August 30th, 2012
It tells you something about the state of electoral politics when going to a fundraiser hosted by somebody who was convicted of money laundering seems like a good idea.

Oliver Luby, a former San Francisco ethics officer, commenting on an ex-City College of San Francisco official who is now raising money for a City College trustee’s re-election campaign after pleading guilty in a political fundraising scandal. 

Read the full story here.

August 20th, 2012

“The very second I let go, I knew I had made a big mistake.”

In 2000, at 19 years old, Kevin Hines made his way to the Golden Gate Bridge, where he wept for a long time before jumping. He is one of a few dozen people who have survived the 220-foot jump from the span.

“Against the odds, I was alive, so I knew I had to make a difference for others,” said Hines. He now works with The Bridge Rail Foundation in its effort to install a net under the bridge and speaks out about suicide prevention.

Read more about Hines’ story in our latest Change Agents profile.

August 17th, 2012

Radiation history on Treasure Island more widespread than reported

Radioactive contamination at the Treasure Island Naval Station, where San Francisco plans to build a high-rise community for 20,000 residents, is more widespread than previously disclosed, according to a new U.S. Navy report and other documents obtained by our reporters.

The draft report marks the first time the Navy has fully acknowledged that the island, created from landfill in 1937, was used as a repair and salvage operation for a Pacific fleet exposed to atomic blasts during the Cold War.

Read the full story here.

August 16th, 2012

SF struggles with violence prevention in schools

An 11-year-old boy in San Francisco, Tori (pictured), made headlines early last year when a shooting near his Western Addition home left a random bullet lodged permanently in his abdomen. Then in February, the boy turned from the victim to the accused.

School administrators kicked him out of Bessie Carmichael for allegedly shooting another student in the face with a BB gun. While the facts are in dispute, Tori’s situation illustrates the San Francisco Unified School District’s haphazard struggle to prevent violence and deal with guns in schools.

Read the full story from reporter Trey Bundy here.

Photo by Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

August 16th, 2012
I’m absolutely not satisfied that we are where we should be. Again, I beg your indulgence. We’re a department that just got on email last year, onto the web last July.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, acknowledging that his department has routinely underreported the arrests of Latinos and Asians, the two largest minority groups in the city.

Read the original investigation from The Bay Citizen’s Shoshana Walter here.

August 9th, 2012

Front-runner to build SF subway station has history of cost overruns

A construction giant with a history of cost overruns and costly legal battles is the leading candidate to build a new subway station in San Francisco.

Since 2000, Tutor-Saliba Construction has completed 11 major projects in the Bay Area with cost overruns totaling $765 million, 40% higher than the original bids, according to our analysis. Tutor’s $239 million bid to build the Chinatown station is currently being evaluated by SFMTA.

Our new chart gives a look at some of the company’s cost overruns. Read the full story here.

August 8th, 2012
Want free tickets to TEDxPresidio in San Francisco? Become a member of The Bay Citizen, our sister site for in-depth reporting on the Bay Area, by this Friday for a chance to win! Help support TBC’s no-holds-barred journalism here.

Want free tickets to TEDxPresidio in San Francisco? Become a member of The Bay Citizen, our sister site for in-depth reporting on the Bay Area, by this Friday for a chance to win! Help support TBC’s no-holds-barred journalism here.

July 26th, 2012

Mapping pedestrian deaths in San Francisco

Two years ago, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to reduce pedestrian deaths. But pedestrian advocates say the renewed attention has not resulted in enough action.

There have been 10 pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco so far this year, putting the city on pace to surpass the total for each of the last two years. Our new map (screenshot above) shows the locations of each death. 

Read the full story and see an interactive version of the map here

July 19th, 2012
Although corporations can and do make important contributions to our society using advantages that the government has wisely granted them, the people of the city and county of San Francisco do not consider them natural persons.

 —Text from a non-binding policy statement introduced by San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos that officially opposes the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling

According to the San Francisco Examiner, the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee approved the measure on Monday, and the full board is expected to vote next Tuesday on whether or not to place it on the ballot for voters in November. What do you think of the declaration?

July 18th, 2012

Muni paid bonuses tied to inflated on-time rate

After we reported that Muni’s on-time performance rates had been inflated by as much as 18%, readers wanted to know: Did executives receive compensation tied to the boosted numbers? 

Reporter Zusha Ellison found that Muni paid thousands of dollars in bonuses to two top executives for meeting or exceeding on-time performance goals. Both men have denied knowing about the accounting maneuvers that led to the agency’s on-time rate inflation. Read the full story here.

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