San Francisco Mayor Declares State of Emergency

December 18, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – In the face of increasing crime, San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

According to the statement, Breed declared that under the emergency measure the city would be allowed to “. . . eliminate bureaucratic barriers, allowing the City to quickly respond to the conditions relating to the health and safety of the people in the Tenderloin.”

The emergency waivers allow changes to contract procurement and planning codes which will free the mayor to open temporary facilities to combat the growing drug problem.

In addition to drugs, Breed has a plan to literally clean-up the “nasty streets” of Tenderloin which are routinely “. . . full of feces and urine that the Department of Public Works is cleaning every single day.”

Breed has also urged prosecutors to “get on board” and make sure repeat offenders are not released back onto the streets.

The state of emergency will have to be passed by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and will not be able to last for more than 90 days.

Photo: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Source: Thornical Press

Cold Blooded: Tesla Employee Murders Coworker At End Of Shift

By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

December 17, 2021

FREEMONT, CA — A Tesla employee allegedly shot a coworker in head in a stunning after work ambush.

Anthony Solima, 29, was charged Thursday with murder and the special circumstance of lying in wait, as well as possession of an assault weapon, according to police.

Solima and the victim, Lee Brasier, 42, had gotten into a heated verbal argument while working at the Tesla plant on Monday. According to witnesses, Solima was so upset that he walked off the job.

According police, Solima returned later to the Tesla plant and waited to ambush Brasier.  According to police, Solima shot Brasier in the head with a .223-caliber short-barreled AR-15.  Brasier had gotten into his Toyota Tundra when Solima pulled the trigger.

Brasier was pronounced dead on scene.

Solima was arraigned Thursday and is being held without bail.  Solima next court date is set for January.

Damaged Navy Attack Submarine Arrives in San Diego

by The Chicago Times Staff

December 15, 2021

SAN DIEGO – The Seawolf class attack submarine involved in an underwater accident in October completed a surface voyage from Guam to San Diego for repairs.

According to a Tuesday report from the US Naval Institute News, the USS Connecticut arrived in San Diego on Sunday after departing Guam sometime last month for repairs after striking an underwater mountain in the South China Sea.  According to the United States Navy, the voyage was made on the surface, which is extremely rare for modern submarines.

According to the website of the National Museum of the United States Navy, submarines sailing on the surface are substantially slower and more vulnerable.

Official reports indicate the damaged submarine collided with an undersea mountain in international waters in the Indo-Pacific.  The accident resulted in the dismissal of the Connecticut’s commander, executive officer, and enlisted chief, as well as minor injuries to roughly a dozen sailors.

According to a Navy news release issued Nov. 4, the USS Connecticut will undergo repairs in Bremerton, Wash., more than 1,300 nautical miles from San Diego.

Indiana Police Officer Saves Children From Retention Pond After High Speed Chase

by The Chicago Times Staff

December 14, 2021

ST. JOHN, IN — A police officer in Indiana saved the lives of two small children when the car they were riding in drove into a retention pond on Sunday.

Just outside St. John, Lake County Sheriff officers were conducting a traffic stop at 11:30 p.m. when, during the stop, a man with an arrest warrant fled the area.  A female passenger in the automobile leapt into the driver’s seat and sped away with the driver’s two young daughters in the backseat.

Officer Darrell Shaffer and other St. John police officers assisting Lake County Sheriff officers, pursued the speeding vehicle.  Shaffer pursued the automobile down I-80-94 to Kennedy Avenue, where the fleeing vehicle exited.  Without warning the driver lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road into a retention pond.

Shaffer, unaware of the vehicle’s occupants, quickly parked his squad car and jumped into action to save those trapped in the vehicle.  Shaffer noticed a 3-year-old floating in the rear of the car and proceeded to pull the young child from the car.

Shaffer then noticed an 8-month-old child floating in the car and again proceeded to pull the victim from the vehicle.  According to Shaffer, he estimated that the 8-month-old child was under the water for about a minute and a half.

According to medical staff, the children were alert and conscious by the time they were taken to the hospital. 

The man and the woman were arrested. St. John police said Lake County Sheriff’s Department continuing its investigation.   

DeSantis To Deport Illegal Migrants Dumped By Federal Government

by Bernard P. Lawson, The Chicago Times

December 13, 2021

Tallahassee — Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced his intention to deport illegal migrants who were secretly flown into Florida from the southern border by the Biden administration.

DeSantis included $8 million in the state budget last week to transport the migrants back to privileged Democratic enclaves like Washington, DC.  This is in response to the Biden administration secretly transporting illegal migrants throughout the country including Jacksonville, FL; Alexandria, VA; Chattanooga, TN; Long Beach, CA.

DeSantis has argued that If the federal government insists on keeping the southern border open and refuses to alert states when a new batch of unvetted, unvaccinated migrants arrives on their doorstep, governors must stand up for their communities and prevent their services from being swamped.

“Every month, 200,000 people enter the country illegally.  Every month, that’s a medium-sized American city coming in illegally,” DeSantis said in a statement.

DeSantis will also seek restitution from any commercial business that transports or harbors illegal migrants to cover the additional costs of law enforcement, health care, and other services.  DeSantis also plans to deny taxpayer subsidies to illegal migrants.

Florida will also increase enforcement of the law prohibiting employers from hiring employees who are not permitted to work in the United States as a deterrent to illegal migration.

According to U.S. government statistics, illegal migrants continue to pour across the southern border, with an estimated 1.8 million crossing this year.


by The Chicago Times Staff

December 9, 2021

Alabama – Former NFL player Glenn Foster Jr died in police custody on Monday.

According to a New Orleans newspaper, after being arrested for allegedly speeding in Pickens County, Alabama, Foster was re-booked on felony charges for allegedly assaulting another detainee.

A judge ordered Foster to undergo a mental health evaluation because he was deemed a danger to himself and others.

Foster was arrested on charges of assault and third-degree robbery on Sunday, according to Pickens County Sheriff’s Office records.

According to Foster’s father, Foster was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

 Foster was a Mount Carmel and University of Illinois alumnus.