UPDATED: World Series an anti-climax? SF Giants must top that Game 5 NLCS finish; Ishikawa home run legendary for so many reasons; And will we ever see Tim Lincecum again? UPDATED 10.21. WS-GAME ONE, MADBUM MAKES ROYALS LOOK PLEBEIAN; UPDATED 10.22. WS-GAME TWO–What a difference a Madbum makes; and a Lincecum sighting. UPDATED-10/23/GAME THREE BUZZ–KC PITCHER AND ISHIKAWA HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON; UPDATED-10-24-GAME THREE IS A LOSS, BUT HERE’S HOW THE GIANTS CAN STILL WIN IT ALL IN 7.
(SEE UPDATES BELOW)
I am still buzzed about that dramatic home run by Travis Ishikawa. I wrote about it on the AALDEF blog here.
I was in the stadium that night and took this picture as Ishikawa was approaching home.
But notice the player in the left corner.
It’s Tim Lincecum, heretofore, the most incredible Asian American native born major league player of part-Filipino heritage ever.
He’s never been on the margins in his career. But he is now.
Lincecum hasn’t pitched an inning in the post-season. And in those times when his number would be called, it’s been someone else. Petit, most notably. But also Strickland. And the specialists like Lopez and Affeldt. Lincecum can’t get in the game. Manager Bruce Bochy has him slotted where he can be trusted. Top of a fresh inning where any damage due to Lincecum’s control issues can be minimal. But the longer Lincecum goes without pitching, you wonder how ready he’ll be for any situation. You kind of hope he doesn’t get in, because it means the Giants’ starter was ineffective, and the team is losing. Meanwhile between injured Cain’s $20 million a year, and ineffective Lincecum’s $17 million, that’s nearly $40 million on the Giants’ bench.
And the team’s still winning.
From having talked to Lincecum in the past, I know his attitude is, “I’ll pitch whenever they tell me.” He’s always positive; always a team guy. He’s never had his status fall like this. But I think, he’ll use this to come back stronger than ever.
I’ve always said he had an Eckersly like career arc forming. If he uses this period to get his mechanical issues straightened out, the man who never ices his arm, could find there’s a formidable second act in his future.
Just an odd thing to catch him on the edge of the frame, watching Ishikawa–who has never been a star, always a marginal guy. But in Game 5, he was the man of the hour. And for more than just baseball reasons. See the AALDEF blog for that story.
UPDATE GAME 3, 10/24/ 14 9PM ROYALS PLAY GIANT BASEBALL BETTER THAN GIANTS
The Royals play the game the Giants would like to play. Get your lead off runner on, move him along. Knock him in with a hit or productive out.
When Alcides Escobar led off the first with a double off Hudson, it set the tone. When the Royals scored the first run, it followed the blue print.
In the 6th, the pivotal inning in a bullpen series, the Royals did it again. After the pitcher Jeremy Guthrie ground out, Escobar took over with a single. He scored on a Gordon double, and Gordon scored on a Hosmer single (on a huge 11 pitch at-bat).
Those were the three runs, manufactured to plan. And the Giants couldn’t match it.
They tried in their half of the 6th on a pinch-hit double from Michael Morse that scored Brandon Crawford. But the Giants got little from the 3-4 batters tonight. Posey,who has yet to get an extra base hit in the series, had a groundout RBI. And then with Blanco on third, Pablo hit a grounder to first to end the threat.
That was it. The Giant’s defense kept them in the game. (Of note: Sandoval’s barehanded grab of a Hosmer infield bloop with a subsequent throw to first, worthy of being called a web gem, but he didn’t use a glove). And Hudson, pitching in his first World Series, performed well, at one time point retiring 12 in a row. But then came that 6th inning. And the Giants offense wasn’t able to deal with the Royals pen.
There’s talk of Madbum on short rest for Saturday. But why? Let Vogey and Petit get it done Saturday. Save Madbum for Sunday to go up 3-2. Then split in KC to win it all. That’s not the best plan,but it is a plan.
But things for the Giants in this series haven’t always gone to plan.
