Police Chief George Gascon will be The City’s next district attorney at least until an election in November, furthering a snowball effect of interim appointments.
Gascon has served as SFPD's chief since August 2009, after leaving his post as police chief of Mesa, Ariz. During his career in The City, he has pushed the use of Tasers and worked to overhaul a Police Department policy on disclosing misconduct during criminal trials. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has yet to select a top prosecutor to fill the post left vacated when Kamala Harris was sworn into office Monday afternoon as California’s first female attorney general. Read More
A trio of Democratic Bay Area politicians is assuming the reins of the leadership of California.Oakland's Jerry Brown was inaugurated as governor late this morning and San Francisco's Kamala Harris assumed the post of attorney general this afternoon.Brown, 72, a former California governor from 1975 to 1983, Oakland mayor from 1999 to 2007, and who was most recently California attorney general, was sworn into office in Sacramento at 11:20 a.m. Read More
Come Monday afternoon, San Francisco will no longer have a district attorney — not until Mayor Gavin Newsom decides who to appoint to serve as The City’s top prosecutor.
With both Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris winning statewide positions this November, the political intrigue in San Francisco is at an all-time high, as both of these powerful positions will be filled by appointees — not by the voters. Read More
The chances of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom delaying his swearing-in Monday as lieutenant governor of California have changed from highly improbable to "likely," a mayoral spokesman said today. Read More
Unlike another city politician, District Attorney Kamala Harris is sure she wants to be sworn-in to statewide office with everyone else, on the first Monday of January. Read More
Civil rights groups will be knocking on Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris’ office door come January in an effort to opt out of a controversial federal program that collects the fingerprint data of anyone arrested to see if they are illegal immigrants. Read More
District Attorney Kamala Harris is deciding whether to retry a murder case or appeal a judge’s decision Tuesday that would free a man who spent 18 years behind bars in a murder case in which investigators allegedly secretly paid the key witness.Caramad Conley, 40, was convicted in 1995 for a double homicide in the Bayview district. The conviction relied heavily on the testimony of a man named Clifford Polk, who has since died. Read More
A former San Francisco police officer and a taxi-school instructor allegedly accepted numerous $100 bribes from potential cab drivers in exchange for a passing grade on required tests, prosecutors said Wednesday.Paul Makaveckas, a longtime veteran of the SFPD, pleaded not guilty to four counts of bribery in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, according to the district attorney. He posted $160,000 bail. Read More
District Attorney Kamala Harris, soon to be the state’s attorney general, is already dodging questions about important issues she will have to tackle once in Sacramento. Read More