Scapegoats were readily available when California voters missed their chance to live in the first state in the Union to legalize marijuana for adults in 2010. While some blamed the medical marijuana supporters who opposed Proposition 19 -- which led some in some pre-election polls, at 52 percen ... More >>
The two men who conspired with the notorious "Dark Prince" were found guilty Wednesday for their part in a $2.2 million condo scam in San Francisco's Rincon Hill neighborhood.District Attorney George Gascón announced today that after a six-month trial, Winston Lum and Jay Shah, both 48, were f ... More >>
A SoCal farmer is suing the state over a new law that threatens to throw egg farmers in jail if they are busted caging hens in cruel ways, such as preventing the chickens from lying down, standing up, or moving around. According to a lawsuit filed in Sacramento last week, William Cramer, an egg ... More >>
It's like Arizona and San Francisco in oneOne Southern California pol is sick and tired of the Democrats up in Sacramento -- tired of the "pillaging" of local governments and worse, the left-wing policies that dominate the blue state. That's why he's dusted off that tired proposal to let Southern ... More >>
Harris: Let the people marrySupporters of same-sex marriage just got a powerful ally: California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The newly minted AG is urging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow gay couples to marry while it considers a federal appeal over the constitutionality of Propositi ... More >>
Missing manPolice are trying to piece together a bizarre mystery involving a missing man, a woman's body, and an abandoned vehicle.Yesterday, a maid found a woman's body in a hotel room on Lombard Street. The death has been ruled suspicious and the medical examiner is conducting an autopsy. ... More >>
Have the old boy's powers failed him?A Palm Springs judge has refused to dismiss murder conspiracy charges against Kaushal Niroula and Danny Garcia, a rare setback in a pretrial process that seemed to favor the two alleged masterminds of the December 2008 murder of retiree Cliff Lambert.SF Weekly ... More >>
I'm harmless, really...Danny Garcia, who is facing trial in the killing of Palm Springs retiree Clifford Lambert, will be allowed to use a government-purchased laptop for his jailhouse defense, a judge has decided. A City News Service story on the decision reported that Garcia will not have Inter ... More >>
Danny Garcia says he was recruited to find boys willing to testify against Thomas WhiteThomas White, a San Francisco financier imprisoned in Mexico after accusations he traveled to Puerto Vallarta to molest underaged boys, will continue resisting extradition to the United States. Oddly, he does s ... More >>
David Replogle has seen better daysA Palm Springs jury today weighs evidence against a downtown San Francisco attorney and his alleged henchman, after a prosecutor entered closing arguments claiming lawyer David Replogle and Miguel Bustamante helped murder retiree Clifford Lambert and loot his as ... More >>
Matt SmithWill this case blow up in prosecutors' faces?Danny Garcia, 28, an alleged mastermind of a purported plot to murder Palm Springs retiree Clifford Lambert and loot his assets won a reprieve this morning. A judge granted his request for several more months to prepare for trial by declaring ... More >>
Kaushal NiroulaTwo alleged associates of notorious "gay grifter" and murder suspect Kaushal Niroula have been arrested, the San Jose Mercury News reports.Jay Chandrakant Shah and his lawyer, Melvin Lee Emerich, were arrested at a San Jose property known as Shah Ranch, according to the Merc. Both ... More >>
Now representing Kaushal Niroula -- Kaushal Niroula! Kaushal Niroula, the Nepalese-born purported con man on trial for allegedly masterminding a plan to murder and loot a Palm Springs retiree, has been given a judge's blessing to act as his own attorney, according to The Desert Sun.Niroula, 28, w ... More >>
Are the alleged Gay Grifter killers pet fanciers? According to two independent accounts of new testimony in the Gay Grifter case -- in which a crew of alleged San Francisco con men are charged with killing and robbing a Palm Springs retiree -- the suspects stabbed their victim to death, then tend ... More >>
Kaushal NiroulaFour San Franciscan alleged con men accused in Palm Springs of robbing and killing a 74-year-old retiree can breathe easier following a meeting last week with prosecutors, according to City News Service ace Jessica E. Davis. Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco had filed cha ... More >>
He claimed to be Nepalese royalty, but police say Kaushal Niroula is a con man whose crew of gay grifters may have murdered a wealthy Palm Springs man.
Courtesy Tyson WrenschDaniel GarciaKaushal Niroula, 27, and Daniel Garcia, 26, both suspects in an alleged scheme to loot the assets of a missing Palm Springs man, have been charged with murder, according to new filings in Riverside County court. Both men face charges of murder while committing a fe ... More >>
David Replogle, a San Francisco attorney famed for winning a $7 million sex abuse settlement from prominent local stockbroker Thomas White, has been charged with murder in connection with an unrelated Palm Springs fraud case, according to new charges filed in Riverside County court. Replogle has bee ... More >>
Palm Springs arrests cast doubt on the prosecution of a San Francisco man in a sex tourism case.
Five years ago, federal sex abuse charges lodged against against financier Thomas Frank White put an elderly San Francisco multimillionaire's face on what was then seen as the growing international scourge of sex tourism. This week White's main accuser and his attorney, who together helped set ... More >>
Every morning about this time/ she get me out of my bed/ a-crying get a job. After breakfast, everyday, she throws the want ads right my way/ And never fails to say, Get a job Sha na na na, sha na na na na -- The Silhouettes, "Get a Job." It may not do the mind well to note that the members o ... More >>
A high-rise condo boom in San Diego may show the way out of a statewide housing and sprawl problem
San Francisco is spending $5 million on a flag-waving, candy-bar-giving, feel-good course called Express to Success, hoping it will move welfare recipients into jobs. But no one is measuring the success -- or failure -- of the program itself.