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What’s a matter, you don’t keep up with the Wikipedia?
“George Gascón is an American politician currently serving as the District Attorney for San Francisco He was sworn in on January 9, 2011, by Mayor Gavin Newsom, succeeding Kamala Harris, who was elected California Attorney General.”
(Is Wiki updated in real time? Pretty much, apparently. It’s amazing.) Anyway, this was the scene this afternoon on the second floor of our City Hall:
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Did you see this one coming? Writer Joe Eskenazi was the first to confirm the rumors, but that was less than two hours before the ceremony began.
The mise-en-scene, complete with the two other top lawyers of official San Francisco, Dennis Herrera and Jeff Adachi, along with new Supervisors Scott Wiener,* Malia Cohen,* (icy, icy cold**) Mark Farrell,* and Jane Kim,* plus tried-and-true Supes President David Chiu and Bevan Dufty, and plus, George’s foxy blonde wife Fabiola:
“Herrera praises Gascón as a ‘stellar choice’ for District Attorney of San Francisco. City Attorney had hailed SFPD Chief as key to civil gang injunctions’ success, is certain he’ll be a continuing ally as District Attorney
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 9, 2011) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today praised Mayor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Police Chief George Gascón as District Attorney to fulfill the unexpired term of Kamala Harris, who recently vacated the office to become California’s Attorney General.
Reacting to this afternoon’s announcement in City Hall, Herrera issued the following statement:
“Police Chief George Gascón is a stellar choice for District Attorney of San Francisco. I’ve repeatedly credited his leadership as key to making our civil gang injunction program a success. I couldn’t hope for a better ally to continue Kamala Harris’s record in aggressively prosecuting gang injunction cases. I know Mayor Newsom had a very tough decision to make among a number of excellent potential successors, and he has made an experienced, top-notch pick. I look forward to working closely with our new District Attorney in the months and years to come.”
Last September, Herrera’s motion for an injunction against two warring criminal street gangs in Visitacion Valley was granted by a San Francisco Superior Court judge. The new injunction against the Down Below Gangsters and Towerside Gang represented the City’s fourth civil gang injunction, which now involve seven different criminal street gangs. Herrera’s office has worked closely with police, to compile the exhaustive evidence necessary to obtain gang injunctions, and the District Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes violations of them. Prior to the Visitacion Valley injunction in September, Herrera had secured injunctions against the Bayview Hunters Point-based Oakdale Mob in October 2006; the Mission-based Norteño gang in 2007; and the Western Addition-based Chopper City, Eddy Rock and Knock Out Posse gangs in 2007. In 2009, Herrera moved successfully to modify the Oakdale Mob injunction to add six new adult gang members to that injunction’s provisions. In all, 134 adult gang members are currently subject to San Francisco’s four injunctions. No juveniles are named in any of San Francisco’s civil gang injunctions.”
“MAYOR NEWSOM APPOINTS GEORGE GASCÓN AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY
San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today appointed Police Chief George Gascón as San Francisco’s District Attorney.
“As Police Chief, George Gascón has brought continued reform and accountability to the police department, introduced innovative crime prevention strategies and helped bring violent crime in our City to historic lows,” said Mayor Newsom. “I am very proud today to appoint George Gascón as our City’s top law enforcement officer to complete the term of Kamala Harris and bring that same spirit of accountability, innovation and collaboration to the District Attorney’s office.”
“I am profoundly honored by this opportunity to serve the people of San Francisco as District Attorney,” said District Attorney Gascón. “Together, with the hardworking attorneys and professional staff of the District Attorney’s office, we will bring criminals to justice, continue the innovative efforts begun under Kamala Harris and ensure new levels of cooperation between police and prosecutors.”
Appointed as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) by Mayor Newsom in 2009, Gascón also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and has been an active member of the California Bar Association since June 1996. Gascón also graduated from the FBI’s National Executive Institute, and is a member of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety. Gascón will be San Francisco’s first Latino District Attorney in history.
During Gascón’s tenure as Police Chief, violent crime in San Francisco has dropped to historic lows not seen since the 1960s through the strategic deployment of law enforcement resources, reform and accountability within the SFPD and increased collaboration with the City’s diverse communities to prevent crime. SFPD Assistant Chief Jeff Godown will serve as Acting Chief of Police until a new Chief is selected by the Police Commission and the interim mayor.
Gascón was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in April 1978. He served as an officer until 1981, when he left to pursue a career in business management while volunteering his time as a reserve officer. Gascón returned to law enforcement full-time in April 1987, and quickly moved through the LAPD ranks gaining experience in a variety of operational and management functions. Gascón served as LAPD’s Assistant Police Chief and Director over the Office of Operations in charge of patrol, detectives, aviation, special operations, and jails. For three years, Gascón was the Chief of Police for the Mesa Police Department in Arizona.
Gascón is a subject matter expert in the areas of police accountability, community policing, police training, hiring practices, management, policing immigrant communities, and use of force. He has published articles on police training, the role of local police and unauthorized immigration, COMPSTAT, and the economic cost of policing.
As San Francisco District Attorney, Gascón will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime in San Francisco and supporting victims of crime. With four major divisions – the Criminal Division, the Investigations Bureau, the Special Operations Division, and the Victim Services Division, the District Attorney’s Office brings actions involving consumer fraud, including real estate fraud, insurance fraud and financial fraud against elders, and actions to ensure environmental protection.”
*Wow, s/he’s intelligent. Throw in Carmen Chu* and you’ve got, by far, the most intelligentest incoming San Francisco Board of Supervisors class in 155 years or so of history. The Boardwalk Empire-types have lost and the professionals have won.
