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More time, same crime

Decades after crack cocaine "epidemic," bill aims for parity between crack and powder cocaine sentencing

Alternative event to National Night Out shifts focus away from surveillance

August 5, 2014
Aug. 5 marks National Night Out, an annual event promoted by local governments and law enforcement agencies geared toward ending neighborhood violence and promoting...

Is the SF District Attorney’s Office biased against cyclists?

There’s been much discussion over the last year about whether police and prosecutors in San Francisco are biased against bicyclists. And while...

Claim filed over SFPD shooting of Alejandro Nieto

April 15, 2014
The family of Alejandro Nieto, the 28-year-old City College student and community activist who was gunned down by the San Francisco Police Department March...

Avalos: Should SFPD officers wear body mounted cameras?

April 9, 2014
The fatal shooting of Alejandro Nieto, a man who possessed a Taser that was mistaken for a firearm who was killed in Bernal Heights...

Feds indict SFPD cops, alleging a drug ring and shakedowns of the poor

February 27, 2014
Federal grand juries today indicted four San Francisco Police Department officers, an SFPD sergeant, and a former SFPD officer on a variety of corruption,...

Granny slap

San Francisco landlords targeted for elder abuse

San Francisco landlords targeted for elder abuse

February 5, 2014
Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka “Tiny,” led a press conference outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice Feb. 5 to announce that she and fellow activists...

Is the new iPhone fingerprint reader hacked yet?

September 23, 2013
Apparently, the answer is yes. Wired is reporting that a German hacker with the European organization Chaos Computer Club has found a way to...

Tragedies remind us to pay attention and share the roads

August 15, 2013
A pair of tragic news items involving bicyclists in San Francisco — one cyclist a victim, another a perpetrator — illustrates the need for...

Changing the metaphor

How I went from a Three Strikes lifer to participant in California's criminal justice reform movement

Check, please

Top San Francisco restaurants facing exposure over health surcharge

DA’s office makeover may have skirted the rules

April 1, 2013
In a San Francisco Chronicle article published March 31, District Attorney George Gascon was quoted as saying he would not “even bother to defend”...

Gascon, Adachi and conviction rates

January 8, 2013
Public Defender Jeff Adachi just released his annual report, and it's impressive: According to the statistic his office complied, of the 60 felony trials...

Gascon skips valuable reform panel

November 14, 2012
District Attorney George Gascon didn't show up for the town hall meeting that Sen. Mark Leno held on criminal justice reform last night. Gascon...

Gascón’s challenge to Mirkarimi belies his own official shortcomings

October 11, 2012
The backlash against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's reinstatement by those who oppose him has often been biting and bitter – an indicator that coming together...

Obama’s appeal to SF’s divided Left draws mixed reactions

September 7, 2012
President Barack Obama has a divided political base, as local Democrats who showed up at the Laborers Local 261 hall last night to hear...

Perspective and proportion

As the Ethics Commission finishes taking testimony in Mirkarimi inquiry, the evidence on most charges seems increasingly thin

Gascon comments on Lee perjury allegations

July 9, 2012
Luke Thomas from Fog City Journal showed up at a press conference District Attorney George Gascon was holding on another topic, and threw in...

If Mayor Lee lied

July 6, 2012
What’s going to happen to Mayor Ed Lee?That’s the big question after a series of news reports have suggested that the mayor was less-than...

Perjury allegations against Lee gain more support

San Francisco Democratic Party Chair Aaron Peskin has confirmed his role in extending a city job offer from Mayor Ed Lee to Sheriff Ross...

Supervisors dominate DCCC race, but key newbies join them

“I just stopped by on my way to finish campaigning,” Sup. David  Campos told me at the Bike Coalition’s 20th Annual Golden Wheel Awards...

Ethics Commission opens the long and complex case against Mirkarimi

Tonight’s first Ethics Commission hearing on the procedures and standards that will govern the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi showed just...