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The San Francisco Police Department is under fire for racism among its officers. Amid allegations of racism among its police officers, investigators found racist text messages on the personal cell phones of two officers during a criminal probe. The officers, who were both Chinese Americans, both have since resigned.

The officers’ cell phones had slurs against minorities and colleagues who were perceived to be gay. The texts also ridicule blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black man was shot and killed. They ridiculed the shooting in 2014 by police of a mentally ill man carrying a stun gun. They also sent each other pictures with racist captions. One was a picture of smoke rising above San Francisco with the words “Must be Korean BBQ”. The police officers involved are currently being investigated for suspected overtime abuse and unauthorized access of driving records.

As a result, San Francisco’s Police Chief has ordered all officers to finish an anti-harassment class within the next month. This scandal is the second texting scandal since 2014. There are approximately 2,100 SFPD officers. About half of them are white, which is roughly the same as the white population in San Francisco. About a third of San Francisco’s residents are Asian, but Asians only make up 16 percent of the city’s police officers. Nine percent of SFPD officers are black, but blacks only account for six percent of the population.

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Aging baby boomers have brought the number of senior citizen drivers in the U.S. to an all-time high. It’s been estimated that 10,000 people per day will reach age 65 each year between 2011 and 2030. Although these drivers are very experienced, they are at a high risk of auto accidents. It’s been estimated that on average, there are 15 fatalities and over 500 injury accidents every day in the U.S. that are attributable to senior citizens.

Even though seniors have the benefit of a great deal of driving experience, physical factors can take their toll on a body as a person ages, which can affect a senior’s driving ability. Older people typically have decreased reaction times. Elderly drivers often have vision impairments, which can be dangerous for drivers, especially at times when visibility is already low. Older drivers may have cognitive impairments that limit their mental abilities they need while driving. Finally, it’s common for senior citizens to take multiple prescription drugs, which can affect their ability to drive.

Senior citizens may be susceptible to physical and mental issues that can affect their driving ability. However, in spite of that, many senior citizens can be safe drivers. Older drivers tend to be more cautious. They wear their seat belts more, and are much less likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol than younger drivers. They can be even safer if they choose to take additional steps before driving. They should check their medications with their doctors before using them while driving. They should have their hearing and vision tested on an annual basis. Senior citizens should also have physical exams annually if they are worried about any physical limitations that may keep them from driving. Finally, seniors should take extra precautions, such as planning out driving routes, limiting driving during bad conditions, and giving themselves extra time to reach destinations.

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A proposed class action age discrimination lawsuit has been filed against the giant accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, and claims that the accounting firm structures its hiring practices so that it avoids even considering hiring many older applicants. As a result, according to the lawsuit, the firm has a “stunningly low” number of workers over the age of 40.

The lawsuit claims that the firm’s enormous success has been unequally distributed, and the company systematically favors younger applicants instead of older applicants. The firm allegedly focuses its recruiting on college applicants, which is one of the issues raised in the case. There is also a mandatory retirement age of 60, which discourages older applicants from applying.

The lead plaintiff in the case is a 53 year old CPA who says that he was turned down as a job applicant in the firm’s San Jose office in 2013. Instead, a younger applicant was hired. The man is asking the Court to order a change in the accounting firm’s policies, as well as for compensatory and punitive damages.


Lyft, the ridesharing company, is facing a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit in San Francisco. The lawsuit was brought by the mother and boyfriend of a man from West Sacramento who was killed in a crash with a Lyft driver in 2014.

According to the victim’s mother and boyfriend, they have been trying to reach a settlement with the company, and only filed a lawsuit after Lyft refused to accept legal responsibility for the crash. The victim’s mother says they have been fighting every step of the way and that they never contacted her to express condolences after the accident.

The fatal crash occurred when the victim and his boyfriend summoned a ride using Lyft’s mobile app after a Halloween party on a rainy night in 2014. The driver was a 23 year old man from Sacramento. On Interstate 80, the Lyft driver swerved to avoid a stopped car on the highway, lost control of his Toyota Camry, and spun off the road and into two trees. The car’s computer showed it was being driven at 75 miles per hour. One man was pronounced dead after the crash, and the boyfriend was hospitalized in intensive care for three days.


San Francisco recently became the first city in the U.S. to guarantee fully paid family leave for workers who add new children to the family. The new law requires employers with at least 20 workers to pay employees with new children 45 percent of their salaries for six weeks. The new law will begin to take effect in 2017. The other 55 percent of the workers’ salaries are covered by California’s family leave program, which was established in 2004.

Currently, only 13 percent of employees in the U.S. get access to paid family leave from work after the birth or adoption of a baby. Only four states in the country (California, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island) provide some type of paid family leave for workers with new children. Under the new law, if employers refuse to pay the leave, employees can file complaints with San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, and can ultimately take their case to court.