It’s a simple one. The pitching is good enough. So is the D. The O is a zero.
Get the lead off man on, move him along. It’s been easier for the Royals so far. And that’s why they lead the series, 2-1.
UPDATE/ Pre-game buzz GAME 3 10/23/ 9pm PDT More Lincecum; Guthrie and Ish
Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said Tim Lincecum was getting an MRI this afternoon, but added that the pitcher indicated he felt fine. Lincecum, the guy who doesn’t ice is arm, should be ready to be a bullpen weapon on Friday. Bochy said Lincecum has to feel confident about pitching, after his first appearance in 23 days on Wednesday. “I know we do,” added Bochy. “He could play a bigger role now, if he’s healthy.”
When I saw KC starter Jeremy Guthrie, I just knew the guy was at least half-Asian. Sure enough, his mother is Japanese American, born in Hawaii. Guthrie was born in Oregon, and went to BYU and Stanford. He is a fourth generation Japanese American.
He told the Japanese ball players blog that he speaks no Japanese, and has never visited Japan. But his favorite food is Shrimp Tempura. “I feel a strong tie with Japanese culture, but I don’t know why. I feel close to Japanese players,” he said. The blog added that Guthrie “feels there is a sense of “Japaneseness” in him that is different from most Americans.”
The Giants game 5 NLCS hero, Travis Ishikawa, is also a fourth-generation Japanese American.
UPDATE GAME 2 10/22/ 8:45 PM PDT
What a difference a Madbum makes
Without the 25-year old ace, the Giants looked like the Royals did on Tuesday. Ordinary.
They sent out Jake Peavy for Game 2, and Peavy has a thing about the 6th inning in post-season.
He doesn’t get out of it. True to form, he didn’t.
The game seemed to start off like Game 1, with the Giants pouncing. Facing 99 mph fastballs from KC’s Yordano Ventura, the Giants didn’t buckle. Leadoff man Gregor Blanco hit a line drive homer to right for a 1-0 lead.
When the Giants score first this post-season, they’re 5-0.
But Peavy was rocky in the first, as the Royals tied it when Billy Butler singled in Lorenzo Cain.
They went ahead in the 2nd on doubles by Infante and Escobar.
But the Giants came back in the 4th when Brandon Belt doubled in Sandoval.
It was all tied at 2, and then came that 6th inning.
Peavy had retired 10 in a row and looked to have settled in. But after a single to Cain and a walk to Hosmer, Peavy was gone.
Jean Machi came in relief. And true to his poor form of late, Machi gave up a single to Butler, who again delivered an RBI single to put KC ahead 3-2.
Machi left to be replaced by the home-run inducing Hunter Strickland. He began with a double to Salvador Perez, which made the KC lead 5-2.
And then Strickland did what Strickland does. A home run ball to Omar Infante to left, put KC ahead 7-2.
The Giants’ bats were stymied by the KC bullpen.They hit the ball hard, but struck out 6 times and never could mount a rally.
One good news/bad news situation was the appearance in relief of Tim Lincecum, the first time in 23 days he’s seen action. Lincecum came on in the 7th, pitched 1.2 innings and struck out two batters. But he hurt something in his lower body as he delivered a pitch and was forced to leave the game. Still uncertain how serious the injury is and if it will prevent him from future action.
The series now goes back for three games in San Francisco, and if the Giants win Games 3 and 4, they could conceivably close it out in 5 with another start from their ace Bumgarner.
But the Royals showed what they had in Game 2. And they showed how the series can easily come back to Kansas City.
UPDATE on GAME 1 10/21/14 9:45pm pdt
You can’t underestimate the value of game one of the World Series.
The winner of the first game has won 69 of 109 series, including 15 of the last 17.
So the Giants winning 7-1 on Tuesday night gives them a real edge.
This game was over early as the Giants shut up the crowd scoring 3-runs in the first, including a two-run shot by Hunter Pence into the right-centerfield seats.
The Giants bats were alive all night with 10 hits. Pablo Sandoval extended his post-season on-base streak to 24 games, and went ahead of Lou Gehrig into 5th longest of all time.
