Posts Tagged ‘public defender’

See SFPD Interim Chief Toney Chaplin and Jeff Adachi at “Panel Discussion on Race and Policing” – UC Hastings on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

All the deets:

“Panel Discussion on Race and Policing

September 28, 2016
3:30 – 5:00 pm
UC Hastings College of the Law
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister Street

In the last few years, a series of tragic incidents raised public attention to a serious crisis of trust between police departments and the communities they serve, particularly communities of color and of low income. These incidents have led to vocal riots and to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, leading to violent clashes between activists and police officers. What are the roots of this crisis? How can racialized practices in policing be understood and addressed? What is being done, and what should be done, to heal the broken trust between the police and the community? This panel on Race & Policing will feature voices of activists, police officers, lawyers, community-relations officials, and academics, in an effort to tackle these important questions.


Race and Policing Panel at UC Hastings
WHO: Panelists include San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Police Department Interim Chief Toney Chaplin, UC Berkeley Professor Nikki Jones, Former Director of the DOJ’s Community Service Relations Service Grande Lum, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, and UC Hastings Professor Hadar Aviram (moderator).
WHAT: UC Hastings is hosting a panel of leaders in the criminal justice field — activists, police officers, lawyers, community-relations officials, and academics — to discuss the complicated relationship between race and policing.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Louis B. Mayer Lounge, UC Hastings College of the Law, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 OR watch via livestream
REGISTRATION: Event is free and open to the public. Registration online here.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: “Corrective Education Company” Now Operates in SF – Shoplifters Pay $320 to Take Course, Avoid SFPD

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Gentle Reporter, get a load of this, from Slate*:

Let’s Make a Deal – A startup helps stores like Bloomingdale’s and Whole Foods give suspected shoplifters a choice: Pay $320, or we’ll call the cops. By Leon Neyfakh

CEC is straight outta Texas, as is Whole Foods, you dig? Well guess where the shopliftingest Whole Foods in all Christendom is located – that’s right, at Haight and Stanyan. Oh, here it is. I’ll tell you, this woman, you can barely see her** here, stood out amongst the shoppers even before she got frogmarched past the deli counter by four(!) dudes:

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So what happened? WF checked its records, checked her for warrants and then set her up with CEC?

“Enquiring” Minds Want To Know.

Here’s what you do, you contact WF and/or the other bidnesses cited by Leon, and then somebody at the SFPD, and maybe somebody at the DA’s office, and then of course Jeff Adachi, you know, for the outrage, and then an actual CEC graduate, and THIS ONE WRITES ITSELF.

*Wow, “alleged” shoplifters, Slate? Like the paramilitaries at Whole Paycheck*** frogmarch away the wrong shoppers all the time? Well, if something like that happens to you, Gentle Reader, then you should tell WF, “I’ll take my chances with the SFPD,” right?

**Purple stockings over tattoos, huge clunky heels, clip clop clip clop…

***I don’t spend a great deal of time at WF but I’ll tell you, man, they have cheaper prices now, like they’re trying to match TJ’s, on organic milk, for example. I applaud.

Learn to love me
Assemble the ways
Now, today, tomorrow and always
My only weakness is a listed crime
My only weakness is… well, never mind, never mind

Oh, shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Hand it over
Hand it over
Hand it over

Learn to love me
And assemble the ways
Now, today, tomorrow, and always
My only weakness is a listed crime**
But last night the plans of a future war
Was all I saw on Channel Four

Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over

I saw this and it’s clever and cute, but I’m appalled by the ignorantly misunderstood lyrics. “My only weakness is a list of crimes” doesn’t even make sense. “My only weakness is a listed crime” puts the rest of the song in context, and provides a little history lesson about sexuality in England.”

“Panhandle Police Altercation” – The Difference Between Being Found “Not Guilty” Vs. Being “Found Innocent”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Well, here it is.

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The problem with this Hoodline headline is that Dude wasn’t “found innocent.” IRL, the jury ruled that he is not guilty.

In other words:

Juries never find defendants innocent. They cannot. Not only is it not their job, it is not within their power. They can only find them ‘not guilty.'”

Am I being too picky here?


Oh Ho! Move Over Jeff Adachi, There’s a New PUBLIC DEFENDER in Town – Here’s the University of California’s New Ad Campaign

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


Here’s the pitch from this new SFMTA MUNI DPT bus stop ad campaign:

In short, UC kicks ass.

That stupid logo proposal is still being defended for what reason I don’t know, but Life Goes On at the UC.

