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Chesa Boudin Sworn In As New DA

Chesa Boudin Sworn In As New DA

After winning his election last November, Chesa Boudin took office as San Francisco’s new District Attorney. Addressing attendees of the ceremony Wednesday, Boudin promised a number of progressive reforms.

His campaign faced intense opposition. More traditional, establishment voices took umbrage with his leftist ideas. Among them, the police union spent considerable funds running ads opposing Boudin’s candidacy.

Furthermore, Mayor London Breed even appointed his opponent, Suzy Loftus, as interim district attorney.

In spite of these obstacles, Boudin managed a win with a platform of progressive policies.

Chesa Boudin Plans to Reform Criminal Justice

Nearly a thousand attended the event held at Herbst Theatre. After being sworn in, Boudin addressed the crowd with an inaugural speech.

In it, he reiterated his commitment to redirecting the aims of his office away from punishment and towards restorative justice. “Join this movement,” he said. “Join us in rejecting the notion: That to be free we must cage others.”

Chesa Boudin’s policies include eliminating cash bail, a practice criticized for holding in jail underprivileged individuals with minor offenses awaiting trial. He also intends to abandon “tough on crime” sentencing enhancements. Additionally, he will stop filing cases resulting from searches conducted during a “stop and frisk”.

“Stop and frisk — whether done while walking down the street or while driving a car — is a civil rights violation,” he said.

Earlier this week, he also unveiled the names of criminal justice experts recruited to serve as advisors.

On the opposition of Mayor Breed, Chesa Boudin called it “water under the bridge”. He expressed a willingness and necessity of working together with both Mayor Breed and law enforcement to conduct the functions of his office.

Likewise, Mayor Breed expressed an appreciation for Boudin’s cooperation. She noted his recognition of the balance between accountability and fairness.

“We can hold people accountable and we can make sure there is fairness in our criminal justice system,” she said. “I am looking forward over the next four years of working with him to do just that.”

1976 Cold Case Jane Doe Identified

1976 Cold Case Jane Doe Identified

San Francisco investigators have identified the remains of a 43-year-old cold case. Utilizing modern DNA analysis, police confirmed the body as 14-year-old Judy Gifford. The development comes as a result of cross-checking unidentified bodies with missing persons reports.

In 1976, Donald McIsaac, then 17, found the body in a shallow grave while digging for turtle eggs. He reported to police that he discovered a human hand rising from the earth. Upon examination, San Francisco police determined the remains as a young woman aged 14 to 20. They also deduced she had been in the shallow grave for up to 6 weeks.

Judy went unidentified largely because, at the time of her disappearance, it was believed she moved to New Jersey where her aunt, Ogee Gifford, lived. Not until years later did her half brother, William Shin, learn from Ogee that Judy never moved. Some decades after that, in 2017, William decided to file the missing persons report.

Cold Case Investigators

When shuffling through cold case files, San Francisco investigators matched the timeline between Shin’s report and Judy’s remains. Additionally, a gold chain found on the body bore a resemblance to a chain viewed in a photo of Judy. To confirm the match, they reached out for DNA samples from both William Shin and Ogee Gifford.

The DNA comparison proved the remains to be that of Judy Gifford.

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ogee Gifford, now 87, received the news from police that the remains were of her niece. She expressed she was glad with the development, but declined further comment.

Judy lived in Park Merced with her father, step-mother, and a pair of half-siblings, William, and a younger sister. She moved in with them in the summer of the year she disappeared.

Her case remains open.

Any information regarding Judy Gifford’s death should be forwarded to the San Francisco PD’s tip line at 415-575-4444, or text TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

Man Tosses Firebomb At San Francisco Police

Man Tosses Firebomb At San Francisco Police

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – During a riot in San Francisco’s Mission District last month, a man threw a firebomb at a San Francisco police officer. Consequently, the officer was injured in the process. As a result, the 30-year-old man was arrested.