Lou Gehrig. That’s enough to make you forgive Panda’s physique issues.
But the streak of Bumgarner’s was more impressive. He entered with a record for road shutout innings pitched in the post season, 26.2 innings. He went 6 and 2/3rds more before giving up a home run to Royals catcher Salvador Perez in the 7th.
That’s 33 and 1/3 innings of shutout innings pitched on the road in the post-season.
And MadBum is just 25-years-old.
The only threat from the Royals came in the 3rd when Brandon Crawford’s error, followed by a Moustakas double, and a walk to Cain (in a contentious at bat) loaded the bases. But Madbum struck out two and got the Royal’s slugger Eric Hosmer on a grounder t0 second base. That was it for the Royals.
Game Two on Wednesday puts more pressure on the Royals. They don’t want to go into San Francisco down 2-0.
But the Giants have the momentum now. And Jake Peavy on the hill.
The Royals may have better luck against the Game 3 pitcher, Tim Hudson, whom they beat last August.
If the Giants win Game 4, that sets up a repeat of Game 1—Bumgarner against the world for the series in Game 5.
Tuesday was more than a peek into the future.
UPDATE 10/21/14 1:00 pm pdt
Game one about to start and I’m noticing how the Nation seems to be turning Royal Blue, backing the Cinderella team from Kansas City. Why? They haven’t been there in nearly 30 years and there’s a real sense of underdog entitlement. Like that makes sense in sports? People are all meritocratic and hard ass in sports and then get soft because the team in blue hasn’t been good enough in three decades, let them have a chance?
That’s not how sports is played. Rec league soccer for kids maybe, but this is hardball.
The Giants aren’t really all that great. They are good enough to be great when they have to. That’s the 2014 team. I watched them all year, suffered through June. Got really disgusted with their play late July and early August. But what do you know. They hung in there. Didn’t beat the Dodgers, but made it to be the worst qualified team in the NL.
The Royals were the least qualified on the AL side, and have come on strong in the post-season, but I think the fairy dust runs out in this Wild Series.
If you’re going to go with underdogs, the Giants are the more deserving among dogs. The Royals have a nice team, but I saw them play Oakland in the summer. If the Giants starting pitching is sharp, and the Giants big bats wake up, then this is over in 5.
What people seem to respond to in the Royals is sympathy and nostalgia. The Giants had that a bit in 2010 too. But they were better than the Texas Rangers.
The sympathy vote for the Royals makes them slightly more lovable to some. And that’s the problem the Giants have. They are not villainous by any means. But their lovability factor for some reason seems low.
Doesn’t anyone out there notice those darn Panda hats?
I think the hats and the Panda himself are the key to this series. Pablo Sandoval had that huge 3-home run game in 2012. I was there. I still don’t believe it. But he has it in him. And he’s been fairly quiet with the bat. High average but no pop. I think he’ll be ready to pop this week. It’s his contract year, and he’s motivated. I’m looking for him, Posey, and Pence to make the difference. I won’t say sweep, but it would be nice to get in the full three game set in SF and win it all at AT&T on Sunday the 26th.
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October is Filipino American History month, but then you know why I like to flip it and say "American Filipino." I don't mean to make you get new stationary and business cards, but I want to both honor those born-here. And those who are just here. It's an inclusive, unifying phrase. Because what unites are the transgressions we've all experienced. It's even more frustrating when some of our own people "don't get it," and think I'm picking a fight. I'm not. I'm trying to pick us up to go forward.
See me Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6p. It’s free. Different programs. But all about Filipinos in San Francisco. Part of The Alvarado Project’s “Compositions” exhibit, featuring the photographs of Ricardo Alvarado.
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I’ve been coming to these conventions since the very first one in the 80s. But the “convention” has evolved, as has the media itself. It’s more like a modest, yet big meeting. But still very valuable as it brings together veterans and young people who haven’t given up on journalism as a career, or as a way to make a difference.
The drive for diversity plays some role in that, but the young are less conscious about the civil rights aspect of journalism. Free speech? First Amendment? The new generation hates trolls slightly more than racists. (Sometimes they’re one and the same. But in this digital post-racial world, racism doesn’t quite compute. Until you experience it first hand).
