MISSING PERSONS: Former SFPD Officer Jason Lai and Lieutenant Curtis Liu

  Former SFPD Officer Jason Lai and Lieutenant Curtis Liu were partners in crime at SFPD’s already-scandal-ridden Taraval Station, Lai serving directly under Liu. In September 2015, SFPD investigated Lai for sexual assault: According to the warrant, the pair then went to the woman’s bedroom, where she says they had sex despite her saying: “noContinue reading “MISSING PERSONS: Former SFPD Officer Jason Lai and Lieutenant Curtis Liu”

SFPD’s performed reform

The Golden State Warriors’ hire of former SFPD Chief Greg Suhr as security consultant created work for many manufactured-outrage activists this past week, but couldn’t have been more business as usual. Team owner Joe Lacob is a Sand Hill Road venture capitalist and both Sand Hill Road and the Silicon Valley it funds have long beenContinue reading “SFPD’s performed reform”

Suzy Loftus curiously quits

“The face of police reform” isn’t long for the San Francisco Police Commission as its president Suzy Loftus resigned this week to join the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as assistant legal counsel. It’s a curious move for a couple of reasons. First, Loftus is apparently trading two high-profile positions, San Francisco Police Commission president andContinue reading “Suzy Loftus curiously quits”

The siren song of equality

Freedom. Equality. On the surface, they seem interchangeable, but in practice the two words couldn’t be farther apart. Freedom is self explanatory; acting and living without restraint or oppression. Equality is trickier, however. Equality comes with all sorts of terms and conditions. You can’t be equal by yourself; what’s the point? Reaching a state ofContinue reading “The siren song of equality”

SFPD fighting hate with hate?

San Francisco officials this week joined politicians nationwide in discovering widespread, heretofore undetectable racism and hate crimes. Ed Lee decreed San Francisco a hate-free city by saying…words: We want to remain an open, welcome city. And some people may not feel that unless we enforce the very laws we put on the books that sayContinue reading “SFPD fighting hate with hate?”

Tech’s municipal-privatization creep

Tech continues its slither into all facets of local to national government by lobbying Sacramento-area officials to allow them to sidestep the municipal-contract process altogether. Tech’s proposal is based in part on the Startups in Residence program: West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon called the program a success as it helped city officials think differently aboutContinue reading “Tech’s municipal-privatization creep”

Engineered anarchy

Earlier this afternoon, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf held a press conference in front of City Hall to lecture protesters about violence connected to last night’s anti-Trump protests. Schaaf and Oakland City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney offered the usual boilerplate, telling the cameras that violence wasn’t the answer, we’re all a community, etc, etc. AsContinue reading “Engineered anarchy”