A 23-year-old man accused of killing a 60-year-old man with a skateboard on Christmas morning did it in self-defense, his attorney said in court Tuesday. Dustin “Frank” Tolboe is charged with the murder of Donald Tanksley in the Upper Haight on Dec. 25. Tolboe’s attorney, Seth Meisels, said at the preliminary hearing that an altercation between the two men happened after Tanksley tried to steal cans of beer during an outdoor midnight Christmas celebration. Read More
The self-defense claim of 23-year-old murder suspect Dustin Tolboe was heard Tuesday in court, the latest development in the Upper Haight death-by-skateboard of 60-year-old Donald Tanksley, known to the neighborhood as a peacock-feather salesman who went by Zumba. Read More
A logging plan for the fabled forest grove of the Bohemian Club was rejected Thursday by a Sonoma County judge, but the group said it plans to try again with a less aggressive approach.
The 100-year logging plan submitted in late 2009 to harvest 1 million board feet per year from the club’s grove of redwood and Douglas fir trees was approved by state agencies. However, a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club and the Bohemian Redwood Rescue Club in February 2010 has stopped any action for now at the tract 75 miles north of San Francisco. Read More
A logging plan for the fabled forest grove of the Bohemian Club was rejected Thursday by a Sonoma County judge.The San Francisco-based male-only club, originally founded by newspapermen in the 1870s, boasts membership of every Republican president since Herbert Hoover, and its annual summer gatherings are reportedly attended by the country’s top power brokers. Read More
San Francisco Police Department Chief Jeff Godown said Friday that officers will continue the common practice of using master keys to enter residential hotel rooms for searches, despite Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s request that they stop. Read More
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and his office will not investigate alleged misconduct by eight police officer that was brought to light by surveillance footage.The alleged warrantless drug searches by the San Francisco police officers have resulted in the dismissal of more than 50 cases since last week. Read More
The president of the California Public Utilities Commission is calling on PG&E to create an alternative to SmartMeters for customers who say they are getting sick from the low-frequency radio waves emitted by the wireless technology.
On Thursday, Commissioner Michael Peevey gave PG&E two weeks to come up with the alternative, which would be offered at a "reasonable cost."
"I think it’s clear the time has come for some kind of movement in the direction of customer opt-outs," Peevey said in a statement.
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Love her or hate her, the citizens of the Castro are coming down with a strong case of Britney fever. While most are excited about at least the novelty of the pop star’s outdoor concert appearance later this month, some businesses are not so pleased with the Sunday performance date and street closures. Read More
To an outsider, the lobby of the Henry Hotel induces sensory overload, with yelling, slamming of doors and, during a recent visit, the wafting smell of marijuana smoke. Last week, a man outside the hotel threatened to stab an Examiner photographer attempting to take photos of the building, and a man hanging out in a nearby doorway struck a reporter in the face with a bag of trash. Sgt. Michael Andraychak, who patrolled Sixth Street in 2003, said to this day, he still has the address of the Henry memorized. Read More
A new mobile-phone application is designed to reduce the use of the ubiquitous devices — an irony that is not lost on the people behind the new "Sabbath Manifesto" program.
"Yes, it’s using a high-tech app to tell people you’re having a low-tech day," said Tanya Schevitz, a spokesperson for Reboot Communications who is promoting the app in conjunction with the second annual National Day of Unplugging that goes from sundown Friday to sundown on Saturday. "We’re not anti-technology. Read More
Streets will be closed later this month when Britney Spears tapes a performance for “Good Morning America” outside the Castro Theatre, according to Supervisor Scott Wiener. Read More
A gang-related shooting in San Francisco's Mission District at noon on Wednesday ended with one person hospitalized for a non-lethal wound to the torso, San Francisco police said. Read More
A small group of protesters called on residents to block utility workers from installing PG&E’s new SmartMeters on Tuesday in the Marina district.
Police moved the group of about eight protesters away from a utility worker’s truck at the intersection of Avila and Prado streets about 10:15 a.m., but members continued canvassing the neighborhood with signs while shouting “Resist the SmartMeter” through a microphone and amplifier. Read More
Now that Wednesday’s announcement of the iPad 2 in San Francisco is more or less a done deal, questions remain only about the tablet’s exact specifications, and perhaps a more nerdy query: Who will be there to present it? Read More
A man posing as a Caltrans worker distracted a Woodside homeowner while another suspect snuck in an unlocked back door and stole jewelry, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Read More