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  • Judge orders Derick Almena, Max Harris to trial for Ghost Ship deaths

    12/15/2017 11:09:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2017 | Jenna Lyons
    Two men will face trial on 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter in the Ghost Ship fire after an Alameda County Superior Court judge determined Thursday that there was sufficient evidence in the case. Prosecutors say Max Harris and Derick Almena created a firetrap at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. The men, prosecutors allege, rented the space for an electronic music show on Dec. 2, 2016, that drew dozens of partygoers — 36 died in the burning building, which was not permitted for shows or residency and had no sprinklers, fire escapes or marked exits. Witnesses told...
  • States warming up net-neutrality lawsuits

    12/14/2017 12:56:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2017
    State attorneys general are now threatening lawsuits against the federal government's repeal of "net neutrality" rules. New York's attorney general says he'll lead a multistate lawsuit to stop the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Democrat Eric Schneiderman has been investigating fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment process. Schneiderman says his analysis shows 2 million comments stole the identities of real Americans, including dead people and children. The Washington state attorney general has likewise vowed to sue over net neutrality.
  • Security robot bullied and forced off the street in San Francisco

    12/14/2017 5:37:03 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 51 replies
    Da Zeen ^ | December 13th, 2017 | Eleanor Gibson
    A robot patrolling a street in San Francisco to ward off homeless people has been removed after complaints from locals, who also knocked it over and smeared it with feces. The Knightscope K5 security robot was deployed by the San Francisco branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to deter homeless people from sleeping and loitering near its building.
  • Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco

    12/13/2017 1:09:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Melia Robinson
    In San Francisco, autonomous crime-fighting robots that are used to patrol parking lots, sports arenas, and tech company campuses are now being deployed to keep away homeless people. The San Francisco Business Times reported last week that the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption group, put a security robot to work outside its facilities in the gentrifying Mission neighborhood. The robot's presence is meant to deter homeless people from setting up camps along the sidewalks. Last week, the City of San Francisco ordered the SF SPCA to keep its robot off the streets or be fined...
  • Sierra LaMar Murder: Antolin Garcia-Torres Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole

    12/12/2017 4:19:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Antolin Garcia Torres, the convicted killer of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Garcia-Torres, 26, was convicted in May of first-degree murder in the 15-year-old girl's death and the attempted kidnappings of three women in 2009. On Tuesday, he was also ordered to register as a sex offender. The sentencing, which was originally scheduled to take place in September, was delayed as the court considered a challenge from the defense to remove Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Vanessa Zecher from the case. Garcia-Torres and his attorneys claimed that...
  • Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco Dead at 65.

    12/12/2017 5:33:16 AM PST · by Redleg Duke · 101 replies
    Fox News
    Mayor of San Francisco and major sanctuary city proponent died "suddenly" in hospital, surrounded by family.
  • Blair to pay social call to George Shultz

    07/29/2006 5:52:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 288+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/29/6 | John Wildermuth
    SAN FRANCISCO -- When British Prime Minister Tony Blair attends a reception in his honor at George Shultz's San Francisco home tonight, it will be the only social event of his four-day visit to the Bay Area. From the time he arrived on his British Airways charter at 5:30 Friday evening until the reception with the former secretary of state, Mayor Gavin Newsom and business and community leaders, Blair has been holed up at the Fairmont Hotel, working on his speech to the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles on Tuesday and handling government affairs at long distance. "I know...
  • Plumber found guilty in slaughter of San Francisco family

    12/11/2017 8:20:57 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 30 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12/11/17 | Evan Sernoffsky
    A 41-year-old San Francisco plumber who was on a losing streak at local casinos and faced eviction for not paying his rent was found guilty Monday of slaughtering a family of five inside their Ingleside neighborhood home after targeting them for robbery. On its seventh day of deliberations, the San Francisco Superior Court jury found Binh Thai Luc, an undocumented Vietnamese immigrant with a violent criminal past, guilty of five counts of murder in the massacre of the Lei family on March 23, 2012. ---------------------------- Before the killings, Luc was convicted in 1998 of committing an armed robbery at a...
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bay Bridge that never was

    12/10/2017 1:01:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Curbed San Francisco ^ | December 8, 2017 | Brock Keeling and Alex Bevk
    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2012 and has been updated with the most recent information. After the construction of the Bay Bridge in 1933, San Francisco began considering duplicating the bridge and running a second one further south across the bay. Enter Frank Lloyd Wright, a little-known architect whose idea and design for a second Bay Bridge never came to fruition. The noted architect hated the idea of a second steel structure similar to the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Partnering with engineer Jaroslav J. Polivka, Wright proposed a concrete "Butterfly Bridge,” spanning from Army Street (now...
  • No American Should Be Separated From Their Loved Ones Because Of Preventable Crime

    12/09/2017 7:23:46 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    President Trump via Twitter ^ | 12/09/17 | Donald J. Trump
    No American should be separated from their loved ones because of preventable crime committed by those illegally in our country. Every Senator and Congressman will have to make a choice: do they want to protect American citizens or do they want to protect criminal aliens? (Video at link) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/939680422493073408  
  • Weekly Update: Mueller Deputy Shows His Bias

    12/09/2017 10:24:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 8, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Mueller Deputy Showed Strong Support for Anti-Trump Action on Travel Ban We Release Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents Withheld by DOJ Court Rejects Attempt to Throw Out Our Sanctuary Lawsuit Mueller Deputy Showed Strong Support for Anti-Trump Action on Travel Ban This week began with Judicial Watch obtaining even more irrefutable evidence that Robert MuellerÂ’s out-of-control investigation is little more than a politically motivated witch hunt. The evidence was in two productions ( 335 pages and 44 pages ) of Justice Department (DOJ) documents showing unbridled support by top DOJ officials for former Acting Attorney General Sally YatesÂ’ refusal to...
  • Illegal Alien Taunts Family With Horrifying Court Room Statement After Raping Woman