According to authorities, suspect Nilman-Vincent Vanewyk had been arrested several times before. Previous charges include assault with a deadly weapon upon a peace officer. As well as knowingly exploding or igniting a destructive device. And, unlawful possession of an explosive.

Furthermore, as reported by investigators, officers from the Mission Station were patrolling the 22nd and Bartlett Streets area on October 22. Around 10:51 p.m., they saw a man in the middle of the street igniting an illegal firework.   

Therefore, the officers got out of their vehicle and arrested the man. However, as they were doing so, two large crowds began throwing glass bottles at them. Next, an inflammable device was tossed from the crowd and landed less than one foot away from the officers. Then, it exploded into flames. Thus, the officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Apart from this, authorities obtained video footage of the incident and were able to pick out the suspect. Following the surveillance, on Friday, November 8, an officer, off-duty saw the suspect in the 1600 block of Post Street. He then radioed on-duty officers who arrived and arrested Vanewyk on the spot.

Although an arrest has been made, San Francisco police are still investigating the matter. However, anyone with information is encouraged to call the SFPD 24-hour tip line at 1-415-575-4444. Or, text TIP411 beginning the message with SFPD. It should be noted that you may refrain from revealing your identity as well.

Woman Arrested for Fatally Stabbing Boyfriend

Woman Arrested for Fatally Stabbing Boyfriend

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A woman has been taken into custody after fatally stabbing her boyfriend. According to police, the woman and her boyfriend lived together in the South San Francisco area. The incident occurred earlier in the week.

Furthermore, the woman has been identified as 30-year-old Victoria Soledad Garcia. According to authorities, police were called to the 1700 block of El Camino Real after receiving reports of a man bleeding. Once police arrived to the home at 3:22 p.m. on Monday, Soledad Garcia was arrested.

Paramedics performed every life saving measure, however with no success, he died at the scene. While the victim’s name has not been released, according to reports he was 35 years old.

Moreover, investigators concluded that Soledad Garcia was the one who stabbed her boyfriend. As a result of the stabbing, he died almost immediately. As stated by police officials, Soledad Garcia has been retained and was taken into San Mateo County Jail. The woman was apprehended on suspicion of murder, stated police.

In addition, authorities are encouraging anyone with pertinent information relating to the fatal stabbing to call the South San Francisco police station at (650) 877-8900. However, if you would like to leave your tip anonymously, you can do so by calling (650) 952-2244 or by emailing tips@ssf.net.

Drunk Driver Collision Leaves Boy with Serious Injuries

Drunk Driver Collision Leaves Boy with Serious Injuries

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A 12-year-old boy incurred serious, life-threatening injuries on Tuesday afternoon after he was hit in a collision in San Francisco. This is according to San Francisco Police.

It was at 4:44 p.m. exactly when officials sent police officers to Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street to investigate the accident.

According to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca, the 29-year-old male driver allegedly was driving under the influence. Consequently, police promptly arrested for this offense. It remains an active investigation and further charges are pending, Rueca indicated.

After arriving on the scene, police discovered that a car had collided with a 12-year-old boy. Officer Joseph Tomlinson reported emergency officials transported the boy to a local hospital. Doctors determined the boys injuries to be life-threatening.

The man responsible for the collision stayed at the accident site and fully cooperated with the police.

The collision occurred in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, which also happens to be District 6. This location falls under the jurisdiction of Supervisor Matt Haney. He tweeted about the incident calling it a “terrible, terrifying crash.” Fortunately, he relayed the message that the boy’s condition had transitioned from critical to stable.

Recent Push to Solve Problem

Haney recently put forth a resolution to the local board of supervisors, at the behest of a pedestrian advocacy group, Walk SF, to deem a state of emergency for the rise in traffic-related pedestrian deaths. This request hasn’t become official yet, however, Walk SF says many of the Supervisors signed up as sponsors.

As of July, Walk San Francisco had recorded 15 fatal car related incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists in the year 2019 to date. Officials noted that on average 30 people per year die in the city due to these types of accidents.