Generational differences in perspective actually make AAJA more interesting. In DC, I said hello to old friends, some who met their spouses at AAJA, had babies while at AAJA. Some have kids who have entered journalism/media/writing.
My personal memory from my years of convention going? It’s not asking Connie Chung a question in an open meeting about her lack of involvement with AAJA. It’s not even our nice chat at the 2010 LA convention when we were both among the “Pioneers.” No, my personal AAJA story is about coming back from an opening night of the first Chicago convention, and then being forced to leave the next day.
I got a call. My mother had died.
AAJA. It’s journalism, life, and death.
These days at conventions, I speak more often to young people than the veterans. (Most of the best ones have retired, or like Dith Pran, have passed on).
In DC, I’ve met with young men and women who are working their way through the path we’ve left.
And with each one, comes a reminder of why we’re all in this game to begin with and why we stay.
We’re all yearning to have a voice.
UPDATES FOR STEPHEN GUILLERMO CASE: The power of a diploma as a symbol of justice, 6/20/14; Today we get a little sense of justice at Stephen’s posthumous graduation ceremony, 6/19/14; Graduation info on Stephen at SFSU, and a cool disco pic of me! 6/13/14; After election day, a silent vigil for Stephen, a month after his shooting; Petitions for justice to be delivered to DA, 6/4; One month after his shooting death, it’s Election Day in California, 6/3/14; Stephen Guillermo is now an SFPD crime stat that decries the PR of low homicide numbers in the city; Updated 5/3/ 11:52 a.m., with confirmation of suspect arrest. UPDATED 5/7/14 SUSPECT RELEASED…UPDATED 5/8, 5/9,5/10, 5/12, 5/13,5/14,5/15 funeral day, 5-17 with info on 5-19 eulogy, 5/20 SF State to give degree, 5/21 DA meets with family,5/23 San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed piece runs as SFSU graduation weekend begins; 6/3 Election day in CA, are you voting for a DA in your county? #justiceforstephen
UPDATE, FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014
Stephen officially is a graduated member of San Francisco State University’s class of 2014.
Thanks to the school, and to the head of the International Relations Department, Dr. Sophie Clavier. When I contacted her in May, graduation was just a few weeks away. But she knew the importance of a posthumous degree and cut through the red-tape to make it all possible.
Fitting that the event was in the Oakes Room, named for Richard Oakes, a Mohawk activist who reclaimed Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay for native peoples and occupied it from 1969-1971. He was instrumental in changing how the U.S. government dealt with Native Americans, and he helped establish Native American studies at SFSU. But the ultimate coincidence is that Oakes was also gunned down in an altercation.
It’s funny how few people know of Oakes today. I wrote about Oakes and Stephen here.
The ceremony began with a little “Pomp and Circumstance.” Stephen should have been able to hear that song and march along. He didn’t get that privilege in life. So we had to play it on our portable speaker. The cousins made some great photo boards, and Stephen’s sister Sharmaine assembled a very touching video tribute.
It was a great event.
But the big deal was the paper. And here it is.
He may not need it where he is now. And yes, the ceremony was as much for the living as it was for Stephen.
But the paper still acknowledges his life was far from wasted. In his short life, he has achieved a great and valuable thing.
And now we are left to wonder what an International Relations degree with his enormous smile and heart could have accomplished.
UPDATE, THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014
The day has come. At 2pm, the posthumous graduation of Stephen Guillermo will take place in the Oakes Multi-Cultural Room in the Chavez Center at San Francisco State, 1600 Holloway in San Francisco.
Check out my column here on the blog of the magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
As I mentioned, Stephen worked too hard for that degree and the dream it represented, to have it taken from him when he was shot to death.
Stephen doesn’t need the degree nor the credits where he is now.
But this, the last of the expected ceremonies—spiritual and secular—is needed by all those who were close to Stephen.
We may not get the justice we want for him. Not now, maybe not ever.
But we did get him his diploma.
