From the moment suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi learned that he could be charged with domestic violence against his wife, he started making calculations with his campaign manager on how to avoid personal and political fallout. Read More
Former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has been one busy lady. As California’s attorney general, she has made online dating sites agree to safety measures, wrestled $2.1 million dollars from Wal-Mart for overcharging customers, and is even going after Bernie Madoff’s estate. One of my favorite legal moves by her office so far is the defense of State Controller John Chiang in a lawsuit brought by State Senator Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman John Perez. Read More
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were prime players in the mortgage meltdown that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression. Those government-backed corporations own more than 60 percent of the mortgages in California, which is second only to Nevada in devastation from the foreclosure crisis. In the past five years more than 768,000 homes have been foreclosed upon in this state, including thousands in San Francisco from Bayview to Pacific Heights. Read More
Two years after former Police Department criminalist Deborah Madden threw local narcotics prosecutions into upheaval by admitting to skimming drugs from evidence, federal prosecutors are waging the criminal case the state declined to pursue.
Madden, 61, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on one felony count of “acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.” The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in federal prison. Read More
Angel Carvajal has heard all the excuses.
Some students just feel like taking a day off. They oversleep. The bus is running late.
“Muni’s a big one,” Carvajal said. “Muni makes a lot of kids late.”
The student adviser at Everett Middle School in the Mission district is in charge of making sure kids are in class every day. Carvajal tells them there are only three valid excuses for being late or missing school: illness, a death in the family or a family emergency. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón’s stance on the death penalty came under fire Tuesday.David Onek, who has pledged to forswear the death penalty if elected district attorney, has accused Gascón of flip-flopping on the issue. Read More
Attorney General Kamala Harris is considering new regulations of medical marijuana, but some San Francisco advocates say the proposed rules would make it harder for patients to obtain the medicine and easier for cops to improperly arrest them.
Under the proposed guidelines, medical marijuana users could only belong to one dispensary and individual police officers would be given the authority to determine whether someone is a legitimate patient. Read More
When it comes to picking a district attorney, San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting is shaping the strategy of the three candidates vying to be The City’s top prosecutor.
Ranked-choice voting allows people to pick their top three candidates for mayor, sheriff, district attorney, supervisor and other elected positions. If the top choice doesn’t get a majority of the votes, then the second- and third-place votes come into play until a candidate has a majority. Read More