G.W. Schulz

'He's not going anywhere'

Newly available documents expose what happened to a man shot 16 times by SFPD officers two years ago
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Minutes before two San Francisco police officers shot to death 25-year-old Asa Sullivan, their colleagues urged them to back off and call a hostage negotiator, newly released documents show.

Twice, cops on the scene suggested that officers Michelle Alvis and John Keesor back away from the Parkmerced attic where Sullivan was pinned down.

Recently released court records shed considerable new light on the June 6, 2006, shooting that ended with the unarmed Sullivan dead, his body raked by 16 bullets.

The records offer a narrative account of the early momen Read more »

Money for nothing

Nancy Pelosi is raising millions of dollars, but keeping very little for her own reelection campaign
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi seems to be feeling pretty confident in her reelection prospects this November, despite an independent challenge by high-profile peace mom Cindy Sheehan.

But that hasn't stopped the San Francisco Democrat from raising big bucks from scores of interest groups who are contributing to her campaign committee and to the political action committee she controls, known as PAC to the Future.

Most of the money she's raising is going toward assuring her continued power in Washington by giving it to the campaigns of other Democratic Read more »

Newsom reappoints the condo commissioner

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Sup. Tom Ammiano had a short but pointed list of questions for Michael Antonini during a Rules Committee meeting of the Board of Supervisors Aug. 7 held to determine whether Antonini should be reappointed to the San Francisco Planning Commission. Read more »

Charitable cash cow

Private companies make big profits raising money for nonprofits
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Nonprofit charities in the Golden State should have been raking in the cash in 2004. Gracious Californians gave $60 million more toward fundraising campaigns that year than they did in 2003, totaling almost $293 million. Read more »

City bidding out Slaytanic goatherding

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You might think the Web site of San Francisco's Office of Contract Administration is the wrong place for a reporter to go hunting for story ideas. You're wrong. Look at this gem. The Laguna Honda Hospital is competitively bidding out the task of brush clearing and lawn mowing. Read more »

Dictators and disarmament: This week’s cover

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Here at the hyper-local Bay Guardian, we don’t get to write about international organized crime all too often, but it’s something we truly enjoy studying when we’re off the clock. Thankfully, we were able to hoodwink our editors into allowing us to examine the subject during precious work time for this week’s cover story. Read more »

Hunting the lord of war

SF-based investigator Kathi Austin helped expose a notorious arms dealer and awaken the world to a key human rights struggle
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Accused illegal arms dealer Victor Bout's long-awaited arrest by Thai police officers March 5 was an important victory against unchecked human rights abuses around the world, and a personal vindication for the San Francisco woman who helped bring Bout to international attention.

Bout arrived at the luxurious Sofitel Hotel in Bangkok believing he was to meet with two senior leaders of the Marxist guerrilla army known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. Read more »

Weekly comments too good to pass up: "butt-to-nut"

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Damn, we just can't pass this one up. A commenter over at the SF Weekly's blog posted a message agreeing with Benjamin Wachs that there are some fine folks in the Midwest contrary to what so many San Franciscans seem to believe. I won't speak for rest of the newsroom here, but I agree with Wachs, too. I grew up in Tulsa and resent any implication that Oklahomans are somehow dysfunctional because popular pundits have encouraged the country to divide each state into two colors and thus make broad assumptions about millions of people. But there's a problem. Read more »

Real money, false arrest

Why is the City Attorney's Office aggressively trying to overturn a good police accountability ruling?
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The false arrest of an elected official in San Francisco for using a $100 bill that police wrongly thought was counterfeit has evolved into a potentially precedent-setting legal struggle over police accountability.

The San Francisco City Attorney's Office is seeking to appeal the case all the way to the conservative-dominated US Supreme Court, an expensive fight that could overturn what would seem a welcome ruling in liberal San Francisco. Read more »

Bad grades

Audit supports allegations of problems with bond money at City College
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A much-anticipated audit of City College of San Francisco's spending of bond money finds that school officials promised voters more than they could possibly deliver and then didn't allow proper oversight of hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds.

A minority faction on City College's Board of Trustees has for years sought a performance audit of the school's bond projects, which includes $441.3 million authorized by voters during elections in 2001 and 2005. Read more »