G.W. Schulz

What's in a name? Answer: $26,000

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A few weeks ago, we told you the story of Kevin Scott Noah, a carpenter who fell to his death while working on the Golden Gate Bridge in 2002. Read more »

Bling in the police union’s new contract

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Some might suggest that reading reports from the city’s budget analyst over tumblers of well bourbon at Mission Bar is a little pathetic. They’re right, but the damn things are so often full of such great little stories, we can’t help it. And they're not available on the city’s Web site; you have to request and obtain them from the board clerk’s office, leading us to wonder how many people actually read them.

San Francisco's longtime Budget Analyst Harvey Rose reviewed more than two-dozen union contracts for city workers passed this year by the Board of Supervisors. Read more »

Joe Alioto to take on Big Oil in court

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By G.W. Schulz

Just received early word that in-your-face antitrust lawyer and local swell Joe Alioto will be filing a gargantuan class-action suit tomorrow in federal court against some of the largest players in the global oil racket accusing them of fixing gasoline prices and destroying documents that showed evidence of the collusion.

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The defendants will include Shell Oil Company, Chevron Corporation and Saudi Refining, Inc. Read more »

Shoot first, cadets. Foot pursuits smack of effort.

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By G.W. Schulz

*UPDATE: SGT. NEVILLE GITTENS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT'S PRESS OFFICE WANTED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT HE WAS OUT OF TOWN WHEN WE LEFT A MESSAGE FOR HIM INQUIRING ABOUT THIS REPORT. INDEED, THE SFPD'S PRESS OFFICE NEVER RETURNED OUR CALL, BUT GITTENS SAYS FOR THE RECORD THAT HE WASN'T AT WORK THAT DAY, AND IT WASN'T PERSONALLY HIS FAULT THAT WE DIDN'T HEAR BACK FROM THE DEPARTMENT. Read more »

Fun with whistleblowers! Who’s callin’ out misbehavin’ bureaucrats?

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By G.W. Schulz

That’s right friends! It’s time again for another trip to the section of the local controller’s Web site containing summaries of the whistleblower complaints received by the city over the last several months. The city closed 153 complaints with investigations out of 313 contacts during the ’06 fiscal year.

Who’s stashing beer in a city-owned vehicle? Who’s doin’ dope on the job? Read more »

Day's dilemma

A second district attorney's investigation raises more questions about City College
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

One investigation by the District Attorney's Office is enough of a headache for City College of San Francisco. Read more »

Press misses out on Cal/OSHA probes

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A near-fatal tragedy in Nob Hill last March briefly grabbed headlines when emergency personnel had to help free two workers from compressed debris after the wall of a garage collapsed around them.

Two other laborers escaped serious injury, but brothers 23-year-old Roberto Galiano and 41-year-old Maximiliano Galiano were buried up to their waist and knees respectively (one had to be extricated by the fire department). Read more »

Courting the absurd

A bridge worker falls to his death -- and the contractor avoids all penalties on a bizarre technicality
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Click here to read about how the mainstream press fumbled on the Cal/OSHA probes

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It didn't matter how soon paramedics arrived. Kevin Noah, a 42-year-old carpenter with three sons, had no chance. Read more »