Fatal Shooting on Pier 14

Police said they detained a person of interest Wednesday evening in connection with a fatal shooting that took the life of a 31-year-old woman on Pier 14 in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood.

Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to the vicinity of Embarcadero and Mission Street and found a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to police.

Officers flooded the area and detained a subject matching the description of a “possible person of interest” on the corner of Embarcadero and Townsend. That individual is currently being investigated, according to police.

Further details were not immediately available.

Yee Pleads Guilty and Admits Accepting $34,600 in Bribes

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to accept campaign contributions as bribes for political favors.

Yee, 67, a Democrat who formerly represented western San Francisco and most of San Mateo County, entered the plea to one count of racketeering conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer.

He will be sentenced by Breyer on Oct. 21.

The conviction carries a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The judge said he will consider advisory sentencing guidelines when calculating the sentence.

Yee, who was arrested on corruption charges in March 2014, gave few details of the scheme during the hearing in Breyer’s Federal Building courtroom, except to state that he gave the plea voluntarily and “knowingly agreed to participate” in the conspiracy.

But in a written plea agreement filed in court Wednesday, Yee admitted to seven specific acts in furtherance of the conspiracy between 2012 and 2014, including four in which he accepted a total of $34,600 in campaign contributions in exchange for using his political authority or influence.

In the other three acts, Yee admitted to having discussed plans to receive unspecified payments in exchange for future actions.

The contributions were for either his campaign debt from an unsuccessful run for mayor, or for his planned run for secretary of state, which he dropped out of after being arrested last year.

Yee’s former fundraiser and political consultant, former San Francisco school board president Keith Jackson, 50, pleaded guilty to the same count and will also be sentenced on Oct. 21.

The four bribes to which Yee admitted were paid by (TO?) several undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen of various kinds.

The acknowledged bribes included $10,000 to vouch for a supposed businessman seeking a state Public Health Department grant; $6,800 for a certificate honoring the Chee Kung Tong association in Chinatown; and $11,000 for meeting to discuss potential statewide marijuana legislation.

Yee also admitted to accepting $6,800 on March 14, 2014, for arranging a meeting among himself, Jackson, an undercover FBI agent and the late Wilson Lim, a Daly City dentist, to plan a never-completed deal to buy guns that would be smuggled from the Philippines.

Jackson admitted to some of the same acts, including planning the proposed arms deal, in his plea agreement. He also admitted telling an undercover agent in 2013 that Yee would accept $60,000 in exchange for a favorable vote on legislation to limit the ability of professional athletes employed by non-California teams to file workers’ compensation claims in California.

Yee’s plea agreement includes no sentencing recommendation. In Jackson’s plea bargain, his attorneys agreed to recommend a minimum of six years in prison and prosecutors agreed to suggest a maximum of 10 years. The judge is not bound by the recommendations.

Jackson’s son, Brandon Jackson, 29, and sports agent Marlon Sullivan, 30, pleaded guilty to participating in a separate racketeering conspiracy to conduct an organized crime enterprise.

They will also be sentenced on Oct. 21. Yee and Keith Jackson will remain free on bail while awaiting sentencing and the other two men are in custody without bail.

The four men had been scheduled to go on trial on Aug. 10, as the first of a group of 28 people charged with corruption or organized crime offenses.

The charges were initially filed in a criminal complaint in March 2014 and then expanded in three successive grand jury indictments, most recently in a 230-count indictment issued on Jan 29.

Sixteen of the remaining defendants, including Chee Kung Tong leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow are accused of the organized-crime racketeering conspiracy. They and the other eight defendants are also charged with specific organized crime offenses, including money laundering and trafficking in stolen cigarettes.

Breyer instructed prosecutor Ralph Frentzen to submit a proposal for the grouping of defendants in future trials and said he wants Chow to be in the next group. The judge said he is concerned about defendants, including Chow, who have been in custody while awaiting trial.