Calling BS on Jeff Adachi’s Public Defender’s Office: All the Dozens of Drug Court Graduates are “Drug-Free,” Really?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Well, here’s the latest from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi:

“Why should defense lawyers engage the media?

Do you want me to tick off about five reasons it just might possibly be a bad thing to issue a “hilarious” press release after the latest public defender “success,” about why taking a victory lap after every case might not be the best idea?

Well, I can do it, but I’ll save that for another day.

Today’s bidness, via Mission Local – a News Lab for Everyone, is the claim that 53 recent “Graduates” of “Drug Court” are currently drug -free, safely-housed, and with a legal source of income.


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Who on Gaia’s Green Earth is believing this?

Can you, Gentle Reader, name me a cohort of 53 people of any stripe who are “drug-free?” How about 53 random Yale professors, for instance?

See? You can’t do it.

I cry foul.

The Way the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Wrote This Press Release Makes Its Client Look Guilty

Monday, February 11th, 2013

IMO, this story related below is good enough to get an acquittal but not good enough for readers to actually believe.

So reporting stuff like this as fact seems odd to me:

“Sierra decided to participate for the first time in the “urban nudism” movement in the Castro on the morning Nov. 11, 2012.”

How does this press release benefit the client of the San Francisco Public Defender?

Aspiring Castro ‘Naked Guy’ Acquitted of Indecent Exposure


San Francisco, CA — A 48-year-old man whose attempt to fit in with Castro nudists ended in his arrest was acquitted of indecent exposure following a jury trial, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.
Jurors deliberated one day before finding Richard Sierra of San Francisco not guilty Thursday afternoon, said his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Cindy Elias. The misdemeanor charge carried a maximum penalty of a year in jail and Sierra faced lifetime registration as a sex offender if convicted.
Sierra decided to participate for the first time in the “urban nudism” movement in the Castro on the morning Nov. 11, 2012. Over the past several years, a group of nudists, dubbed “the naked guys,” had been drawing increasing attention for congregating in the Castro District.
“At the time Mr. Sierra was arrested, San Francisco supervisors had not yet passed the ban against public nudity,” Elias said. “Until Feb. 1, 2013, it wasn’t a crime to be naked in San Francisco.”
Sierra, an inexperienced nudist, felt self-conscious completely disrobing. Instead, he pulled his pants down to his knees and pulled his tank top to just above his genitals in order to hide scars on his stomach. While many of the longtime Castro nudists wore cock rings, Sierra had only a metal ring from a binder. He attached it to his shirt and looped it around his penis to ensure his scars were covered. Sierra stood in front of Citibank on Castro Street, his genitals exposed.
Meanwhile, a 53-year-old man walking his dog saw Sierra arranging his genitals and flagged down two police officers on bicycles. The dog walker reported that Sierra appeared to be masturbating with personal lubricant.
While being detained, Sierra tried to explain to officers that he was not masturbating. He told them that he wanted to like the “naked guys” but was too shy to embrace total nudity. Sierra asked the officers why they were bothering him while numerous nude men walked around the neighborhood. Sierra was arrested.
During the three day trial, Sierra testified that he was not touching himself for sexual gratification and that he did not have personal lubricant – only a prescription cream for his chronic eczema. He did not apply the cream to his genitals, he testified, noting that he uses the medication sparingly due to its cost of $100.
Police did not book any of Sierra’s items into evidence, nor attempt to collect cell phone photographs taken by numerous passersby.
Rusty Mills, a well-known nudist activist, took the stand as an expert witness in the case. Mills testified to the various purposes of cock rings other than for sexual purposes.
Sierra, who had no history of sexual crimes, wept with relief when the jury returned its verdict, Elias said.
Jeff Adachi commended jurors for looking beyond first impressions in the case.
“Mr. Sierra was arrested at a time when public nudity was common and went unpunished in the Castro. Mr. Sierra’s failed attempt at being a nudist certainly does not warrant lifetime registration as a sex offender,” Adachi said.”

Answer: It doesn’t.

Former Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez is Still Around – NoPA Sighting Near the Popeye’s

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Oh, he works for Jeff Adachi now.

Did not know that.

Holding court on Divis:

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Wonder what he’s up to, you know, politicswise…

The SFPD Union Wants More Money for San Francisco Cops, So Here Come the Billboards and YouTube Videos

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Here’s the big brand-new billboard from the San Francisco Police Officers Association. See?

