Public Health & Safety

S.F. Supervisor Calls for More Transparency in Criminal Diversion

A report found that 55% of criminal defendants in San Francisco were rearrested before their case was resolved, drawing scrutiny of a nonprofit that runs diversion programs.

‘Somebody Is Going to Get Hurt’: Target Security Guard Speaks Out About S.F. Retail Crime

A combination of theft, rigid policies and slow police response times ha made working conditions dangerous for some retail workers, according to a former security guard at a San Francisco Target store.

San Francisco Fire Department Could Soon Place Emergency Psychiatric Holds

A proposal to give fire department paramedics the authority to place 5150 holds, or involuntary…

As COVID Evolves, So Does San Francisco’s Vaccination Strategy

With San Francisco winding down its large-scale vaccine operations, health officials are taking a new…

Flush with Funding, Homelessness Department Shows Persistent Underspending

About $28 million in funds for service contracts went unspent in fiscal 2021, according to city budget analyst.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin Asked for Recusal from Petition Theft Case

A high-profile petition meddling case took a new turn with the victim, Man Kit Lam,…

Board of Supervisors Pledges to Create New Homelessness Response Team, but Details Remain Murky

A plan to create a new team to respond to homelessness-related concerns received a stamp…

SFPD Chief to Supervisors: ‘We Need Your Support’

Police chief Bill Scott said SFPD is losing officers and needs to hire to continue enacting reforms. As the city rolls out more non-police services, some Supervisors questioned the department’s desired $661M budget.

Tenderloin and Mid-Market Improvement Plan Met with High Hopes, and Some Skepticism

Last month, Mayor London Breed issued a sweeping announcement about the city’s commitment to a…

After Months-Long Debate, Castro District Rejects Public Safety Cameras

The decision came despite evidence of support for the program, including a community survey that showed moderate support for cameras.