. Davis, and Deputy D. Maples for their live saving efforts.

Steven Veveiros, Sergeant
Sausalito Police Department


September 16, 2008

Update on Front Door-Kick Burglaries

On Monday, 09/15/08, an unknown suspect burglarized 3 apartments in the 3rd and Valley Street area and one residence on Sausalito Blvd. This suspect used an unknown object to smash in the front door of these residences. The door and deadbolt to all three residences were locked but it did not stop the criminal. The force applied to the door broke the door frame and lock.

The items taken were electronics or small items of value. All three burglaries occurred within a 3 hour span in the middle of the day.

Please report any suspicious individuals in your neighborhood to the Sausalito Police Department immediately.

Please consider the following helpful hints in making sure your home is safe and secure.

• Check to make sure all doors and windows are secure before leaving for the day or when you are at home for the rest of the evening.
• Secure your hide-a-key. If you insist on having an outside hide-a-key, put it in a locked device that secures to your house and can be opened with a combination.
• Get an alarm system for your house and make sure you use it when you leave for the day and every night. Post a sign or sticker that announces to everyone that you have an alarm.
• Secure your valuables in your house. A safe is important for everyone to have, not only for jewelry, but for passports and other ID as well.
• If you are going to leave on vacation, have someone pick up your mail and newspaper or call and have the service suspended until you return. The Postal Service will hold all of your mail at your local Post Office until you return.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your residence or neighborhood, please contact Sausalito Police investigations at 415-289-4118.

August 12, 2008

Residential Burglary Community Crime Alert

On Tuesday, 8-12-08, officers from the Sausalito Police Department handed out several “Crime Alert Bulletins” in various locations throughout the north end of town. The bulletins contained information about the recent residential burglaries that have occurred in the Whiskey Springs and Olima neighborhoods. Upon reviewing the flyer, a citizen reported seeing a possible suspect walking down the stairway to one of the locations that had been burglarized.

The citizen described the suspect as a Black Male Adult in his early 30’s with short black hair, approximately 6’ to 6’2” inches tall and weighing approximately 280-300 lbs with a “Football player” type build. The suspect’s description and method of entry have been passed on too other law enforcement agencies in Marin County.

Investigators have some good leads as the suspect's identiy that are being followed-up. If anyone has information about the suspect or these crimes, please contact Detective Matt Shoup or Officer Brandon Rodgers of the Sausalito Police Department at 415-289-4118.

July 27, 2008

SAUSALITO “SHARE THE ROAD” CHECKPOINT RESULTS

On Sunday, July 27, 2008, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM a “Share the Road” Checkpoint was conducted in the 1000 block of Bridgeway in Sausalito. The checkpoint was manned by members of the Sausalito Police Department, the Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety, and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.

During the 2 hours the checkpoint was operational, 1,110 informational flyers were distributed to the public. Out of the 1,110 flyers, 900 were given to motorists, 194 to bicyclists, and 16 to pedestrians passing through the checkpoint. These flyers contained Codes of Conduct for bicyclists and motorists to insure their safety and foster respect for each other as well as California Vehicle Code information, additional safety tips, and information about the Basic Street Bicycle Skills classes.

The purpose for the checkpoint was to demonstrate Law Enforcement’s and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s commitment to traffic safety and to provide educational literature in a friendly atmosphere about the ways motorists and bicyclists can safely and conscientiously “Share the Road” together. The Sausalito Police Department’s goal for this project was to encourage a better understanding and relationship between motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians regarding their sharing of the roadways.

The checkpoint received strong support from the motorists and bicyclists alike.

For further information, contact the Sergeant Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4100 ex 657.

July 22, 2008

“SHARE THE ROAD” CHECKPOINT IN SAUSALITO

On Sunday, July 27, 2008, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM a “Share the Road” Checkpoint will be set up in the 1000 block of Bridgeway in Sausalito. The checkpoint will be conducted by the Sausalito Police Department, the Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety, and volunteers from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. This will be one in a series of checkpoints occurring on weekend mornings throughout Marin County during the summer months of 2008.

The purpose of these checkpoints is to demonstrate Marin County Law Enforcement’s and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s commitment to traffic safety and to provide educational literature in a friendly atmosphere about the ways motorists and bicyclists can safely and conscientiously “Share the Road” together. The Sausalito Police Department’s goal for this project is to encourage a better understanding and relationship between motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians regarding their sharing of the roadways. All bicyclists and motorists that pass through the checkpoint will be provided an informational “Share the Road” flyer. The flyers will contain Codes of Conduct for bicyclists and motorists to insure their safety and foster respect for each other as well as California Vehicle Code information, additional safety tips, and information about the Basic Street Bicycle Skills classes.

The “Share the Road” Checkpoint is another aspect of the Sausalito Police Department’s on going Traffic Safety Program.

For further information, contact the Sergeant Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4100 ex 657.



July 21, 2008

CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT EFFORT RESULTS

As part of the Sausalito Police Department’s ongoing traffic safety program, the Sausalito Police Department and Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety conducted a crosswalk enforcement effort in the City of Sausalito on Monday, July 21, 2008.

