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News, The Snitch Happy Birthday, Community Justice Center!

Happy Birthday, Community Justice Center!

The controversial Community Justice Center, a special court that addresses low-level crimes and can directly refer defendants to social services, recently completed its first year of operations. How was this milestone celebrated? Special promotion: Commit six quality-of-life crimes, the seventh…
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San Francisco's Annals of Incompetence

• Between 2002 and late 2006, the Committee on Information Technology — responsible for coordinating all city departments' hardware and software purchases — didn't meet at all. Hardware and software purchases, meanwhile, continued — to the tune of hundreds of…
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City conditions that may have stalled the Renaissance Faire

San Francisco's Renaissance Faire announced that it would not operate in the city this year because of new, overly restrictive conditions set by the city's Recreation and Parks Department. What were those conditions? • Really enormous kickbacks in shekels, mead,…
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News, The Snitch Double Whammy: Not Only Did Supes Pull Money Away From Mayor's Pet Community Justice Center -- They Also Gave Some to Public Defender

Double Whammy: Not Only Did Supes Pull Money Away From Mayor's Pet Community Justice Center -- They Also Gave Some to Public Defender

By now, ardent followers of San Francisco politics may know that the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee yesterday moved to financially starve -- and thus kill -- Mayor Gavin Newsom's pet Community Justice Center. The left-leaning supes could…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Still Showing Up Every Day at Community Justice Center, 'Keeping Streets Safe From Perfume'

Public Defender Still Showing Up Every Day at Community Justice Center, 'Keeping Streets Safe From Perfume'

Jeff Adachi is walking through the Polk Street doors of the city's new Community Justice Center every day. The folks he's supposed to represent? Not as often. For the last two weeks -- in what is, depending upon whom you…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Says Stint at Community Justice Center Is No Stunt -- Pledges to Return Every Day

Public Defender Says Stint at Community Justice Center Is No Stunt -- Pledges to Return Every Day

It would raise eyebrows around the city if the fire chief grabbed a hose and doused a burning building, the planning director checked in for work behind the permitting counter, or the head of the Department of Public Works hosed…
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News, The Snitch Adachi Straps Brick to Accelerator in Game of Budget Chicken With Mayor

Adachi Straps Brick to Accelerator in Game of Budget Chicken With Mayor

After last week grumbling to SF Weekly that Mayor Gavin Newsom had welshed on his promise to provide a "couple of attorneys" to staff the city's fledgling Community Justice Center, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has resorted to theatrically ridiculing the…
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