Auto burglaries in SF down 14 percent so far this year

Police have turned a corner in fighting San Francisco’s daunting auto burglary epidemic: Citywide, car break-ins have dropped 14 percent so far this year. Yet auto burglaries remain on the rise in one of two district police stations with officers dedicated to a pilot program to combat property crime. Mission Station has seen a 6 percent uptick in car break-ins through the end of September compared with the same period in 2017. Last year, San Francisco saw more than 31,000 auto burglaries around the city — the worst year on record for the crime, according to the Police Department. As part of a strategy to fight the problem, Police Chief Bill Scott in January began assigning officers at Mission and Taraval stations to work with investigators across the department to spot spikes in property crimes and adjust resources. Break-ins near those two stations had sharply increased last year.
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SF Examiner Endorsement: Catherine Stefani for District 2

Stefani, a longtime resident of the district, is a former assistant district attorney and served as county clerk and as a legislative aide before being appointed by Mayor Mark Farrell earlier this year. She has strong backing from both the moderate and progressive factions in city politics and is a poised, polished and knowledgeable candidate. 
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SF Supervisors Pass Legislation to Increase Women's Representation in Public Art

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance requiring that women be depicted in at least 30 percent of the city-sponsored artwork contains non-fictional people.Along with the new policy, the ordinance also directs the city's Arts Commission to erect a statue of famed author and onetime San Francisco resident Maya Angelou at the main library.
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Bay Area Reporter: Stefani for Supervisor

District 2: Catherine StefaniIn District 2, we give the edge to Catherine Stefani, who has been a hard-working supervisor since then-mayor Mark Farrell appointed her to his old seat in January. A straight ally, she understands LGBT issues, and issues that affect the LGBT community, like addiction. 
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Marina Times Op-ed: Meet the Beats

People walking around Chestnut Street, Union Street, and Van Ness Avenue, will see some new faces this fall: Northern Station officers Sandro Alioto, Nick Armanino, Max Mackenzie, and Steve Hom. These four officers are a small part of the beefed-up foot patrols, also known as “beats,” I started with Northern Station Capt. Joseph Engler. My staff and I sat down with some officers at Northern Station to learn about the officers and what residents can expect to see with the new patrols.
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Muni operators tell assault stories, plead for safety

They’ve been vomited on, spat on, beaten, sucker punched, shot with fire extinguishers, and threatened with murder. Now Muni operators have had enough. The men and women who help ferry more than 700,000 people in San Francisco every day, and night, aboard buses and light rail vehicles have come forward to tell their tales of assault, in the hopes of compelling The City to do more to keep them and the riding public safe. Those operators were gathered by their union, Transport Workers Local 250-A and its president, Roger Marenco.
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Siblings' struggles drive SF Supe Stefani

The personal has proved to be political for San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani since being appointed in January as the representative for Cow Hollow, the Marina, Russian Hill, and Pacific Heights. In March, when voting to rename a terminal at San Francisco International Airport in honor of the late gay rights icon and city supervisor Harvey Milk, Stefani spoke of how her younger sister, Christine Stefani, struggled to come out as a lesbian to their Italian Catholic family in the Central Valley where they lived.
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Report: SF outspends other major cities on street cleanup, so how does it look?

San Francisco District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani on a report from the budget and legislative analyst that suggests the city outspends other major cities on street cleanup efforts, but many are saying those efforts aren't paying off.
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SF’s filthy streets: We’re spending far more on cleaning than other cities

When it comes to street-cleaning costs, San Francisco is in a league of its own. The 47-square-mile city spends more than four times as much as Chicago does to keep streets clean, according to a recent budget and legislative analyst’s report. And Chicago, at 227 square miles, is almost five times larger than San Francisco.
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Stefani sets sights on restricting 3D-printed plastic firearms in SF

A move by the federal government to allow people to 3D print plastic firearms has prompted concerns over public safety across the nation, and San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani on Tuesday announced plans to restrict them through legislation. Stefani, who has made gun control one of her priorities in office, announced Tuesday she is working on 3D gun legislation with the City Attorney’s Office and intends to introduce the proposal in the fall, after summer legislative recess.
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