Denizens of San Francisco -- especially those who frequent pot clubs -- might be a bit miffed with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. And despite how much you might love marijuana, perhaps you can still give credit where it's due.Haag handed down sort-of stiff sentences to Michael Ohayon, 44, and David Pap ... More >>
Just when you thought you knew every way you could be scammed out of your identity and money and potentially everything you own, something like this pops up. Skimmers -- or high-tech false fronts that are placed over ATM and gas pump card slots for the purpose of stealing info ... More >>
An investigator who exposed dishonest savings and loan regulators in the '80s re-encounters an old rival in the latest banking crisis.
Last week, we wrote about how San Francisco was greeting Chase Bank -- poised to take over 700 WaMu banks in California by the end of March -- with a federal class action lawsuit claiming that the bank defrauded its credit card customers by jacking up the interest rates on "blank check" loans. (Read ... More >>
Chase Bank will soon storm into the Golden State, taking over more than 700 WaMu branches by the end of March. Yet with all the contrarian spirit of the Left Coast, San Francisco is greeting the New York company with a big fat lawsuit. Bay Area resident Diane Rooney and R ... More >>
(Photo by codswallop via Flickr) Pink and white tears as Oakland institution/edible nostalgia goes belly up. By Joe Eskenazi Washington Mutual implodes? Times are tough. Lehman Brothers is gone? Time for some belt tightening. But Mother’s Cookies? This, my friends, is a tragedy. The news that ... More >>
We were learning about the return of the "Impound A Brother's Whip" laws in Oakland, when we found this amusing sentence. The governor also has been sympathetic toward Oakland's efforts to quell gang violence — which can spring from sideshows. Earlier this month, at the request of Oakland Mayor Ro ... More >>
How a supervisor with just $42,500 in income services $1 million in mortgages
Mayor Willie Brown has made official decisions benefiting business entities that are partners in the mayor's own private business endeavors. Is this intersection of Brown's public decisions and private finances a coincidence - or a conflict of interest?
Raeshel Keavy ran one of the city's most sophisticated and profitable prostitution rings. She was safe until she strayed from San Francisco.