In San Francisco, up to three bikes are stolen each hour – egad! This thievery has led to citizen innovation, including a map that visualizes where bikes are reported stolen and “bait bike” stickers that trick thieves into thinking a GPS chip is installed to allow police to immediately start tracking the stolen bike.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/san-francisco-lawmaker-wants-curb-rampant-bike-thefts: San Francisco lawmaker wants to curb rampant bike thefts
http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/As-bicycling-rises-in-popularity-so-does-theft-4673557.php: As bicycling rises in popularity, so does theft
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-bike-registry-taking-shape-in-effort-to-curb-bike-thefts/Content?oid=2515352: S.F. bike registry taking shape in effort to curb bike thefts
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/san-francisco-expected-to-set-goal-of-reducing-bike-thefts-by-50-percent-in-5-years/Content?oid=2583105: San Francisco expected to set goal of reducing bike thefts by 50 percent in 5 years
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-bike-registry-launching-as-police-ramp-up-anti-theft-efforts/Content?oid=2703890: SF bike registry launching as police ramp up anti-theft efforts
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-As-bike-thefts-rise-registration-program-5240835.php: S.F: As bike thefts rise, registration program gears up
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/unclaimed-bikes-could-be-required-to-be-used-for-youth-repair-program/Content?oid=2712763: Unclaimed bikes could be required to be used for youth repair program
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/fighting-sfs-mobile-bicycle-chop-shops/Content?oid=2816129 : Fighting S.F.’s mobile bicycle chop shops
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bike-theft-map-pinpoints-problem-hotspots/Content?oid=2817765: Bike theft map pinpoints problem hotspots
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/06/09/san-francisco-police-use-gps-to-catch-bike-theives/: San Francisco Police Use GPS To Catch Bike Thieves
Transgender individuals in the Mission have been getting attacked and that is not cool. Although, do you really need me to tell you that hate crimes are not cool? It’s kind of like saying “the state of affairs in Cite Soleil, Haiti are not cool.” I mean, duh.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Cecilia-Chung-transgender-health-advocate-4189493.php: Cecilia Chung, transgender health advocate
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/03/san-francisco-transgender-community-reports-uptick-targeted-violence: San Francisco transgender community reports uptick in targeted violence
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/05/recent-violence-increases-focus-protecting-san-francisco-transgender-community: Recent violence increases focus on protecting San Francisco transgender community
A state bill that would turn all felony drug possession sentences into misdemeanors is receiving support from San Francisco officials. Chief among them being District Attorney George Gascon, who has publicly backed Sen. Mark Leno’s piece of legislation.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/state-bill-soften-drug-sentences-backed-sf-officials: State bill to soften drug sentences backed by SF officials
Crime as a whole is down on Muni (yay!), but larceny rates on Muni are up (notsoyay!). In reaction to the rise in mostly mobile device related crime, Muni has started a public service campaign that reminds passengers that people still get mugged, and those who flash $600 devices are even more likely to get mugged.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2012/03/muni-reminds-passengers-stay-alert-avoid-crime: Muni reminds passengers to stay alert to avoid crime
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/14/BA4K1NK6EL.DTL: City Insider: Muni posters' goal: Decrease phone, tablet thefts
City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/19/MN3H1N7KU0.DTL&ao=2: S.F. getting it right on domestic violence
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/10/domestic-violence-other-issues-roil-city-hall: Domestic violence, other issues roil City Hall
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/SF-domestic-violence-policy-on-fast-track-3951365.php: City Insider: SF domestic-violence policy on fast track
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/18-000-youth-sign-up-for-free-Muni-pass-4261349.php: City Insider: 18,000 youth sign up for free Muni pass
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/da-event-highlights-battle-against-domestic-violence/Content?oid=2616989: DA event highlights battle against domestic violence
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/one-billion-rising-to-promote-justice-for-domestic-violence-victims/Content?oid=2697805: 'One Billion Rising' to promote justice
…because just like potato chips, they’re addictive. I’ve sat on this until Saturday, because I didn’t want to kill several days of productivity by posting this on a Tuesday. But GOOD LUCK – it’s harder than it looks, it’s intriguing, it makes you want to know more about What Happened, and, as a bonus, you get to confront your own deep-seated prejudices. (And you get to feel lucky that you’re not these people.) Enjoy your Saturday!
