Consider the message that Newsom and then-police Chief (now the district attorney) George Gascon sent when they announced in 2009 that they were behind a policy to allow unlicensed drivers pulled over by police -- presumably for a reason -- to call friends, who could drive away their cars to avoid an impound.
San Francisco banned Happy Meals with toys, for health reasons. Newsom pushed a measure that prohibited pharmacies from selling cigarettes, for health reasons. Yet Newsom bestowed his blessing on unlicensed driving, ignoring the clear risk.
When Gascon charged a bicyclist with felony vehicular manslaughter for speeding through an intersection and killing Sutchi Hui, 71, a press release announced: "This incident could have been avoided and we can do better as a city to avoid these tragic consequences. In order to preserve our diverse transit community, everyone has to follow the rules of the road."
Gascon also intoned: "This tragic death caused by a bicyclist illustrates the worst-case scenario when traffic laws are not obeyed."
Gascon's office charged Galo with felony manslaughter. Good. But that happened after he announced the free pass for unlicensed drivers with licensed friends. I called his office to see whether he now advocates an end to the impound-lite policy. No answer. Ditto from Mayor Ed Lee's operation.
Jessica Vaughan of the pro-enforcement Center for Immigration Studies believes that ICE acted in part because the Rosenbergs pushed to see Galo face consequences for recklessly taking their son's life. How many fatal crashes have there been, Vaughan wonders, that garnered no press coverage, no outrage and no serious consequences?
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