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San Francisco Police Commission
approves crime cameras

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By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service


November 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco police commission unanimously approved a plan Wednesday night to install most of the 22 new cameras proposed in high crime areas of the city.

The vote came after hours of public testimony, mostly in support of monitoring high-crime areas, but some questioning the potential strain on privacy rights.

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San Francisco School Board member Kelly discusses ban on Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps

By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service


November 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Education released today its resolution that calls for the end of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in the city's public schools.

According to board member Daniel Kelly, the question is whether the program is worthy of support.

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Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps leader reacts to San Francisco School Board decision

By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service


November 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The director of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps for San Francisco public schools questioned the school board's Tuesday night resolution to phase out the program over the next two years.

"The parents support us, student government support us, all seven principals support us, alumni associations support us. If they all support us, then who is the school board representing?'' Lt. Col. Robert L. Powell Jr. asked today.

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Former University of San Francisco dean accused of possessing child pornography

By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service


November 15, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Federal prosecutors announced today that a former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco was charged today and agreed to plead guilty to possessing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan said William Garner, 66, was accused in charges filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco of one count of possessing child pornography in June and July 2006.

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Bay Area home sales remain at five-year low

By Ari Burackr, Bay City News Service


November 16, 2006

Home sales in the Bay Area were much slower this October than at the same time last year, part of a trend that has buyers and sellers waiting to see how the housing market turns, a national real estate information service reported.

Figures drawn from October home sales in the nine-county region revealed that the median value of a home sold in the Bay Area remained at $614,000, while the number of homes purchased shrank by more than 24 percent over last October, amounting to a continued "five-year low'' in home sales in the Bay Area, according to the study by DataQuick Information Systems.

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SOS - Court Jester needs a computer


By h. brown


November 16, 2006

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

(Bob Dylan)

Every electronic device in my room is dead or mortally wounded. Is there a message here? My computer died Tuesday and I'll trade a paint job for a replacement.

The old machine is an E-Machine? I don't know anything about this stuff or maybe I would have heard the dear thing cough or something and taken preventative measures. Luke Thomas (who has 20 years experience in the field) came over and looked at my broken computer, sitting next to my broken telephone which is just across from my broken TV, upon which sets my sketchy radio/dvd player. He replaced the power supply with absolutely no effect. "I haven't seen anything like it in all of my life."

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Board of Supervisors overturn Newsom veto

By Luke Thomas

November 15, 2006

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi championed a cause of legislating mandatory foot patrols in areas most impacted by violent crime whlle homicide rates continued to climb under Mayor Newsom's catchy "CitySafe" initiative.

In what eventually became a hot political issue between the mayor's office, the SFPD, and the Board of Supervisors over territory infringement, was resolved yesterday when supervisors voted 9-2 against Newsom's veto in support of Mirkarimi's legislation.

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