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POSTED June 28, 2012 8:46 p.m.

SF mayor considering police stop-&-frisk policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he is considering implementing the controversial stop-and-frisk policy used in other major cities including New York and Philadelphia to reduce violent crime.

Lee told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board Wednesday that police officers need stop-and-frisk to get guns off the streets.

"This is under consideration as a way to make sure that we keep homicides and some of these other violent crime(s) down," Lee said. "I think we have to get to the guns. I know we have to find a different way to get to these weapons, and I'm very willing to consider what other cities are doing."

A former civil rights lawyer, Lee concedes that the policy is controversial and said he will likely be tagged for racial profiling. Lee said he wants to explore the idea after discussing the policy with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Civil rights groups have criticized stop-and-frisk as racial profiling, saying the policy disproportionately affects Hispanics and blacks. Thousands of demonstrators marched through New York's streets this month to protest stop-and-frisk.

Lee's revelation also comes as a surprise as San Francisco's violent crime rate in 2011 dropped for a third straight year, hovering at historic lows not seen since the 1960s and mirroring a current national trend.

SF Sheriff to testify at ethics commission hearing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is set to testify at a city ethics commission hearing to determine whether the elected official can keep his job.

Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi in March without pay and is seeking to permanently remove him from office after the sheriff pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

The five-member commission opened its historic inquiry into Mirkarimi's fitness for office last week. The panel will forward its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

Mirkarimi was sworn as sheriff in January after winning election in November.

In March, the former San Francisco supervisor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment after he admitted bruising his wife's arm with an overly firm grip during an argument on Dec. 31. He was sentenced to probation and counseling.

UC president will not ask for tuition hike

OAKLAND (AP) — The president of the University of California will not request a hike in tuition.

UC Regents had been expected to raise tuition next month.

, The Los Angeles Times says regents for the 10-campus university system meet in mid-July and it was expected to raise tuition by 6 percent, or $732 more a year. That would raise the in-state undergraduate tuition to $12,924.

But UC president Mark Yudof announced Wednesday he will not ask regents for an immediate tuition hike as part of a state budget deal calling for $125 million in funding.

It relies on voter approval of Gov. Jerry Brown's November ballot measure to raise some taxes.

If the measure is rejected, UC would lose the $125 million and see a further $250 million cut in revenues.

 

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