Tag Archives: City Hall

Civil Grand Jury Seeks Jurors for Coming Year

The San Francisco Civil Grand Jury, a civilian watchdog body that investigates and reports on various aspects of city government, needs its next crop of jurors. Applications are due by May 31. Recent Civil Grand Jury reports have scrutinized the efficacy of the Department of Building Inspections and investigated the internal procedures that are triggered when a police officer shoots...

Revamped Day Laborer Center Increases Support to Immigrant Workers

Some 40 people gathered on a sliver of sidewalk outside of the Immigrant Worker Power Center at 3358 Cesar Chavez St.  to celebrate the center’s reopening following heavy renovations Thursday morning. The center has served as a hub for organizing work in the workers and immigrant rights movements and as a vocational training facility, and houses the 25-year-old collective of immigrant workers known...

SF Homeless Advocates Propose Legal Encampment

A small group of homeless residents and their advocates went to City Hall on Tuesday to propose a  “transitional village” in San Francisco where the homeless would be allowed to camp legally. From the so-called village, they would be connected to case management and health services while awaiting placement in city shelters, other Navigation Centers  or in supportive housing. The...

Alex Nieto Supporters Celebrate Memorial Victory

A group of some 40 community members, activists, friends and family of police shooting victim Alex Nieto on Tuesday gathered around a makeshift memorial on a slope leading up Bernal Hill – a tarp strewn over a pile of rocks. A photo of Nieto smiling was imprinted on the tarp.   That memorial will soon be replaced with a bench marking...

Forgotten, U.S. Army Veteran Finds Sanctuary on San Francisco Street

When Amos Howard left the hospital after an overnight stay, a taxi dropped him off at the corner of 18th and Shotwell streets. Howard remembers heavy rains on that day – his forearms were locked in fresh casts and, already homeless for a year and a half, the 59-year-old U.S. Army veteran had nowhere to go. “They didn’t give me...

Campos Presses Mayor For Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

At a rally held Tuesday at noon on City Hall steps, Supervisor David Campos joined non-profit organizations and the Public Defender’s Office for the second time in a week to push the mayor to find $5 million for immigrant legal defense within next year’s budget. The money would be divided almost equally among community non-profits and the Public Defender’s Office...

The Mission’s Homeless Can and Should Vote, Say Advocates

San Francisco’s homeless population can vote, even without a fixed address, announced advocates for the homeless who on Thursday gathered at the intersection of Division Street and Trainor – a narrow alleyway behind Rainbow Grocery that is lined with tents. “Our goal is to tell folks, if you want to vote, look at that street corner right there; that’s your...

Meet the Commissioners Selecting Candidates for SF’s New Police Chief

From approving policy on body cameras to firing police officers found guilty of misconduct, Wednesday nights are reserved for scrutiny of police practices at the San Francisco Police Commission. The seven-member civilian panel acts as the police department’s disciplinary body and officially meets once a week for a public hearing, usually at City Hall, to receive updates from department heads,...

Supes Grill Acting Chief on Police Reform Recommendations

San Francisco supervisors challenged Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on his commitment to reform at a Tuesday hearing at the Board of Supervisors.   Supervisors asked pointed questions about everything from Chaplin’s ability to push back against the influential police union to working towards changing department culture. “We are getting all this talk about things happening and implementation, but I...

Activist Groups Decline City’s Human Rights Award

Community groups demanding reform of the San Francisco Police Department and city government declined on Thursday to accept their awards from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. At least half of the 16 the coalitions slated to receive the award – those recognized for organizing against police brutality – walked out of the City Hall chamber mid-ceremony. Many called the award “insulting.”...

Supervisors Approve Tenant Protections Against Fires

San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved three proposals aimed at protecting renters from the repercussions of structure fires by prioritizing them for affordable housing and requiring landlords to provide more information to tenants and to the city. All three pieces of legislation were passed on first reading unanimously and will become law after another Board of Supervisors vote and...

Religious Groups Continue Push for Police Reform

Religious organizations in San Francisco and Oakland continue to organize small but persistent actions to express their support for police reform and dismay at police shootings. Two consecutive vigils were held Wednesday evening to commemorate police shooting victims and call for action from city officials. Father Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist church on 15th Street, along with some...

Supporters of Hunger Strike Picket City Hall, Call for Firing of Police Chief

A protest outside of San Francisco City Hall kicked off early Monday morning with more than 100 picketers marching around the building while dozens of others congregated near the main entrance, which was barricaded and guarded by a dozen sheriff’s deputies. The action — called in support of the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers, who camped in front of the Mission District police...

33 Arrests, Chaos as Supporters of Hunger Strikers and Sheriff’s Deputies Clash at City Hall

A protest at City Hall on Friday night saw dozens of protesters and several journalists shoved and manhandled by sheriff’s deputies who arrested 33 people, including one juvenile. Swarms of deputies wearing riot helmets and armed with batons pushed back protesters who had squared off against them inside city hall. Several scuffles broke out between protesters and deputies, who used their batons to corral...

SF Looks to State for Help with Reforming Police Policies

Following a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris last week, Public Defender Jeff Adachi vowed to continue demanding a state investigation into the practices of the San Francisco Police Department, which he said are plagued by racial bias, use-of-force violations and a lack of transparency. “People are dying on our streets, so how many more have to be killed...