During an 8 hour period, officers from the Sausalito Police Department, Novato Police Department, and California Highway Patrol initiated 54 traffic stops. Out of the 54 traffic stops, officers subsequently issued 41 citations to motorists and bicyclists that failed to yield the right of way to plain clothed citizen volunteers acting as pedestrians in pre-determined crosswalks throughout the City of Sausalito. 31 citations were issued to motorists and 10 were issued to bicyclists. Upon viewing the violations, uniformed officers on marked patrol motorcycles or in marked patrol vehicles conducted enforcement stops on the violators, informing them of the operation and issuing citations when appropriate. The locations where the enforcement effort occurred were Bridgeway at Litho St, Bridgeway at Caledonia St, Bridgeway at Anchor, Second St at Main St, and Bridgeway at Napa St.

This crosswalk enforcement effort received strong support from members of the Sausalito community. Numerous citizens made personal contact with police personnel and volunteers conducting the enforcement effort to express their gratitude for addressing this traffic safety concern.

The Sausalito Police Department plans to continue our efforts to promote and encourage traffic safety through education and enforcement programs. Future crosswalk enforcement efforts are planned throughout the City of Sausalito.

Any questions regarding this crosswalk enforcement effort or future crosswalk enforcement efforts, please contact Sergeant William Fraass at (415) 289-4100 ex 657.

June 9, 2008

PROSTITUTION STING AND ARREST

On Monday, June 9, 2008, at 1:00 PM, Investigators from the Sausalito Police Department and the Novato Police Department conducted a raid on a reported house of prostitution in Sausalito.

The business which was the subject of the raid, Marin Therapy Center, located at 2829 Bridgeway Suite 207, was brought to the attention of the Sausalito Police Department thru complaints from the public that there was suspicious activity occurring at the spa and a large amount of men frequenting the location.

The Marin Therapy Center advertised thru the internet as SF Waterfront (www.sfwaterfront.com) a business that offers “lovable massages” to “gentleman only.” On the website, the business’ employees (all female) are dressed scantily in bathing suits or lingerie and are posed in provocative positions.

Sara Hanson, a 21 year old female and employee of Marin Therapy Center, was arrested by Detective Matt Shoup of the Sausalito Police Department after she had solicited to perform an act of prostitution on an undercover Police Detective. Hanson was booked into the Marin County Jail on a solicitation of prostitution charge. Hanson’s bail is listed at $602.

This investigation is continuing and the Sausalito Police Department encourages anyone with further information about this or other suspected prostitution businesses to call 289-4118. Callers can be anonymous in reporting suspected crimes.



May 26, 2008

Boat Theft Arrests

On Monday, 5-26-08, at 11:31 AM, the Sausalito Police Department was dispatched to the report a theft in progress from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Dry Dock, 2100 Bridgeway. Two males had trespassed on the dry dock and were in the process of stealing a powerboat. Witnesses said that the subjects were using a small motor boat to tow away an approximately 37 foot long powerboat.

Responding from Angel Island where it had been conducting a well fare check on a smoking vessel, the Sausalito Police Department’s Patrol Boat responded to the theft along with the Marin County Sheriff’s Patrol Boat and the United States Coast Guard. The Sausalito Police Patrol Boat was the first to arrive on scene and immediately located and detained Clark Mason (68 year old male from Sausalito) and Thomas Zontek (49 year old male from Sausalito) approximately 200 yards east of the dry dock as they were towing the powerboat into the Richardson Bay.

Investigation revealed that the powerboat had been found adrift in the Richardson Bay several days before and been impounded my the Richardson Bay Regional Agency. The boat was secured at the Army Corp Dry Dock until it could be released to its rightful owner. Mason and Zontek did not have permission from the Army Corp to enter the dry dock or the Richardson Bay Regional Agency to remove the powerboat.

Mason was arrested for grand theft, trespassing on U.S. Government property, and violation of probation. Zontek was arrested for grand theft and trespassing on U.S. Government Property. Both subjects were booked into the Marin County Jail.



May 14, 2008

Safe and Legal Graduation Party Planning

Graduation time is just around the bend. Your soon-to-be-adult is asking to have a graduation party in your home. Is this a good time to throw caution to the wind and let them show you that he or she can behave responsibly while you make your own plans to vacate the premises for the night? Probably not.

If your child decides to have a party with (or without) your permission in your home or at another location, you have significant responsibilities and are legally liable. Even if your child is over the age of 21 you are responsible for what happens on your property.
I have seen and we have all heard on the news of cases where problems have occurred because of poor or no oversight at gathering. Just hoping or wishing that things will go smoothly will not make it occur unless there is proper planning and oversight.

