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News, The Snitch Texas Governor Promises a "Revolt" if Former SF Police Chief is Hired to Lead Border Patrol

Texas Governor Promises a "Revolt" if Former SF Police Chief is Hired to Lead Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol will soon be hiring a new chief, and rumor has it that former San Francisco police chief Heather Fong is on the shortlist of candidates. According to San Antonio Express-News, this doesn’t sit well with Texas…
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News, The Snitch Greg Suhr: Was the New Police Chief a Bargaining Chip?

Greg Suhr: Was the New Police Chief a Bargaining Chip?

Mayor Ed Lee has finally chosen Greg Suhr, a veteran cop long attached to the good ol' boy network, as San Francisco's next chief of police. And why wouldn't he pick Suhr? That's who the San Francisco police union wanted.…
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News, The Snitch Heather Fong's Pension: $277,656 Per Year

Heather Fong's Pension: $277,656 Per Year

While former Police Chief Heather Fong was about as far from universally popular as you can get, few would question her work ethic. And yet, no matter how diligently the former chief performed her duties, it's hard not to drop…
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News, The Snitch

Videogate Cop -- Who Told Weekly He'd Never Resign -- Resigns

Andrew Cohen, the outspoken cop who directed a video that caused the VideoGate scandal we wrote about in a 2007 feature, finally resigned from the force yesterday. Citing his fatigue from fighting a department seemingly pitted against him and railing…
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News, Sucka Free City Activists say the SFPD is unfairly impounding and selling cars owned by illegal aliens

Activists say the SFPD is unfairly impounding and selling cars owned by illegal aliens

This week, advocates for undocumented immigrants are scheduled to meet with new Police Chief George Gascon to discuss a problem for city residents without Social Security numbers: having their cars impounded by police after routine traffic stops because they don't…
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News, The Snitch The Wire: San Francisco's Orthodox Jews Rejoice, as They Can Now Legally Schlep Their Children On Sabbath

The Wire: San Francisco's Orthodox Jews Rejoice, as They Can Now Legally Schlep Their Children On Sabbath

In a story that may have slipped under the wire -- somewhat literally -- San Francisco last week got its first eruv since at least the days when Levi Strauss decided to make pants out of tent material; more likely…
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News, The Snitch Top Cop George Gascon Meets The Press

Top Cop George Gascon Meets The Press

There are two times in life when it's pretty much guaranteed that everyone will find something nice to say about you: Your wedding and  your funeral. It was a little bit of both today in Room 200 of City Hall,…
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News, Matt Smith SFPD's shadow disciplinary system wastes taxpayer money

SFPD's shadow disciplinary system wastes taxpayer money

Behind a vast, thick glass window flanked by locked doors, a dozen vacant-faced figures mill around so slowly that it seems as if the stolid boredom of life in this room has slowed the passage of time. Standing near the…
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News, The Snitch Police Commission Confirms Three Chief Hopefuls, Mayor Expected to Make Swift Choice

Police Commission Confirms Three Chief Hopefuls, Mayor Expected to Make Swift Choice

Police Commission President Theresa Sparks announced Wednesday she had forwarded to the mayor the names of three finalists in the race to replace retiring police chief Heather Fong."My perception, and this is just a guess, that the process will now…
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News, The Snitch Condi Rice for Next SFPD Chief! And Other Ideas From Last Night's Tenderloin Policing Forum

Condi Rice for Next SFPD Chief! And Other Ideas From Last Night's Tenderloin Policing Forum

Ahhhh, democracy. Try as we might, it never quite runs according to script, save in those enlightened, post-democratic nations -- such as Russia, Haiti or Uzbekistan -- that have figured out how to tame the snarling beast of representative government.…
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News, B Zero

B Zero

Most nights and weekends for the last 15 years, steady crowds of retirees and working folks have uncapped their daubers in a nondescript office building on an industrial stretch of César Chávez, hoping the numbers and letters will align and…
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SF Weekly Letters

Hubbard Hubbub Scien-follow-gists: I Thank you for the recent article regarding Scientology . Not only have you informed the public, but Scientologists may have a chance to read about the abuse Jennifer Gorman has suffered.…
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News, Feature The Chief Is In (for Now)

The Chief Is In (for Now)

About three dozen people are gathered at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center for a meeting of the San Francisco Police Commission, and the questions they're hurling at Police Chief Heather Fong follow a familiar pattern. To put it in a…
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News, Sucka Free City VideoGate cop injured on duty at his desk job

VideoGate cop injured on duty at his desk job

In a report released earlier this month, a police consulting firm suggested San Francisco's finest should slash the number of precinct stations in half to streamline administrative positions and get more patrol officers on the streets. Costly study aside, one…
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News, The Snitch The Case of the Missing Heather Fong Letter

The Case of the Missing Heather Fong Letter

Last week a Massachusetts-based public safety consulting firm reported their findings about the success of an SFPD foot-patrol program mandated by the Board of Supervisors. The findings were not positive. The word "lax" was used. Apparently, foot-patrol officers don't even…
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News, Sucka Free City Tricky Treat

Tricky Treat

Tricky Treat The city is paying public-relations maven David Perry $40,000 to relay a curt message to the public about Halloween in the Castro this year: Keep out. Of course, that's not exactly how Perry puts it. "It's not so…
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News, The Snitch Newsom’s Resign-O-Rama: Sixteen Reasons it Could Become a Fiasco

Newsom’s Resign-O-Rama: Sixteen Reasons it Could Become a Fiasco

The mayor said he wants to decide who stays and who goes. Yet it turns out it’s not solely his decision. By Joe Eskenazi Well, who would have thunk it? It turns out, when you demand hundreds of city…
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News, Sucka Free City The First Step

The First Step

So Gavin Newsom is in rehab. And not just any rehab, but Delancey Street, a tough-love recovery program for hard-core homeless junkies and ex-cons. We were curious how the millionaire mayor would mix with this crowd of semi-reformed ruffians. Fortunately,…
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News, Feature Image Problem

Image Problem

If Andrew Cohen were to direct a drama based on his life, it would probably go something like this: In Act 1 we get to know Cohen, a hardworking cop who helps the San Francisco Police Department burnish its image…
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No. 1 With a Bullitt

Over the Christmas weekend, when a man was shot and killed outside the Velvet Lounge in North Beach at about 2 a.m., San Francisco saw its 96th homicide of the year -- a 10-year high. Despite repeated pledges to crack…
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