Outgoing Supervisor Christina Olague unloaded some hard feelings Thursday in front of officials from the Department on the Status of Women, who listened to the supervisor complain that she was bullied by local victim advocates because of her race and politics.
After her controversial October vote to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi amid his spousal domestic violence scandal, Olague became the target of television ads calling for her to be voted out of office. Read More
The seemingly never-ending debate over whether to outfit San Francisco police officers with devices capable of shooting 50,000 volts of electricity through the body is recharging once again.
The Police Department’s campaign, which would give stun guns to 103 officers specially trained to handle mentally ill people as part of a pilot program, is kicking into high gear, beginning with a planned Jan. 9 community meeting, Police Chief Greg Suhr said Thursday. Read More
Shootings are down in San Francisco but shooting deaths are up, and a recent surge in gang-related violence has raised community concerns.
The Oceanview, Lake Merced and Ingleside areas have seen five street violence homicides this year, plus a murder-suicide and the slaying of five people inside a home. That is up from last year’s total of just two. Read More
More than double the number of murders have occurred this year compared to the same time frame last year, but on Thursday, a San Francisco police captain insisted the bloodshed will level off.The uptick in killings is raising concern and prompting calls from several members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to do more to fight crime. Read More
San Francisco is paving a new path for environmental consciousness. The Public Safety Committee on Monday signed off on Supervisor David Chiu’s legislation that would encourage nail salons to stop using three toxic products, known as the “toxic trio”: toluene, dibutyl phthalate or formaldehyde. Read More
District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s call to transfer oversight of the crime lab from the Police Department to the city administrator will be considered Monday by the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee.
The crime lab was shut down earlier this year after former employee Deborah Madden admitted to taking drug samples, forcing drug testing to be outsourced and cases to be thrown out of court. Read More
Two of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s proposals concerning nightclub violence are before the Public Safety Committee on Monday.
One concerns expanding the Entertainment Commission’s powers to include revoking permits of clubs where safety has been an issue. The other will review statistics from the commission and Police Department regarding violence.
Most recently, a man was shot and killed July 11 outside Jelly’s dance cafe in the Mission Bay neighborhood. Read More