I was at a meeting recently between the SFPD public relations office, and the press.

Among the issues covered: there is apparently an SFPD-issued parking pass for the press, in which those press willing to fill out enough forms can park at meters for free IF AND ONLY IF there is an actual crime that the reporter is covering right that instant.

Shockingly, this pass is perhaps being abused by members of the journalistic profession. With a staff of primarily bicycle reporters (the Mission is so small that biking to the scene of the crime/fire/craft show is actually faster than driving) we fortunately do not have to subject ourselves these ethical quandaries.

On the way out, I took the stairs. And between two flights of stairs, I found a stairmaster. Whoop! The stairwell now has the power of never ending! Infinite stairwell!

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Heather Smith covers a beat that spans health, food, and the environment, as well as shootings, stabbings, various small fires, and shouting matches at public meetings. She is a 2007 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a contributor to the book Infinite City.

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