Eating fatty pizza has officially become a good deed. This week you and your friends can eat at any California Pizza Kitchen across the state and 20 percent of your bill will go to help the families of two Los Angeles police officers who were shot and killed by former LA cop Christopher Dorner.
Last week, a video surfaced on YouTube of what appeared to be a drone hovering over a residential neighborhood in West Oakland. Filmed by videographer Jacob Crawford, the eerie unmanned aircraft was held aloft by several mini helicopter-like blades with blinking red-and-green lights. Drones have b ... More >>
California State Assembly Bill 1993, introduced by San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, would prohibit police officers from impounding or towing an unlicensed person's car if the car can be parked nearby or if a licensed driver can come and pick it up. The idea behind the bill is that the current ... More >>
Budget hawks incensed over San Francisco's supposedly profligate spending ought to spend a few minutes at Congress, observing the dollar requests submitted by federal departments.Take the $28.2 billion, 111,998-employee federal Department of Justice, for example. The country's 12,000 employees in Un ... More >>
Some will swear that marijuana has merit for motorists. Others fear impairment of any kind, at any level. We're pretty terrified of teen drivers, especially those with cell phones and hangovers, but we'll leave it to the government to intervene on this great debate. Driving while stoned would bec ... More >>
President Barack Obama again turned to social media to connect with voters -- and again he used it to ignore talking pot.You might have noticed that every time President Obama takes to the series of interactive intertubes, the unwashed masses want to talk, not taxes, and not turkey, but the good ... More >>
Earlier this week, Rolling Stone our colleagues at L.A. Weekly reported that an ex-LAPD detective has implicated Sean Combs in Tupac's murder. Greg Kading apparently asserts in a new book that Suge Knight and Puffy ordered the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac, respectively, and that h ... More >>
Not the club's faultWhat with the company's deep connections to the American war machine, the RAND Corporation isn't exactly a pack of hippies. Which makes it all the more surprising that the policy-think tank released a study this week declaiming that medical marijuana dispensaries cause a ... More >>
Marvin and Louie Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, appeared in a Los Angeles court this morning to answer to charges of mayhem and assault against Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic, who has been in a coma since the March 31 beating outside Dodger Stadium. The two men charged with beati ... More >>
Come to think of it, he doesn't really match the description Los Angeles police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the March 31 beating of Giants fan, Bryan Stow. What's equally as important is they've also concluded that their previous suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, had nothing to do ... More >>
Wanted in more than one state Los Angeles Police are not the only ones interested in Giovanni Ramirez, the 31-year-old suspect accused of beating Giants fan Bryan Stow in March. Police arrested Ramirez last week after an intense investigation, saying he was the prime aggressor in the March 31 bea ... More >>
This is him!Los Angeles Police say they have the "primary aggressor" in the Byran Stow beating behind bars today. Police raided an East Hollywood apartment building this weekend and arrested 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was arrested, Sunday morning ... More >>
Talks about the rivalry off the field Before kicking off the first game against the Dodgers last night, Giants coach Bruce Bochy talked to reporters about how the brutal beating of one of their fans, Bryan Stow, has cast a pall over the West Coast baseball teams' rivalry. Moreover, Bochy admitted ... More >>
Leave the rivalry on the field Will any Giants fan step foot at Dodger Stadium for tomorrow night's game? After what happened to Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was savagely beaten outside Dodger Stadium, it would seem inconceivable. But you never know with those hardcore fans, which is why the Do ... More >>
La Dodgers fans ... poor sports even when they winWe knew being a Giants fan was torture -- metaphorically speaking -- but last night the pain went a little too deep after two Dodger fans let loose on three Giants fans after the San Francisco team lost in the season opener. You'd think they would ... More >>
Our sister paper, OC Weekly, tracked down the identity of the 2-year-old who fell to his death from a luxury box following yesterday's Golden State Warriors-Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center. The Child was Lucas Anthony Tang of Garden Grove in Orange County.
A cunning American boy becomes a Mexican Cartel soldier and East L.A. executioner.
Can the SFPD saved by the miracle of computers? Wednesday morning, at the unveiling of the city's new crimefighting tool, CompStat, San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon had the city say hello to his not-so-little friend and implementer, LAPD detective Jeff Godown.Gascon intend ... More >>
She's book smart all right... Here's the deal: This is a big get for Kamla Harris, the ambitious San Francisco district attorney looking to climb the political ladder. For one thing, Bill Bratton -- former New York chief and outgoing LAPD bossman -- is as big a name as there is in law enforc ... More >>
Jim HerdHere's another way of keeping drivers out of bus lanesIn Mexico, a visitor will quickly get the sense that society isn't working quite right when she's asked for a bribe by police. In Saudi Arabia, the same conclusion becomes obvious when a woman is arrested for prostitution simply becaus ... More >>
Hello, I must be going?When San Francisco's police chief-to-be was introduced to throngs of media members in a rather small, stuffy room earlier this summer, your humble narrator got to ask George Gascon one question. And he gave us zero answers. "How long a commitment have you given the city?" w ... 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.
Yesterday we wrote about how Mayor Gavin Newsom's taxpayer-funded Chevy Tahoe Hybrid gets awful mileage, is only marginally more efficient than a regular Tahoe, and costs scads more. We also noted that a would-be neighbor of the mayor's was rankled by the mayor's tendency, like those featured in Los ... More >>
Angelina Jolie takes on a serial killer and the system in Clint Eastwood's latest.
Racial tension, above and below the surface, in Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace.
Our neighbor in the South may have helped issue a get out of jail free card for SFPD officers accused of a gamut of offenses ranging from use of unnecessary force killing to making offensive videos.The Chronicle reported Sunday that three state appellate court rulings have sided with Los Angeles pol ... More >>
The third time's the guilty pleasure for Tucker and Chan's buddy-cop franchise
The struggle between Bay Area law enforcement and the Black Panthers is still going on after 35 years
Life in the LAUSD, in a solo show full of endearing moments
Walking in a hellish Santaland
Horror, sex, and music (plus a fillip of radical politics) at IndieFest
A rap-war documentary, the old new wave, and Gypsy-fied French noir
Eastwood plays a detective with a bad ticker looking for the man who murdered his donor
For 20 years, South American thieves have been stealing millions of dollars in gems and jewelry from traveling salespeople in San Francisco. And no one -- not the cops, jewelers, or insurance companies -- has the slightest idea how to stop them.
Protected by a badge, Denzel (finally!) swaggers through L.A.'s mean streets
With an October trial in the offing, prosecutors had every intention of proving that Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson was a domestic terrorist who helped plant bombs under police cars 26 years ago.
Devil in a Blue Dress depicts the '40s antecedents of L.A.'s racial fracturing
For every direct action against an abortion clinic staged by Operation Rescue, expect an equal and opposite reaction by the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights.