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Monday Morning Thoughts: Both Parties Fall Short on the Issue of Police Accountability

May 4, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: Both Parties Fall Short on the Issue of Police Accountability

The recent incidents in South Carolina and Baltimore, on top of the incidents from last year in Ferguson and Staten Island have led most people to be we need to reform police oversight and accountability. However, those efforts are being undermined in place where we might expect as well as places where we would...

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City Manager Discusses Employee Morale, the Fire Department, and Economic Development in Follow Up to Meyer Report

May 4, 2015
City Manager Discusses Employee Morale, the Fire Department, and Economic Development in Follow Up to Meyer Report

On Friday, the Vanguard sat down with new City Manager Dirk Brazil and former City Manager John Meyer, who coming off retirement at UC Davis, sat down with the incoming city manager and asked how he could help. Dirk Brazil said that he wanted to do some sort of assessment, to find out where...

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Kids’ Meal Beverage Choice Ordinance – Part II – Scientific Evidence

Kids’ Meal Beverage Choice Ordinance – Part II – Scientific Evidence

by Leanna Sweha Here we will look at what researchers at UC Davis are learning about the health effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages. ­Dietary added sugars The most common sugars added to foods and drinks are sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Sucrose, or table sugar, contains equal amounts of fructose and glucose. It...

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Speaker Explains How Implicit Bias to Biased Policing

May 4, 2015
Speaker Explains How Implicit Bias to Biased Policing

  Keynote Speaker Michael Roosevelt talks about unconscious bias at the SF Justice Summit in San Francisco Michael Roosevelt, an expert in implicit/unconscious bias who has trained thousands of attorneys, judges and police officers, gave the keynote address at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Justice Summit. He opened his remarks stating, “It is critical...

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Sunday Commentary: Avoiding Repeating the Mistakes of Davis Budget History

May 3, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Avoiding Repeating the Mistakes of Davis Budget History

I look at articles like Dan Carson’s (5/2, New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve) with naturally mixed emotions. On the one hand, the city is moving into a better fiscal position – a lot of that is due to the improved economy, but some of that is due...

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Who Will our Council Members Represent?

Who Will our Council Members Represent?

by Michelle Millet On Tuesday Council will vote on whether or not to approve the formation of a Community Funded District in the Cannery, the passage of which will allow the developer, The New Home Company, to fund a portion of the infrastructure costs associated with the development through special taxes levied on future...

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Before Jo Case Can Become Family Court Matter, It’s an Immigration Issue

May 3, 2015
Before Jo Case Can Become Family Court Matter, It’s an Immigration Issue

When Judge David Rosenberg summarily denied the defense motion for a new trial, he clearly felt he was properly “Splitting the baby” (which might not be the best analogy here) – he angered defense by denying their motion for a new trial based on allegations of judicial error which at the same time, he...

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Target of SF Police Texting Scandal Speaks Out At Justice Event

May 2, 2015
Target of SF Police Texting Scandal Speaks Out At Justice Event

When the racist text messages sent by at least ten members of the San Francisco Police Department came to light, Sgt. Yulanda Williams was one of the officers of color personally targeted – by name. Sgt. Williams is president of Officers for Justice, an association of SFPD officers formed in 1968 to advocate for...

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My View: Baltimore Prosecutor Makes Quick Call, She Better Hope It’s the Right One

May 2, 2015
My View: Baltimore Prosecutor Makes Quick Call, She Better Hope It’s the Right One

As all the trouble was unfolding in Baltimore, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi held his annual justice summit – already the theme was on point – “Race and Reform.” Naturally the speakers focused on San Francisco’s own scandals – the text messaging, DNA lab, and Sheriff’s Department – but also the overall issue...

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New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve

May 2, 2015
New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve

By Dan Carson A city staff report released Friday says that better-than-expected growth in property tax revenues and the realization of the additional sales tax revenues from voter-approved Measure O have bolstered city finances to the point where the current fiscal year will end with a $7.1 million General Fund reserve. The city staff’s...

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