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Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

This Cracks Me Up

So, maybe DPH supported giving out free crack pipes? Maybe it would keep people more safe… or maybe it would be seen solely as the City supporting drug use. I don’t know. I mean, why do people even do drugs? NyQuil is cheap and legal.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Violence Task Force

blank reporters notebook with pencilThe Examiner reports on last week’s news conference where Supervisor Malia Cohen called for a “cease-fire” in District 10 and annouced plans to convene a task force to address violence and shootings in the area. A couple candidates challenging Supervisor Cohen in the upcoming November election also chime in. 

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Trayvon Martin

The Chronicle’s Justin Berton explores the ripple effects of the Trayvon Martin case in Oakland, where many young black males view the case as another example within a pattern of injustice.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Fighting toxic stress

The Examiner describes how San Francisco is thinking outside of the box, and with the help of a $1 million federal grant, is investing in resources to support youth that have suffered adverse childhood experiences.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

credit where credit is due

Mayor Ed Lee honored Muni bus driver Felicia Anderson for her swift, steady action following an on-bus shooting earlier this month. So if you ever needed a reminder to be polite to your bus driver (read: say thank you), this should serve as that reminder.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Crime in the City

Feeling safer these days? Nothing like sorting through arrest and crime data to get your day started, kudos to Chief Suhr for the Casablanca reference.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Cell mates

The Ex reports that while the rest of the nation is experiencing a downward trend in crime, our crime levels are at a five-year high. I know we don’t like to be conformist in the Bay, but c’mon people. Shiny, attractive smartphones are bearing the brunt of the blame, as well as BART which “brings criminals as well as commuters into the City.” Hopefully they’ll invent a way for us to read the news without pulling out our cell phones. Oh well, a guy can dream.

Anyway, why’d the turkey get kicked out of the stadium? He tryptophan!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Hands Off My Bike!

bicycleIn 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.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Across the bay…

Following some recent scandals, Port of Oakland employees may soon be facing tighter restrictions on their expense accounts.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

not cool

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.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Drug Dilemma

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.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Muni Muggers Beware

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.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

One Billion Rising

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.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

I Dare You To Try Just One…

…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!

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Stealing from Schools

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.

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Park crimes: It ain’t bears, that’s for sure.

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…

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The Votes that Count

It’s been decided: the 67 ballots that were stolen by a poll worker and dumped in a pond last month will NOT be counted.  Moral of the story: ballots are meant for the ballot box, not dirty ponds.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Making Life Imitate … well, if not Art, then TV

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…

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

No park for you!

…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!).

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Three Square Meals and a Voter Card

The number of potential voters in our local jail could make a difference in some close races this October.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Gangbuster

Today, the San Francisco Superior Court ruled in favor of City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s effort to curb gang violence in Visitacion Valley.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The latest in the entertainment wars

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.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Dial H for Help

The Examiner reports that domestic violence calls are on the rise here in San Francisco, begging the question: what can we do to help?

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Number crunchers

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.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

More than just crime

We learn that the recent acts of violence conducted at a number of popular spots in San Francisco might be taking a toll on our tourism industry.

Thursday, August 26th, 2010