Here are some guidelines to follow if you are hosting a party:

• Spell out the rules for attendees
• Have responsible adults present who will enforce the rules
• No Alcohol
• No communal punch bowl where alcohol or drugs could be added
• No coming and going of guests
• A guest list that is strictly adhered to with no “party crashers”
• Set times for beginning and end, and adhere to them
• Have a signal between you and your child so you can communicate non-verbally when things are getting out of hand, or when the agreed-to rules are not being followed
• Have someone greet guests and turn away any who appear under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who were not invited. Call police if necessary
• Have planned activities, utilizing only common areas (no bedrooms, etc)
• Maintain a common sense ratio of adults to children, determined by the age of guest, location of the party, and square footage covered for the event

Here are some guidelines to follow if you or your child is attending a party:

• Only attend a party of people you know well or have sufficient information to believe they are trustworthy
• Let other know where you are going and when you will return
• Do not accept a drink form a communal punch bowl
• Get another drink if you have left your beverage unattended
• Do not go off, (nor allow a friend to go off) with someone you do not know well, especially if you are feeling under the influence or are feeling sick
• Have a code phrase between you and your friends that you can use if you are feeling uncomfortable and want to leave.
• Keep keys, ID, and cell phones on your person
• If the party gets out of hand, leave immediately. If necessary, call for help
• Do not drive drunk or ride with someone who may have been drinking

April 19, 2008

Power Outage Update and PG&E Information Line.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) reports that 2 circuits have malfunctioned at Southern Marin PG&E substations and 6000 customers in Southern Marin are currently without power.

PG&E crews are working on the circuits to restore full power. They have no reports of any power lines down and estimate that power will be restored to at least 3000 customers by 9:45PM.

To contact PG&E to receive updates about the power outage situation in Sausalito or to report one in your area, please call 1-800-743-5002. You can also call the City of Sausalito's recorded Emergency Information line at 415-289-4151 for updated information about current disasater situations impacting our town.


April 15, 2008

Sausalito Auto Theft and Burglary Series Update. One Arrest Made.

On Monday evening (4-14-08) the Sausalito Police Department started receiving more reports from victims about their unlocked cars being rifled through and items taken. Early Tuesday morning (4-15-08) two stolen car reports were filed. A Saturn sedan from Bonita Street and a Dodge Pickup from Harrison Avenue were stolen. Officers located these two vehicles abandon on nearby residential streets. Officers were patrolling this residential area when another stolen car report was received from Toyon Lane. A 2006 Mercedes 350 convertible was reported just being stolen within 15 minutes. Minutes later Officers spotted the stolen Mercedes being driven at a high rate of speed east on Glen Drive and attempted to stop the car. The driver attempted to evade two pursuing Sausalito Police units and crashed at the intersection of Glen and Santa Rosa streets. The suspect driver attempted to flee on foot after crashing through a fence and ending up in a ditch off the roadway. Officers caught the suspect and took him into custody without any further incident.

The suspect had a gym bag with stolen property inside linking him to several recent thefts from vehicles and all three stolen vehicles within the past 24 hours. Narcotics paraphernalia was also in his possession. The suspect is identified as Tommy Lee Boggs, age 35. Boggs is a transient from San Francisco with a criminal history in the Bay Area. He is wanted for State Parole violations for previous burglary charges. He also has a criminal history from the State of Michigan and is a known White Supremacy gang member with several indicating gang tattoos.

The Police Department believes Boggs could be responsible for dozens thefts in Sausalito in recent weeks. Investigators are currently in the process of following up with theft victims to complete this investigation. Boggs was booked at the Marin County Jail for auto thefts, burglaries, an arrest warrant for burglary, and for being a parolee at large. Additional charges could be filed as this investigation continues.

The Sausalito Police Department encourages anyone with information that could assist in this investigation to contact Detective Mike Striek at 289-4118. If you are a victim of a recent theft crime and have not yet reported it, please call the Sausalito Police Department at 289-4170 to request a police report. The community should continue to be diligent in the habit of reporting suspicious persons and safe guarding possessions by not leaving valuables in vehicles and locking them up.

Scott Paulin, Chief of Police


April 14, 2008

CROSSWALK STING RESULTS

As part of the Sausalito Police Department’s on going traffic safety program, the Sausalito Police Department and Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety conducted a crosswalk sting throughout the City of Sausalito on Friday, April 11, 2008.

During a 9 hour period, Officers from the Sausalito Police Department, San Rafael Police Department, Mill Valley Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol initiated 79 traffic stops. Out if the 79 traffic stops, Officers subsequently issued 76 citations to motorists and bicyclists that failed to yield the right of way to plain clothed citizen volunteers acting as pedestrians in pre-determined crosswalks throughout the City of Sausalito. 63 Citations were issued to motorists and 13 were issued to bicyclists. Upon viewing the violations, uniformed Officers on marked patrol motorcycles or in marked patrol vehicles conducted enforcement stops on the violators, informing them of the operation and issuing citations when appropriate. The locations where the stings occurred were Bridgeway at Litho St, Bridgeway at Caledonia St, Bridgeway at Anchor, Second St at Main St, and Bridgeway at Napa St.

This crosswalk sting received strong support from members of the Sausalito community. Numerous private citizens made personal contact with Police personnel and Volunteers conducting the string to express their gratitude for addressing this traffic safety concern.

The Sausalito Police Department plans to continue our efforts to promote and encourage traffic safety through education and enforcement programs such as this crosswalk sting. Future crosswalk stings are planned throughout the City of Sausalito.

