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News, The Snitch Park Patrol Lawsuits May Cost City $250K

Park Patrol Lawsuits May Cost City $250K

Joseph SchellMarcus Santiago, constantly at work​Earlier this week we reported on an interesting potential development regarding the city's park rangers. A Matt Smith cover story last year revealed that head park patrol officer Marcus Santiago had transformed his small force…
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News, The Snitch Will Embattled Park Patrol Get New Chief?

Will Embattled Park Patrol Get New Chief?

Last year, SF Weekly alum Matt Smith revealed that the San Francisco Park Patrol has been twisted into an overtime machine by -- and for -- Marcus Santiago. The head patrol officer earned upward of $85,000 on top of his…
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News, The Snitch Marcus Santiago, Park Patrol Chief, Allegedly on Thin Ice

Marcus Santiago, Park Patrol Chief, Allegedly on Thin Ice

Multiple sources within the city have told SF Weekly that the Recreation and Parks Department in recent weeks has been taking steps to replace embattled Park Patrol Chief Marcus Santiago with a yet-unnamed retired police captain. Santiago was the subject…
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News, Feature Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money-Making Machine

Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money-Making Machine

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. Mystery stories are generally concerned with who did what, when, and how. But in this one, about the way government officials have for years covered up apparent waste, fraud, and abuse in the San…
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News, Matt Smith

Reinventing the past

Since the days of the Barbary Coast, people have come to San Francisco to reinvent themselves. A once-wealthy real estate speculator became mad Emperor Norton. A youngster shining shoes in Texas became Hizzoner Willie Brown. And, I've discovered, a former…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Finally Shitty Enough to Make Social Progress

San Francisco Finally Shitty Enough to Make Social Progress

Coming to a San Francisco park near you? It took a plummeting economy and disastrous wars in the Middle East to make America awful enough to rise up above centuries of racial strife with the election of Barack…
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News, Matt Smith

S.F. park rangers want more power, guns

Marcus Santiago, a nine-year veteran of the San Francisco Park Rangers, a little-known corps tasked with guarding the property of the Department of Recreation and Parks, swings his white Ford Crown Victoria into the Polo Fields parking lot and slows…
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