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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SF Police Refuse to Admit Man Killed by Officers Had Airsoft Guns

The San Francisco Police Department—the agency whose officers shot the man to death—maintained Friday that the man was carrying a handgun.

Recology Pulls Plug on Ballot Measure after Threat of Losing SF Trash Monopoly

The Standard has learned that Recology stopped gathering signatures for its ballot measure after a nuclear counter proposal was floated by Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

Lawsuit Alleging SFPD Illegally Used Live Surveillance to Spy on Protesters Finally Gets Its Day in Court

A San Francisco Superior judge will hear arguments Friday on whether police illegally accessed live footage of protesters in May 2020 after the murder of George Floyd.

Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with ‘Two Guns’ at SFO’s International Terminal, Homeless Person Injured

San Francisco police shot and killed a man who was allegedly armed with two guns and advanced on officers at the international terminal of the city’s airport Thursday morning. 

Surveillance Showdown: Mayor Breed, Supervisors Clash over SF Police Access to Cameras

Mayor London Breed triggered a confrontation with the Board of Supervisors and angered privacy advocates on Tuesday evening when she placed a measure on the June ballot to expand the San Francisco Police Department’s use of live surveillance. But several supervisors had their own response with a competing ballot measure.

Photos Raise Questions about Police Chief’s Attack on DA Boudin over Stabbing of Officer

New photos show that an alleged stabbing of a San Francisco police officer left the sergeant with minor cuts to his pinky finger and knee, while the suspect suffered a fractured cheek bone after being punched “15 to 20 times.”

Nuclear Option to Break up Recology’s Trash-Hauling Monopoly Now on the Table

Recology can either back a ballot measure to reform the process for setting garbage rates in San Francisco or risk losing its lucrative monopoly on trash collection in the city that helped the firm build a West Coast empire.

SF Sheriff Grapples With Rising Covid Cases Among Inmates

With San Francisco’s jails nearing capacity, sheriff officials are struggling to get a handle on rising Covid cases.

Recology Faces New Overbilling Probe after $95 Million Payout Tied to City Hall Corruption Scandal (本文有中文譯版)

SF’s trash-hauling monopoly may have overcharged customers far more than it has already admitted.

Recology Seeks to End-Run Effort to Police its Tainted Trash-Hauling Monopoly

Anticipating a potential reform measure from city officials, the waste manage is proposing a watered-down version of its own.