Small business owners raised concerns about being able to afford the costs of paid parental leave. It was suggested that the new law be phased in more slowly, so that it only applied to employers with 50 or more employees starting in 2017, and gradually apply to employers with more than 20 workers in 2018. Another city supervisor proposed that employee must have worked at least 180 days, rather than just 90 days, to qualify for the benefit.


A man in his 30s was killed when the motor scooter he was riding went over a highway barrier and onto the ground 40 feet below. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred on northbound U.S. Highway 101 just south of the Ninth Street exit. The man lost control of the motor scooter as he was rounding a left curve. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

For many city drivers, a motor scooter or a moped can be a good way to get around. Scooters can get up to 100 miles per gallon, and are small and easy to park. However, in many ways they are more dangerous than motorcycles, and they leave their riders vulnerable to injuries in an accident.

In California, to ride a motorcycle, you must have a special motorcycle license. To ride a motor scooter or moped, you must only have a valid driver’s license. California defines motor scooters as vehicles with a 149cc or smaller engine. Although motor scooters in many ways can be as dangerous as motorcycles, no special training is required to operate them on public roads.


The California Supreme Court ruled this week that employers cannot deny workers a place to sit just because they prefer that the person stand. Instead, they must consider the employee’s work station, not overall duties, when deciding whether to provide a seat. The court’s opinion comes from lawsuits that were brought by cashiers at CVS and bank tellers at Chase Bank. They claimed they were wrongly denied a place to sit while they were working. Experts say that it’s likely that companies will provide a seat for workers after the ruling.

In California, there are state labor regulations that require employers in California to provide workers with suitable seats when the nature of their work reasonably permits the use of seats. In the case recently ruled on, CVS and Chase Bank argued that the rules require an approach which determines the nature of employees’ work by considering the entire range of tasks they perform.

In CVS’s case, cashiers also stock shelves and perform other tasks that require them to stand. The company’s approach would allow CVS to classify those jobs as “standing jobs” and deny them seats while working, according to the Supreme Court. The court rejected that interpretation, saying that it ignores the duration of those tasks, and where and how often those tasks are performed. The court instead called for an assessment of employees’ tasks and duties at particular work stations, such as at cash registers or teller windows, when deciding whether those workers should get a place to sit.


According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, understaffing in nursing homes is a huge issue. In almost half the nursing homes in the U.S., not all staff positions are fulfilled, and the homes are not properly maintained. In understaffed nursing homes with employees who are overworked, residents are often abused and/or neglected.

When a person puts his or her loved one into a nursing home for assistance with care, the person entrusts the staff to provide him or her with the necessary care and attention. Depending on the severity of the medical situation, some residents require constant monitoring because they suffer from conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other conditions. If those residents are not properly monitored they could leave the premises and get hurt.

In addition, insufficient staffing at nursing homes can lead to a variety of preventable medical conditions including bed sores. Bed sores can be easily prevented if staff members reposition a patient every few hours, help them get up to use the restroom, keep the patient as clean as possible, use skin mapping to prevent bed sores, and identify and treat bed sores early on. If bed sores are allowed to develop and they aren’t properly treated, they can lead to serious health problems including infection and even death.


Unfortunately, almost half of all employers run credit checks on applicants. Many employers believe that having a good credit history shows a solid work ethic and a level of trustworthiness. Also, if there are many job applicants for one position, a credit check can be a good way to narrow down the field.

However, there is little evidence to show that having a good credit score means you are a good worker. The biggest reason that many people file for bankruptcy is medical debt, and huge medical bills can happen to almost anyone. For those individuals with bad credit scores, it can be hard to escape poverty if an employer refuses to hire because of a bad credit score.

Since 2007, 11 states have passed laws to ban or put limitations on employers running credit checks on job applicants. In California, employers are limited in the circumstances in which they can use credit reports in making employment decisions. Most employers are not allowed to pull credit reports.


An executive at a tech company in Silicon Valley was killed and his nine year old daughter is in critical condition after a swimming pool accident. The man, who was 43, was one of seven people who were shocked inside a pool at a California home. He served as the vice president of sales at a marketing technology company called RevJet.

According to police, they received reports that two people turned blue after jumping into a pool. Police responded to the home and found people inside giving the executive and his daughter CPR. Witnesses say that the father noticed his daughter at the bottom of the pool, not moving from electric shock after jumping in the pool, so he jumped in to rescue her. While he was attempting to save her, the father was electrocuted and had to be pulled from the pool. Police believe that the accident was caused by faulty wiring. The victims described a tingling feeling while they were in the pool.

Five others in the pool were shocked, but fortunately most were far enough away from the wires to be able to get safely out of the water. A 10 year old female victim is also being treated at the same hospital and is in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet concluded what caused the water to become electrified. A preliminary investigation has revealed that a light fixture inside the pool was missing screws and may have had some type of power surge. Those nearest to the fixture suffered the most serious effects. Experts say that if a person suspects that a pool has become electrified, he or she should shut off the electrical circuit breaker to the pool’s lighting and pump systems.