BART labor negotiations are breaking down faster than a train at rush hour. In the latest turn on the BART labor drama, two of the largest transit unions filed a lawsuit this morning, claiming that BART leaders are not bargaining in good faith, specifically when it comes to worker safety. Member ... More >>
Today, the National Lawyers Guild announced that it has procured a $1.025 million settlement for approximately 150 demonstrators who were unlawfully arrested by the Oakland Police Department as they protested the "light sentencing" of Johannes Mesherle, the BART police officer who shot and killed Os ... More >>
A vicious assault nine days ago left Eli Reyes with a broken femur and a number of deep cuts and bruises. She'd been riding her bike through downtown Oakland in the wee hours of the morning when an angry motorist pulled up at a red light, grabbed her through the open window of his truck, and dragged ... More >>
On January 16, a man holding a gun stole $6,014 from Mechanics Bank in Berkeley. Security camera footage showed the man point the gun at a teller, then lean over the counter and grab the cash from the drawer. The video also caught a distinguishing feature on the robber: what appeared to be a tatto ... More >>
If you have had it with those miscreants who use BART trains as their own personal bar, you know the place where they drink, pee, and fight with strangers, well, there is some hope. BART informed its passengers that it will implement a new law that should finally give passengers a cleaner, safer, ... More >>
Giselle Esteban, the 28-year-old mother convicted of slaying her former high school friend, this morning was given 25 years to life in prison for the murder of Michelle Le. According to press reports, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson announced the sentence just six weeks after a jur ... More >>
An Alameda County jury has found Giselle Esteban guilty of the 2011 murder of 26-year-old Michelle Le, concluding it wasn't a crime of passion. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley expressed her relief at the jury's verdict, which was reached in less than five days. "I am pleased the p ... More >>
University of California Regents, in a civil rights lawsuit settlement agreement announced today, will shell out $162,500 to David Morse, an independent photojournalist who was arrested by UC Berkeley police while covering a student demonstration more than two years ago. In that demonstration, on ... More >>
The price at the pump could get even pricier -- but only at your local Safeway store. An Alameda County judge has "hinted" that he will block Safeway stores from offering cheaper gasoline to their Club Card members and loyal shoppers across the Bay Area. And you can thank the surrounding fuel statio ... More >>
Two former officials at the now-defunct Associated Community Action Program (ACAP) -- an Alameda County agency tasked with helping the poor manage their money wisely -- have been charged with illicitly using the agency's money to pay for construction work on a personal home, buy massages, and pur ... More >>
This tragedy has the Wicked Witch of the West written all over it.As if we needed any more reason to doubt the future of humanity, here's yet another horrifying tale. Yvette Acevedo's 12-year-old Yorkie, Toto, was stolen out of her backyard in Hayward early last year. After canvassing the neighbo ... More >>
Superheroes or Villains?Three of the Occupy Oakland protesters who were arrested after last week's General Strike turned chaotic were arraigned in Alameda Superior Court on Monday. Among them was a roughed up "real-life superhero" who had attended the march dressed as a ninja with homemade armor, ... More >>
Courtesy of Michelleismissing.comMichelle LeThe Alameda County coroner confirmed that the human remains found over the weekend at Sunol Canyon are those of Michelle Le, the 26-year-old nursing student who went missing in May. However, medical authorities have not yet determined how Le died. The n ... More >>
George GascónDistrict Attorney George Gascón fought back against attacks on his suppression of an internal memo criticizing the San Francisco Police Department Crime Lab's DNA unit at a public forum for DA candidates last night, asserting that his office was prepared to disclose the memo throug ... More >>
Contenders in this year's election for San Francisco District Attorney have called on current DA George Gascón to release an internal memo that criticizes procedures for analyzing DNA evidence at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory.The memo, the existence of which was first reve ... More >>
DA George GascónThree challengers of interim District Attorney George Gascón in this year's DA's race are calling upon him to recuse himself from a potential investigation of criminal wrongdoing by the committee behind the campaign to draft Mayor Ed Lee to run for a full term.Last week, retired ... More >>