Any questions regarding this crosswalk sting or future stings please contact Sergeant William Fraass.

April 9, 2008

Spike in Thefts from Vehicles

Recently the City of Sausalito has experienced an increase in vehicular burglaries which has resulted in the loss of property from several residents. In the past month there have been approximately twenty reports filed with the police department regarding property that has been stolen from vehicles throughout the city. Most of the break-ins have been occurring in the south end of town in the areas of Sausalito Blvd, Santa Rosa Ave and Central Ave. The north end of town has also been subject to the thefts as well, particularly the area of Glen Dr.

Most of the thefts are occurring at night and during the early morning hours. The suspects are targeting unlocked and locked vehicles with property that is visible from outside of the vehicle. They are ransacking the vehicles and are stealing anything that has been left in the vehicle and can be removed quickly and quietly.

These break-ins are crimes of opportunity and can be drastically reduced if the members of the Sausalito community can remember to lock up their vehicles and not leave any valuable property unattended in their vehicles over night.

At the present time, the Sausalito Police Department does not have any suspects in these cases and is asking for the help of the community to report any suspicious persons or vehicles that may be out of place in their neighborhoods. We have substantially increased our patrols in these areas and all over the residential neighborhoods throughout the city. Officers are also contacting anyone they see walking in these areas during the night time and early morning hours hoping to catch the suspects.

If anyone in the community notices anything that looks or appears to be suspicious, they are encouraged to call the police department at 289-4170 or dial 911. Hopefully together the community and police department can catch these thieves.

April 7, 2008

CROSSWALK/PEDESTRIAN STING

As part of the Sausalito Police Department’s ongoing traffic safety program, the Sausalito Police Department will be conducting a Crosswalk/Pedestrian Sting some time between April 6, 2008 and April 12, 2008.

The goal of this Crosswalk/Pedestrian Sting is to educate the public regarding traffic laws as they relate to pedestrian’s right of way in crosswalks and the pedestrian’s responsibility to use/cross the roadway safely. Enforcement action is part of this educational program. The aim of this Crosswalk/Pedestrian Sting is to increase the level of traffic safety and to address the concerns expressed by the citizens and community members of Sausalito.

The crosswalk right of way enforcement will be accomplished with the use of plain clothed decoys acting as pedestrians in pre-determined crosswalks throughout the City of Sausalito. In addition, Officers will be observing the normal traffic conditions and will contact any person seen violating those California Vehicle Codes regulating pedestrian behavior. The sting will be videotaped utilizing handheld camcorders. This recording could be played back to the offending drivers/bicyclists/pedestrians to show them their violation in real time. The same recording may also be used as evidence in any future court proceedings.

The Sausalito Police Department wishes to work in conjunction with the public to promote traffic safety and to educate the public regarding traffic safety matters. We ask you to actively participate in making the streets of Sausalito safer for everyone by remain alert while driving and adhering to the rules of the road.

Any questions regarding this matter please contact Sergeant Bill Fraass at (415) 289-4170.


**********ANY MEMBERS OF THE PRESS/MEDIA INTERESTED IN VIEWING AND REPORTING ON THE CROSSWALK STING. PLEASE CONTACT SERGEANT BILL FRAASS AT (415) 289-4100 EX 657*********



March 20, 2008

Sausalito Police Department
Public Service Announcement

Wireless Telephone Laws FAQs
Two new laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving go into effect July 1,
2008. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning these new laws.
Q: When do the new wireless telephone laws take effect?
A: The new laws take effect July 1, 2008
Q: What is the difference between the two laws?
A: The first prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a
motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free
device. Drivers under the age of 18 may NOT use a wireless telephone or hands-free
device while operating a motor vehicle(VC §23124).
Q: What if I need to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not have a hands-
free device?
A: The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law
enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services
agency.
Q: What are the fines if I’m convicted?
A: The base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions.
According to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty
assessments, a first offense is $76 and a second offense is $190.
Q: Will I receive a point on my drivers license if I’m convicted for a violation of the
wireless telephone law?
A: NO. The violation is a reportable offense: however, DMV will not assign a violation
point.
Q: Will the conviction appear on my driving record?
A: Yes, but the violation point will not be added.
Q: Will there be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?
A: NO. The law becomes in effect on July 1, 2008. Whether a citation is issued is always at
the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate
remedy for the situation.
Q: Are passengers affected by this law?
A: No. This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.
Q: Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such
laws?
A: Yes
Q: Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?
A: YES. A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.
Q: What if my phone has a push-to-talk feature, can I use that?
A: No. The law does provide an exception for those operating a commercial motor truck or
truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use
a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature.
Q: What other exceptions are there?
A: Operators of an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment are
exempt as are those motorists operating a vehicle on private property

DRIVERS 18 AND OVER
Drivers 18 and over will be allowed to use a hands-free device to talk on their wireless telephone while driving. The following FAQs apply to those motorists 18 and over.
Q: Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while
driving or just talking on it?
A: The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while
driving.
Q: Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?
A: Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.
Q: Does the new hands-free law allow you to use the speaker phone function of your
wireless telephone while driving?
A: Yes.
Q: Does the new “hands-free” law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while
driving?
A: The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a
citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and
not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is
strongly discouraged.

