I’ve been seeing some blog posts (here, and here) about Guardian Angel activity in the Mission District, and was wondering what the deal is with these guys. What, exactly, does their chapter do?

I called Jerry Longoria, Chapter Leader for the San Francisco Guardian Angels, to see if he could give me some insight into the actions of his beret-wearing troops. Our conversation started off on a positive note as Longoria enthusiastically described the day-to-day work of the Angels, who are all volunteers: “We patrol. We walk on foot, as a team, fighting crime and violence in certain neighborhoods like the Mission, Tenderloin, and Haight Ashbury.” He also told me that “Neighbors know who we are, different countries know who we are, because we stand for the good. In that way, we keep neighborhoods safe.”

“So, what do you do, exactly, when you patrol?” I asked.

“We’re trained, skilled, organized,” Longoria told me. “We take calls, have an office, organize a team, walk the streets, and clean up the area.”

“Well, what do you do… exactly… to clean up the area?” I tried.

“We stand for people who can’t help themselves,” Longoria said.

“But … how?” I asked.

Longoria told me they make citizen arrests. I got excited, and asked for more details. The last arrest took place six months ago, when they found a teenager rolling a joint on the street.

“So… in the past six months.. what else have you done?”

This went on for awhile longer, in the vein of a Monty Python skit, until I brought up the Mission Mission and SFist blog posts and told Longoria that I was asking because many of the people his chapter strives to protect do not understand how, exactly, they are being protected.

“Well, we have limitations. We can’t be everywhere at once.” Longoria said, after angrily accusing me of trying to write “negative press.”

“So, would you say that it’s your presence itself that makes people feel safe?” I finally tried.

“I guess that’s what you want me to say,” said Longoria, “But there’s really a lot more to it than that. It would take me over two hours to fully explain. It’s too hard over the phone.”

If any readers really want me to go down to Longoria’s office and spend over two hours learning what the Guardian Angels do when they patrol, by all means, let me know. But you better buy me a few drinks after.

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  • Wil

    Uh… of course we want to know more. Maybe you could go on patrol with them. I would totally buy you a beer for that. Or a joint. But then you’d probably get citizen-arrested.

  • Wil

    Uh… of course we want to know more. Maybe you could go on patrol with them. I would totally buy you a beer for that. Or a joint. But then you’d probably get citizen-arrested.

  • TheGreatFrank

    All the GA do, is be a cash cow for Degenerate liar and media shyster Curtis Sliwa! they are a pathetic bunch of idiots, ignoramuses, and just plain losers! They think that everyone falls for Sliwa’s conjob like they do. What do they do? Beg for money like Moonies for Sliwa. they are a bunch of cowards who don’t have the guts to take on any gangs, but instead look for people that they can intimidate and then claim that they’re “fighting crime”. Don’t fall for their double talk, or the lies put out by Sliwa. It’s all talking points!

  • TheGreatFrank

    All the GA do, is be a cash cow for Degenerate liar and media shyster Curtis Sliwa! they are a pathetic bunch of idiots, ignoramuses, and just plain losers! They think that everyone falls for Sliwa’s conjob like they do. What do they do? Beg for money like Moonies for Sliwa. they are a bunch of cowards who don’t have the guts to take on any gangs, but instead look for people that they can intimidate and then claim that they’re “fighting crime”. Don’t fall for their double talk, or the lies put out by Sliwa. It’s all talking points!

  • cedichou

    Oh yes, we do want you to spend two hours with the guy. Sounds like fun!

  • cedichou

    Oh yes, we do want you to spend two hours with the guy. Sounds like fun!

  • Draco

    Longoreia may not have articulated properly, but the Angels are visual deterrents like security officers. What do security officers do? They walk around or stand around watching, observing, helping people, answer questions, give people directions, and occasionally call the police when they witness a crime or intervene themselves. The Angels however go a step further to improve public safety. They do recon, gather intelligence by talking to people on the streets, shop owners. They are encouraged to be open and friendly on the streets not only to help the public know who they are and what they do, but to build relationships in the community. It’s like what the military is doing in Afghanistan. They don’t just patrol and act tough, they talk with people in the community to communicate why they are there, gather intelligence, build trust and relationships. They attend community meetings. You may not think a group of uniforms do much in a neighborhood, but just ask a criminal would they rather have these guys around or not. If I’m a criminal and I see a security guard at a parking garage, I’m not going to go around that parking garage trying to break into cars. Same deal with Angels. You see them, you’re not going to go mug someone in front of them, and if you see them regularly, you leave the area and go where you don’t see any security presence.

