If Walter White was real, he'd be a rank amateur playing in methamphetamine's minor leagues. The real kings of crystal are right here in California, where 70 percent of the meth consumed in the United States enters the country from Mexico, according to the California Attorney General's Office. Th ... More >>
There's some troubling news over at UCSF this morning. Officials are alerting about 10,000 individuals that computers with their private information on it were stolen from the medical campus earlier this year. According to a statement the university posted on the UCSF website, the unencrypted desk ... More >>
Well, this might help explain last year's mass exodus to Texas.The California Attorney General's Office released some uplifting stats that show Californians have less hostility -- or at least they're not acting on it -- than in previous years. The AG welcomed the numbers which show an over ... More >>
As undocumented youngsters across America line up today to try to legally avoid deportation, state officials warm them to watch out for potential scams that could put their applications to remain in the United States in jeopardy. California Attorney General released a vague warning today, saying oft ... More >>
Among the many, many changes happening over at the fledgling Bay Citizen, the news outlet announced this week it will sever its special relationship with the New York Times on April 29. The news isn't so surprising after the paper announced it would merge with the Center for Investigative Reporting, ... More >>
Here's something that will give sports spectators something to really cheer about. A SoCal assemblyman is essentially asking for a statewide restraining order on violent sports fans, barring them from events so that the rest of us can watch our teams play without worrying about getting killed. As ... More >>
Homeless Sex Offenders: smart on crime? California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced trick-or-treaters will be safer since cops will keep homeless sex offender parolees indoors tonight in San Francisco. That announcement comes even while Harris' office is defending Jessica's Law -- the bal ... More >>
The year 2010 saw a marked uptick in hate crimes against Latinos statewide, according to newly released statistics from the California Attorney General's office.Attorney General Kamala Harris' annual report on hate crimes -- incidents in which victims are targeted because of their ethnicity, sexu ... More >>
Our federal tax dollars are going where?This week's Matt Smith column describes how con man Paul Noe II is back to his old practice of persuading seniors to enter into financial transactions they don't fully understand, ones that stretch what the law allows, and which stand to benefit Noe and his ... More >>
A 23-year-old computer hacker in the Sacramento Valley burg of Citrus Heights has pleaded guilty to seven felony charges stemming from an ingenious scheme to hack into women's email accounts -- with the help of information available on Facebook -- and gain access to their nude photos.In a ploy th ... More >>
A pair of MacGyver-esque identity thieves has pleaded guilty to implanting devices in gas pumps that stole customers' checking-account information, a scheme that state officials say brought in $90,000.The California Attorney General's office announced today that the men -- David Karapetyan and Zh ... More >>
Kamala HarrisSFPD Chief Also Denies Awareness of Critique Written by Prosecutor and DNA ExpertDistrict Attorney Kamala Harris and San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón both said today they have never seen and were not aware of a report in which a renowned prosecutor says he criticized the sup ... More >>
Through reporting over the past month, SF Weekly has uncovered multiple instances of scientifically and ethically questionable conduct by DNA analysts at the San Francisco Police Department Crime Laboratory. Our findings focus on two lapses in particular: the destruction of records of a potential ... More >>
Teresa CaffeseThe highest ranking non-elected official at the San Francisco Public Defender's office is departing at the end of this year to start her own law practice.Teresa Caffese, who has worked at the Public Defender's office for 23 years, will be leaving at the end of this month. As chief a ... 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 >>
Looking ahead to bigger thingsPardon us, gentle reader, for the intolerable hedge in the above headline. Lacking the statistical prowess of some other observers, we're still going to play it safe -- yet it appears that San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is on the verge of victory in th ... More >>
An unlikely ally?In an effort to combat the mudslide of Republican money pouring into California to fund attack ads on San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in the California Attorney General's race, the Harris campaign today released a "statement" from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein."Kamala ... More >>
Close observers of the 2010 California Attorney General's race probably saw this one coming. With less than two weeks remaining until election day on Nov. 2, Republican activists are going to spend about $1 million blanketing the airwaves with commercials attacking San Francisco District Attorney Ka ... More >>