DRIVERS UNDER 18
Q: Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone hands free?
A: NO. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any
other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving
in any manner, even hands free. EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call
police, fire or medical authorities. (VC §23124).
Q: Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?
A: Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in
crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers
are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking,
and talking or texting on wireless phones, which increase the chance of getting involved
in serious vehicle crashes.
Q: Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my wireless telephone while
driving?
A: NO. The only exception is an emergency situation that requires you to call a law
enforcement agency, a health care provider, the fire department or other emergency
agency entity.
Q: Does the law apply to me if I’m an emancipated minor?
A: Yes. The restriction applies to all licensed drivers who are under the age of 18.
Q: If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I
use my wireless telephone while driving?
A: NO. You may only use your wireless telephone in an emergency situation.
Q: Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?
A: No
Q: May I use the hands-free feature while driving if my car has the feature built in?
A: NO. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless device
while driving, except in an emergency situation.
Q: Can a law enforcement officer stop me for using my hands-free device while
driving?
A: No. For drivers under the age of 18, this is considered a SECONDARY violation
meaning that a law enforcement officer may cite you for using a hands-free wireless
phone if you were pulled over for another violation. However, the prohibition against
using a handheld wireless telephone while driving is a PRIMARY violation for which a
law enforcement officer can pull you over.

Scott Paulin
Chief of Police


February 11, 2008

Police Employee Award Recipients for 2007

Susan Barnes, CAPTAIN MARK THOMAS AWARD
Administrative Aide II Susan Barnes was selected for the Police Department “Mark Thomas Award.” This award is given to an employee with a consistent positive attitude, exceptional work ethic, a dedication toward helping others succeed, and for providing exceptional customer service. During 2007 Susan Barnes was promoted from her Records Clerk position to the Department’s Administrative Aide to the Chief of Police. Susan took on both assignments at the same time due to vacancies and performed above and beyond expectations. She maintained all records management functions with great efficiency while learning and succeeding in her new role. Susan stayed late at work often to keep up with her many tasks while continually taking on additional responsibilities. She always has a smile on her face and is a pleasure to work with. Many members of the public, as well as, Department and other City employees commented throughout the year about Susan’s quality customer service, eternal pleasant disposition when dealing with difficult people and issues, and strong work ethic.

Michael Striek, EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Detective Corporal Michael Striek was selected as the Police Department’s “Employee of the Year” for 2007. This award is given to an employee whose performance is a role model for others to follow and significantly contributes to the Department’s policing mission throughout the year. Mike Striek showed his dedication to the Department in several assignments and responsibilities throughout 2007. He performed outstanding as a Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a Police Boat Operator. Mike was also promoted to the newly created position of Police Corporal while additionally being assigned to a Detective position. Mike helped tremendously in creating the Department’s new Patrol Boat program by working the most hours on the water and by training others in boat operations. He also supervised patrol shifts and quickly earned leadership respect from officers on his team. His positive energy and dedication to duty serves as an example for all employees to follow. Mike is always observed working hard to fulfill every policing expectation for all his assignments. He works well with all employees and is continually striving to learn and develop new policing skills to further his professional growth.

Please join me in congratulating Mike Striek and Susan Barnes for their outstanding accomplishments in 2007!

Scott Paulin, Chief of Police

January 8, 2008

News Department
77 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415/973-5930
NEWS
January 7, 2008
CONTACT: PG&E News Department (415) 973-5930
PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY RESTORES POWER TO 97 PERCENT OF
CUSTOMERS FOLLOWING SEVERE WINTER STORMS
Utility Braces for Another Strong Storm as Crews Continue to Work Around the Clock to Restore Service
SAN FRANCISCO – As California braces for another strong winter storm, more than 600 Pacific Gas
and Electric Company crews continue to work around the clock to restore service to customers and repair
damage to electrical equipment throughout the utility’s northern and central California service territory.
Since the first storm slammed into the state with gale-force winds on Friday morning, PG&E crews have
restored service to more than 2.2 million, or 97 percent, of the 2.3 million electric customers who lost
power.
As of 5:00 p.m. Monday evening, about 81,000 PG&E customers were without power, mostly in
the North Coast and Sierra Nevada regions. About 12,000 of the utility’s customers without power are in
the greater Bay Area, largely in Marin County.
Exceptional storm damage in several areas – including parts of the northern and central Sierra
foothills, the North Coast, Monterey and the Santa Cruz mountains – has delayed access by crews
attempting to assess and repair damage. PG&E has mobilized more than 100 additional contract and
mutual-aid crews from as far as Kansas to help restore service as fast and safely as possible in the hardesthit
areas.
“Our crews have rebuilt enough power lines to stretch from San Francisco to San Diego,” said
Mark Johnson, vice president of electric operations and engineering at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
“We are giving priority to customers who have been without power the longest and to critical facilities
such as hospitals, schools, water systems, and telecommunications facilities. As we finish our assessments
of the damage, we have begun telephoning customers who remain without power to give them our best
estimate of when their service will be restored.”
Outages in the hardest hit areas may last late into the week. New storms expected to hit Tuesday
may cause additional outages. Residential customers without power for 48 hours or longer may be entitled
to an automatic payment of $25 to $100 for their inconvenience under PG&E’s SafetyNet Program. No
action is required by the customer. Please visit www.pge.com/safetynet for more information.
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Below are tips for customers weathering the current winter storm:
• Treat any downed power line as if it is “live” or carrying electric current. Do not touch or try to move
it and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines and other electric emergencies
immediately by calling 911 and PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-PGE-5002.
• If you have a standby generator, make sure that it's installed safely and inform PG&E to avoid risking
damage to your property and endangering PG&E line workers who may be working on nearby power
lines.
• Never use barbeques or charcoal indoors to heat your home in order to avoid the risk of fire and
carbon monoxide poisoning.
• If your power goes out, turn off or even unplug all electric appliances. Otherwise, when power is
restored, several appliances may come back on at once and overload your circuits or hot appliances
may come on while you’re away or asleep and pose a fire hazard. Leave on a single lamp to alert you
when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
• Customers should report power outages to PG&E by calling our outage information line at 1-800-
PGE-5002. Customers can also call this number to receive updated information about an existing
power outage in their area.
• Customers in the most severely affected or remote areas should make arrangements to find a safe,
warm place to stay. The Red Cross has opened shelters and warming centers in Butte, Nevada, and
Yolo Counties. Customers should call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.
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For more information about PG&E, including storm-related information, please visit our web site
at www.pge.com



