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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Report: Six Witnesses Contradict Police Account of Homeless Man’s SFPD Killing

Posted By on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:31 AM

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  • How did Luis Gongora die?
More witnesses interviewed by The Guardian are contradicting the Police Department’s account of how a homeless man came to be shot to death by police officers last week.

So far, six people who claim to have seen the shooting have told The Guardian that Luis Gongora was not behaving in an aggressive manner while holding a kitchen knife when police arrived at a tent encampment near 19th and Shotwell streets in the Mission District. Officers reportedly had been called by city homeless outreach workers who said someone was waving around a large kitchen knife.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

District Attorney Charges Internet Troll With Voter Fraud

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 10:32 AM

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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, a member of the pro-development activist group SF Bay Area Renters Federation, last year registered to vote in District 3, where Mayor Ed Lee appointee Julie Christensen would lose handily to current Supervisor Aaron Peskin in the November election, as VICE discovered.

However, Dewsnup, known for getting abusive and mad, online, did not live in District 3 — he lived in the Castro, he admitted to Vice, and while he did "provide a false address," he insisted that he had "not broken any laws."

But indeed he had — you sign a voter registration form under penalty of perjury; you swear you indeed live where you claim to live, hence the charges announced yesterday. SF BARF members are standing by Dewsnup, claiming he is homeless — and that it's not a crime to register to vote near where you sleep.

Meanwhile, we'd like to point out that other, actual politicians have done exactly what Dewsnup did — in fact, multiple, repeated times, while running for office — and were not charged with crimes by Gascon. Is Gascon punching down on an easy target?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

VIDEO: At SFSU, Black Student Confronts White Guy Over Dreadlocks

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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Many people are coming to the defense of a white male student who appears to be accosted by a black female student at San Francisco State University over his white dreadlocks in a video posted to YouTube on Monday.

The video purports to show Bonita Tindle, who’s been identified as an SFSU student employee, accost white dreads-haver Cory Goldstein over his hairdo. During the 46 second clip, another male student, who is black, stands alongside Tindle defending her actions. It’s unclear if the person recording the interaction knew any of the parties involved, but he stops the video when Tindle questions his actions.

One might be inclined to think this was all staged. But as the video continues, it becomes obvious this was embarrassingly real for everyone involved.

It all began with Tindle asking the black male student if he has a pair of scissors (to which he replied no). Then the argument begins:

“You’re saying I can’t have a hair style because of your culture. Why?” asks Goldstein.

“Because it’s my culture,” Tindle replies.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

S.F. Supervisors Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21; Will it Stick?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 10:27 AM

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San Francisco on Tuesday joined a growing movement to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 — for those keeping score at home, 18-year-olds will still be able to buy medical cannabis — yet it’s unclear if the city's new tough-on-smokes stance will survive lawsuits.  

Dozens of cities nationwide have approved new minimum age requirements for buying cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and electronic cigarettes, which vaporize liquid containing nicotine. San Francisco becomes the second largest, behind New York.

Hawaii is so far the only state to increase the age requirement, but a California 21-and-up cigarette law, Senate Bill 151, was introduced in the state Legislature last year. San Francisco’s own state Sen. Mark Leno is a co-sponsor.

The local law, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, would take effect July 1 — as long as it’s not challenged or delayed. And it will be challenged. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 10:16 AM

  • Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner
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 out by a crowd of activists before finally exiting the meeting en masse.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bayview Pastor Evicted and Arrested During Latest Standoff With Sheriff's Department [Updated]

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM

  • Gabrielle Lurie
  • Pastor Yul Dorn
Pastor Yul Dorn, a Bayview resident who stubbornly resisted the foreclosure of his house for almost seven years, was finally and ultimately evicted yesterday morning. On top of that, Dorn was also arrested after he refused to vacate his home, along with three supporters who tried to hinder the eviction when sheriff’s deputies arrived at about 8:30 a.m.

