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News, The Snitch Frisco 5 Hospitalized; Hunger Strike Continuing at Hospital

Frisco 5 Hospitalized; Hunger Strike Continuing at Hospital

San Francisco's hunger strikers decamped on Friday afternoon from Mission police station — where they have been for sixteen days without food, refusing to eat until San Francisco police undergoes a major shakeup — to an area hospital, where they…
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News, The Snitch "Frisco 5" March to City Hall to Meet with Mayor Ed Lee (Who is Unavailable)

"Frisco 5" March to City Hall to Meet with Mayor Ed Lee (Who is Unavailable)

Yesterday, Mayor Ed Lee popped into the Mission police station, where five activists have been staging a hunger strike for the past 12 days. The strikers — led by rapper and preschool teacher Equipto, who has been hounding the mayor…
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News, The Snitch Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

Ed Lee Went to Palestine, Met With Developers

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in the Middle East this week, renewing San Francisco's sister-city relationship with the Israeli port city of Haifa, and paying a visit to Shimon Peres, the former Israeli head of state.  The massive…
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News, The Snitch Welcome to Salesforce, California: City Sells Naming Rights To Tech Titan

Welcome to Salesforce, California: City Sells Naming Rights To Tech Titan

In a landmark deal that will allow (most) of the City by the Bay's iconic branding to stay the same, Mayor Ed Lee announced the exclusive sale of municipal naming rights to local tech giant Salesforce. "For too long,…
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News, The Snitch Ed Lee Gives S.F. Mayoral Kiss of Death to Hillary Clinton

Ed Lee Gives S.F. Mayoral Kiss of Death to Hillary Clinton

Over the weekend, as our friends at SFist noted, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appeared at a campaign rally in his native Washington state ahead of the March 26 Democratic Primary there. Ed's choice: former Secretary of State Hillary…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee: Mario Woods Shooting Was "Horrifying" "Firing Squad"

Mayor Ed Lee: Mario Woods Shooting Was "Horrifying" "Firing Squad"

Mayor Ed Lee has received heat for the way his office handled the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods — from both the Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter sets. It took Lee until Dec. 7, five…
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News, The Snitch The Super Bowl is Over, But Questions About What Really Happened to the Homeless Remain

The Super Bowl is Over, But Questions About What Really Happened to the Homeless Remain

Now that the Super Bowl is over (sorry, Panthers fans) and Justin Herman Plaza can return to its usual state, we may ask: How did the city do taking care of the homeless during the big hoopla? Well, a…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Says Outreach Workers Gave The Homeless “Alternatives” Before Telling Them To Move

Mayor Lee Says Outreach Workers Gave The Homeless “Alternatives” Before Telling Them To Move

When I asked Mayor Ed Lee to explain his comment last summer that the homeless on the Embarcadero will “have to leave” during the Super Bowl , the first thing he said was, “Well, it’s not surprising that SF…
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News, The Snitch Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

When word got out yesterday that the Department of Justice would review the San Francisco Police Department, activists hoped that meant a sweeping investigation of the SFPD’s pattern of racial bias and civil rights violations, similar to federal probes…
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News, The Snitch Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Last week, District Attorney George Gascón sent a scathing letter to Mayor Ed Lee, accusing the latter of not being committed to police reform, and also calling out police Chief Greg Suhr for not cooperating with Gascón’s blue ribbon…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Welcomed Super Bowl on Handshake Deal; No Contract, No Public Review

S.F. Welcomed Super Bowl on Handshake Deal; No Contract, No Public Review

Much has been made of how San Francisco agreed to host the Super Bowl 50 festivities without billing the National Football League or the Super Bowl Host Committee for the $5.3 million in city services required to handle the lengthy…
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News, The Snitch ACLU Calls for Federal Investigation Into SFPD's Pattern of Civil Rights Violations

ACLU Calls for Federal Investigation Into SFPD's Pattern of Civil Rights Violations

Barely 24 hours after District Attorney George Gascón’s scathing letter to Mayor Lee, in which he questioned the latter’s commitment to reforming police department bias, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California has called on the Department of…
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News, The Snitch D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

You’re not serious about addressing police misconduct or reforming police department culture. That’s the gist of a Jan. 28 letter that District Attorney George Gascón sent to Mayor Ed Lee.  As the Examiner reports, Gascón wants to know why,…
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News, The Snitch SF Business Groups Come Out Swinging in Support of the Super Bowl

SF Business Groups Come Out Swinging in Support of the Super Bowl

The Board of Supervisors — or at least Jane Kim, Aaron Peskin, and John Avalos — have been on a week-long counteroffensive against Super Bowl 50, including a proposed resolution (set for an initial vote today) that the city…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Fundraisers Charged with Felony Bribery

Mayor Ed Lee Fundraisers Charged with Felony Bribery

A former city employee and a former city commissioner who helped raise money for Mayor Ed Lee's 2011 election bid were charged with felony bribery today, District Attorney George Gascón announced. Zula Jones, who was Lee's employee of the…
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News, The Snitch A Show of Support for the Officers Involved in the Mario Woods Shooting Didn't Go Well

A Show of Support for the Officers Involved in the Mario Woods Shooting Didn't Go Well

Last night’s Police Commission meeting didn’t go well for the dozens of off-duty officers who turned out in support of their five colleagues involved in the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods. Per the Chronicle, the officers were drowned…
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News, The Snitch Public Housing Workers Protest in City Hall: We Haven’t Had a Cost of Living Wage Increase in Six Years

Public Housing Workers Protest in City Hall: We Haven’t Had a Cost of Living Wage Increase in Six Years

City Hall was just winding down for the evening last Thursday when dozens of workers from San Francisco’s public housing projects descended on the mayor’s office. They surrounded the door and said they wouldn’t leave until the mayor or his…
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News, The Snitch Protesters Disrupt Mayor Ed Lee's Inauguration

Protesters Disrupt Mayor Ed Lee's Inauguration

Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration speech this morning was probably pretty good. But I can only guess, since it was hard to hear a word of it over chants of “Black lives matter” and “Fire Chief Suhr” coming from City…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Asks the City to Cut its Budget and Gets Accused of Corruption

Mayor Lee Asks the City to Cut its Budget and Gets Accused of Corruption

Mayor Ed Lee asked the city to cut its budget, and the Ethics Commission just plain said no. In fact, it was closer to “hell no.” San Francisco is looking at a projected $100 million shortfall next fiscal year, and…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Proposes New City Department Tasked With Ending Homelessness

Mayor Lee Proposes New City Department Tasked With Ending Homelessness

Mayor Ed Lee has a new plan to help get homeless San Franciscans off the street, and it’s the most ambitious in nearly a decade. As SFGate reports, the mayor wants to create a Department on Homelessness (not its…
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