  • Draco

    Longoreia may not have articulated properly, but the Angels are visual deterrents like security officers. What do security officers do? They walk around or stand around watching, observing, helping people, answer questions, give people directions, and occasionally call the police when they witness a crime or intervene themselves. The Angels however go a step further to improve public safety. They do recon, gather intelligence by talking to people on the streets, shop owners. They are encouraged to be open and friendly on the streets not only to help the public know who they are and what they do, but to build relationships in the community. It’s like what the military is doing in Afghanistan. They don’t just patrol and act tough, they talk with people in the community to communicate why they are there, gather intelligence, build trust and relationships. They attend community meetings. You may not think a group of uniforms do much in a neighborhood, but just ask a criminal would they rather have these guys around or not. If I’m a criminal and I see a security guard at a parking garage, I’m not going to go around that parking garage trying to break into cars. Same deal with Angels. You see them, you’re not going to go mug someone in front of them, and if you see them regularly, you leave the area and go where you don’t see any security presence.

  • Draco

    Lastly, the one thing they DON’T DO is go popping rounds into the back of a dude handcuffed and lying on his face. What’s their crime? They’re an eye sore for weirdo xenophobe fashion police who don’t like red berets. Well get over it. Why don’t you just pass a law banning people standing around in red berets. Pass a law against anyone who offends your narrow, uptight fashion sensibilities. You’d think of all places, San Francisco there’d be a little f n tolerance!

  • Draco

    Lastly, the one thing they DON’T DO is go popping rounds into the back of a dude handcuffed and lying on his face. What’s their crime? They’re an eye sore for weirdo xenophobe fashion police who don’t like red berets. Well get over it. Why don’t you just pass a law banning people standing around in red berets. Pass a law against anyone who offends your narrow, uptight fashion sensibilities. You’d think of all places, San Francisco there’d be a little f n tolerance!

  • TheGreatFrank

    What do they do? Well to losers like “Draco”they have been so brainwashed and psycotic that they believe their own phantasies. They are a crime deterrent. When criminals see them in their stupid comic book clown outfits they laugh themselves to death! This idiot compares what they do to Afghanistan? Are you kidding us? That should prove to you how sick these losers really are! Hey, ever notice that they’ll never take on the Crips? Why not go to their turf wearing your red berets? Scared? You bet! I’ve seen how firsthand here in NYC, when challenged by a real gang, not some pothead rolling a joint, they ran like hell! They were like a bunch of scared rabbits when confronted by real criminals. They made the Road Runner look slow! They do “recon”, “gather intelligence”, “go to community meetings”, hmmm, sound like the Gestapo! If a criminal sees them, he knows that he’s facing a bunch of pathetic losers who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, and if they did touch him, he’d have a nice law suit! So to answer the question: “What do they do”? The answer is make money for Sliwa and pretend to do something. In other words, NOTHING!

  • TheGreatFrank

    What do they do? Well to losers like “Draco”they have been so brainwashed and psycotic that they believe their own phantasies. They are a crime deterrent. When criminals see them in their stupid comic book clown outfits they laugh themselves to death! This idiot compares what they do to Afghanistan? Are you kidding us? That should prove to you how sick these losers really are! Hey, ever notice that they’ll never take on the Crips? Why not go to their turf wearing your red berets? Scared? You bet! I’ve seen how firsthand here in NYC, when challenged by a real gang, not some pothead rolling a joint, they ran like hell! They were like a bunch of scared rabbits when confronted by real criminals. They made the Road Runner look slow! They do “recon”, “gather intelligence”, “go to community meetings”, hmmm, sound like the Gestapo! If a criminal sees them, he knows that he’s facing a bunch of pathetic losers who couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, and if they did touch him, he’d have a nice law suit! So to answer the question: “What do they do”? The answer is make money for Sliwa and pretend to do something. In other words, NOTHING!