Sheriff’s Department Chief of Staff Eileen Hurts says Dorn was charged with three misdemeanors, including failure to obey a court order and trespass. The activists were also charged with trespass and failure to disperse.

“They were sitting in the property and refusing to leave,” she explains. “It was very passive, and non-violent.”

Dorn was released after about eight hours. He and his family, including his adult daughter and her 8-month-old son, are holed up at a hotel right now. All of their possessions are still back at the house on Las Villas Court (“I didn’t even have time to grab a toothbrush,” Dorn says), but the locks have been changed.

The 58-year-old pastor (Dorn is actually the sheriff’s department chaplain) and social worker sounded like he was in a mild state of shock when reached by phone this morning. Although the house — Dorn’s home for 20 years — was sold on the open market six months ago, he’d remained confident that he would somehow find a way to stay.

“We were supposed to be negotiating to buy it back,” he says. “We knew this could happen any day, but it was still a surprise.”

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Protesters Disrupt Mayor Ed Lee's Inauguration

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 2:26 PM

  • Photo by Adam Brinklow

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 Hall's upper galleries.

As promised, demonstrators from Justice For Mario Woods began assembling at around 11 this morning outside City Hall, passing out signs reading “Fire Suhr” and “Jail Killer Cops,“ many of which were painted on the backs of old Francisco Herrera For Mayor campaign placards.

Unable to secure seating on the ground floor, protesters gathered in the second floor gallery, forming a line for elevators that stretched nearly back to the entrance. Board of Supervisors President London Breed (often an advocate for groups like Black Lives Matter) made a point in her opening remarks of asking for order, calling City Hall “the people’s palace” and stressing the solemnity of the occasion.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Police Called To Last Night's District 3 Supervisor Debate

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 1:35 PM

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  • And in these corners...
While the days of Tammany Hall muscle may be behind us, it's hard to read a political story without encountering a gang of violent metaphors.  

"The gloves come off in North Beach," barked the headline of recent San Francisco magazine piece about the upcoming election in North Beach and Chinatown. That story is not alone: many mentions of the November electoral "battle" between Supervisor Julie Christensen and her "challenger," former Supervisor Aaron Peskin, have been intoned with sound and fury worthy of a ringside announcer.

But last night, things got real — as in a real literal fracas. Before a debate between the two candidates at City College's Chinatown campus, police had to be called to manage an unruly crowd coming to blows, a police spokesman confirmed to SF Weekly.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Willie Brown on the Defensive, Denies Offering to Make Tech CEO's Domestic Violence Charges "Go Away" for $1 Million

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 1:11 PM

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  • Da Mayor. Da- nial.

Former Mayor Willie Brown is on the defensive following yesterday’s bombshell story in The Wall Street Journal alleging that he offered to make a tech CEO’s domestic violence charges “go away” for $1 million.

According to WSJ, Gurbaksh Chahal, founder of online ad company RadiumOne, sought Brown’s assistance in clearing charges that Chahal beat his girlfriend (security cameras captured Chahal kicking the woman more than 100 times). Chahal was reportedly concerned that domestic violence charges would sour his company’s initial public offering (IPO).

“It was more than just an IPO,” Brown told KCBS radio this morning (talking to fellow Chronicle columnist Phil Matier). “We did put together a fabulous defense team under, you know, the canons of ethics...We followed all of the rules and regulations and saved him.”

Brown denied he ever offered to make the case “go away,” adding, “One would be out to lunch if they said they could make anything go away.” 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Local Umbrella Can't Handle a Little S.F. Wind and Rain, Says "Screw It"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM

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  • Coach umbrella reportedly "too good" for S.F. rainstorm

Much-needed rain is always a good thing, unless of course your always-reliable umbrella punks out on you mid rainstorm. 

But alas, San Franciscans — and their umbrellas — are never skilled at tolerating "extreme" weather. And we are using the phrase "extreme weather" very liberally. 

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