DA Dismissing More Cases Due to SFPD Misconduct
San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix
March 09, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco district attorney’s office is expected to drop more than 40 cases today as a result of its ongoing police misconduct investigation.
“It may be even more,” said one source close to the review.
District Attorney George Gascón – who was police chief when some of the questionable searches involving the undercover officers occurred – is expected to ask that the cases be dismissed.
The cases involve the eight police officers under investigation for misconduct and perjury for their roles in a number of drug busts at residential hotels. Public Defender Jeff Adachi last week released several videos he says shows the officers illegally busting into apartments without warrants or properly identifying themselves. He says the officers lied on police reports to make the searches appear legal.
The matter is being investigated by the district attorney’s office, the FBI and the Police Department’s internal affairs unit.
At least 13 related criminal cases had been dropped by Tuesday.
“These aren’t just drug cases anymore,” Adachi said. “They involve all types of cases.”
Healthy salaries: The state controller has released the second phase of its statewide salary lists, this one focusing on special districts – government agencies that don’t receive taxpayer funds.
The biggest winners seem to work in health care. And No. 1 on the list is Nancy Farber, the CEO of Washington Township Health Care District in Fremont, who took home $873,598 last year.
Farber runs the 339-bed Washington Hospital. By comparison, Mark Laret, who heads UCSF’s 690-bed hospital system, was paid $748,616.
In fact, of the 30 highest-paid employees on the list, seven work for the nonprofit Washington Hospital and earn between $319,427 and $397,361 a year.
Washington Hospital spokesman Chris Brown said Farber’s pay was “based on what other like facilities pay their CEOs” and that the pay packages “were totally open” to public disclosure.
Maybe. But Lee Domanico, who heads the Marin Healthcare District and was hired to manage the takeover of the 235-bed Marin General hospital, was the next hospital CEO on the list. He was paid $581,836.
Both the Fremont and Marin hospitals are run by special districts, which do not receive taxpayer dollars and pay much better than county institutions.
For example, Sue Currin, who runs the 598-bed San Francisco General Hospital, makes only $243,230 – and that’s before furlough days.
Mirror, mirror: Mayor Jean Quan is making a heck of an impression on Oakland voters, scoring a 71 percent approval rating in a new citywide poll.
The poll was commissioned at Quan’s suggestion to gauge the chances of her proposed $80-a-year parcel tax passing in a special election.
The poll was paid for by Quan’s friends in labor, who are very interested in the tax passing.
The poll found 66 percent voter support for the measure – putting it just inches shy of the two-thirds majority needed for passage.
Political pull out: Democratic strategist Ace Smith’s SCN Strategies, which just helped elect Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris, has parted ways with San Francisco mayoral hopeful Joanna Rees.
Nobody at SCN wants to talk for the record, but we’re told the consultants believed businesswoman Rees simply wasn’t raising the kind of money needed to stay viable, nor did she commit to spending any of her personal fortune to make it happen.
Rees is a political neophyte who made a fortune in business, and had been hoping to make her mark in a crowded mayoral field as the only woman in the race.
Former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s decision to enter the race, however, may have taken some of the thunder from Rees’ bid.
Not so, said Rees, who claims her campaign is simply shifting gears: “This is now an on-the-ground, walking-the-neighborhood, field-based operation,” she said. “And I feel great because SCN got me to a phenomenal point.”
Pssss: BART appears on track to report yet another fiscal surplus for the coming year.
The news comes as BART directors are poised to part ways with General Manager Dorothy Dugger over a laundry list of perceived personal slights and failure to adequately communicate with them.