SF moves forward with first California ‘ghost gun’ ban

Published to San Francisco Examiner By Michael Barba   Facing a spike in shootings, San Francisco is advancing the first ban in California on the untraceable firearms known as “ghost guns” that increasingly are turning up in the hands of criminals. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve legislation Tuesday from Supervisor Catherine Stefani that prohibits the sale or possession of ghost guns in The City.
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Half of people released from S.F. jail before trial were accused of a new crime while free, according to four-year study

Roughly half of people charged with crimes and released from jail before their trials in San Francisco in recent years failed to show up for court, and a similar share were accused of committing a new crime while free, a new study found. More than 1 in 6 defendants allegedly committed a new violent offense, according to the findings from May 2016 to December 2019 published by the California Policy Lab, based at UC Berkeley and UCLA.
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Board of Supervisors Hearing on Drug Treatment Sparks Debate on Harm Reduction, Abstinence

Amid a growing overdose crisis in San Francisco, a Board of Supervisors hearing on Thursday evolved into a robust debate on the role of harm reduction and drug abstinence in public health services, and what must be done to stem fatalities and guide more individuals into care.   In a four-hour hearing, the Board’s public safety committee scrutinized overdose prevention policies at the Department of Public Health and other agencies that come into contact with people at risk of overdose. They also revisited Proposition T, a 2008 ballot measure that required DPH to provide enough low-barrier substance abuse treatment “to meet demand,” and to report annually on its progress in that goal. 
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S.F. Board of Supervisors votes to support Holocaust education bill

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday in support of a state Senate bill that would bolster Holocaust education for the state’s middle and high school students. SB 693, which was introduced by state Sen. Henry Stern (San Fernando Valley) and is also known as the “Never Again Education Act,” would create a Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education to “establish best practices for, and promote implementation of, education on genocide, including the Holocaust.” The council also would be required to submit a progress report to the Legislature.
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Supervisor wants SF to be first in California to ban 'ghost gun' kits

San Francisco would be the first city in California to completely ban the possession and sale of untraceable firearms, known as “ghost guns,” under new legislation that seeks to combat the surge in shootings across The City. The new legislation, from Supervisor Catherine Stefani, would make it a misdemeanor for anyone in San Francisco to possess, buy or sell the unserialized parts used to make ghost guns, with few exceptions. The legislation specifically bans unfinished frames or receivers that are used to build ghost guns and are not imprinted with a serial number.
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Murder charges filed against man accused of killing 7-month-old baby in San Francisco

The murder of a 7-month-old baby is raising concerns about the San Francisco District Attorney’s record on charging domestic violence cases. That’s because the baby’s accused killer had previously been arrested twice on suspicion of domestic violence charges this year but charges were never filed.
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After death of baby, S.F. domestic violence victim advocates ask whether Chesa Boudin is doing enough

The news itself was crushing. A 7-month-old baby boy named Synciere Williams died Tuesday. The man charged with taking care of him that day, Joseph Williams, 26, was booked by police for allegedly murdering the child. And, it turned out, he’d been arrested twice recently on suspicion of felony domestic violence, in January and March, before being released without charges.
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SF Supervisors Pledge Plan to Fight Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is working to prioritize public safety for Asian American and Pacific Islander seniors in the city’s upcoming budget, and has resolved to come up with an action plan by the end of May in an effort to prevent anti-Asian crimes, while also working to better coordinate support for victims of hate and violence.
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S.F.'s police commissioner tweeted an 'uncomfortable truth' on guns and teens. Now, two supervisors say he should step aside

San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani is calling for Police Commissioner John Hamasaki to “step aside” following a social media post in which he argued that it was dangerous in some cases for police to confiscate guns from teens. Stefani’s Tuesday afternoon tweet, which touched off a barbed Twitter scuffle between the District Two supervisor and the criminal defense attorney, has since drawn support from two more supervisors and critics who say Hamasaki isn’t fit to serve in his esteemed post.
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San Francisco supervisor calls for investigation into Saturday's 'unlawful' beach party on Ocean Beach

After more than 1,000 people crowded onto San Francisco's Ocean Beach on Saturday to celebrate Burning Man, city Supervisor Catherine Stefani on Tuesday urged the city attorney and district attorney to investigate and pursue any potential charges against the party promoters. The party, which went against city orders that prohibit gatherings of more than 12 people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, was billed as a celebration of Burning Man, the annual counter-culture festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.
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