  • TheGreatFrank

    Hey, Draco, if you compare your pathetic bunch of losers to what the Army is doing in Afghanistan, why don’t you enlist and go there and really save some lives? No, you rather b.s. the gullible and ignorant into thinking that you’re “doing something”. The only thing you’re doing is streetwalking for Sliwa, who is really just your pimp. He sits back and collects the money that you beg for. How much do you get from store owners? Do you offer “protection” for a small “donation”? How can you idiots gather “intelligence” when you have no “intelligence” of your own?

  • TheGreatFrank

    Hey, Draco, if you compare your pathetic bunch of losers to what the Army is doing in Afghanistan, why don’t you enlist and go there and really save some lives? No, you rather b.s. the gullible and ignorant into thinking that you’re “doing something”. The only thing you’re doing is streetwalking for Sliwa, who is really just your pimp. He sits back and collects the money that you beg for. How much do you get from store owners? Do you offer “protection” for a small “donation”? How can you idiots gather “intelligence” when you have no “intelligence” of your own?

  • variable455

    let me save you all 2 hours.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardian_Angels

    http://www.guardianangels.org/

    @Frank. whatever. they’re a 501c.. it’s illegal for them to make money because of their tax status.

  • variable455

    let me save you all 2 hours.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardian_Angels

    http://www.guardianangels.org/

    @Frank. whatever. they’re a 501c.. it’s illegal for them to make money because of their tax status.

  • Draco

    I love debating Franko de Queeno, maybe because like him I don’t have much of a life. Anyhow, a little background on this dude, he’s a conservative radio host who seems to have a serious personal vendetta against Sliwa or perhaps is trying to steal listeners from Sliwa and compete against him. He googles the Internet for articles on the Angels like me and then bashes them. It doesn’t matter if they’re in Japan, San Francisco, Missouri, he goes after all Angels to undermine Sliwa. It’s a free country, but this isn’t objective criticism but a personal vendetta against one man he takes out on all Angel volunteers. He paints all of them with one brush stroke generalization as brainwashed idiots and losers. These are people who give up their free time and risk their lives to basically do neighborhood watch patrols for their communities, and agree with them or not, they are not braindead losers blindly following Sliwa. That’s like calling all Americans braindead losers for being American since you don’t like Obama. Franko’s vitriol borders on psychotic if not pure character assassination. Whatever petty grievance he has against Sliwa, he’s afraid to admit or say. Did he get in a heated argument with Sliwa and Sliwa made fun of him on air or something? Instead, he cowardly trashes the whole Angels organization in every possible article posted on the Internet. Nice dude.

  • Draco

    I love debating Franko de Queeno, maybe because like him I don’t have much of a life. Anyhow, a little background on this dude, he’s a conservative radio host who seems to have a serious personal vendetta against Sliwa or perhaps is trying to steal listeners from Sliwa and compete against him. He googles the Internet for articles on the Angels like me and then bashes them. It doesn’t matter if they’re in Japan, San Francisco, Missouri, he goes after all Angels to undermine Sliwa. It’s a free country, but this isn’t objective criticism but a personal vendetta against one man he takes out on all Angel volunteers. He paints all of them with one brush stroke generalization as brainwashed idiots and losers. These are people who give up their free time and risk their lives to basically do neighborhood watch patrols for their communities, and agree with them or not, they are not braindead losers blindly following Sliwa. That’s like calling all Americans braindead losers for being American since you don’t like Obama. Franko’s vitriol borders on psychotic if not pure character assassination. Whatever petty grievance he has against Sliwa, he’s afraid to admit or say. Did he get in a heated argument with Sliwa and Sliwa made fun of him on air or something? Instead, he cowardly trashes the whole Angels organization in every possible article posted on the Internet. Nice dude.

