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News, The Snitch Here's What Could Happen When a Small Drone Meets a Big Airplane

Here's What Could Happen When a Small Drone Meets a Big Airplane

A California Highway Patrol's helicopter’s near-miss with a drone over Martinez, Calif. on Saturday is raising hackles. The drone was flying above 700 feet, according to the Chronicle  — nearly twice the legal altitude — and the operator may face charges.…
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News, The Snitch Undercover CHP Officer Points Gun at Oakland Protesters (Update)

Undercover CHP Officer Points Gun at Oakland Protesters (Update)

Update, 1:57 p.m.: We got a first-hand account from Michael Short, an Oakland-based freelance photographer who was taking pictures for the San Francisco Chronicle last night. Read it below. Update, 5:34 p.m.: In a press conference with reporters, CHP Golden…
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News, The Snitch Thanksgiving Sideshow Bust: Vehicles Impounded, 23 Citations, and a "Red Van Battering Ram"

Thanksgiving Sideshow Bust: Vehicles Impounded, 23 Citations, and a "Red Van Battering Ram"

Perhaps last week's Thanksgiving sideshow was engineered as a crime of opportunity, held on a night when Oakland police were obviously distracted by a protest melee in downtown Oakland. Nonetheless, it went hopelessly awry.  "The sideshow people were thinking we'd…
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News, Feature Blind Spot: A Motorcycle Death Raises Unanswerable Questions

Blind Spot: A Motorcycle Death Raises Unanswerable Questions

Illustration by Audrey Fukuman The motorcycle, dented and silent, lay in the middle of the street. The crowd — two dozen or so people — began to gather 100 feet away, beside the tilted pay phone, the fallen bus…
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News, The Snitch Christopher Boone Lacy Accused of Shooting CHP Officer in Head

Christopher Boone Lacy Accused of Shooting CHP Officer in Head

The California Highway Patrol officer who was shot in the head and spinal cord yesterday morning remains on life support in critical condition.Footage from a dashboard camera reveals that the suspect, Christopher Boone Lacy, 36, pulled a gun on CHP Officer…
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News, The Snitch CHP Officer Shot in East Bay, Freeway Closed (Updated)

CHP Officer Shot in East Bay, Freeway Closed (Updated)

(Update 2:22 p.m.): Police met with reporters about 20 minutes ago, confirming that they have found the 1998 black Nissan Maxima that was wanted in connection to this morning's shooting of a CHP officer. Now CHP is searching for 35-year-old…
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News, The Snitch Driver Crashes While "Fooling Around " with Girlfriend

Driver Crashes While "Fooling Around " with Girlfriend

Here's an unfortunate incident of being forced to kiss and tell.California Highway Patrol officers were called to the scene of a car accident on Highway 101 in the North Bay at about 11:45 p.m. Friday where a male driver crashed…
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News, The Snitch Early Morning Crash Creates 8-Mile Traffic Jam on Bay Bridge

Early Morning Crash Creates 8-Mile Traffic Jam on Bay Bridge

If you are commuting into San Francisco this morning, you might want to hop BART instead. According to the California Highway Patrol, a motorcycle crashed early this morning, creating an eight-mile traffic jam. The accident happened at about 6:33 a.m.,…
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News, The Snitch Cops Bust Drunk Man Driving in Carpool Lane with His Dog

Cops Bust Drunk Man Driving in Carpool Lane with His Dog

Trying to sneak into the carpool lane with a canine "passenger" might not seem like a good idea when you're sober. After a few beers, it's an even worse idea, but no longer necessarily looks that way.Exhibit A: The man…
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News, The Snitch Pedestrian Walks Onto Bay Bridge -- But Why?

Pedestrian Walks Onto Bay Bridge -- But Why?

Drivers on the Bay Bridge might have wondered why there was a man walking along the left shoulder of the bridge. Well, we can't really tell you why for sure. At approximately 2:45 p.m., Angela Siu had just merged onto the…
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News, The Snitch UC Education Rally Targets State Cuts, Then Cops

UC Education Rally Targets State Cuts, Then Cops

SF Weekly readers have grown accustomed to the all-consuming education cuts -- and the protests, or what some might call mayhem, that go along with them. But here is another layer to the budget cut story: Protesters who publicly railed…
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News, The Snitch Does 'CHP' Stand for 'Can't Help Punning'?

Does 'CHP' Stand for 'Can't Help Punning'?

Poor California Highway Patrol -- they just want us to drive safely, be considerate, and, would it kill us to occasionally compliment them on their tan tops-tan pants ensemble? And yet, once again, a well-meaning message from the CHP has…
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News, The Snitch CHP Urges Sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday (Smart) With Series of Strained Football Puns (Silly)

CHP Urges Sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday (Smart) With Series of Strained Football Puns (Silly)

Broaching a serious subject via humorous means is often a dicey proposition. Play it too light and no one notices the wit; play it too heavy and you've trivialized your subject. Truly, it requires a delicate and nuanced sense of…
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News, The Snitch So How Many Folks Are Nabbed for Yapping on Cell Phones While Driving? Your Guess is as Good as the SFPD's

So How Many Folks Are Nabbed for Yapping on Cell Phones While Driving? Your Guess is as Good as the SFPD's

Is it possible to be more irresponsible than texting your underaged mistress to score you some drugs while driving a Corvair with infants and kittens wandering in the backseat? While this sort of behavior might make the Examiner blotter, there's…
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News, Matt Smith

Can't We All Just Roll Along?

To envision the future he'd like to see, architect Robin Levitt shows a small downtown crowd of transportation geeks a selection of postwar photographs of Berlin and Copenhagen. During the 1950s, these cities rebuilt their streets, sidewalks, and buildings to…
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Music, All Shook Down

Mime Ballerina on Golden Gate Bridge

Mime/Ballerina Ashley Lauren Saks and camerawoman Jenny Jacobi got kicked off the Golden Gate Bridge by the California Highway Patrol. Their crimes: disturbing the public and shooting a video without obtaining the requisite permits. Read their story here: Watch their…
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News, Dog Bites A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far

The day the Chronicle published the seventh and final installment of its "Lethal Beauty" series, a three-sentence Editor's Note lay like a banana peel on the paper's second page. The Nov. 5 note read: "The first installment of a series…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

If there was one thing the ongoing battle over whether to build a new power plant in southeast San Francisco didn't need, it was more combustible figures in its mix. After all, the public workshops and hearings on expanding the…
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