BART’s police chief said Monday he’s “comfortable” with how officers reacted Sunday when one shot and killed an apparently drunk, weapon-wielding man on the Civic Center station platform. One of the officers, who BART police Chief Kenton Rainey said feared for their safety, wore a Taser stun gun but did not use it during the one-minute encounter. Rainey said it was still unknown why the officers used lethal force.
When tests of a young Tenderloin mother revealed high mercury levels in her blood and that of her just-born baby’s umbilical cord, public health officials combed her apartment to find out why. The culprit was in the bathroom.
Arts Commission Executive Director Luis Cancel has resigned as the head of the department tasked with providing money to artists, cultural centers and the symphony.
As team leader of San Francisco’s Tech Shop, Charlie Nguyen and his group of metal workers, architects and robotics guys are one of 16 teams nationwide that will compete in this year’s Red Bull Creation, a 72-hour maker marathon that kicks off in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday.
We were encouraged last week when President Barack Obama challenged Congress to forego its Fourth of July recess and stay on the job to solve the country’s financial crisis. Obama seemed to be seconding The Examiner’s editorial: “Now is the time to act. Business as usual has no place when the country’s future is in peril. Cancel all recesses and junkets, park Air Force One, and get back to the capital and do your job.”
President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy places a premium on getting our troops out rather than finishing the job. A premature drawdown would badly hamper the military’s capacity to deal with many threats in the region — the Jalaluddin Haqqani Network, to name just one.
Two months ago, I wrote about the plight of a private, Tocquevillian-style civil association in the small town of Orcutt. That group, the Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association, has raised $60,000 in private donations to build a flagpole — from which the American flag would fly — encircled by a memorial to the U.S. armed forces.
Thanks for Ken Garcia’s Sunday column about the destructive impact of San Francisco politics on The City’s families. I agree that the Board of Supervisors continues to pass laws that discriminate against productive local people, and families are the biggest victims of this agenda.