Poor sanitation and evidence of lice and fleas at the Occupy San Francisco encampment endanger the health of everyone in the overcrowded, makeshift tent city at Justin Herman Plaza, public health officials said Wednesday.
The San Francisco Fire Department added 35 new firefighters to its ranks on Friday – the first new class in 6 years.
There will be no cuts in fire protection in San Francisco this year, despite the city’s budget problems, but the chief said that this also means there won’t be any money to respond to unexpected emergencies.
Politics and policing played a role in San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s decision to elevate San Francisco Police Department veteran Greg Suhr from captain of the Bayview precinct to police chief, according to KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier.
San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Godown and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White have suggested some sobering cuts to their respective budgets to close the city’s $306 million deficit.