San Francisco Most Affected by Ride-Sharing Traffic

San Francisco Most Affected by Ride-Sharing Traffic

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – In a research report that was released on Monday by transportation consultancy Fehr and Peers, ride-sharing companies finally accepted the fact that they contribute significantly to an increase in city-traffic gridlock.

The report, which was actually funded by Uber and Lyft, compared VMT (vehicle miles traveled) by private cars versus TNCs (Transportation Network Company), or ride sharing vehicles. The comparison looked at the cities of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Basically, the report showed that TNCs, or ride sharing vehicles, ranged from 1-3 percent at the metro level. However, at the city center level their vehicles accounted for 2-13 percent. Essentially, Uber and Lyft are responsible for as much as 13.4 percent of all vehicle miles in the county of San Francisco. This was easily the highest in the counties of the cities studied. TNCs also represented a significant amount of VMTs in the urban areas of Boston (8 percent) and Washington D.C. (7.2 percent).

The ride-sharing company’s admittance of increasing congestion is an about face from their previous position that ride-sharing cuts down traffic. In the case of both Lyft and Uber, they immediately published blog posts to explain and defend themselves from this analysis.

Lyft and Uber’s Response

“The research shows that despite tremendous growth over the past decade, TNC use still pales in comparison to all other traffic,” Chris Pangilinan, Uber’s head of global policy for public transportation said via a blog post.

He also suggested that though TNCs are adding to an increase in congestion, that is was nothing compared to private cars and commercial vehicles.

Peter Day, head of policy research analytics at Lyft noted that, “Research has also found that the peak activity of rideshare trips take place outside of commute hours, such as nights and weekends.” He also mentioned in his blog post that ride-sharing eliminates a lot of impaired driving.

Mall shooting injures 2

Mall shooting injures 2

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Two suspects engaged a mall shooting. Additionally, the incident occurred on Tuesday night.

San Francisco Bay Area police are looking for the two suspects. Moreover, the shooting caused an evacuation. Furthermore, traffic surrounding the area stalled as investigators worked.

Specifically, the shooting occurred at Tanforan Mall.

Currently, officials believe that the shooters specifically targeted the two victims. Furthermore, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said the shooting was not random. This statement occurred at a press conference.

Meanwhile, San Francisco General Hospital spokesperson Brent Andrew provided an update on the victims. He said one victim is in critical condition. However, the other is in serious condition.

San Bruno Fire Chief David Cresta added more information. He said that both victims experienced gunshot wounds to the lower extremities.

Authorities believe that the suspects might have fled the scene. Specifically, they could have fled on the public transit system Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Therefore, authorities shut down the Bay Area Rapid Transit station next to the mall for four hours. Furthermore, the service also closed a central station in Oakland for less than 30 minutes. The service tweeted this information.

Barberini added, “Any shooting is a tragic, silly, stupid event. When you do it in a shopping mall or any sort of area where there’s going to be a lot of people, shows a true disregard and it’s a senseless act.” 

Witness Jezabelle Catig, 20, works at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. She said she was told about the shooting and therefore instructed employees and customers to hide.

San Francisco woman arrested for hit-and-run

San Francisco woman arrested for hit-and-run

SAN FRANCISCO, California – A woman went on a hit-and-run rampage in San Francisco. Specifically, the incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

The San Francisco Police Department identified the suspect as 25-year-old Cherry Neal. The suspect injured multiple people. Furthermore, she damaged multiple vehicles.

Fortunately, officials apprehended Ms. Neal. Then, they gave her 24 charges. Additionally, these charges include:

  • Four counts felony Hit & Run involving injury
  • Three counts failing to stop at the scene of an accident with damage to property
  • Driving under the influence causing injury
  • Driving with suspended license
  • Theft of vehicle
  • Reckless driving causing injury
  • Three counts Assault with a deadly weapon 
  • Possession of stolen vehicle
  • Resisting arrest
  • Running a red light

However, these are just some of the charges the suspect is facing.

Initially, police officers attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle. Moreover, officers believed she was driving a stolen vehicle. Then, the suspect drove off.

Specifically, she drove onto the sidewalk by the Tenderloin police station. Then, she ran into a street worker. Furthermore, she hit some scaffolding. Meanwhile, police attempted to stop her.

Additionally, the suspect continued to drive. The suspect collided with a pedestrian near Eddy and Taylor streets. Unfortunately, police officers reported that pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries.

Officials said the suspect then hit two cars around Market and 5th streets.

Finally, the suspect hit a car at 6th and Clara. Then, the suspect finally stopped.

Police officers arrested the suspect there, and booked her into county jail.

According to jail records, the suspect is being held on $125,000 bail.

Pot Plants and Arrests Made in String of Raids

Pot Plants and Arrests Made in String of Raids

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Police collected over 3,000 pot plants and thousands of dollars in currency and two people charged in a string of raids in San Francisco’s Sunset district. The raids targeted an illegal grow operation in the area. Authorities announced the arrests on Tuesday.

According to the authorities, 38-year-old Stephen Pan and 41-year-old Qiong Chen were booked into the San Francisco County jail. Moreover, they charged each with four counts of illegal marijuana cultivation and conspiracy.

Armed with the appropriate search warrants the San Francisco Police Department stormed the illegal facilities on February 21st. Consequently, they raided multiple locations in and around San Francisco. However, most were in the Sunset District.

The contraband seized during the raids included 840 marijuana plants from the 200 block of 40th Avenue. Additionally, they nabbed 900 marijuana plants and 12 lbs. of wrapped marijuana in the 3400 block of Judah Street. In the 1900 block of 45th Avenue, they collected even more plants. In fact, they found exactly 1,237 plants and $11,000 in U.S. currency at this location. Finally, officers seized 435 marijuana plants from the 2500 block of Ocean Avenue.

Detectives say a total of 3,412 illegal marijuana plants were taken. They also claimed three cars used in the operation. Moreover, detectives noticed there were numerous fire code violations in the makeshift grow houses. Also, the financial data collected from the scene provided evidence of a money-laundering scheme. Consequently, this aided the ongoing criminal enterprise.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and they encourage anybody with tips to call the SFPD 24 hour tip line at (415)-575-4444. You are also welcome to text a tip to TIP411. You can remain anonymous.

One-Bedroom Rents Balloon to $3,700

One-Bedroom Rents Balloon to $3,700

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Already notorious for its ridiculously inflated rents, the San Francisco apartment market just went next level.

A just-released report from the rental website, Zumper, indicates the median rent for a one bedroom apartment has climbed to $3,690. This is about $100 dollars higher than January and exceeds the previous high of $3,650 which was set last September.

San Francisco’s average apartment rate is easily the highest in the nation. Prices for a one bedroom are approximately 30 percent more than the same in New York City. Even worse, it’s twice that of rents in Miami.

Zumper, the rental website, points out that rents were increasing in advance of several local tech companies filing for IPOs later this year. The website also notes that money is clearly flowing in the city. Still, it suggests that workers may not immediately buy homes but decide to spend their cash on travel and in upgrading their rental situation.

Outside the Bay area, San Jose’s average rent for a one-bedroom settled around $2,540 which puts them at 5th highest in the country. Oakland, on the other hand, came in at 9th most expensive with rents at $2,320.

Connie Garske, an executive search recruiter for Silicon Valley companies, ironically enough has explored moving out of San Francisco because of the soaring rent.

“I could even bump up the size of this place and move to the beach and have the kind of lifestyle, for less rent and easier lifestyle,” said Garske.

If you think the one-bedroom rents in San Francisco are off-the-charts, then don’t bother investigating the two-bedroom situation. These rents hover around a mind-blowing $4,630 per month.

Other notable Bay area one bedroom rents are Mountain View’s, which is a whopping $3,450 a month.

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