  • TheGreatFrank

    Notice when someone who has the facts on their furher criticizes him, they revert to the same stale talking points. “Vendetta, character assassination, ect”. But never ask a Sliwa stooge to allow the facts to get in the way of their worship of their furher. You see, they’re so used to people believeing their lies that they can’t think that someone doesn’t and has legitimate criticism of their furher. Hey, jerk, he admitted to lying to the cops SIX times, at least, when he filed false police reports. Is it untrue that his chapters have opened and closed faster than a ten dollar whorehouse raided by the cops? I don’t have to “steal” listeners from him, people listen to http://www.therightpersepective.org because it a program that at least doesn’t lie like Sliwa. All he does is hawk his “achievements” from the microphone. That’s because he wants continual publicity, like a junkie wants heroin. He has his stooges who strut around and want the same thing! Do REAL heroes like our servicemen tout their REAL accomplishments? Do they make a living off of telling fake stories? Do they endorse products to make a buck? Do they get speaking fees like the degenerate liar and media shyster Sliwa? Look at how he attacks Jr.Gotti’s family. But how come he doesn’t say that his sister co founded his group? Or that she’s a fortune telller? And how come he doesn’t say that he stole the GA from two brothers? Or that the Cyberangels sued him successfully in court because he stole it from them? You see, you’d like it if everyone was as stupid and gullible as you. But on http://www.therightperspective.org you can hear the interviews. Sliwa wouldn’t dare to come on repudiate them,because they’re true! Oh, and what about the Vietnam Vet that he tried to get fired from his job because he criticized him with faxes back in 1991? You’d really be better off in Cuba or N.Korea because the people there worship the dictators. Like them, you’re just a stooge. You make the Moonies look normal!

  • TheGreatFrank

    Notice when someone who has the facts on their furher criticizes him, they revert to the same stale talking points. “Vendetta, character assassination, ect”. But never ask a Sliwa stooge to allow the facts to get in the way of their worship of their furher. You see, they’re so used to people believeing their lies that they can’t think that someone doesn’t and has legitimate criticism of their furher. Hey, jerk, he admitted to lying to the cops SIX times, at least, when he filed false police reports. Is it untrue that his chapters have opened and closed faster than a ten dollar whorehouse raided by the cops? I don’t have to “steal” listeners from him, people listen to http://www.therightpersepective.org because it a program that at least doesn’t lie like Sliwa. All he does is hawk his “achievements” from the microphone. That’s because he wants continual publicity, like a junkie wants heroin. He has his stooges who strut around and want the same thing! Do REAL heroes like our servicemen tout their REAL accomplishments? Do they make a living off of telling fake stories? Do they endorse products to make a buck? Do they get speaking fees like the degenerate liar and media shyster Sliwa? Look at how he attacks Jr.Gotti’s family. But how come he doesn’t say that his sister co founded his group? Or that she’s a fortune telller? And how come he doesn’t say that he stole the GA from two brothers? Or that the Cyberangels sued him successfully in court because he stole it from them? You see, you’d like it if everyone was as stupid and gullible as you. But on http://www.therightperspective.org you can hear the interviews. Sliwa wouldn’t dare to come on repudiate them,because they’re true! Oh, and what about the Vietnam Vet that he tried to get fired from his job because he criticized him with faxes back in 1991? You’d really be better off in Cuba or N.Korea because the people there worship the dictators. Like them, you’re just a stooge. You make the Moonies look normal!

  • TheGreatFrank

    If it’s illegal for the GA to make money off of the name, then how does Sliwa use their name in commercials? How come the money he gets for speaking fees doesn’t all go to the GA? How can he back a political candidate like Guilian when he ran for mayor? Get the facts straight! He’s a media shyster and degenerate liar!

  • TheGreatFrank

    If it’s illegal for the GA to make money off of the name, then how does Sliwa use their name in commercials? How come the money he gets for speaking fees doesn’t all go to the GA? How can he back a political candidate like Guilian when he ran for mayor? Get the facts straight! He’s a media shyster and degenerate liar!

  • bunnyland

    Please DO spend that two hours. The question was “What Do The Guardian Angels Actually Do?” not, “Would you please call the Guardian Angels?”

    And TheGreatFrank and Draco, get a room.

  • bunnyland

    Please DO spend that two hours. The question was “What Do The Guardian Angels Actually Do?” not, “Would you please call the Guardian Angels?”

    And TheGreatFrank and Draco, get a room.