San Francisco’s Street-Cleaning Trucks Overloaded, Unsecured

By Bigad Shaban, Robert Campos, and Tony Rutanashoodech – nbcbayarea – excerpt (includes video)

Following an NBC Bay Area investigation, the state agency responsible for investigating workplace hazards, Cal/OSHA, has launched its own probe into potential safety violations inside the San Francisco Public Works Department..

San Francisco’s process for routinely hauling away garbage is inefficient and dangerous, according to whistleblowers, who spoke to the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. Their concerns come amid a months-long NBC Bay Area investigation, which revealed serious safety violations inside the city’s embattled street cleaning program, including a failure to properly secure loads when transporting garbage across town to the dump. While it’s unclear how long San Francisco Public Works has potentially been breaking state safety laws, violations may date back at least several years.. (more)


SFMTA employee accused of selling guns to FBI, son killed in 1994 shooting

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Star quarterback. Future Recreation and Park Department director. Hometown hero.

Sululagi Palega Jr. was all those things until he was shot and killed in Modesto in 1994. The Portola Recreation Center was later renamed the Palega Recreation Center in honor of his life…

Nearly 21 years after his son was shot and killed, court filings from the attorneys of gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow allege Palega Sr. sold a gun to an undercover FBI agent and promised to sell more guns in the future.

Palega is the manager of the Muni Transit Assistance Program for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency…

Palega could not be reached for comment. SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said Palega is “currently on leave for matters that have nothing to do with this.”

The Muni Transit Assistance Program “provides community-based staff to ride transit lines with high incidences of graffiti and juvenile disturbances, to assist with enforcement,” according to the SFMTA.

MTAP also works with junior high and high schools. When asked if Palega worked directly with children while managing MTAP, Rose said, “He managed it. The transit assistants are the ones who ride the vehicles.”… (more)