December 20, 2007

“WE’LL DRIVE YOU HOME”
On New Year’s Eve!

CALL 415-797-0000

The City of Sausalito is providing Sausalito residents a free and safe ride home from any location in town on New Year’s evening. There are many celebration parties occurring in Sausalito at local clubs, restaurants, bars, and residences. Two large passenger vans will be on-call throughout the night to give any resident a ride home. When residents are ready to leave their party location for home, simply call 415-797-0000 and one of the vans will respond to take you home safely. The van service will run from 9:00 p.m. on December 31st, 2007 to 2:30 a.m. on January 1st, 2008.

Don’t risk endangering yourself, others, or take the chance of being arrested if you have drunk too much to drive. The City of Sausalito encourages everyone to have a fun and safe New Year’s celebration by not driving while intoxicated. Thank you.

Adam Politzer,
City Manager

December 18, 2007

Press Release

Contact: Amy Villasenor
(415) 526-2547


MARIN ABUSED WOMEN’S SERVICES (MAWS)
CELL PHONE RECYLING PROGRAM

PEACE STARTS AT HOME
Your Old Cell Phone Will Make a Difference in the Lives of
Women and Children Impacted by Domestic Violence

What: Upgrading you cell phone? MAWS is collecting used cell phones to benefit families experiencing domestic violence. Proceeds will help provide EMERGENCY FOOD, SHELTER AND CLOTHING to those women and children within our community whose homes and lives have been disrupted by domestic violence. All phones donated to MAWS will be sold to a company that refurbishes them for re-sale.

This is an opportunity to double your good works by helping the environment and supporting MAWS at the same time. A win-win situation!

Where: Sausalito Police Department
300 Locust St., Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 289-4170

Why: Did you know that millions of cell phones are disposed of daily, adding to a growing environmental crisis? Old cell phones can be re-used or recycled responsibly while supporting the vital services of organizations such as Marin Abused Women’s Services. With your help we can earn $200-$400 per banker size box of phones.


About MAWS
Marin Abused Women’s Services (MAWS) was founded in 1977 in response to the escalating levels of domestic violence in Marin County. Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and staff and more than 30 years of hard work, MAWS has developed a comprehensive range of support services including: emergency shelter, short- and long-term transitional housing, advocacy, legal referrals, and a men’s program that offers men concrete ways to end their violence.




December 10, 2007

On Monday, 12-10-07, at approximately 9:40 PM, Sausalito Police Department assisted the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force in executing a search warrant at 495 Gate 5 Road. The search warrant was executed and a Marijuana growing operation was in fact discovered in the rear portion of 495 Gate 5 Road. There were approximately 1300 plants discovered in the building at various stages of growth. Information obtained by the Task Force indicates that a million dollars worth of Marijuana was processed through 495 Gate 5 Road a year. Four individuals who were either leaving the building or in it at the time the warrant were arrested and taken into custody without incident by the Task Force. Based on information discovered during the search warrant at 495 Gate 5 Road, the Task Force was able to obtain two additional search warrants for locations within Marin County.

November 27, 2007

EMERGENCY SERVICES-From hard wired home or business lines phones. For Police or Fire Responses.
9-1-1

EMERGENCY POLICE SERVICES-From Cellular Phones for a direct contact to Police Dispatchers.
(415) 289-4141

EMERGENCY FIRE or MEDICAL SERVICES-From Cellular Phones for a direct contact to Fire/Medical Dispatchers.
(415) 472-0911

Non- Emergency Police Services: General Police Services, Responses or
Reporting Crimes not in progress. (24/7)
(415) 289-4170

Non-Emergency Fire Services: For General Fire Service Business and Fire Staff contacts.
(415) 388-8182

Police Records and Public Information 7am-5pm
(415) 289-4174

Police Watch Commander (on-duty 24/7)
(415) 289-4183

Police Fax Number
(415) 289-4175

Fire Fax Number
(415) 388-8181

Parking Citation Information
(415) 289-4149


"Ensuring public safety with community policing partnerships”

Scott Paulin, Chief of Police
Sausalito Police Department

Please cut-out and post in your home or business for future reference. These numbers along with other important community awareness information for public safety is listed on the City of Sausalito website at http://ci.sausalito.ca.us





November 8, 2007

Phone numbers to call regarding the oil spill in the Bay water. These numbers are to the US Coast Guard information hotline.

Wildlife Issues: 877-823-6926

Oil Sightings: 985-781-0804

General Public Information: 415-399-7305

October 22, 2007

Announcement of Three Police Promotions


As many of you are aware, the Police Department has been concentrating on developing our personnel to better prepare themselves for the added roles and responsibilities in supervision and leadership. On October 16, 2007, four of our Police Officers elected to test themselves with a professional panel and a community panel for the roles of Police Sergeant and Police Corporal. I am very pleased with the results these panels reported. Both panels were very impressed with the level of knowledge and commitment of our Officers.

After a review of the written materials, the professional panel, the community panel, a supervisory review, and the past performance, I am pleased to announce that Officer William (Bill) Fraass is appointed to the rank of Sergeant effective November 4, 2007. I am also pleased to announce that Officers Michael Striek and Steve Veveiros are appointed to the rank of Corporal effective November 4, 2007.

Please join me in congratulating and assisting these employees in their transition to new police leadership responsibilities.

Chief Scott Paulin




September 12, 2007

Informational Message

State Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Laws


If your business is open during the Art Walk events or you are participating in the Art Walk, please be aware that ABC laws will apply to your individual business, you personally, or both. You must obtain an ABC license to serve any alcoholic beverage to the public on private or public property. By following all ABC laws, you are doing your part to help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for patrons. You can also prevent alcohol related traffic accidents associated with impaired driving and underage drinking. Thank for supporting the Art Walk and we hope it will be an enjoyable community event for all.

Alcohol servers can face criminal, administrative (enforced by the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control ABC), and civil liability. The best way to prevent liability is to:

• Obtain an ABC license and have it posted at the location where alcohol is served.

• Do not allow patrons to leave your business with an open alcoholic beverage.

• Do not serve alcohol to minors or obviously intoxicated persons.

There are other important ABC regulations that must be complied with when serving alcohol. For more information about ABC laws please contact the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Department at 707-576-2165 or on the Web at www.abc.ca.gov . The City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department can also assist you with information about ABC compliance issues at 289-4152.








Boat Patrol Update




On July 24th 2007, Officers of the Sausalito Police Department received information that an Anchor-Out had an out-standing warrant ‘No-Bail’ methamphetamine/theft arrest warrant. Boat Operators Michael Striek, Officer Steven Veveiros and Officer Dean Teter boarded the suspect’s boat and took him into custody. This is just one of many examples in which the department’s new patrol boat has helped our officers in apprehension of criminals on Richardson ’s Bay. Boat Operators have responded to complaints of methamphetamine labs on the water, suspicious persons on the water, a drunken kayaker in distress, boaters in distress, stolen/embezzled skiffs, and speeding boats/jet skis. The patrol boat had been present for the Opening of the Bay, 4th of July and during the Arts Festival.




To date, the boat’s emergency overhead lights, nighttime lighting equipment, police siren and public address system have been installed. The boat is now powered by two new Honda 90 HP motors, replacing the tired 50 HP motors. Several floatation devices and a portable spotlight have also been purchased.






The department continues its commitment to being able to launch the Patrol Boat during both day and nighttime. Chief Paulin recently added two new personnel to the boat program. Sergeant Stacie Gregory and Officer Michelle Gonzales will be joining Officers Shoup, Striek and Veveiros. The two newest personnel will start their training in September 2007.






The Sausalito Police Department continues to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from both yacht harbor owners and boaters alike. Boat Operators have even received information from Anchor-Outs about suspects who are weary of being caught by the Marine Unit.






The marine Unit continues its commitment to provide crime deterrence on the waterfront and in Richardson ’s Bay. The secondary mission of the unit will be to improve boating safety through education and enforcement. Like with community watch groups, the boating community is the best source of information on suspected criminal activity. We ask anyone that has information of suspected drug activity or persons believed to be involved in theft to contact the Sausalito Police Department. Tips can be left confidentially by calling 289-4170 and asked to be forwarded to one of the above listed Boating Operators. Information can also be e-mailed to the following E-mail addresses:




Mshoup@ci.sausalito.ca.us

Mstriek@ci.sausalito.ca.us

Sgregory@ci.sausalito.ca.us

Mgonzales@ci.sausalito.ca.us

Kskoog@ci.sausalito.ca.us




Article about the Citizen’s Police Academy

Once each year, the Sausalito Police Department puts on its very own Citizen’s Police Academy. This academy is designed to provide an inside look at how the department operates. Anyone who lives or works in the city of Sausalito is encouraged to participate. The classes focus on a host of topics, such as: policing goals, use of force, drug recognition, DUI investigation, ethics, officer safety, and laws of arrest. Input and feedback is sought from the class on all topics. One of the classes is held at the Sausalito Fire Department, where the format is a question and answer period about the services they provide, along with a tour of their building/equipment. The City Manager and the Chief of Police also spend time during a session going over different topics involving the city and public safety issues.