Okay, so it's not THAT cheap Cheap fuel -- now that's not the typical topic of conversation these days. While Bay Area drivers bask in the reality that they can fill up their tank at a local Safeway store on the cheap(er), six East Bay gas stations are suing the grocery retailer for lowering thei ... More >>
Libel Cost MoreA San Francisco appellate court has sided with a 73-year-old Sikh man who claims that a local newspaper libeled him when it published content linking him to incendiary terrorist remarks.Hardev Singh Grewal, an interpreter for the Alameda County Superior Court, can sue the Punjab Ti ... More >>
Ms. Sparks, we've got some news for you...Theresa Sparks will not be a San Francisco supervisor. Yet she has been named one of the year's top politicos for winning a seat on the Board of Supervisors. Say what? Along with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski, Sparks is named as ... More >>
Rockne HarmonDA's Office Denies Memo's Existence, But Prosecutor and DNA Expert Says He Wrote It in MarchOne of the nation's foremost DNA experts says he wrote an in-house report for the San Francisco District Attorney's office criticizing the DNA unit of the San Francisco Police Department Crime ... More >>
Yesterday we reported on a company with the charming name "Goats R Us" being hit with not-charming-at all charges of animal cruelty following the discovery of dead and malnourished goats.Company co-owner Terri Oyarzun tells SF Weekly the problems are all the fault of one goat of an employee -- he ... More >>
Christine Shreeve Hubbs is accused of allowing boys to fire pellet guns out her car window -- among other crimesSex, Hummers, pellet guns -- just another day in the suburbs. In an truly jaw-dropping case, Christine Shreeve Hubbs, an attractive, 42-year-old Mormon mother of three and wife of a de ... More >>
Oakland Police DepartmentGeorge Huggins may face the death penalty if convicted of Jinghong Kang's killingGeorge Huggins -- the 24-year-old Oakland man accused of pulling the trigger in a murder that sickened the nation -- may face the death penalty if found guilty. Huggiins, along with his 33-ye ... More >>
www.rivals.comHyman TaylorThe former University of San Francisco basketball player killed in an IKEA parking lot last week was murdered in a botched attempt to rob a marijuana dealer, authorities said Monday.
When it comes to quelling housing development, there's the law and there's the law...Pleasanton city fathers spent this week in conniption fits after a Superior Court judge ruled that the city can't cap its number of housing units at 29,000. Pleasanton now faces a choice of halting all commercial ... More >>
Jessica's Law prevents paroled sex offenders from residing near schools or parks. That means they can only live one place in S.F.: on the streets.
Was Bob defrauded here in San Francisco?Late last month, SF Weekly ran several stories about the purported San Francisco ties of NBC Contractors, a scandal-infested building firm charged with dozens of felonies in Alameda County. The firm is charged with systematically forcing its Chinese electri ... More >>
Possibly heading to Nevada is one more thing to be grouchy aboutSan Francisco's current waste management service, Recology -- formerly known as NorCal -- wants to ship the 20,000 tons of garbage we produce per week (not including weekends) on a freight train to a proposed landfill near Winnemucca ... More >>
Don FeriaA woman is led away by police during a May raid on NBC General Contractors' Oakland officesOn Wednesday, we wrote about the beleaguered NBC General Contractors, a company facing 40 felony counts in Alameda County for allegedly ripping off its vulnerable, Chinese immigrant workers and the ... More >>
An investor finds that he has been swindled, and that the schemer was aided by a mortgage industry lacking oversight.
Despite increasing regulation, clubs don't always check their bouncers' backgrounds.
They once called him a savior who helped people in need. Today, Edwin Parada is accused of taking money from Latinos unfamiliar with real estate laws.
The question of whether to begin saving creatures and habitats from climate change
Medical marijuana smokers face a 1,000-percent increase in cost of state ID card, which could force its demise
Prosecutors' reluctance to charge murder suspects in S.F. leaves alleged killers on the street, flush with bravado
Forget Ring Lardner and Roger Angell. When it comes to sportswriting, what Glenn Dickey starts, no one can finish.
What to do, all summer long
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Document reveals new details on how tobacco companies target gays
David Burgin is legendary as a rough-and-tumble newspaper editor. But the legend is full of astonishing contradictions, and its last chapter may include the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by one of his proteges at the Oakland Tribune.