    12/07/2017 8:12:41 AM PST · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | December 6, 201 | Ben Marquis
    While much of the country’s attention was focused on the astonishing acquittal of Kate Steinle’s killer in San Francisco, another illegal immigrant accused of horrendous crimes was being held accountable for them farther up the coast in Portland, Oregon. According to the New York Post, a Mexican national with a criminal record and series of prior deportations and re-entries named Sergio Jose Martinez was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts including assault, burglary, kidnapping, sexual abuse, sodomy, and rape. He remained incredibly defiant and showed no remorse while receiving his sentence. During the sentencing...
  • Alternate juror in Kate Steinle trial: ‘He couldn’t be found guilty of murder’

    12/06/2017 10:35:57 PM PST · by KJC1 · 42 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12-06-2017 | Evan Sernoffsky
    An alternate juror in the Kate Steinle case said the jury made the right decision in acquitting the defendant of murder, manslaughter and assault charges after San Francisco prosecutors failed to prove he had intended to shoot anyone. Phil Van Stockum, a 33-year-old San Francisco resident who is co-founder of a technology company in San Mateo, did not take part in deliberations as the jury weighed charges against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented immigrant whose attorneys argued an accident was behind the killing on Pier 14 on July 1, 2015. (snip) Van Stockum said prosecutors presented no motive...
  • 2 San Leandro Teens Arrested On Suspicion Of Killing Man Over iPhone X

    12/05/2017 6:45:18 AM PST · by ThomasMore · 39 replies
    CBS San Francisco Bay Area ^ | 12/4/2017 | Katie Nielsen
    SAN LEANDRO (KPIX 5) — Two East Bay teenagers have been arrested for killing a man over an iPhone X. The victim: Danny Carlos, a 32-year-old father from Redwood City. The deal started on the ‘letgo’ app. What was supposed to be a quick sale turned into a robbery and eventually murder. “Danny was doing everything right in regards to using the app,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ray Kelly. .... They got search warrants for the letgo servers and found out who Carlos was communicating with on the app. That led detectives to 18-year-old Jordan Patton and 18-year-old...
  • Sanctuary City Politics Killed Kate Steinle

    12/05/2017 5:43:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2017 | John Kass
    The photograph is of a lovely young woman, with a warm smile on her face, a woman who loved and was loved in turn. Her name was Kate Steinle. The last words she said to her father before she died were "Help me, Dad." So look at that photo. See the promise in her face. Some are calling her a symbol now of what's wrong with illegal immigration. I'm not so sure. My parents were immigrants. I grew up in this country desperate to become an American. So immigration isn't some political exercise for me. It's been part of my...
  • Kate Steinle shooting: Defense wants gun-possession conviction tossed as well

    12/04/2017 5:29:36 PM PST · by KJC1 · 58 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12-04-2017
    Defense attorneys who won acquittal for a homeless undocumented immigrant on murder, manslaughter and assault charges in the shooting of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco Bay pier will seek to have the sole conviction in the case dismissed as well, they said Monday. (snip) Now the defense says the conviction is inconsistent with the jury’s larger acquittal. If the panel believed Steinle may have been killed by an accidental discharge, lawyers assert, Garcia Zarate should not be held responsible for possessing the weapon — even though he threw it in the bay as Steinle lay dying. Matt Gonzalez of...
  • California Court Rejects Attempt to Throw Out Lawsuit Against San Francisco’s Sanctuary Policies

    12/04/2017 5:16:26 PM PST · by x1stcav · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 12/4/17 | Stafff
    Judicial Watch today announced that the Superior Court of California, San Francisco County overruled San Francisco Sheriff Vicky Hennessy’s move to end a Judicial Watch taxpayer lawsuit challenging the Sheriff’s sanctuary policy. The lawsuit challenges restrictions on the ability of sheriff’s deputies to communicate freely with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) about inmates’ citizenship, immigration status, and release dates (Cynthia Cerletti v. Vicki Hennessy, Sheriff (No. CGC-16-556164)). The November 21, 2017 ruling came in a December 2016 lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch on behalf of California taxpayer Cynthia Cerletti. The lawsuit alleges Sheriff Hennessy’s restrictions on communications with ICE conflict...
  • Jane Fonda Honors Kaepernick at ACLU Dinner: ‘Colin, You Are Woke!’

    12/04/2017 2:59:04 PM PST · by george76 · 58 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | December 4, 2017 | JEROME HUDSON
    Actress and left-wing activist Jane Fonda poured praise on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Sunday night at the ACLU of Southern California’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner. ... Kaepernick became the face of what many football fans considered an anti-American demonstration when he began to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of NFL games ... Fonda, of course, became the face of opposition to the Vietnam War in 1972 when she visit to North Vietnam at the height of the war, earning the nickname “Hanoi Jane” and infamously denounced American soldiers...
  • Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

    12/04/2017 2:12:08 PM PST · by billorites · 88 replies
    AP News ^ | December 2017 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide”...
  • WaPo: If You’re Upset About the Kate Steinle Verdict — You’re a White Nationalist

    12/04/2017 8:51:21 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 40 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The Washington Post faced swift backlash on Twitter Sunday evening after tweeting “White nationalists angered by Mexican immigrant’s acquittal in Kate Steinle’s killing.” While yes, White Nationalists are in fact angry about the slaying and subsequent acquittal, they certainly aren’t alone — and being angry doesn’t mean that you are one. Angry Twitter users promptly seized upon the tweet to slam the outlet for their poor-taste in framing the issue: "So if you're mad a seven time convicted felon got away with murder you must be a white nationalist. " "You guys have been taking too many lessons from the...