The job of a district attorney is bringing criminals to justice; everybody knows that. But it's also the job of the city's top law enforcement agent to make sure the innocent are protected — and that's a part that many DAs ignore.
There's considerable evidence that the San Francisco police have framed suspects, set up evidence, and illegally manipulated the legal system to put the wrong people behind bars. Repeatedly. That's a crisis that requires active intervention from the District Attorney's Office — and since Kamala Harris is on her way out the door, it has to be a top priority for her successor.
The latest example: Superior Court Judge Marla Miller ruled Dec. 14 that Caramad Conley was denied his constitutional rights and convicted of murder after San Francisco cops allowed a paid witness to lie on the stand.
Miller concluded that homicide inspector Earl Sanders, who later became police chief and is now retired on a nice pension, knew that witness Clifford Polk was lying and made no effort to correct it.
Martha Stewart would have been awed had she found her way to the Renegade Crafts Fair at the Concourse Exhibition Center this past weekend, 12/18-12/19. The amount of creative crafters packed into one space was overwhelming, and Martha would have found it quite inspiring.
“I'm a really practical person. That limits me from driving out to a club the city and coming back in the morning to take a test.” Nathan Habib's not living the rock star stand-up comedian life just yet. But that's not to say that Habib (who will be performing at Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's holiday run Thurs/23-Sun/26) isn't dedicated to making people laugh. He's been performing for seven years – and he's 21 years old.
Excellently talented hip-hop, soul, and old school groove DJ and accomplished local artist Romanowski, just popped a super-fun and jingly mix into our stocking, and we couldn't help but share with you. The anti-drunk driving version of "Silver Bells" had us rolling. Uncork some cognac, put the kiddies by the fire, roll up a fat one for Rudolph, and listen after the jump.
Smoking Baby, Preacher Baby, Iron Baby, Samba Baby, Mini Daddy -- Is it too premature to nominate 2010 for "Year of the Video Baby"? Copious amounts of Gaga-goo aside, this year had plenty to offer li'l sprout gawkers -- the baby meme has definitely replaced the baby mama as our go-to young 'un pop cultural signifier of choice. Here are some of our favorite kid video (kideo?) shout-outs from the past year ...
The white collar brawlers had their final showdown on Friday. Nate won, in case you were interested in the two tech guys who put their geekiness on parodic center stage. Kai Hasson and Nate Houghteling (a former SFBG intern, heyyy!) quit their startup jobs to start producing a web series a few months ago: White Collar Brawler, which was about training to beat the crap out of each other in the boxing ring. Which they did -- kind of, no broken noses or nothing -- last week at Berkeley's WestWind karate school in front of a packed crowd.
– These New Puritans, "We Want War" video. Slow motion videos can either be awesome or insanely awesome. "We Want War" is the latter. – Girl Talk, All Day. We played this a bunch on tour and it made me feel like I didn't have a job but also would never need one. Which is probably one of the top ten life scenarios of 2010. – Liz Phair at The Independent, October 10, 2010. Liz Phair > egg sandwiches. No, really. – Kid CuDi, "Don't Play This Song." I first heard this track while driving through crazy fog on Interstate 8 in the Arizona foothills at 2 a.m., which was probably the best possible context I could have imagined. CuDi perfectly captures a sense of calculated self-destruction. Read more »
Lyrics Born, As U Were Joyo Velarde, Love and Understanding Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Chromeo, Business Casual Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles Far East Movement, Free Wired Trackademicks, The Remix Tape, Vol. 3 The Black Keys, Brothers John Legend and The Roots, Wake Up Zion I, Atomic Clock
– Myron & E live with Kings Go Forth and The Selector Kirk at Elbo Room, SF – The Pendletons, "Comin Down"/"Waiting On You" 7-inch – Roy Ayers, live at Yoshi's, SF – Sweater Funk, every Sunday night at Li Po Lounge, SF – Track the Movement, with Jerry Nice and B. Cause, first Saturdays at Showdown Bar, SF – 45 Sessions One Year Anniversary, with DJ's Platurn, Pump and Headspin, Enki, and E da Boss at Layover Bar, Oakland – Change the Beat, with DJ Centipede and Mophono, every Tuesday at SOM SF. – GrownKidsRadio Episode No. 18: "Natural Self Feature" – El Guincho, "Bombay" video – Groove Merchant 20 Year Anniversary LP
Gavin Newsom knew that if he got elected lieutenant governor, the supervisors would be able to choose his replacement. That was part of the deal. Now he wants to game the system, and delay his swearing in until the new board takes over. The claim: "The board should pick a caretaker, not a politician."
A politician? In the mayor's office? Um, dude: What are you?Read more »
Every time I talk about taxing the rich, some cretin comments and tells me that if you raise their taxes, they'll all leave California. I've heard the same thin about businesses -- and there is no factual evidence to support that. Johnny and I talk about this lunacy after the break. Read more »