Higher ed was the most important goal in his young life, and it turned out to be his ultimate achievement.
It’s got to be worth something even now, if it’s worth anything at all.
The living need to know and affirm that Stephen did not die in vain.
UPDATE, FRIDAY,JUNE 13,2014, 12noon
Stephen will be graduating on June 19th. SF State will grant him a posthumous degree. If you want to attend, email me at email@example.com.
Too many deaths have taken place since Stephen made the news. Seattle? Oregon? Vegas? Santa Barbara? Not one more? #TooMany.
Obama’s statement this week about his frustration is disappointing. When the commander-in-chief can’t tell people to lay down their arms, we’ve got a problem.
Father’s Day coming up. Stephen was a surrogate dad to his younger siblings.
See my Father’s Day tribute at aaldef.org/blog. Includes a cool pic of me during the Disco Days!
UPDATE,WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014, 6AM
SUPPORTERS OF #JUSTICEFORSTEPHEN GUILLERMO WILL HOLD A SILENT VIGIL OUTSIDE THE HALL OF JUSTICE IN in San Francisco at noon.
A petition with more than 1,000 signatures will be presented to the DA, urging his office to continue its investigation that will lead to charges against Stephen’s killer.
A day after the election day, we want our public servants in the District Attorney’s office to know that there are voters out there that are watching this case, and care about justice.
We will also announce the date of Stephen’s graduation from San Francisco State, when he will receive a posthumous degree in International Relations.
TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014, 7am
Today is election day in California, Asian America’s most populous state.
Go ahead. Make my day. Go out and vote.
If you’re voting for a DA, make sure your vote goes to someone who has some guts and courage. One who will put justice above self-interest.
DAs have more discretion than they let on. But they play the percentages, like any politician.
They also tend to seek higher office, and we need to remind them that what can seem like safe decisions now can come back to haunt them tomorrow.
So vote today. Show your strength.
Most people won’t, but this is Democracy’s day. Don’t be silent.
STEPHEN, a month later: We have passed the one month marker since Stephen’s death.
We will hold a silent vigil at the San Francisco Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 4 at lunchtime.
We will also announce the commencement ceremony for Stephen who will be given a posthumous degree from
San Francisco State University.
UPDATE FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014 1PM
Stephen Guillermo would be preparing to graduate had he lived. But SFSU has stepped up and granted his degree in International Relations. The ceremony won’t be this weekend but next.
Now that the school has moved toward academic justice, will the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon?
Read my opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle:
UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 5/21/14 9AM
WE MET WITH THE DA: SF Asst. DA David Merin met with Stephen’s family Tuesday night in San Francisco. I’m not sure it was better than prayer, but it did help us understand where things were in the investigation.
Merin is open minded and is still looking for and at evidence. We want him to take his time.
If you know anything about the case or the people involved, please call the SF DA at 415.553.1751.
UPDATE TUESDAY, 5/20/14 1pm
Stephen was a legal immigrant. But he was undocumented in one respect. He didn’t have his bachelor’s degree. He was to get it from SF State this year in May. Now the International Relations Department has granted him his degree. The first in his immediate family to achieve the goal and a great example to his younger siblings and relatives. Ceremony won’t be this Saturday, but in a special event this summer. Stay tuned. It’s a small bit of justice. Now it’s the San Francisco District Attorney’s turn to value Stephen’s life and bring his killer to justice.
Thanks to all the people who attended my public eulogy for Stephen. If you missed it you can still fill out a survey to help the Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora project find ways to provide philanthropic help to the Philippines.
UPDATE SATURDAY, 5/15/14, 8AM
Stephen’s body was buried, but he is not forgotten.
I will talk about the case and Stephen’s role in the timeline of Filipino history, touching on immigration and the Diaspora. Stephen was part of an historical legacy of injustice that makes his death even more tragic.
Date: Monday, May 19, 6pm
Place: Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter , SF
It’s free. Sponsored by the Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora program.
Even if you can’t make it. Please fill out this survey:
UPDATE THURSDAY, 5/15/14, 7AM
We bury Stephen Guillermo today.
He will be wearing his Giants jersey.
