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Mirkarimi takes the oath

January 8, 2012
The room was packed for the inauguration of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and for the most part, the crowd wasn’t talking about what Mirkarimi referred...

The unlikely sheriff

Michael Hennessy has battled through controversies and cop culture to create the most progressive Sheriff's Department in the nation

Progressives split on bag ban, ex-cons

December 8, 2011
A couple of interesting votes at the Board of Supes Dec. 6. Sup. Ross Mirkarimi lost two pieces of legislation -- a mandate that...

Mirkarimi vs. the conservatives

The sheriff candidate takes on criminal rehab issues, despite the critics

Editorial: Mirkarimi vs. the conservatives in the sheriff’s race

October 25, 2011
The Chronicle, Examiner and Mirkarimi's  conservative opponents promptly pounced on Mirkarimi's proposal to give a tax break to businesses to hire ex-convicts as a...

Editorial: Mirkarimi vs. the conservatives in the sheriff’s race

October 25, 2011
The Chronicle, Examiner and Mirkarimi's  conservative opponents promptly pouned on Mirkarimi's proposal to give a tax break to businesses to hire ex-convicts as a...

Endorsements 2011

Avalos for mayor. Mirkarimi for sheriff. Onek for district attorney. Yes on C, No on D, E, and F ... complete endorsements for the San Francisco election

Endorsement interviews: Bill Fazio

September 19, 2011
Bill Fazio has been both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer -- most recently working on the defense side -- and his views on...

Endorsement interviews: David Onek

September 16, 2011
David Onek has been running for district attorney pretty much since former D.A. Kamala Harris announced she was seeking the office of attorney general....

The real Leland Yee

The one-time conservative supervisor is gaining broad progressive support. But who is Leland Yee, really?

Alerts

August 2, 2011
alert@sfbg.com WEDNESDAY 3District Attorney Debate San Francisco district attorney candidates Sharmin Bock, David Onek and George Gascón will discuss civil rights and criminal justice...

Guns and necessity

July 11, 2011
The Public Defender's Office is getting a lot of press for its trial victory in the case of Johnny Stone. And as a big fan...

Politicians have a limited time offer for you

As politicians push to maximize their campaign contributions before the semi-annual reporting deadline of tonight (Thu/30) at midnight – a big measure of the...

On the hook

SFPD's expensive war on small-time druggies

Candidates land punches in first D.A. debate

June 16, 2011
District Attorney and former SFPD Chief George Gascón, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock, and former San Francisco Police Commissioner David Onek all...

Waggoner for Police Commission

Despite reforms, we have a Police Department that is struggling to overcome credibility and morale problems

Fatal stance

As the D.A.'s race heats up, the death penalty emerges as a big issue

Perception of lost integrity costs police

Reporting by Sarah Phelan. Photograhy by Luke Thomas.At the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office’s May 18 Justice Summit, the ethics of law enforcement were...

Finally, a prosecutor leaps into D.A.’s race

From the moment I walked into Sharman Bock’s District Attorney campaign launch and saw the roomful of “signs proclaiming, "A prosecutor for District Attorney", I realized...

Ross for boss (of the sheriff’s department)

City Hall’s steps were awash in multi-lingual black and yellow “Ross Mirkarimi for Sherrif” signs at noon today, as Mirkarimi supporters watched Sheriff Mike...

Mirkarimi running for sheriff

Hennessey's pick for his successor

Wicked, man

Twenty years of Full Moon madness with the Wicked party crew

Alerts

March 29, 2011
  ALERTS By Jackie Andrews alert@sfbg.comWEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 Benefit for Fire and Ink Help raise money for Fire and Ink, the Bay Area's foremost advocate for LGBT...

Accusations against SFPD officers impact D.A.’s race

March 4, 2011
The decision by San Francisco prosecutors to drop a drug case that involved four of six plainclothes officers currently under investigation for illegally raiding...