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  • SAN FRANCISCO: Trashed Mission District businesses want answers

    05/01/2012 6:09:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 61 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/1/12 | Vivian Ho, Ellen Huet, Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage. Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night. Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group - high-level...
  • SF supervisors take on U.S. immigration authorities

    12/13/2011 5:30:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 12/13/11 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    In the latest showdown with the federal government — albeit a more symbolic one — the Board of Supervisors today approved a nonbinding resolution that asks the Sheriff’s Department and Juvenile Probation Department to not spend any local money when detaining suspected undocumented immigrants at the request of U.S. immigration authorities. The resolution, backed by immigrant rights advocates, provides political backing for the two departments if they choose to ignore requests from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to hold people in custody ”unless there is prior written agreement with the federal government by which all costs incurred by...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Supes May Oppose U.S. Immigration Program

    12/05/2011 7:32:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/5/11 | Jamie Goldberg
    It wasn’t the first time her partner hit her, but in October 2010 Norma finally picked up the phone and dialed 911. Instead of getting the help she longed for, the undocumented San Francisco resident was taken into custody and detained under the federal government’s Secure Communities Program. . . . more than 30 San Francisco residents who came out to speak on behalf of a resolution initiated by District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar. It would discourage the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and Juvenile Probation Department from using local funds to respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Not many of us natives left here in adventure land

    08/23/2011 8:51:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/23/11 | Carl Nolte, Chronicle Columnist
    I ran into a man I'd known for years at a supermarket the other day. He's an old San Francisco guy, so I was surprised at what he said. "I'm moving out of the city," he said. "San Francisco is not the city I grew up in anymore. I'm through with it. "Yep," he said, "I'm gonna sell my house and move to Novato. You know what? The sun shines there in the summer. I mean they have sun - that big yellow thing - sun in July and August. I'm tired of the fog - fog every night and...
  • PHIL BRONSTEIN: I was duped by Jose Vargas, illegal immigrant

    06/23/2011 7:51:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/23/11 | Chronicle's Editor at Large Phil Bronstein
    I was duped. I once hired an illegal immigrant to be a reporter for the Chronicle. "I don't think I'm a criminal," Jose Antonio Vargas told me when we met last week, right before he announced his status to the world. "Don't make me seem guiltier than I am." Jose lied to me and everyone else he worked for, and that's not kosher, especially in a profession where facts and, more elusively, the truth are considered valuable commodities. In 2003 he wrote a story for us about illegals getting fake drivers' licenses in the Mission when he'd used phony documents...
  • City revises its stance on illegal immigrant youths

    05/11/2011 1:08:51 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 11, 2011 | Rachel Gordon
    San Francisco no longer will report to immigration authorities juveniles suspected of being in the United States illegally when they are arrested on a felony charge if they can show they have family ties to the Bay Area, are enrolled in school and are not repeat offenders, Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday. The edict creates a middle ground between the hard-line position of Lee's predecessor, Gavin Newsom, who directed city law enforcement officers to report all arrested juveniles to federal authorities for possible deportation, and the Board of Supervisors, which backed a more liberal policy. Supervisors passed a law in...
  • Secure Communities meets with strange resistance

    05/05/2011 8:02:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/5/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey explained in The Chronicle's Sunday Insight section his opposition to Secure Communities, the federal program that automatically passes new arrestees' fingerprints to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program applies to "everyone booked into a county jail," Hennessey complained - "even in a minor matter, such as having no driver's license in one's possession in a traffic stop." To Hennessey and many other "sanctuary city" supporters, a person can break federal immigration law, then violate state driver's license law, but still should escape the legal consequences. Secure Communities is supposed to address illegal immigration by targeting...
  • Appeals court rules SF not repsonsible for deaths

    01/31/2011 8:54:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/11 | Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco cannot be held responsible for the deaths of a father and two sons allegedly gunned down in 2008 by a man city officials refused to report to immigration authorities, the state Court of Appeals decided Monday. The ruling upholds a February 2010 Superior Court decision. Tony Bologna, 48, and his two sons, Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, were shot to death in a car near their Excelsior district home in June 2008. A third son in the car was not injured. Relatives sued the city, claiming San Francisco's sanctuary policy protecting illegal immigrants kept the alleged gunman, Edwin...
  • Ad Watch: Maldonado attacks Newsom on sanctuary city policy

    10/13/2010 8:14:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 10/13/10 | Susan Ferriss
    Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is running a radio ad criticizing Democratic rival Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's mayor, for a city policy to try to rehabilitate and release undocumented minors being held for crimes – without reporting them to federal officials for possible deportation. Following is an analysis by Susan Ferriss of The Bee Capitol Bureau: Text Narrator: It took a triple murder for Mayor Gavin Newsom to admit San Francisco's sanctuary city policies were a misguided and costly mistake. Second narrator: For four years while Newsom was mayor, San Francisco refused to turn dangerous illegal immigrant criminals over to authorities...
  • Homeless problem lingers as S.F. spends millions

    09/27/2010 7:55:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/27/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Since Mayor Gavin Newsom took office, he and the city of San Francisco have spent more than $1 billion on the homeless. But is it helping? This year, the city spent $150 million on health care and social services for its estimated 13,500 homeless on the street or in city-funded housing. That comes to about $11,000 per person. The city has spent another $176 million, mostly in federal funds, on permanent housing for the homeless since 2004. Newsom said at a recent Chronicle editorial board meeting that since implementing his Care Not Cash program, the city has taken 12,000 people...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: City citations show need for sit/lie law

    09/21/2010 12:47:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/21/10 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco police Officer Gary Buckner was assigned to patrol the streets looking for quality of life crimes - like people drinking or urinating on the street or aggressive panhandling - in 2008 and 2009. But after he cited one persistent panhandler 35 times for pestering drivers at a traffic light on South Van Ness, Buckner reached a discouraging conclusion. "There is no consequence whatsoever for their actions," Buckner said. "I've written hundreds and hundreds of citations, and I think I was called to court (to testify) twice."
  • Driver in SUV sidewalk crash was unlicensed

    08/24/2010 9:22:54 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/24/10 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    The driver of an SUV that jumped a sidewalk and plowed into five people waiting for a bus Tuesday in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley did not have a license, police said. Two of the victims in the 9:36 a.m. crash at San Bruno and Arleta avenues were in critical condition late Tuesday, and the other three were in serious condition. The victims, four women and a man, ranged in age from their 30s to 80s, said Rachael Kagan, a spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital. The driver of a Ford Explorer, a 24-year-old woman whose name has not been released,...
  • Immigration a hot issue in state races

    07/31/2010 2:03:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 3+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/31/10 | Joe Garofoli,Drew Joseph, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Even as a federal judge blocked some of the more controversial portions of a new Arizona immigration law this week, its political reverberations - and those of other immigration issues - are shaking California's statewide races. Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is using the example of the Arizona policy to argue against places like San Francisco that have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.Under its 1989 policy, San Francisco law officers report felony suspects to federal immigration officials only if their legal status can't be readily confirmed. But Fiorina said that if the U.S. Department of Justice...
  • Free pass for sanctuary cities?

    07/27/2010 7:58:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/27/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Obama administration had gone to federal court to kill Arizona's new illegal-immigration law, scheduled to go into effect Thursday. The Department of Justice argues that enforcement of the Arizona law "is pre-empted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution." Does this mean that if Team Obama prevails over Arizona, San Francisco and other sanctuary cities should prepare to go to court against the feds? After all, the Obama brief argues that "a state may not establish its own immigration policy or enforce state laws in a manner that interferes with the federal...
  • Barbara Boxer cannot abide chaos -- in Arizona

    07/10/2010 10:34:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/10/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    Barbara Boxer was on CNN where she discussed Arizona, her hair and her high unfavorable ratings. "Why do you think more than half of California voters just don't like you?" reporter Jessica Yellin asked. Boxer replied that she "the three Republican candidates" running for Senate beating up on me" -- plus two Republicans running for governor. So after 18 years in office, people don't like her because a handful of Republicans, most of whom lost their primary, have said negative things about her? Say this for Boxer, she is a pro at styling herself as an underdog.
  • What's the most disgusting thing you've seen in San Francisco?

    06/16/2010 12:59:11 PM PDT · by SmithL · 70 replies · 1,741+ views
    SFGate: City Brights ^ | 6/16/10 | Harmon Leon
    San Francisco is a colorful city. Sometimes it's a little too colorful. While living here, I've seen so many disturbing images that have now permanently burnt themselves into my retinas. . . . I surveyed some friends to find out what was the most disgusting thing they've seen while living in San Francisco. Something purely horrific whose image will always stick with them in the same manner as the fall of the Twin Towers or the opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan.
  • GOP likely to knock 3 candidates' S.F. ties

    06/15/2010 7:43:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 242+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/15/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    San Francisco bashing is about to intensify. Three Democratic politicians with strong ties to San Francisco - Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris - are engaged in tough statewide election battles and political experts say the GOP will probably seize on the city's reputation as a bastion of left-wing politics to attack them.Gubernatorial candidate Brown was born in San Francisco, served as Oakland's mayor and lives in the East Bay city while serving as the state attorney general; Newsom, vying for lieutenant governor, was born in San Francisco and is the city's mayor; and Attorney General candidate Harris was...
  • U.S. ruling challenges S.F.'s sanctuary policy

    05/06/2010 7:59:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 711+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/6/10 | Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco officials are about to lose the ability to decide which criminal suspects who may also be undocumented immigrants should be reported to federal officials, The Chronicle has learned. Starting next month, the San Francisco County Jail must begin participating in an automated reporting system set up by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The program, Secure Communities, automatically links the fingerprint databases of state justice departments with a database used by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, known as ICE. As part of San Francisco's 1989 sanctuary city policy, officials only report felony suspects whose legal status...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: The everyday boycotts

    04/29/2010 7:48:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 463+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/29/10 | Editor
    San Francisco politicians went right to their favorite toolbox in reaction to Arizona's offensive and constitutionally suspect law to turn its police into immigration enforcers. "Boycott Arizona!" was the thoroughly predictable City Hall reaction. It's unlikely that lawmakers and businesses in the Grand Canyon State are going to be quaking in their boots at the prospect of lost business from indignant San Francisco liberals. And this boycott might end before it begins once the federal courts assess the constitutionality of singling out people for extra scrutiny on the basis of their appearance or language skills. It's hard to get too...
  • The politics of boycott

    04/28/2010 1:12:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 457+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 4/28/10 | John Coté, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Oh, what a difference a day makes. On Monday, Mayor Gavin Newsom was questioning the wisdom of City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor David Campos' proposed boycott of Arizona for its harsh new immigration law, saying the law was "un-American" but boycotting a state and its businesses was "an extraordinarily complicated matter." "I appreciate the desire to condemn the act," Newsom said then. "I understand how (a boycott) would get a lot of attention, but I also think we have a lot of work to do to have a sober dialogue about, 'Is this something possible?' " He was saying...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Call to boycott Arizona boosts Herrera with left

    04/28/2010 7:57:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 365+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/28/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    <p>Behind every move out of San Francisco City Hall, there's a healthy dose of personality and politics - and the call for a boycott of Arizona in protest of the state's new law aimed at illegal immigrants is no exception.</p>
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Will boycott harm Arizona?

    04/28/2010 7:50:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 71 replies · 1,065+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/28/10 | Andrew S. Ross
    <p>Ask Barry Broome, chief executive of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, what he thinks of our Board of Supervisors' move to boycott Arizona, and he won't hesitate to tell you.</p> <p>"It's a really poor strategy," he says, adding words like "hypocritical," "grandstanding" and "cheap shot" to the mix.</p>
  • S.F. city attorney calls for boycott of Arizona over immigration law

    04/26/2010 1:13:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies · 913+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/26/10 | Bay City News
    San Francisco's city attorney today called for a boycott of the state of Arizona over newly signed legislation that outlaws illegal immigrants under state law. City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a statement this morning calling for a "sweeping boycott of Arizona and Arizona-based businesses until this unjust law is repealed or invalidated." The Arizona law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday, makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.
  • {SANctuary FRANCISCO POLICE CHIEF} Gascon says AZ immigration bill "catastrophic"

    04/22/2010 9:41:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 69 replies · 1,286+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 4/22/10 | John Coté, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Count our own George Gascon among the nation's police chiefs speaking out against a controversial Arizona immigration bill that would require police officers in that state to arrest anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Gascon, who was the top cop in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa before being tapped for the San Francisco job last year, said the Arizona legislation "will have a catastrophic effect on policing and set back community policing efforts for decades." Some cops are warning the law would impede their efforts to fight violent crime because witnesses and victims will be reluctant to...
  • S.F. Police Chief Gascón makes amends to Arabs

    04/02/2010 7:40:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 377+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/2/10 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón has been on an apology tour this week after making controversial remarks about terrorism and Middle Easterners - and the dustup is likely to lead to changes in the Police Department and at City Hall. Gascón reportedly said last week the Hall of Justice is susceptible to a terrorist attack by members of the city's Middle Eastern community parking a van in front of it and blowing it up.Despite reports to the contrary from people in attendance, Gascón said he never lumped all Middle Easterners or Arab Americans together, but instead referred to people...
  • Judge tosses sanctuary suit in S.F. killings

    02/23/2010 8:20:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 871+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/23/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The family of a father and two sons who were shot dead on a San Francisco street in 2008 can't hold the city responsible for failing to turn their alleged killer over to immigration authorities after earlier arrests, a judge has ruled. The city isn't legally to blame for any crimes Edwin Ramos, a suspected illegal immigrant from El Salvador, committed after his release for the offenses he committed as a juvenile, Judge Charlotte Woolard of San Francisco Superior Court said Monday. Cities "generally are not liable for failing to protect individuals against crime," Woolard said. She...
  • Illegal teen's arrest stirs sanctuary law fight

    01/18/2010 8:40:20 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 790+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/18/10 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' new sanctuary law - intended to block the city from alerting the feds to young illegal immigrant criminal suspects who haven't been convicted - has come into focus again with the arrest of an undocumented 15-year-old in a double slaying at a Mission District pizzeria.The youth - a native of Mexico who attends John O'Connell High School - is one of three suspects in the Sept. 20 killings at Papa Potrero's Pizza on 24th Street. Police say the boy helped hold the victims down while they were shot in an apparent act of revenge...
  • Sanctuary veto overridden, legal action possible { Sanctuary Francisco }

    11/11/2009 1:55:47 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 455+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/11/9 | Heather Knight
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday was successful in overriding Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto of legislation changing the sanctuary city ordinance. Newsom, who said the ordinance conflicts with federal law, said through his spokesman that he would ignore the legislation - prompting the legislation's author to threaten a legal challenge to the mayor. The new law takes effect in 30 days, and Supervisor David Campos said the board may fight the mayor in court if no compromise can be struck. Campos' ordinance - which garnered eight votes Tuesday - requires that undocumented juveniles be turned...
  • Feds, courts may step in if supes shield youths {Sanctuary Francisco}

    11/10/2009 7:46:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 386+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/10/9 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco supervisors' effort to shield immigrant youths from deportation when they're arrested on felony charges comes to a head today when the board votes on an override of Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto - a vote Newsom says he'll disregard because the ordinance would violate federal law. Supervisor David Campos' legislation has enough votes to pass. At that point, San Francisco will be at the center of a simmering nationwide legal debate over state and local government authority to depart from federal immigration policy, said Jayashri Srikantiah, a Stanford law professor and director of the school's Immigrants' Rights Clinic. At...
  • Newsom vetoes change in S.F. sanctuary law

    10/29/2009 7:42:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 466+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/29/9 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday vetoed the Board of Supervisors' legislation changing the city's sanctuary city policy. The letter is a formality on two counts: the supervisors have the votes to override Newsom's veto, and the mayor has said he'll ignore the legislation anyway. At issue is legislation, written by Supervisor David Campos, requiring that undocumented youth be reported to federal immigration officials for possible deportation after they're convicted of a felony, not when they're first arrested, as is the current policy. Newsom, has said the legislation must be ignored because it violates federal law.
  • SF board changes tack on immigrant minors { Criminals protected from Immigration}

    10/27/2009 7:13:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 407+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 10/27/9 | JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press Writer
    San Francisco (AP) -- This famously liberal city, known for tackling thorny issues from gay marriage to universal health care, is wrestling with another divisive issue. The Board of Supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that would keep law enforcement from turning over minors to immigration authorities unless they have been found guilty of a felony. The move pits the panel against Mayor Gavin Newsom and law enforcement by reversing his policy of turning over youths to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after their arrest. Newsom took the stance in 2008 after the city was accused of protecting young...
  • { SANCTUARY FRANCISCO } Daly looks to make memo hay

    10/06/2009 12:58:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 568+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 10/6/9 | John Coté
    There's still no love lost between Supervisor Chris Daly and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Daly, making a guest appearance Monday at the Board of Supervisors' public safety committee to support Supervisor David Campos' amendment to the city's sanctuary ordinance, said Newsom should be "held accountable" for releasing a confidential legal memo that said Campos' amendment violated federal law and would invite a legal challenge to the entire sanctuary policy. Daly downplayed the memo, saying it outlines a worst-case scenario and "exaggerates the legal risk involved." But he also said Newsom had provided a road map to anyone looking to challenge the...
  • Victims' family loses round in sanctuary suit

    08/14/2009 7:33:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 326+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/14/9 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The family of a father and two sons who were gunned down on a San Francisco street last year has failed to convince a federal judge that the city violated the victims' constitutional rights by shielding their alleged murderer from deportation. But a lawyer for Tony Bologna's widow and daughter said he'll return to a state court with claims that San Francisco acted negligently by not notifying federal authorities of Edwin Ramos' immigration status when police arrested him in separate incidents in 2003 and 2004. The city's lawyer said he'll seek dismissal of those claims as...
  • Must get S.F. sanctuary policy back on track

    06/25/2009 7:46:13 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 432+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/25/9 | C.W. Nevius
    The problem isn't that San Francisco lacks good ideas. It is that it takes them too far. In a period of 20 years, we went from a reasonable sanctuary policy that shielded political exiles who were here illegally to District Attorney Kamala Harris justifying letting first-time drug offenders clear their convictions even though they were illegal immigrants and subject to deportation. But here's the question: Why didn't anyone see this coming? Wasn't the uproar a year ago enough to get everyone's attention? Last year, The Chronicle's Jaxon VanDerbeken revealed that the city had been transporting convicted juvenile crack dealers back...
  • {San Francisco's Kamala Harris } D.A.: Illegal immigrants were playing by rules

    06/24/2009 7:52:41 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 615+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/24/9 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said Tuesday that half a dozen illegal immigrants whose drug convictions were expunged as part of a job training program that she oversaw were "following the rules" and deserved to be exonerated even after prosecutors learned of their status. Prosecutors tightened guidelines, the district attorney said, after learning last summer that a man enrolled in Harris' Back on Track program was an illegal immigrant who allegedly robbed and assaulted a woman in Pacific Heights. The suspect in that case, Alexander Izaguirre, was the only one of the seven enrollees who turned out to be...
  • S.F. blames out-of-towners for endless homeless problem

    12/22/2008 8:07:09 AM PST · by SmithL · 113 replies · 7,146+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/20/8 | C.W. Nevius
    City officials are finally admitting what others have been saying for years: San Francisco is attracting huge numbers of homeless people from all over. Thousands of transient people, arriving from other counties, states and even countries, are overwhelming the city's homeless system. Facing a crippling budget shortfall, officials at San Francisco's homeless agencies are proposing a radical idea - take care of the city's own first, and require newcomers to show proof of residency for aid."If a homeless family living in San Francisco doesn't get shelter, and somebody just off the bus does, it doesn't seem fair," said Trent Rhorer,...
  • S.F. faces $575.6 million budget deficit

    12/09/2008 7:53:47 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 675+ views
    San ^ | 12/9/8 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco's budget deficit for next year has grown to $575.6 million - equal to nearly half the city's discretionary spending account. It's a financial crisis Mayor Gavin Newsom called one of the worst the city has experienced since the 1930s. Newsom will announce his plan for cutting up to $125 million from this year's $6.6 billion budget today, but gave few details about what it will include. "This is nothing we've seen before," he told The Chronicle. "As difficult as these cuts will be, the real challenge is in the next three, four, six months." Today's announcement is expected...
  • Suspect in boy's slaying avoided deportation { Sanctuary Francisco }

    11/14/2008 8:02:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 544+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/14/8 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A teenager accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy to death in a gang-motivated attack had been given sanctuary from deportation under San Francisco's previous practice of shielding young illegal immigrant felons from federal authorities, records show. Rony Aguilera, 17, known as "Guerrillero," has been charged as an adult in the July 31 sword attack in the Excelsior neighborhood that killed Ivan Miranda, who police say was an innocent victim caught up in an act of gang vengeance. Authorities believe Aguilera is an illegal immigrant from Honduras, but he was never referred to federal officials after being arrested...
  • S.F. political family worse than dysfunctional

    11/12/2008 8:47:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 630+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/12/8 | C.W. Nevius
    It's been said that San Francisco politics is like a dysfunctional family. But that's unfair to dysfunctional families. In the last eight years, the city's leading politicians have seemed more concerned with petty personal grudges than governing. There are supervisors - hello, Chris Daly - who will reflexively oppose anything Mayor Gavin Newsom proposes. Again and again, the mayor's office is quick to rise to the bait but not so eager to reach out and build bridges. And so, as four new members of the Board of Supervisors prepare to take their seats, here's some advice: Knock it off. This...
  • Judge reinstates suit against SF

    10/22/2008 8:18:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 441+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/22/8 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A state appeals court today reinstated a taxpayer lawsuit that accuses San Francisco officials of violating a state law that requires police who make drug arrests to notify federal authorities if a criminal suspect doesn't appear to be a U.S. citizen.A Superior Court judge dismissed the suit last year, saying the California law on which it was based was an invalid attempt by the state to regulate immigration. The First District Court of Appeal disagreed Wednesday and said the law, though it might affect immigration, is based on the state's legal authority to combat drug trafficking....
  • S.F. to return $5.2 million in federal funds

    10/17/2008 7:45:31 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 458+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/17/8 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    San Francisco officials have agreed to pay back $5.2 million in federal grant money the city now admits it was not entitled to under a U.S. program to compensate local law enforcement for fighting border crime. The U.S. Justice Department audited its Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative grant program last year and concluded that San Francisco - through a private consultant - had applied for money it was not entitled to claim for prosecuting cases for federal authorities and incarcerating defendants. Rather than basing its claims on specific cases that federal officials referred for local prosecution, as required by the program...
  • San Francisco judge rejects challenge to city ID card plan

    10/14/2008 3:02:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 838+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/14/8 | Matt O'Brien
    SAN FRANCISCO — A judge today effectively dismissed an immigration group's legal attack on a program that would give San Franciscans with city ID cards, rejecting the claim that the program conflicts with federal law. The San Francisco Municipal ID Card, which would provide city residents, including undocumented immigrants, with access to a variety of services and local institutions, was "entirely neutral with respect to immigration status," said Superior Court Judge Peter Busch. The city ID program, he said, merely requires that applicants have been in the city for at least 15 days. Using examples of other city programs, Busch...
  • Federal grand jury investigating S.F.'s sanctuary-city policies

    10/03/2008 7:21:13 PM PDT · by HollyButler · 7 replies · 451+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ^ | October 3, 2008 | Bob Egelko
    (10-03) 17:58 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal grand jury is investigating whether San Francisco's policy of offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants violates U.S. laws against harboring people who are in the country illegally, city officials say. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said his office has hired a criminal defense lawyer to represent employees who might be questioned or asked for documents. Both he and Mayor Gavin Newsom said they would cooperate with the investigation. San Francisco, like about 80 other U.S. cities and five states, has a law prohibiting the use of its funds to help enforce federal immigration law...
  • 30% of S.F. juvenile offenders actually adults { Sanctuary Francisco }

    09/17/2008 7:48:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 222+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/17/8 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    San Francisco -- Nearly 30 percent of the felony offenders San Francisco juvenile justice officials have reported to federal immigration authorities since the city stopped shielding youths from deportation have turned out to be adults, authorities say. The city's Juvenile Probation Department has referred 58 offenders to federal authorities since Mayor Gavin Newsom announced July 2 that the city no longer would protect youths from deportation under San Francisco's sanctuary law. The mayor took the step after The Chronicle revealed that the city was paying for flights home and $7,000-a-month group homes for underage, undocumented offenders, who as adults could...
  • My View: The 'unbanked' deserve financial services

    09/08/2008 7:48:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 34 replies · 134+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/8/8 | José Cisneros
    There's little doubt that these are tough economic times for most Americans. But of all the people affected by such a downturn, perhaps no one suffers more than low-wage workers who struggle even in good times to make ends meet. Their challenge in acquiring and maintaining assets – a house, a business or even a savings account – makes them even more vulnerable when times get tough. Millions of American households have no checking or savings account of any kind. The "unbanked" typically don't know if they qualify, how to open accounts or even if they should. Without bank accounts,...
  • Protected by S.F., youth offender now a suspect in attempted murder

    08/20/2008 11:18:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 25 replies · 155+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/20/8 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A suspected illegal immigrant - free after being shielded from deportation by San Francisco officials despite committing two gang-related assaults as a juvenile - is now facing charges that he tried to stab a man to death in San Mateo County, authorities say. The case of Eric Antonio Uc-Cahun, now 19, is the second in which a youth offender protected from deportation in San Francisco has gone on to be arrested for a violent crime as an adult. The San Mateo County stabbing was especially vicious, authorities said - a top prosecutor said the victim had been...
  • Panel urges S.F. to help teen immigrant felons

    08/19/2008 1:11:27 AM PDT · by wac3rd · 18 replies · 234+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8-19-08 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    A San Francisco city commission has taken a defiant stand against Mayor Gavin Newsom's directive on young immigrant felons by urging officials to permit the offenders to remain in the city and help pay for their housing, job placement services and immigration lawyers. (snip)
  • Pimps, Pedophiles: Welcome to S.F. (City prepares to legalize child prostitution)

    08/17/2008 7:16:50 PM PDT · by mojito · 123 replies · 1,781+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 8/17/2008 | Debra Saunders
    A quick reading of the measure that will go before San Francisco voters in November to decriminalize prostitution easily could leave you with the misimpression that the measure is an exercise in fairness that demands that prosecutors go after men who abuse prostitutes and implement policies "to reduce institutional violence and discrimination against prostitutes." A careful reading of the initiative, "Enforcement of Laws Related to Prostitution and Sex Workers," however, shows a measure that shields child prostitution and traffickers of human beings. "If I had just heard from the proponents, I would probably vote for it myself," said the Rev....
  • S.F. Democrats take a sharp turn to the left

    08/15/2008 7:45:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 211+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/8 | Heather Knight
    The San Francisco Democratic Party has veered dramatically to the left, telling voters that on Nov. 4 they should elect a raft of ultra-liberal supervisorial candidates, decriminalize prostitution, boot JROTC from public schools, embrace public power and reject Mayor Gavin Newsom's special court in the Tenderloin. That's just what some party members feared after Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Jake McGoldrick along with others who billed themselves as "The Hope Slate" were elected to the Democratic County Central Committee in June. The powerful, 34-member panel worked late into Wednesday night deciding endorsements that could play a big role in...
  • San Bernardino wants list of dumped probationers

    08/06/2008 12:19:01 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 80+ views
    San Bernardino, CA (AP) -- The California attorney general is being asked to help get a 12-month tally of San Francisco juvenile offenders placed in San Bernardino County group homes. . . . In June, five suspected illegal immigrant drug dealers from Honduras were shipped by San Francisco without notification to a Yucaipa group home where they escaped.