For photos of the wake go to the facebook page at Emil Guillermo Media.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY, 5/14/14, 1PM
THE PHILIPPINE DIASPORA is evident in my family as relatives from Canada and Europe have come for Stephen’s funeral.
At the viewing, I noticed Stephen will be buried in his Giants jersey.
Public viewing is tonight at Duggan’s in Daly City. The funeral is on Thursday.
Still, nothing from the SF District Attorney. The case is still open, but sources say charges against Kachepa are highly unlikely. On Tuesday, I waited over four hours to give a two minute urging to the Board of Supervisors to let the DA know that there is enough to charge Kachepa. Read my piece at www.aaldef.org/blog to see the questions I’ve raised. If Kachepa let in or could see Stephen through the peephole, why couldn’t he simply tell Stephen he had come to the wrong door? Kachepa, a former security guard knew he could use his gun. This law overprotects gun owners, and underprotects the innocents who get killed by accident. As I told the board on Tuesday, why is a Montana DA challenging a similar type “Castle” case, but the DA in liberal San Francisco? He can and should do the right thing. Charge Mr. Kachepa in the death of Stephen Guillermo.
Stephen Guillermo, half the size of Kachepa, unathletic, and ineffective after a night of drinking, simply posed no threat to any reasonable person.
I’LL TALK MORE ABOUT THE CASE, Monday, May 19
I will be speaking about the murder and how it connects to the Philippine Diaspora on Monday, May 19, 6pm at the Philippine Consulate at 447 Sutter in San Francisco.
It’s free, and there will be food. It’s sponsored by the Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora program.
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UPDATE; TUESDAY, 5/13/14, 12 NOON
Thanks to the SF Giants for putting up what essentially is a scoreboard tombstone for my cousin at yesterday’s game. Stephen loved the Giants, and attended the Padre series the week of his murder. He would have been at the Giants’ Filipino Heritage night.
The Giants won, Tim Lincecum struck out 11 and had his best game of the year, and afterwards in the clubhouse expressed his sorrow about Stephen’s murder.
Lincecum, part Filipino is a community hero, and was a favorite of Stephen’s.
Now it’s time for the DA to step up to the plate. How can the DA in Montana challenge the Castle laws in that gun-friendly state , but not in San Francisco?
Let’s hope the DA takes the time to reconsider the matter for the sake of justice.
UPDATE: MONDAY, 5/12/14, 8AM
After a mournful Mother’s Day, the family prepares to bury Stephen.
We hope the SF DA George Gascon will take the time to go over the police investigation and consider charging the released suspect.
We ask that people who support the family send a message to the DAs office at 415.553.1751 and let them know Stephen deserves justice. The shooter needs to explain his action, was deadly force justifiable? Why not let a jury decide?
PUBLIC TALK ABOUT THE CASE: I will be speaking about the case next Monday, May 19, 6pm at the Philippine Consulate of San Francisco. It’s free.
I will be talking about the murder and how it plays into the Philippine Diaspora. Just fill out the survey here to come to the talk. Or just fill out the survey:
UPDATE: SATURDAY, 5/10/14 6AM
THE FAMILY’S MOURNING BEGINS: it has now been a week since the murder of Stephen Guillermo, the San Francisco DA’s Office has been given the file from the SF Police Dept.
A mass will be said Saturday, May 10.
Where: St. Patrick’s Church at 1:30 p.m.
Address: 756 Mission St., San Francisco
Let’s hope that as the family begins its mourning time, the SF District Attorney’s Office will begin to look at the facts in earnest. Since the suspect was already release, the DA has no deadline and can leisurely look at the case. The DA has full discretion. Cases have been charged and convicted on less than what he has. Let’s hope he has the courage to do the right thing for Stephen Guillermo.
UPDATE: FRIDAY, 5/9/14 7AM
SFPD has sent “reinvestigated” file back to SF District Attorney George Gascon, and now DA has a second chance to do the right thing. Let’s hope he considers the witness who indicates this was not a break-in nor home invasion, and that Amisi Kachepa was wrong to use deadly force against a small, unarmed, non-threatening, inebriated Stephen Guillermo who was merely in the wrong apartment.
