CA response to Boston terror attack mostly measured, muted

April 17, 2013

By Chris Reed

Unlike officials in New York, Washington and some other cities in the Northeast, elected leaders and law-enforcement officials in California took a generally measured and in some cases muted response to Monday’s terrorist attack at the iconic Boston Marathon.

2013-americas-cup-course-sf-acea-0000-1The most specific expressions of alarm and concern came in San Francisco, which hosts the locally popular Bay to Breakers race on May 19 and the America’s Cup international sailing competition this summer and fall. Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr vowed to closely review security plans for the events and make sure they were strong. Suhr even compared his level of wariness over what the future might hold to where it was on Sept. 12, 2001, the day after the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history.

In Sacramento, organizers of popular running events such as the California International Marathon and the Komen Race for the Cure reviewed security plans. Marathon director John Mansoor told the Sacramento Bee that what happened in Boston had sent a “shock wave through the running world.”  Mansoor spoke of the difficulty of securing an entire 26-mile marathon route, as opposed to just a race’s start and finish lines.

Upgrades at major events, or no changes at all

Elsewhere in the Golden State, the rhetoric was much more muted.

In Oakland, police said they would have an increased presence in coming days at Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors games.

In Los Angeles, police officials announced plans for higher-profile security at major events, such as Dodgers games. Airport police confirmed that security had been increased at the Los Angeles, Van Nuys and Ontario airports, which are all under the control of the city of Los Angeles. LAX was the site of a domestic terrorism incident on July 4, 2002, that is rarely mentioned in overviews of homegrown terror.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said that events that draw large crowds, starting with but not limited to sporting and entertainment events, would have additional deputies on hand.

In San Diego, officials didn’t disclose any additional security measures. The San Diego police union, however, warned on Twitter of a phone scam called “Donations for the Boston Explosion.”

The Eureka Times-Standard said Humboldt County law enforcement authorities had taken no additional security steps beyond calling for “vigilance.”


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  1. Brown delta trout
    Brown delta trout 18 April, 2013, 08:36

    Nothing to say really. Terrible event reminiscent of the middle east not America. How are you going to secure every square yard of America?

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 18 April, 2013, 08:58

    I feel so much safer after spending a trillion dollars fighting wars in Afganistan and Iraq so we won’t have to fight them here.
    I feel so much safer after the TSA was put in charge of security at our airports. They are doing a bang up job stealing our stuff, molesting 5yo girls and disabled kids and looking into the diapers of 90 yo ladies from Lake Wobegon Mn.

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  3. Ted
    Ted "Eddy Baby" Steele, Associate Prof. 18 April, 2013, 10:41

    Poor Honda—- she thinks the TSA is the problem! LMAO! Maybe we should just let everybody carry guns on planes—-best shot wins…….I LOVE CWD!

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  4. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 18 April, 2013, 13:51

    What kind of “response” would Chris like? Maybe we should go out a string up a few Muslims, especially since Hondo is certain that they were responsible for Boston. Does the name Timothy McVeigh strike a familiar note?

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  5. Hondo
    Hondo 18 April, 2013, 14:23

    Does the name Bill Ayers ring a bell. The un-apologetic terrorist and his convicted terrorist wife Bernadette Dorn. Bill recently admitted that he hosted a fund raiser for our current president.
    And how about the most violent political organization in Amerikas history, the Occupy movement. There have been a couple bomb arrests of Occupy terrorist. Along with the highest number of rapes of any organization on earth. They are a raping machine. Lets not forget about the murder and hate crime robbery in Oakland, the pimping of an underaged girl in the Boston area, one of there’s shot up the white house trying to kill Obama, defecating in public and on police cars, rampant drug and alcohol use.
    Lets compare that to the Tea party where not one crime has been reported at any of their events.

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  6. Brown delta trout
    Brown delta trout 18 April, 2013, 14:25

    Wasn’t McVeigh a government employee?

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  7. stolson
    stolson 19 April, 2013, 11:59

    suicide bombers can go undetected in lines and can do a lot of damage. They are from disadvantaged homes from ME, lower level young kids under age of 20, mentally retarded types forced into this, unattached adolescent girls etc. The ones who sponsor them are the wealthy jihadists and rulers etc, who enjoy life. They often pay these families for the death of the suicide bomber.
    Protection here needs good spotters too. I don’t know if we know how to protect people at main events, hospitals, sporting events, shopping malls yet–maybe trying to drill into us anything suspicious needs reporting asap, and be very aware of your surroundings.

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