Whatever you do, don't say "I gave at the office..."Dennis Herrera, who not long ago announced plans to move his operations down the hall from the city attorney's office to that of San Francisco mayor, has issued a warning to city workers feeling particularly enthusiastic about his or anyone else ... More >>
Ah, but is it Constitutional? According to a recent Zogby poll, 72 percent of Americans support a California law preventing the sale of ultra-violent videogames to children. And yet, the validity of that law isn't for Americans randomly picking up the phone to decide, but the nine justices of the ... More >>
It came in a manilla envelope with three American flag stamps, entitled "Important Pre-Election Press Release." Return address: David Bavineau (ecstatic), County Jail 4, 850 Bryant St. Over at SF Weekly, we tore the thick envelope open with no small amount of anticipation. Bavineau, as some may r ... More >>
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has launched a new television ad attacking former Facebook executive Chris Kelly, her foremost adversary in the Democratic primary for the California Attorney General's race.In this latest bout of mud-slinging between Harris and Kelly, the D.A.'s campaig ... More >>
"I'm here to attack the issues, not another candidate."San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' failure to disclose the criminal backgrounds of cops testifying in cases her office prosecuted "calls into question ... whether she has the judgment necessary to be California's next attorney gen ... More >>
The party at the SFPD drug lab may soon be overThe California Attorney General's office will handle any criminal charges filed against former San Francisco crime-lab technician Deborah Madden for her alleged role in tampering with narcotics evidence, District Attorney Kamala Harris announced toda ... More >>
Kamala HarrisHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw her support behind San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris in the California Attorney General's race today, the latest in a string of prominent endorsements for the Democratic front-runner.The announcement comes on the heels of new polling that ... More >>
Although California's Attorney General and judges have recently been loosening the legal reins on medical marijuana users, the debate over whether dispensaries have a place in our cities remains a hot-button issue around the state. This is particularly true in Los Angeles, but also in Hayward -- ... More >>
On Wednesday, the latest in a batch of Republican political neophytes expressed his desire for high-ranking political office in California. Damon Dunn, the former Stanford and NFL receiver and current Orange County real-estate mogul, said he plans to run for Secretary of State.But as the San Francis ... More >>
Weather Underground leaders claimed their bombings were devised to avoid bloodshed. But FBI agents suspect the radical '70s group killed an S.F. cop in the name of revolution.
Paul Noe II, the apparent mastermind of a scheme the California Attorney General says was designed to bilk thousands of defaulted homeowners out of their remaining savings, appears even closer to having to suffer for his deeds. "He's such an ass. I would love to see these people jailed, because t ... More >>
Has Office Depot taken the city for a ride? Let's hope the city saved its receipts. According to San Francisco's Director of the Office of Contract Administration, Naomi Kelly, the vast majority of the city's office supplies are purchased from Office Depot -- that would be the same Office D ... More >>
Sgt. John V. YoungIf leftist supervisors sought to show the world that their sympathy for a group of alleged cop-killers in San Francisco was more than a zany political stunt, they have done themselves no favors with a new resolution that links the men's arrest to the Bush Administration, Gua ... More >>
The cases of a young defendant and a repeat offender attorney show power and privilege tip the scales
Albert Johnson was exonerated for a crime he didn't commit, but not before spending over a decade in prison. Why guiltless people get jailed -- and how to stop it.
How a lesbian love triangle involving two police officers and a former kickboxing champion led to a drawn-out privacy lawsuit against the San Mateo County DA who had allegedly outed the kickboxer to her ex-husband, a probation officer who then decided to
At least that's what Janet Campbell claimed about construction bids at UCSF, where she soon found herself out of a job
Chevron to Turks: Bay is pristine! GOP to pot doctor: Good job! Tenants to landlords: You're illegal! Potheads to supervisors: Like, wow -- a sanctuary!
Major oil companies are gobbling up independent gas station operators, all in the name of greed
The rest of the country is re-appraising the death penalty; California sues to keep a minister from comforting those facing execution
After billionaire pedophile Larry Hillblom died, illegitimate children began stepping forward to demand part of his estate. It took cutting-edge genetic sleuths to prove that they were, indeed, to the mogul born.
Schools plan to tell parents where sex offenders live; is it caution or hysteria?
In life, Paul Kalmanovitz controlled every business decision related to his $500million brewery/real estate dynasty.He even made detailed plans forthe governance of his estateafter he died. So why is the Kalmanovitz fortune the center of two vituperative