Meh.This is a little old, but with the Giants-Phillies series tied at 1-1, it might be, uh, even more relevant (?!) now: Our good ol’ buddy John Yoo thinks that Phillies baseball is more worthy of the label “torture” than Giants baseball. (Former Daily Cal-er) Joe Eskenazi disagrees. [SF Weekly]

AHH BIG GUNS! MEMORIAL STADIUM! PICTURES OF BIG GUNS IN MEMORIAL STADIUM! URBAN SHIELD 2010!!!! [Daily Cal]

Cal football needs to put up some better stats. Stat! Groan. [Extra Points]

A trio of muggings at gunpoint, a trio of things to make you nervous walking home at night. What else is new? [CBS5], via SFist

Earlier: Not-So-Excellent Operation Edition


In participation with a group called Urban Shield, the UC Police Department will conduct a simulation test of its response to an “active shooter” incident this Saturday at Warren and Mulford Halls. The scenario will run from 5 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Monday.

We don’t know exactly what it will involve other than “role-player movements on the first and ground floor of Warren Hall, the arrival and departure of personnel and vehicles in Mulford Hall parking lot, and some loud noises.” That’s not the kind of role-playing we’re used to.

Also, by the way, the Web site for Urban Shield opens with video sounds more like “Halo 3″ than “Law and Order.”

bq. To All Staff:

bq. The University of California Police Department, in cooperation with the City of Berkeley Police Department, is participating in Alameda County’s ‘Urban Shield’ exercise from Friday, September 28 to Monday, October 1, 2007.

bq. Urban Shield, a multi-agency regional training event, will test and enhance the emergency preparedness and response abilities of local law enforcement in a wide variety of situations. Tactical teams from approximately 25 departments across the country, including our own Negotiations and Entry Team, will be deployed around the clock to handle a variety of simulations and scenarios ranging from natural disasters to incidents of terrorism. If you would like to learn more about this event, please see http://www.urbanshield.org/about.html for details.

bq. Warren Hall will be the site of an ‘active shooter’ simulation.
Especially in light of the tragic events at Virginia Tech and other
past incidents of campus violence, the University is committed to the highest level of preparation and prevention possible, and is proud to participate in this opportunity to provide realistic and valuable training to so many law enforcement agencies.

bq. Police personnel will begin staging equipment and preparing the
building on the evening of Friday, September 28. At 5:00 am on
September 29 (Saturday) the exercise will begin. Activity will
include role-player movements on the first and ground floor of Warren Hall, the arrival and departure of personnel and vehicles in Mulford Hall parking lot, and some loud noises. The scenario will repeat once every other hour for the entire weekend, day and night, ending before 9:00 am on Monday, October 1.

bq. Thank you for your assistance with this important initiative.

bq. Nathan Brostrom,
Vice Chancellor-Administration

Home Page [Urban Shield]