All of the class participants are given the opportunity to go on two ride-a-longs, one with a night shift officer and the other with a day shift officer. Not only do the participants get an inside look at how the department operates, but it is also a great way to get to know the police officers in your town on a more personal basis. The Police Department has gained some very dear friends through contacts made in the academy.

“Participating in the Citizen’s Academy gave me a real feel for what police officer’s do and the challenges they face on a daily basis. After the experience it inspired me to initiate the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) program in order to provide on-going support to the department,” stated Chris Gallagher. Chris was one of the first citizen’s to go through the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Titia Henneyman reflected back on her experience in the academy. “I found the citizens Police Academy Classes overall very informative and interesting. The funniest were two that stand out in my memory. The first one, when the request came for a classmate to show up drunk at the next class! At the next class she was picked up by the police from her home after having been given plenty of her favorite beer, which she had consumed all day prior to the class. In class we were shown how one can tell by the suspect's eye movement if the person is drunk. We were shown the different procedures the police use in determining that a person is drunk and thanks to the good sport we had very informative hands on performance. The second hilarious class was when we all went to the shooting range in San Rafael. For some reason the aim of the women was less accurate than that of the men and all the male classmates would double over in mock agony, whenever a woman raised the gun to the level of the heart, but shot well below the region.”

Karin Williams, a long term Sausalito resident, participated in the academy class and is now a very active member of the VIPS. She states, “The Sausalito Citizens Police Academy provides the opportunity to see first-hand the intensity and dedication which our police officers apply on our behalf, every hour, every day. To have a glimpse into their high-intensity, very demanding world for even a few weeks' time was awesome and inspiring, and truly a privilege. Sausalito citizens should "grab the brass ring" offered to them here. It's a win-win situation.”

The academy runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM. The class is open to people who live or work in Sausalito. Anyone who is interested in attending the next Sausalito Citizen’s Police Academy should contact Sergeant Stacie Gregory at 289-4100 ext. 696.
Once each year, the Sausalito Police Department puts on its very own Citizen’s Police Academy. This academy is designed to provide an inside look at how the department operates. Anyone who lives or works in the city of Sausalito is encouraged to participate. The classes focus on a host of topics, such as: policing goals, use of force, drug recognition, DUI investigation, ethics, officer safety, and laws of arrest. Input and feedback is sought from the class on all topics. One of the classes is held at the Sausalito Fire Department, where the format is a question and answer period about the services they provide, along with a tour of their building/equipment. The City Manager and the Chief of Police also spend time during a session going over different topics involving the city and public safety issues.

All of the class participants are given the opportunity to go on two ride-a-longs, one with a night shift officer and the other with a day shift officer. Not only do the participants get an inside look at how the department operates, but it is also a great way to get to know the police officers in your town on a more personal basis. The Police Department has gained some very dear friends through contacts made in the academy.

“Participating in the Citizen’s Academy gave me a real feel for what police officer’s do and the challenges they face on a daily basis. After the experience it inspired me to initiate the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) program in order to provide on-going support to the department,” stated Chris Gallagher. Chris was one of the first citizen’s to go through the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Titia Henneyman reflected back on her experience in the academy. “I found the citizens Police Academy Classes overall very informative and interesting. The funniest were two that stand out in my memory. The first one, when the request came for a classmate to show up drunk at the next class! At the next class she was picked up by the police from her home after having been given plenty of her favorite beer, which she had consumed all day prior to the class. In class we were shown how one can tell by the suspect's eye movement if the person is drunk. We were shown the different procedures the police use in determining that a person is drunk and thanks to the good sport we had very informative hands on performance. The second hilarious class was when we all went to the shooting range in San Rafael. For some reason the aim of the women was less accurate than that of the men and all the male classmates would double over in mock agony, whenever a woman raised the gun to the level of the heart, but shot well below the region.”

Karin Williams, a long term Sausalito resident, participated in the academy class and is now a very active member of the VIPS. She states, “The Sausalito Citizens Police Academy provides the opportunity to see first-hand the intensity and dedication which our police officers apply on our behalf, every hour, every day. To have a glimpse into their high-intensity, very demanding world for even a few weeks' time was awesome and inspiring, and truly a privilege. Sausalito citizens should "grab the brass ring" offered to them here. It's a win-win situation.”

The academy runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM. The class is open to people who live or work in Sausalito. Anyone who is interested in attending the next Sausalito Citizen’s Police Academy should contact Sergeant Stacie Gregory at 289-4100 ext. 696.

Last updated: 10/17/2010 6:07:25 AM