Six San Francisco police officers raided rooms during drug busts without search warrants, and two of the officers then falsified the reports to justify their actions, the Public Defender’s Office alleged Wednesday. Read More
Taxpayer dollars have gone mostly to San Francisco’s jails and the Sheriff’s Department over the last two decades while less money has been allocated to prosecutors, police and probation officers, according to a preliminary Harvard study on public safety spending.
The information, compiled by District Attorney George Gascón using data from the California Attorney General’s Office, casts a different light on The City’s priorities when it comes to fighting crime. Read More
He opted for one high-profile job over another, but even though George Gascón altered his uniform, he did not change his colors.
In announcing a reorganization of his office Wednesday, San Francisco’s new district attorney showed that his willingness to shake up stagnant agencies is on par with his desire to take on new challenges.
And he has a big one on the horizon. Read More
Paul Henderson, District Attorney George Gascón’s chief of administration and possible competition for The City’s top prosecutor job in November’s election, has decided not to run for the position and will instead head to the Mayor’s Office in a public safety policy leadership role. Read More
Paul Henderson, District Attorney George Gascón’s chief of administration and possible competition for district attorney in November’s election, has decided not to run for the office and will instead head to the Mayor’s Office in a public safety policy leadership role.
Henderson and Gascón confirmed the move Wednesday. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón will name a politically savvy mayoral aide as his new chief of staff today, his first move in a broad reorganization of the District Attorney’s Office, The San Francisco Examiner has learned.
Cristine DeBerry has served as deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Gavin Newsom and current Mayor Ed Lee before joining the District Attorney’s Office.
Gascón said in a statement that DeBerry “has the perfect blend of skills to help run this office.” Read More
District attorney hopeful David Onek has hit two of his opponents in the November election with one shot. Read More
Bayview residents can weigh in tonight on the search for a new police chief.The police commission is currently looking at applicants to possibly replace interim Chief Jeff Godown, who took over in January when former Chief George Gascon moved two floors down at the Hall of Justice to become district attorney.The commission has been holding meetings seeking input from the public on what kinds of qualities they’d like in a police chief. Read More
Seven Bayview District families are out $30,000 after a funeral home took their prepayments for funeral expenses and then closed up shop without paying them back, prosecutors alleged Tuesday.San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said the owner of Funerals by Washington at 1641 La Salle Ave. has been arrested, and another former employee is still being sought. The business closed in January 2009. Read More
In a strange way, it may have taken an outside reformer to make way for a talented insider to once again lead the San Francisco Police Department.
That decision is still at least a month off, but the recent changes at the Hall of Justice, which saw an external candidate make wholesale changes in personnel, policy and behavior at the department during the past 19 months may well serve the mayor’s current administration and the next. Read More