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Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

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

Castro Crime

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.

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Acts of violence

We get an update on what the San Francisco Police Department has discovered about the recent killing of a German tourist which took place earlier this month.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

And Segways. Segways too, please. Segways.

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.)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Hot town, summer in the city

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.

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Cops and Muni and Enforcement

Supervisor Carmen Chu has introduced legislation increasing the punishment for being a bad guy on the MUNI.  So, bad guys, please take jitney buses from now on.  Thank you.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Street politics

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.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Dime Bag For Your Thoughts?

The SF Weekly offers its $0.02 on SFPD’s buy-busting and the impact it has on the City’s courts and overtime pay.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010