The news out of Richmond, California today is that a bloody fight broke out at City Hall...in the office of a gang prevention unit. The details are pretty funny... if you think bringing the ghetto into the corridors of power is a bad idea:
A bloody fistfight broke out among rival gang members at Richmond City Hall on Friday, according to police.
Seven men from different parts of the city brawled in a third-floor suite that houses the city’s Office of Neighborhood Safety around 12:30 p.m. Friday, department director Devone Boggan said.
He said all of the men involved in the melee are enrolled in the office’s “Operation Peacemaker” fellowship and happened to show up at the office at Richmond’s Civic Center at the same time unexpectedly.
The fight stemmed from an “exchange of looks” and heated words after the men spotted each other, Boggan said.
Love how these bright young men - who are all in their twenties, grow the f*** up, please - are Operation Peacemaker "fellows." How intellectual...and ineffectual.
Of course, there's always a bright side when your precious gang prevention group leads to more gang violence:
The ONS director said he sees the unarmed brawl as a sign of progress, since the young men involved all have a history of gun violence.
“They decided to pick their fists up instead of a gun,” Boggan said. “Everyone got up and walked away—not one mother has to bury their child this week.”
And, over in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors will be considering whether to grant a tax break to City businesses that hire convicted felons. Great idea! Non-felonious people are placed at a disadvantage during a job search, and any employer foolish enough to hire a convicted criminal will be strapping a grenade to their business.
San Francisco businesses that hire people with felony convictions would get a tax break, under legislation expected to be introduced today.
"Ex-felons are among the most challenged populations in getting work," said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who is crafting the plan.
...The goal is to shave about $10,000 off a business' companywide payroll tax burden for every new convict it hires full time. The tax relief for companies hiring part-time employees would be less.
The exact formula was still being developed Monday. The city's payroll tax is equivalent to 1.5 percent of the value of an employee's compensation package.
Supervisor Mirkarimi is running for sheriff by the way. We're going to have some tough as nails law enforcement in San Francisco, let me tell you.
For whatever reason, liberals are forever pandering to the criminal element seeking to de-criminalize whole swaths of the criminal codes and trying to develop "alternatives" to the simple, easy-to-understand solution to crime: lock 'em up.