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/time-waster/match-assault-arrestee-their-alleged-weapon-3: Friday Photo Fun Game
Felony charges have been made against six current and former SFUSD employees for the misuse of $15 million in grant funding. These charges include grand theft, falsifying documents, perjury, and forgery for wrongfully diverting funds. News sources reporting the incident reveal where the $15 million went, who benefited, and what lies ahead for the accused.
http://www.baycitizen.org/education/story/after-scandal-sf-schools-chief-vows/: After Scandal, SF Schools Chief Vows Reform
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2013/02/01/richard-carranza-tackles-sf-school.html: Richard Carranza tackles S.F. school challenges
http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/6-charged-with-stealing-SF-school-funds-4515540.php: 6 charged with stealing SF school funds
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2013/05/sf-schools-officials-accused-embezzlement-and-fraud: S.F. schools officials accused of embezzlement and fraud
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2013/05/_district_attorney_george_gasc_1.php: San Francisco School Employees Charged With Embezzling $15 Million of Your Money
Seems that crimes against the people who live in our parks aren’t reporting when they get the &#^@ kicked out of them by jackasses, which means that Supes are quizzing cops about how bad the problem really is. It would be swell if there was a bed for everyone, yes? And it would be additionally swell if everyone was willing to go sleep in that bed, yes? Ahhhhhh, you fabulous, intractable urban ills – how we all so respect you and tip our caps to your intransigence and persistence…
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2010/12/park-crime-goes-unreported: Park crime goes unreported
The Examiner points out that CSI: Butte Falls and Fringe and Hill Street Blues all your other crime shows usually show that lab techs can turn results around in minutes – but the real-life counterpart sometimes drags on a while. Supervisor Alioto-Pier wants to mandate rules for quickly producing DNA testing results, and her legislation will be voted upon by the full Board of Supervisors today. Cue the redheaded cop, his sunglasses and a witty line…
…at least not between the hours of 1 and 5am. City officials from a variety of departments have been working together (gasp!) to propose legislation that will close Golden Gate Park during certain hours in the hopes of curtailing camping, crime and citations (oh my!).
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Park-closing-time-gains-supporters-105233368.html: Park closing time gains supporters
As Supervisor David Chiu’s legislation requiring party promoters to register with the City, the owners of Cafe Cocomo decide a certain kind of music won’t be served up at their club any more. In related news, Tupac and Biggie were nonplussed.
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/san_francisco&id=7681717: Chiu wants to create law for party promoters
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Party-promoters-may-have-to-register-with-city-103505709.html: Party promoters may have to register with city
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Hip-hop-booted-from-salsa-club-after-shooting-105410838.html: Hip-hop booted from salsa club after shooting
Borrowing a page from their friends in New York, the San Francisco Police Department is making better use of crime data to help them, well, fight crime. The department’s new Bay Area Regional Information Crime Center takes a look a where the most criminal behavior is occurring and then beefs up foot patrols in response. Sounds like a good (if somewhat obvious) plan to me: Better Data + More Cops = Less Crime.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/SFPD-putting-crime-data-to-use-101776098.html: SFPD putting crime data to use
Recent violent crimes in the Castro district have some up in arms about why so many people are bearing arms. While some think this is what’s to be expected from an active community at night, others are saying the violence has gotten out of hand.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Crime-spike-has-Castro-district-wary-100504259.html: Crime spike has Castro district wary
The City is working to create a sting operation to nab bicycle thieves. Some Come Steal Me bicycles, already outfitted with some secret transponders, will be left in a few fun places that are already hotbeds of Bike Thievin’ Activity, and when nature takes its course, the cops will show up and tote Mister Stealing Man off to the pokey. And we know you don’t care what we think about things – we just summarize the news – but FYI, Suspects Likes This. (Yep. We’re not worried about pissing off the all-powerful Bike Stealing Lobby. The hell with them.)
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Bicycle-stings-use-high-tech-gear-97449954.html: Bicycle stings use high-tech gear
Okay, so maybe it’s more like “foggy town,” but regardless, summer is here. And with summer comes an annual spike in crime throughout the city. This year both the SFPD and City Hall are bracing for it to be worse than usual thanks to that darn global economic crisis.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Crime-in-The-City-to-heighten-for-summer-97037399.html: Crime in The City to heighten for summer
The Bay Guardian takes a look at one of the Bay Area’s most contentious topics these days. No, not the SFPD crime lab or sit/lie in the Haight, transportation. Muni, neighborhood streets, bike policy, you name it: the SFBG’s got you covered today.
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/05/11/democratizing-streets: Democratizing the streets
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/05/11/muni-reform-might-actually-work: Editorial: Muni reform that might actually work
http://www.sfbg.com/2010/05/11/editors-notes: Editor's Notes: Imagine what some San Francisco neighborhoods would look like if we closed down one out of every four streets