A newly-created unit within the San Francisco District Attorney's office will serve as lead investigators for all shootings involving police officers. The organization, which will spend $2 million to fund 14 new positions, has a set goal of working through the considerable backlog of officer-involved shooting cases. (A grand jury report, released in June, found that it takes around 20 months for an officer to be charged, or not charged, following a shooting, a situation the DA's office has blamed on a staffing shortage.) Both acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin and the police union oppose the plan, arguing that an outside agency - and not the prosecutors with whom police work every day - should handle the investigations. – ABC7
Surfers at San Francisco's Ocean Beach had an encounter with a juvenile Great White Shark yesterday as it breached out of the water. Lucky footage of the breach was captured on video by Surfline. Witnesses estimated that the shark was about six-to-eight feet in length. Though there have never been any reported shark attacks at Ocean Beach, in 2005, a surfer reported being bumped by one of the animals. – SURFLINE
Two men, both reported gang members, have been convicted for the fatal shooting of local activist Judy Salamon on July 13, 2013. Jurors deliberated for just over one day before declaring Mario Floyd and Stephon Lee, both in their mid-20s, guilty of first-degree murder. Floyd and Lee had witnessed what they thought was Salamon, active in anti-crime efforts in the Maxwell Park neighborhood of East Oakland, recording them. They stole her cell phone after she was fatally wounded. They'll be sentenced this fall, and could face life in prison without parole. – EBT
The line-up for new iPhones at Apple's flagship store in Union Square ended in disappointment, as the store announced the new gadgets are already sold out. In 2010, more than 1,000 people waited in line for the iPhone 4 at the Downtown Apple Store, but since last year, the company has encouraged customers to shop online instead. Though most hardcore early adopters seemed okay with the change, some remained nostalgic for the old ways, including 19-year-old Justin Harris, who described waiting in line with fellow Apple geeks as "a tradition." – CHRON
Players for Mission High School's football team took a knee during the national anthem at last Saturday's game, and plan to do the same tonight. The entire team - made up of players from various racial backgrounds - united in the gesture of solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been sitting or kneeling during the anthem at NFL games in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. Though some players at private schools have been penalized for protesting the national anthem, students at public schools - such as Mission High - have constitutional free speech protections in place. – CHRON
James Seltzer, a former Marin County securities lawyer, has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors out of more than $2.5 million between 2007 and 2011. Seltzer admitted in a plea agreement to defrauding more than 10 people, telling them he was investing their funds, but actually depositing them into his own bank account for personal use. He will likely be sentenced to prison time in February, and has also agreed to reimburse victims for their losses. Seltzer was disbarred in 2014. – SFGATE
WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Trill as in "True" and "Real": EAT TRILL FEST is coming to Mission Bay's Spark Social Food Park tomorrow from 11 am to 9 pm, and will feature a bevy of food trucks and samplings from local restaurants, as well as a robust line-up of DJs and live performances. There won't be a better place in the city to try out Panchitas Pupusas and Xingones finger-licking fried chicken while fist-pumping to DJ Doc Fu this weekend. That's a virtual certainty. (Also, rumor has it, this Fruity Pebbles dog will be available.) Admission is FREE.
Roll On By!: The 13th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival goes down on Sunday, transforming the city's Rhode Island Street into a massive, working printing press. The process - called "relief printing" - involves generating linocuts by driving huge 7- and 12-ton steamrollers down the road. Though the work of six artists - Asuka Ohsawa, Emily Payne, Katherine Warinner, Melissa West, Nancy Mintz and Rik Olson - will be featured, for the first time ever, 30 members of the public have also been invited to participate. Admission is FREE. A whole afternoon of watching a ye olde construction vehicle paired with hands on print making and book binding fun. Perfect! – Sally, Little Hiccups
Happy Worksiversary!: Club and art space Public Works (162 Erie St., San Francisco) will celebrate its sixth anniversary with a diverse line-up on Saturday night, spread out over two rooms of DJs and headlined by Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation. "Definitely my favorite club/event space in San Francisco and is arguably better than all but a few spaces in LA." – Landon M., Yelp
51-year-old Sharon Turman, who led police on a chase near Redding, California, in a van painted to resemble the Mystery Machine from "Scooby Doo," has been sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison. Turman says she was high on methamphetamine at the time of the chase, but has since adopted a sober lifestyle.
Two teenagers were wounded during separate drive-by shootings in East Oakland last night. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the thigh at around 7:30 pm on the 1600 block of 78th Avenue. A 16-year-old girl was grazed on the arm by gunfire at around 11:30 pm while standing outside her home on the 9900 block of Pippin St. No motives have been determined in the shootings, though police indicated they have not ruled out gang involvement.
A 66-year-old man who was found shot and killed in a car in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood on Wednesday night was identified as City Hall security guard Tony Smith. Smith, an employee of Cypress Security, was apparently shot while sitting in his vehicle at around 4:30 am, near the intersection of 35th Avenue and International Blvd. No motive or arrests have been announced.
ON "URBAN ISLANDS"
As part of it's "Bay Curious" series, KQED took a closer look at the San Jose map, to figure out why the town is dotted with so many unincorporated areas, small neighborhoods or communities surrounded by the city, but that aren't officially part of the city.
For example, the nearly 5,000 residents of Central Burbank, enclosed on all sides by San Jose, report only to Santa Clara County. This is not a mere curiosity or footnote, but has direct impact on day-to-day life: Burbank residents have no city government, pay no business tax and report crimes to the county sheriff, not San Jose's police department. Additionally, new residents may not realize what they have signed up for when they first move into the area; one former resident reported buying a home in 1984 with no idea she was entering an unincorporated community.
The explanation: Communities like Burbank actually pre-date the cities around them. As suburbanization exploded after WWII, settlement in Santa Clara County was not "always uniform or rational," causing irregular boundaries to occur. The County didn't even start to track these unincorporated islands until the 1990s. Though long-term proposals to exist for mass annexation of these islands, the process could prove long and extremely complicated, as various local ordinances (for example, mandating where sidewalks are required) have to be aligned and standardized.
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