I was recently told by the city administrators of Prop Q that the Police Commission was responsible for deciding what projects would get the extra 100 million dollars in prop Q money. How did a new headquarters for Metro Division (now located in the 431million + Police Headquarters Building) get to the top of that list when Central Division looks like this?
A brief description of a stroll around Central Division:
Quantities of human feces along a building I assumed must be abandoned. The smell horrific. The building seemed to have been designed as a toilet with private stall-like areas and then an open depression about 4' x 8' of communal waste. I actually filmed my entire walk down the block but I will spare you with this short clip. I asked a friend I was with how long the building had been abandoned. She laughed and said it wasn't an abandoned building, it was the Central Division Community Police Station!
What was most alarming were the air vents located along the building facade a few feet above all the waste.
Inside Central Division:
I entered the police station and asked the officer on duty about the building. the incredible dinginess of the interior was depressing to say the least. Then I looked up.
This is the air vent inside the building. I asked the officer if there had been any renovation in the past few years. "No. We are always last on the list for everything." Central was built in the early 1970's. The interior maintenance is the responsibility of the Division but the exterior is the responsibility of Police Facilities Management who are located in the brand new PHB- Police Headquarters Building. When asked how often they clean the exterior the officer had no memory of it being cleaned.
When I talked with a group of officers about the situation and suggested they contact their union they said they didn't think it would do much good. They seemed a little horrified at the idea of going to their union and suggested I go to their union on their behalf...Well, okay. That's kind of weird but okay. I will contact their union but in the meantime: