The Snatch: Foul News on Every Street

Bad Taste

Police are warning San Francisco pet owners to keep an eye out after police found nearly two dozen poisonous meatballs over the weekend, the same kind that killed a dog last summer. San Francisco Animal Control officers spent about four hours Saturday morning scouring a Twin Peaks neighborhood looking for the meatballs that they believe are intentionally left out for dogs. They found 21 meatballs that "were well-hidden in bushes and shrubbery," says Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the ACC. Unfortunately, police aren't sure they have recovered all the laced meatballs, so ACC also posted fliers in the neighborhood warning pet owners to be on the lookout. As far as the ACC knows, no animals have been sickened this time. Police are asking pet owners to keep their cats indoors and walk their dogs on a short leash. Last July, police discovered hundreds of laced meatballs in Twin Peaks and Diamond Heights. They contained enough strychnine to potentially kill a human. Sadly, a dachshund named Oskar ate one and died. If anyone has information, call the SFPD anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

The Grand Canyon of Income Inequality

With all this talk about wealth, gentrification, and Google buses, we thought an L.A. Times video report about income gaps added something to the discussion. The newspaper confirmed, using 2012 U.S. Census data, that San Francisco was among the top cities where the income gap was the widest. According to the report, San Francisco's wealthy residents earned 15 times more than people in the low-income bracket. The newspaper's discovery originated from the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit policy research group, which released a study saying that cities that have these sorts of inequalities are facing serious problems — and we're not just talking about Google buses. "San Francisco's ratio is high because its wealthy households have very high incomes, considerably higher than in any other major city ($353,000 at the 95th percentile)," according to the Institution. Sorry to depress you. And no, we didn't ask Tom Perkins for comment.

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