The average San Franciscan’s driving record is looking a little better these days.
The number of traffic citations dished out by the Police Department is down 18 percent from last year — and those handed out by officers in the traffic bureau dropped 44 percent from last year, according to police data comparing the first five months of 2011 to the same period in 2010. Read More
Two people were shot while riding in a car in the Western Addition on Saturday at about 4 a.m.
Police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said the victims were two black men, ages 19 and 30, and they were transported from the shooting scene near the 1900 block of Geary Boulevard to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Read More
Two new suspects in the near-fatal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow are facing mayhem and deadly weapon assault charges, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck confirmed in a news conference Friday afternoon. Read More
Stockton Street was blocked off Thursday afternoon as hundreds of union and nonunion workers protested in front of the Grand Hyatt hotel, causing the venue’s management to wonder why.
Police said approximately 80 people were cited for civil disobedience. Unite Here Local 2, which represents 12,000 hospitality workers throughout San Francisco and San Mateo County, organized eight other protests nationwide, which included a combination of union and nonunion Hyatt locations. Read More
Colma police earlier this week arrested a man and woman suspected of several storage locker burglaries in the area.Joseph Matthew Dowd, 44, and Janette Azadian, 36, were arrested in San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon, police said.Colma police detectives determined that a vehicle used in a burglary at a storage facility in their city was located at Dowd’s residence in San Francisco. Read More
The City’s controversial sit-lie ordinance remains unenforced, but the Police Department hopes to finish training for officers and unveil a public education campaign in the next “couple of weeks,” interim police Chief Jeff Godown said Sunday.The ordinance, which makes it illegal to sit or lie on public sidewalks, with certain exceptions, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, was approved by 54 percent of voters in November. Read More
Car owners and late-season shoppers need to think twice about leaving gifts inside cars while running to the grocery store for Christmas feast ingredients.The Marina Safeway seems to be the hot spot for thefts of these last-minute “shopping” techniques.According to the Northern Police Station, at least two incidents of “auto boosting” happened Thursday at the Safeway store on Marina Boulevard. Read More
It took 11 months, but the DNA of infamous “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez has finally been retested, allowing police to close the case of the 1984 murder of a 9-year-old girl in the Tenderloin. Read More
A seven-year-old police misconduct charge came to a close Wednesday with a nine-month suspension, testing both the Police Commission’s resolve to decrease its caseload and the Police Department’s new policy on police officers’ reliability in court. Read More
Millions of dollars could be needed halfway through this fiscal year, according to city department heads who identified potential weaknesses in their budgets.
There’s a balanced $6.5 billion city and county budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, but the impact of the state budget — lawmakers have yet to finalize a spending plan for California — and other fiscal scenarios could soon spark budget talks among San Francisco officials. Read More