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Jan 02, 2016 Federal lawsuit filed to overturn city’s ‘unequal’ bail system

QUOTE: The lawsuit is trying to put an end to what Telfeyan calls a bifurcated justice system. “One for the rich, where they are able to purchase their freedom, and one for the poor, who have to sit in jail and await trial.”

San Francisco Examiner
Dec 02, 2013 As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

QUOTE: A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries...Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers of middlemen, play a significant role in escalating hospital bills, of course. But just as important is that mergers and consolidation have resulted in a couple of hospital chains — like Partners in Boston, or Banner in Phoenix — dominating many parts of the country...

New York Times
Jun 25, 2013 Who will stop Google? Snowden revealed what many of us already suspected: Google completely controls the web

QUOTE: What do the U.S. government and Silicon Valley already have in common? Above all, they want to remain opaque while making the rest of us entirely transparent through the capture of our data. What is arising is simply a new form of government, involving vast entities with the reach and power of government and little accountability to anyone. Google, the company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” is rapidly becoming an empire. Not an empire of territory, as was Rome or the Soviet Union, but an empire controlling our access to data and our data itself. Antitrust lawsuits proliferating around the company demonstrate its quest for monopoly control over information in the information age.

Mar 15, 2012 A Meter So Expensive, It Creates Parking Spots

QUOTE: ...San Francisco is trying to shorten the hunt with an ambitious experiment that aims to make sure that there is always at least one empty parking spot available on every block that has meters. The program, which uses new technology and the law of supply and demand, raises the price of parking on the city’s most crowded blocks and lowers it on its emptiest blocks....acknowledged that the program was “complicated on the social equity level.”

New York Times
Jun 04, 2011 Efforts to Ban Circumcision Gain Traction in California

QUOTE: When a group of activists proposed banning circumcision in San Francisco last fall, many people simply brushed them aside. Even in that liberal seaside city, it seemed implausible that thousands of people would support an effort to outlaw an ancient ritual that Jews and Muslims believe fulfills a commandment issued by God... Activists say the measures would protect children from an unnecessary medical procedure, calling it “male genital mutilation.”

New York Times
Apr 27, 2010 Update: Terry Childs found guilty: The admin who kept San Francisco network passwords now faces a maximum of five years in prison

QUOTE: Terry Childs, the San Francisco network administrator who refused to hand over passwords to his boss, was found guilty of one felony count of denying computer services...

Jun 14, 2009 Blacks abandon San Francisco: No US city has seen a more rapid decline of its African-American population.

QUOTE: While San Francisco's image has been defined by a history of tolerance and openness, some say today's reality is much different. They paint a picture of a racially and economically divided city where blacks are vanishing from the social and cultural fabric, priced out and marginalized by the urban redevelopment policies of the past half century.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 12, 2009 San Francisco at Crossroads Over Immigration

QUOTE: But over the last year... San Francisco has become less like its self-image [a liberal enclave that does not cooperate with immigration authorities] and more like many other cities in the United States: deeply conflicted over how to cope with the fallout of illegal immigration.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2009 U.S. Inquiry Into Hiring at High-Tech Companies

ABSTRACT: ...Justice Department lawyers appeared to be looking into whether the companies involved agreed to not actively recruit employees from each other.

New York Times
May 28, 2008 Square Feet: Major San Francisco Development Faces a Ballot Test

QUOTE: Proposition F reflects worries that residents will be cut off from the jobs and wealth generated by the development, and that rising property values might force them out of their homes. The proposition expresses this fear most pointedly with a requirement that half of the housing built in the new Hunters Point-Bayview project be offered for sale to working families at below-market rates.

New York Times