You can check it out it at the Masonic Trader Joe’s from atop the Geary Tunnel:

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Now I think the SFPOA’s old slogan was “Double Dipping 4 Ever – It’s Our Way of Life.” But, as you can see, it’s now, “THEY WORK TO MAKE YOUR DAY.”

Get it? “Make your day?” I get it! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!. You so cray-cray Gary Delagnes! (But hey Gare-Bear, do the Warner Brothers know what you’re doing with their Dirty Harry catchphrase? Just asking, Bro.)

Anywho, here it is on the YouTube. I think it’s entitled “More Money for Us, Less Money for You.”

What’s coming up next week from this campaign? These are my guesses:

“Here are six different reasons why Public Defender Jeff Adachi totally sucks.”


“Give us more money or everybody dies.”

All right, SFPD. Get out there and Make My Day!

City Family Unites for “Yes on C, No on D” Campaign Kickoff – Warren Hellman and the Wronglers Play

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Public Defender Jeff Adachi was nowhere to be seen this AM during the big Yes on C, No on D campaign kickoff in the Western A today.

Warren Hellman (who used to be on the other side) and the Wronglers provided music. (Believe it or not, this is Warren’s most understated Star of David getup.) 

Via Steve Rhodes

Supervisor Carmen Chu, seen just behind Mayor Ed Lee, could hardly contain her enthusiasm – there was no place in the world she would have preferred to have been than right here, obviously:

Also via Steve Rhodes

A few deets:

“SAN FRANCISCO, September 23, 2011“Yes on C, No On D” pension-reform campaign will hold its campaign kickoff. Warren Hellman’s “old time” band, the Wronglers, will provide entertainment.

WHAT: Yes on C, No on D Campaign Kickoff
WHO: Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor John Avalos, business and labor leaders
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 10:30 AM
WHERE: African American Art and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton St. (@Webster), San Francisco”

Our City Family: Labor Council, Chamber of Commerce, and Warren Hellman Unite to Fight Jeff Adachi’s Prop D

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Well here’s the news of the day – it’s the launch of

And look who’s the headliner of this Fellowship, it’s “Civic Leader” Warren Hellman, who used to play for the other team, so to speak.

Anyway, all the deets, below.

That Warren sure loves his banjo:

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“PAULSON, FALK TO CO-CHAIR YES ON PROPOSITION C PENSION REFORM CAMPAIGN – Top Labor Leader, Top Business Leader Tapped To Lead Consensus Coalition

SAN FRANCISCO, August 31, 2011 – San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform today selected Tim Paulson and Steve Falk to serve as co-chairs of the campaign supporting Proposition C and opposing Proposition D on the November ballot.

Paulson is executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council, comprised of 150 local unions and representing 100,000 workers, and Falk is president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, a 1,500-member organization representing the business community.

“We are pleased that San Francisco’s top labor leader and top business leader are working together to lead this coalition’s campaign for pension and health reform,” said Thomas P. O’Connor, president of Fire Fighters Local 798. “Unions and the business community don’t agree on everything, but on Proposition C, San Francisco is united.”

Falk praised Proposition C, which was developed with input from the community, introduced by Mayor Ed Lee, and passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.

“Proposition C saves taxpayers at least $1.3 billion over the next decade,” said Falk. “This measure is fiscally responsible and it will help keep us solvent.”

Paulson emphasized the measure’s fairness.

“Proposition C provides a safety net for hardworking city employees who earn lower wages,” said Paulson. “It keeps pension contributions stable for those making less than $50,000 a year. Those who make more pay more.”

O’Connor drew a contrast between Proposition C and Proposition D, a rival pension measure.

“Proposition C has widespread support because it was conceived in the light of day, with a public process that encouraged input and ideas from everyone,” said O’Connor. “On the other hand, the backers of Proposition D bought their way onto the ballot with signature gatherers who were paid five dollars a signature and repeatedly got caught on tape lying about what the measure would do.”

Today, San Franciscans United For Pension And Health Reform also announced the other members of its campaign committee. In addition to Paulson, Falk, and O’Connor, the committee includes other business and labor leaders, along with the measure’s sponsor at the Board of Supervisors:

Warren Hellman, Civic Leader
Gary Delagnes, President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association
Sean Elsbernd, Member of the Board of Supervisors
Steve Fields, Co-Chair of the Human Services Network
Larry Mazzola, Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer of UA Local 38
Rebecca Rhine, Executive Director of the Municipal Executives Association
Bob Muscat, Executive Director of IFTPE Local 21
Sean Connolly, President of the Municipal Attorneys Association

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