Captain Greg Corrales saves the Haight from Demon Weed

Watch out, stoners: He's coming for you

I'm glad to see the Ex now has the data to show what we all knew was happening: The old Drug Warrior at Park Precint, Captain Greg Corrales, is trying to save the Haight from pot smokers.

Hate to have to tell you, Cap, but you lost that battle a loooong time ago.

And here's the thing: Arresting people is expensive. It takes the time of police officers (who, let's remember, often make $100,000 a year or more), it takes the time of the District Attorney's Office, and, since none of the people Corrales arrests can afford private counsel, it takes the time of the Public Defender's Office, which is already so short of money that it might have to stop taking cases.

And meanwhile, San Francisco has a terrible record closing homicide cases.

So now we're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (yes, that's what it will add up to) busting small-time pot dealers in Golden Gate Park.

Remember, the statistics are clear: The "buy-bust" arrests are not nabbing crack or meth or heroin dealers. It's all about the Demon Weed.

It's also part of the quiet transformation of law enforcement and city policy in the Haight, which has become all about "quality-of-life" cases. A guy named Giuliani made that a big deal in New York way back when. Now we have sit-lie, and we have the eviction of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center, and we have buy-bust. It's really about trying to turn the Haight into a sanitized, movie-set version of itself.

Which, by the way, has never seemed to work.





Posted by Guest on Apr. 29, 2013 @ 11:20 am

Don't forget graft and corruption.

Posted by pete moss on May. 01, 2013 @ 10:25 am

You failed math. Cops + fire < DPH. But the SFPD and SFFD are more corrupt than the post-Mitch Katz DPH and its nonprofit entourage.

Deal with it.

Posted by marcos on May. 01, 2013 @ 10:41 am

Busting people for pot in the Haight is like cracking down on french fries at McDonalds. What the F@#K do they think tourists go there for anyway?

Posted by Guest N. L. Eakins on Apr. 26, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

Some bridge and tunnel kids go there to score some pot.

The area of GG Park by Haight Street is disgusting and needs to be cleaned up. The cops aren't doing enough

Posted by Guest on Apr. 26, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

Cutting off a source of income for the Haight's street people is a higher goal than maintaining an open-air drug emporium for tourists

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2013 @ 11:47 am

The City continues to waste money on the privacy violation charge against me, that I estimate has already cost the The City $20,000 and counting . . .

Posted by MPetrelis on Apr. 27, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

And obsessed.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 27, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

What, this can't be happening in the Lib-tard Paradise!!!??? Welcome to the Police State.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 28, 2013 @ 11:39 am

to a criminal state.

I'll gladly sacrifice a little freedom to feel a little safer.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 28, 2013 @ 11:54 am

Many of us who have nothing to fear would fear a police state.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 28, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

i remember this clown from when I hung out in the city back in the day.....what a waste of time

Posted by Guest on May. 01, 2013 @ 8:38 am

Cliché-riddled, cop-hating, Asian-hating progressive

Posted by anon on May. 01, 2013 @ 8:45 am