**What makes Mark Farrell a Democrat? I don’t know.*** I know what makes the others Democrats, but not him. And just how will he be able to afford to live on a five-figure salary? Once again, I don’t know. We’ll see.
****And BTW, did anybody else call Districts 2 and 10 the day after the election. Believe it or not, no. Last summer I was thinking the punditry was seriously underestimating both these two and, I’ve got to say, that turned out to be correct, non?
Can you see the fellow on the right trying to talk to Dan from the partially open window? Dan paid no attention to him so the window guy shut his window after about 15 seconds. Click to expand:
The Welcome Wagon awaits:
Is this man really 55 years old?
What do you think it’ll cost the SFPD to manage this falderal when all is said and done?
And what will Kamala Harris charge him with? How about:
Criminal trespass; and
Criminal damage to property?
You know, for starters. Could this become an issue for Steve Cooley to use in the race for California Attorney General if Kamala goes too easy on Spider Dan?
Famous Stan Lee will close this one out with the deets on his Dan’s life story:
Here’s this young guy, Dan Goodwin, seemingly normal in every respect, who ends up emulating his comicbook hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, in real life!
After witnessing the tragic fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on November 21st, 1980, Dan became a man with a mission. A mission made all the more urgent after the horrible event in New York on September 11th, 2001.
We’ve all seen the newspaper and TV accounts of Dan’s incredible feats, his scaling the outside walls of the Sears Tower in Chicago and the World Trade Center in New York. But SpiderDan (as the media dubbed him) is far more than a publicity-seeking opportunist. There has been an unflagging, altruistic purpose to his widely-heralded, attention-getting climbs. This amazing young man has elected to put his new-found fame to a most worthy cause, a cause that should be at the very top of our nation’s priorities today.
Aware of the fact that America’s skyscrapers are, and always will be, vulnerable to future terrorist attacks, Dan Goodwin has devoted his time and his fame to sponsoring the world’s first Skyscraper Defense Act. Its goal is admirable, its purpose clear, its need painfully apparent. The Skyscraper Defense Act would fund the creation and training of super elite rescue teams throughout the United States capable of rescuing victims from burning skyscrapers through the use of specially designed hovering helicopters, cables and highly trained professionals able to scale the exteriors of such buildings.
I’m proud to think that a superhero like Spider-Man, with whom I’m so closely connected, might have influenced Dan Goodwin in any way and might bear some share of the credit for the concept of the much needed and much admired Skyscraper Defense Act.
So, here’s to SpiderDan. It’s a kick to be able to welcome a real life superhero into the proud pantheon of American icons!
What items tempt you the most when you scan parked cars for Objects in Plain View – would it be a laptop computer, an iPod, maybe a backpack? Well, be careful, cause when the SFPD baits cars for sting operations in Golden Gate Park, they sometimes use all three. (It’s almost like entrapment, or something. So tempting these parcels are, next thing you know, it’s smashy smashy!)
From the Richmond District Blog comes a sneak peek of Richmond Station Police Captain Richard Corriea‘s next weekly update for the Richmond District Police Community Police Forum. Read an entire entry below.
Yes, it’s MLK near the Friend Gate of Strybing Arboretum. Perhaps the cars huddle together for safety?
“On July 25, 2009 Richmond [District] officers working in plain clothes staked out a car at Middle Drive and Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. There were several items of value in the car, including, a backpack, computer and an IPOD. The officers knew from experience that an auto burglar would find the car an appealing target. Indeed, several hours into the stakeout an individual burglarized the car, and he was immediately arrested. A subsequent search of the suspect turned up evidence from a theft committed nearby earlier in the day and narcotics. The suspect, who has been arrested forty-nine times, including thirty-one times for felonies, was booked for burglary, possession of stolen property, theft and a narcotics violation. This individual is likely responsible for several auto burglaries daily.”
How many car windows do you have to break to get a rap sheet this long – hundreds, thousands?
On It Goes…
Senator Leland Yee has just proposed Senate Bill 782, which would prevent landlords from evicting domestic violence victims for causing a “nuisance.” Here’s what today’s press conference at City Hall looked like:
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Senator Leland Yee, Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu. Also on hand was Jessica Dayton of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence:
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Senator Yee’s bill is modeled after a new San Francisco ordinance promoted by Supervisor Chu and Kamala Harris last year and unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors in February. The presence today of Kelenia Olsen from the office of Assemblymember Fiona Ma and Noriko Shinzato from the office of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano indicates this bill should get a lot of support from the bay area delegation in Sacramento.
But the question of the day is whether statewide homeowners groups will oppose this law due to what they might perceive as a diminuation of property rights.
Senator Yee Introduces Bill to Prevent Unfair Evictions of Domestic Violence Victims. San Francisco Ordinance Spurs Statewide Legislation to Protect Victims
Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today announced legislation to prevent landlords from unfairly evicting domestic violence victims. Senate Bill 782 is modeled after a San Francisco ordinance authored by Supervisor Carmen Chu and sponsored by District Attorney Kamala Harris, which passed in February.
“It is unconscionable to force a domestic violence victim from their home,” said Yee. “Evicting a survivor of domestic violence not only results in being re-victimized, but unfairly strains a family attempting to recover. The possibility of eviction discourages women from coming forward to report incidents of domestic violence. If a victim wants to stay in his or her home, they should be allowed that opportunity and should not face added pressures of moving or possible homelessness.”
More deets after the jump.