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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Disappearing Police Chief

Yesterday's Crimes: The Disappearing Police Chief

There's been a high rate of turnover among police chiefs on both sides of the Bay lately, but there was a time when a San Francisco chief of police disappeared into the briny depths of the bay itself. William J.…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday’s Crimes: The SFPD Bunco Scandal

Yesterday’s Crimes: The SFPD Bunco Scandal

The con artists of the 40 Thieves bunco gang thought that they had a good thing going with San Francisco police — the same cops who were supposed to be investigating them. Starting around 1910, the con men or bunco…
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News, The Snitch District Attorney Charges Internet Troll With Voter Fraud

District Attorney Charges Internet Troll With Voter Fraud

Yesterday, District Attorney George Gascon announced that Donald Dewsnup, a would-be local realtor and political activist best-known for spearheading an attempted takeover of the local Sierra Club last fall, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies for voter fraud. Dewsnup,…
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News, The Snitch One SF Cop Arrested, Another Quits Over Sexual Assault Allegations

One SF Cop Arrested, Another Quits Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Following an investigation into allegations of sexual assualt, San Francisco police announced the arrest of one of their own on Wednesday: Jason Lai, who apparently has been on unpaid leave from his $111,000-a-year position as a cop since last summer.…
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News, The Snitch Report: California Less Corrupt Than Other States, But Still Pretty Shameful

Report: California Less Corrupt Than Other States, But Still Pretty Shameful

Under most ordinary circumstances, a grade of C- wouldn’t be encouraging, but according to a sweeping new report on state integrity, California’s middling score puts it in second place nationally. The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative reporting…
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News, The Snitch Ed Lee: "Willie Brown Taught Me Everything I Know"

Ed Lee: "Willie Brown Taught Me Everything I Know"

San Francisco – As reports surface that FBI officials observed Mayor Ed Lee taking bribes and engaging in “pay-to-play” government, the Mayor denies any wrongdoing, saying, "Just because Willie Brown taught me everything I know doesn’t mean I knew…
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News, The Snitch Greg Skrepenak, Former Oakland Raider, Jailed for Corruption

Greg Skrepenak, Former Oakland Raider, Jailed for Corruption

If ever an opponent blasted past former Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Greg Skrepenak a little too easily and flattened the quarterback -- maybe it all makes a bit more sense now. The former football player was today sentenced to two…
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News, The Snitch East Bay Laborer Alleges Union Corruption in Federal Lawsuit

East Bay Laborer Alleges Union Corruption in Federal Lawsuit

As journalists, we hate to admit it, but San Francisco isn't exactly a hotbed of political-corruption scandals. (Local political observers say there are a few reasons for this silver lining, which is amply clouded by the city's general dysfunction and…
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News, The Snitch Smoke Stacks Spew Green in Richmond

Smoke Stacks Spew Green in Richmond

By John Geluardi Newspaper reporters who cover the city of Richmond like to say it’s a great town to write about because of the “Three Cs,” which refers to crime, corruption and Chevron. The Richmond City Council has long…
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