Michael Barba

Michael Barba is a senior reporter focused on enterprise and investigations at The San Francisco Standard. Before joining the publication in November 2021, Barba spent more than six years as a beat reporter for the San Francisco Examiner, where he primarily covered cops, crime and politics. During his time at the Examiner, Barba reported on some of the biggest stories in San Francisco, including the police shootings of Mario Woods and Luis Gongora Pat, the Kate Steinle murder trial and the Mohammed Nuru corruption scandal. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

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Why San Francisco is Weighing a Ban on Minor Traffic Stops

San Francisco wants to make this practice off limits—at least when it comes to minor offenses, like driving with a broken tail light.

Recology Earned $23 Million More from SF Than Allowed. Here’s How Supes Plan to Get It Back

This marks the first time in nearly a century that the city would initiate rate-setting, Supervisor Peskin says.

$23.4 Million in Excess Recology Profits Found in City Audit

But unlike last time, ratepayers won’t get a refund.

Police Beat a Man During a Minor Traffic Stop. Now SF Is Paying Out $375K Amid Calls for Reform

SF police beat a man during a 2019 traffic stop in North Beach, and the incident is now being seen as an example of why police should end the use of pretextual stops.

Battle for Police Reform: To Reduce Racial Disparities, SFPD May Ban Minor Traffic Stops

Police Commissioner Max Carter-Oberstone calls for an end to ‘pretextual stops’ as part of a growing national movement.

Recology Backtracks on Fighting Garbage Rate Reform in SF, Will Now Back June Ballot Measure

Recology spent nearly $400,000 on an ill-fated attempt to undercut reform. Now the firm is backing the measure it sought to water down.

Garbage Fight Heats Up as Recology Rival Alleges Possible Pay-to-Play

Competitor Waste Management hopes to void the agreement, citing a donation solicited by a department head who later resigned.

For Recology, No-Bid Contracts Live on Despite Efforts to End Them

San Francisco is proposing a $26.5 million contract extension for the last sole source contract issued to the scandal-ridden trash company.

DA Boudin, Sen. Wiener Join Forces on State Bill to Bar Police From Misusing Victim DNA

SB 1228 is a statewide response to the district attorney revealing that San Francisco police used rape kit DNA to arrest a sexual assault survivor in an unrelated crime.

2 SF Police Officers Arrested on Suspicion of Destroying Evidence, Retired Officer Also Booked on Gun Charge

San Francisco police announced the arrests Tuesday of two active officers and one retired officer in connection with a pair of unrelated incidents.