Newsom’s office turns up two crime lab docs in six years 

A public records request from the campaign of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s opponent in the lieutenant governor race, Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn, didn’t turn up much.

The request was for documents related to the embattled SFPD crime lab, and all that the mayor’s office turned up was a 2004 transition team report regarding public safety and a letter from Public Defender Jeff Adachi asking for more staff because of the scandal.

Nothing, despite a transition team report that recommends that the Police Department upgrade its crime lab and hire more DNA analysts to deal with its backlog. Obviously, that was never accomplished.
Those recommendations repeated what was written in an extensive Legislative Analyst’s report in 2003 that said one DNA analyst has the same ability to stop as much crime as 50 officers.

As District Attorney Kamala Harris said weeks ago as these scandals exploded, “Hindsight is 20-20."

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