Citing racial bias, San Francisco will end mug shots release

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and outside police experts said they believe the department would be the first in the nation to do so based on concerns about racial bias.

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Bospar: Nearly One in Three Americans Believes We Will Never Have Racial Equality

But most Americans believe protests surrounding George Floyd’s death mark a turning point in the struggle for racial equality SAN FRANCISCO – June 18, 2020 – Bospar, the boutique PR firm that puts tech companies on the map, has released its findings on the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests. Bospar discovered that 82.1% of Americans say Floyd’s murder has impacted them, with many hoping that this is finally a turning point for police reform. An overwhelming majority of

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FAC to California Judiciary: End Court Secrecy Now

The First Amendment Coalition today called on California judicial leaders to put a stop to widespread court secrecy that has occurred throughout the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the public and press have access to hearings and trials as required under the First Amendment and California law. In a letter to the California Judicial Council, the rule-making body of the state’s court system, FAC and its partners cite numerous examples of secret proceedings that have taken place since health concerns caused

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So long, farewell: On Guard column ends

JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ Apr. 24, 2020 5:00 a.m. NEWS COLUMNISTS Farewell, dear readers. This ink-stained wretch is hanging up his hat: This is my final On Guard column. My last day at the San Francisco Examiner is Friday, April 24, 2020. It’s hard to type these words. I’ve been mulling how to tell you all for weeks, now. At first, I thought I’d try some too-clever contrivance, like bookending my columns with a call-back to my very first On Guard

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Remembering Gilroy

On behalf of the San Francisco Press Club, the board of directors would like to acknowledge the victims and families who lost loved ones or were injured on Sunday, July 28 at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved. We would especially like to thank our first-responders and all of our Bay Area residents who volunteered during and after this tragedy.

Bill Nagel named new publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle

NEW YORK, June 14, 2018 —Hearst Newspapers today named Bill Nagel publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle, replacing Jeff Johnson who was named president of Hearst Newspapers in February. The announcement was made by Hearst Executive Vice President and COO Mark Aldam and Johnson. With more than 4,000 employees across the nation, Hearst Newspapers publishes 24 dailies and 64 weeklies, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, The New Haven Register and Albany Times Union. It also operates digital marketing services and directories businesses under the LocalEdge

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Remembering Steve Penna, The Spectrum Magazine

It is with deep sadness that we report the sudden passing of Redwood City icon Steve Penna, publisher of The Spectrum Magazine. Penna was one of the original board members of the Police Activities League. He was a supporter of the city’s nonprofit and business communities and a fundraiser for many Redwood City events, including the city’s concert series. He also helped to raise $11.5 million to restore Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School, his alma mater. Penna was born

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Remembering newspaper columnist Bruce Bellingham

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of newspaper columnist Bruce Bellingham on May 8 after a long illness. His work appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, the Irish Times, the Nob Hill Gazette, the Marin Independent Journal, and FRISKO and SOMA magazines. He wrote stories and documentaries with legendary broadcaster Al Hart for KCBS radio and also worked with public radio host Sedge Thomson on his weekly variety program “West Coast Weekend,” where he once famously

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