A few years back, SF Weekly wrote about an odd program which helped to incentivize San Francisco police to both retire early and work past retirement age. It did this by simultaneously paying their salaries and pensions, leading to some personnel walking away in their final year with lump-sump payme ... More >>
Gary Delagnes, president of the Police Officers Association, doesn't miss many opportunities to take shots at local pols -- figuratively speaking -- as evidenced again in today's Chron. He penned a brief yet sharp op-ed bluntly calling out Public Defender Jeff Adachi for "slandering" local cops.F ... More >>
There were plenty of "Zombie Candidates" in this year's race, but not Ross MirkarimiA favorite old Far Side comic depicts a dying duelist expiring in the arms of the ritual's adjudicator and stating "I could have sworn you said eleven paces..." In other words, failure to comprehend the rules can ... More >>
We've written quite a bit about the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), a sweet deal voters awarded police several years back that allowed cops to amass salaries and pensions simultaneously -- and retire with lump sump payments exceeding $400,000. Despite the quixotic and bizarre attempts ... More >>
Update: Police Union head Gary Delagnes predicts Ross Mirkarimi will push renewing DROP for one year. Not long ago, SF Weekly wrote a story about the city's Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). The program allows older police officers to simultaneously earn pensions and salaries -- a tough sce ... More >>
Is he a politician or not?One of the reasons why so many people like Mayor Ed Lee is because he has that understated aura of being nonpolitical. But in reality, the mayor is rather good at the sport of politics, and he's even better at down playing it.A clear example of this is when he made the t ... More >>
Suhr was worth millionsMayor Ed Lee has finally chosen Greg Suhr, a veteran cop long attached to the good ol' boy network, as San Francisco's next chief of police. And why wouldn't he pick Suhr? That's who the San Francisco police union wanted. Not to say that Suhr is the wrong choice. On the con ... More >>
I ain't afraid of no phantom voter...Accusations as to whether "phantom voting" helped San Francisco Police Officer's Association President Gary Delagnes win reelection fairly surfaced today on the blog of outspoken former cop Andrew Cohen.Despite grumblings about the longtime union president, De ... More >>
George GascónThe head of San Francisco's police union is circulating a bulletin to members today that expresses surprise and concern over the appointment of SFPD Chief George Gascón as the city's new district attorney.The memo also strikes a positive note, however, pointing out that a former c ... More >>
Did Byron Williams pending third strike influence his decision to allegedly trigger a massive gunfight?Alleged I-580 shooter Byron Williams is a man seemingly torn from a bad 1980s movie. We may never know what was going through the mind of a person accused of stealing mom's guns, donning a suit ... More >>
Johannes MehserleToday, jurors resume deliberations in the case against Johannes Mehserle, deciding whether the former BART cop murdered unarmed rider Oscar Grant, is guilty of manslaughter, or should be outright acquitted. Based on the subsequent reaction of an angry mob, those 12 men and women ... More >>
Tyra Banks is supporting Kamala Harris. The city's cops are not. California Watch has a good story up today on the role the state's influential police unions will play in deciding the attorney general's race between Kamala Harris and Steve Cooley. As reporter Timothy Sandoval notes, San Francisco ... More >>
With how much salt shall we take Ted Lieu's new poll?It's not every day that a political candidate eagerly publicizes a survey revealing he's polling in the single-digits and trails the leader by double-digits. And yet, this has turned out to not be a typical Attorney General's race. Would-be AG ... More >>
Every once in a while, we give a call to a veteran San Francisco police officer with 20 years of patrol experience. Naturally we phoned him up to get his take on the weekend incident in which a BART officer removing a disorderly man from a train resulted in a YouTube video titled "Officer Br ... More >>
Police Chief George GasconWhen George Gascon became chief of police two months ago, everybody seemed to agree: This bad-ass cop would rid the SFPD of its dead wood, and reform what experts had taken to calling the Western United States' most hidebound law enforcement agency.On Tuesday, Gascon is ... More >>
George Gascon is S.F.'s first police chief in 30 years who wasn't homegrown — and he's promising big changes. Criminals and lazy cops, you have been warned.
See you on the waterfrontThis Sunday, July 5, San Francisco's International Longshore and Warehouse Union will hold a procession to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bloody Thursday, the clash between police and striking longshoremen during the city's 1934 General Strike that led to a permanent lo ... More >>
Joe EskenaziIncoming Police Chief George Gascon addresses the sweating throngs of the fourth estate, as Mayor Gavin Newsom looks onThere are two times in life when it's pretty much guaranteed that everyone will find something nice to say about you: Your wedding and your funeral. It was a littl ... 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 >>
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The Ingleside police station, where Sgt. John V. Young was killed in 1971The president of San Francisco's police union railed against supervisors Eric Mar and Sophie Maxwell today for their sponsorship of a resolution asking that charges be dropped against the seven men charged with killing a city p ... More >>
If Gary Delagnes had been the cop working next to Johannes Mehserle when the now-infamous ex-BART policeman shot Oscar Grant, he knows what he would have said: "What the fuck did you just do?"The 30-year cop and president of the San Francisco Police Officer Association said that watching the much-tr ... More >>
By John Geluardi The San Francisco Police Commission will begin the New Year by kicking off a national search for new police chief who, unfortunately, will be denied a critical tool to make improvements on one of the most dysfunctional departments in the country. Chief Heather Fong, who will step ... More >>
With homicide cases going unsolved and morale in the police department sinking, Heather Fong's days as chief may be numbered.
Nearly extinct and long at odds with the SFPD, the little-known San Francisco Patrol Special Police appears poised for a comeback.
Journalism is under attack from lefties who promote public access to information.
Liberal candidate may get a boost from the police organization that condemns him
Pols weigh how to sell voters term-limit extensions. How about adding Gavin to the mix?
Prosecutors' reluctance to charge murder suspects in S.F. leaves alleged killers on the street, flush with bravado