Chow’s attorneys have submitted several briefs to the judge arguing that it is unfair for him to have been kept in custody since his arrest in March 2014 without having even a trial date.

The prosecution proposal for future trials will be considered at a hearing before Breyer next Tuesday.

Yee was charged with 12 other crimes, including fraud and conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license, but those charges will now be dropped.

Keith Jackson had faced 22 other charges, including the same charges as Yee and additional counts of participating in the organized-crime racketeering conspiracy, selling guns without a license and participating in a never-completed murder-for-hire plot. Those charges will also be dismissed.

Although Keith Jackson did not plead guilty to those charges, Brandon Jackson and Sullivan admitted in their plea agreements that they joined Keith Jackson in unlicensed sales of guns to an undercover agent and in discussions of a planned cocaine purchase and the murder-for-hire plot.

Asked after the hearing whether Keith Jackson feels remorse, his attorney, James Brosnahan, said, “I don’t think I can tell you how badly he feels.

“People get into horrible messes. He appreciates what he did and that it has to be dealt with,” Brosnahan said.

The defense attorney also said, “The FBI started by hiring Mr. Jackson and paying him money to do perfectly lawful things. They also promised him great wealth. After they had done that, they began to embroil him in the matter that brings him to his plea today.”

Yee’s attorney, James Lassart, could not be reached for comment.

Before being elected to the state Senate, Yee served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and as a member and president of the city school board.

Campos Hosts Unity Rally Following Repeated Vandalism of LGBT Mural

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos hosted unity rally Wednesday evening to support a colorful mural illustrating queer love in the city’s Mission District that was vandalized late Monday night for the third time since its unveiling last month.

The unity rally aimed to support the LGBT mural created by the Los Angeles-based Maricon Collective at Galeria de la Raza that was spray painted over twice, and in the most recent act of vandalism, set on fire Monday.

Former state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and numerous LGBT organizations are expected to attend the rally, according to Campos’ office.

All three acts of vandalism against the mural are being investigated as hate crimes, according to San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza.

Manuel Paul of the Maricon Collective created the artwork, a digital mural titled “Por Vida” or “For Life,” which was unveiled by Galeria de la Raza on June 13 on the side of a building next to the gallery.

The mural depicts three scenes mixing queer and low-rider culture. One scene shows two men together, another shows a transgender person and the third shows two women together.

The most recent act of vandalism was reported at about 11:20 p.m. Monday. The suspect allegedly set fire to the mural before fleeing the scene, Esparza said.

A good Samaritan doused the fire with a fire extinguisher before it spread to the rest of the building, according to Esparza.

The arsonist had set fire to the part of the mural depicting two men together.

Esparza said that on June 16 and then again on June 21, the mural was vandalized with graffiti.

Police do not have video footage of the first act of vandalism, but video surveillance equipment was installed prior to the second act, and footage from that incident captured an image of a suspect wearing a black hoodie.

The footage captured Monday showed a male suspect between 20 and 40 years old who is either Hispanic or white. He is covering his face with a black cloth and wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, white tennis shoes and white gloves, according to Esparza.

Following the most recent act of vandalism, Galeria de la Raza’s executive director Ani Rivera released a statement explaining that the gallery condemns the “act of terrorism to try to yet again silence Chicano/Latino LGBTQ visibility.”

While no one was physically hurt in any of the incidents, Rivera said the most recent act of arson caused “emotional trauma” for neighbors and endangered the lives of families living in the building.

Rivera said the gallery will host a community conversation on July 18, and that event details will be announced soon.

A fundraising campaign, to restore the mural for the third time, has been set up at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1392515.

Today’s Weather Forecast

Today will be mostly cloudy in the morning with highs in the 60s. Southwest winds could reach 5 to 15 mph.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s. Patchy fog is possible after midnight. Southwest winds could reach 5 to 15 mph.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s to upper 60s.

Patchy fog is possible in the morning. Southwest winds could reach 5 to 10 mph.

(News Roundup Via Bay City News)