We are gathering for another lunchtime vigil at 11:30 at the SF Hall of Justice to remind the DA there’s a way to find justice in this senseless tragedy. see www.facebook.com/emilguillermomedia
UPDATE: 5/8/14 go to
UPDATE: 5/7/14 SUSPECT RELEASED? REALLY? Yes.
Hard to believe that in a city that takes a stand on everything from nuclear power to immigration, there is not the political will to take on the gun lobby in a meaningful way. The DA had a time limit of 48 hours, not four days, as I was told originally by a court clerk. And as I tried to speak the truth in two-minutes before the board, I was running out of time. By late afternoon, the police report was going to the board, and by 6pm if the decision was made there would not be enough to charge, the suspect would be let go.
That was DA Gascon’s choice.
Why? There was enough to charge and hold. Now the man is back in the same apartment building where he shot Stephen.
We are outraged. But controlled. We want the justice system to be outraged for us.
Despite our efforts of the family at the Board of Supervisors, it didn’t matter. The standard of the DA was much higher to risk his win/loss record, I guess.
That’s what having zero “political will,” means. I guess he doesn’t think Filipino Americans or Asian Americans vote in San Francisco.
But the family has will. And the fight continues for #justiceforStephen. There will be a vigil at the Hall of Justice today, 850 Bryant around the lunch hour.
We will also be at the Police Commission meeting at SF CITY HALL today at 5:30.
As I said, we are outraged, but controlled. We will raise real questions today.
SFPD Chief Greg Suhr boasted this week about a low homicide rate for the first quarter. Personally, the Guillermo family murder stats in SF are up by an infinite amount
Homicides at an all-time low in the history of San Francisco? Tell that to my family.
My cousin Stephen Guillermo, 26, was gunned down last night in the city.
My relatives tell me, he came home and mistakenly tried to enter the wrong apartment. Stephen lived on the fifth floor. He mistakenly tried to enter the same apartment on the 3rd floor.
The resident of the third floor apartment was armed and is alleged to have shot Stephen, whom he might have mistaken for an intruder.
The older resident apparently felt he needed a gun to live in his urban apartment on Mission and 5th Street.
This is how safe the city is when one only feels secure when armed and dangerous.
That’s the situation that leaves an innocent 26-year old dead.
My cousin, who took the journey my dad had taken 70 years before him, came to San Francisco from the Philippines and was living his American life. Stephan had some time off work and was officially on his “long weekend.” He was planning a mini-road trip. I saw he went to see the Giants this week. I was going to give him my tickets to the next home stand.
I never got to see him again.
Sorry, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr.
Boast all you want about how the city has had just four homicides in the city to date, compared to 12 in the same time last year.
Numbers don’t mean a thing.
Especially on an individual basis. The Guillermo family had no murders last quarter. None last year. None ever. And I’m a native San Franciscan with a long history in the city.
But we had one last night. Do the math. Since you can’t divide by zero, that put our percentage increase at INFINITY.
That’s how ridiculous crime stats are. They don’t tell how safe the city is, nor how safe people feel in the city.
City crime stats surely can’t explain the sad logic of my cousin’s senseless death.
UPDATE 11:52 a.m. 5/3/2014 FROM SFPD:
At approximately 1:40 AM this morning, San Francisco Police responded to an apartment building on the 900 block of Mission Street for a report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located a shooting victim, male 26 years old, in an apartment. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The suspect in this incident was located at the scene, arrested and booked into San Francisco County jail. He is identified as Amisi Sudi Kachepa, 68 years old, San Francisco resident. He was booked into county jail on a homicide charge. His booking photo will not be released at this time
I just got this statement from SFPD–
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE STATEMENT REGARDING HOMICIDE ON THE 900 BLOCK OF MISSION STREET
At approximately 1:40 AM this morning, San Francisco Police responded to an apartment building on the 900 block of Mission Street for a report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and located a shooting victim in an apartment. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. Homicide investigators are actively investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call San Francisco Police.
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