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communities to express our support and look for our communities by being with everyone. it is not just one event. it has got to be every night. we have got to have these conversations that reach all these families that could be hurt or already are hurt. we have to have restorative justice on our side, so all the efforts may not sound brand-new, but they are at invigoration of where our hearts are, where our minds are, and where our commitment is to the rest of the city. thank you very much. [applause] >> all right, thank you, mr. mayor. also want to acknowledge president david chiu join us. supervisor kim is also here.
thank you for your thoughtful words. a wonderful, great epiphany. thank you. what is critical is that we need to begin to interrupt this cycle of violence, and five key things i want to recognize with you, to share that we recognize the link between poverty and the lack of economic opportunity to the propensity to commit crime, and that the role the young men and women are playing in these incidents, that they are not exclusively just for men, i think that is a critical point. there are women raising our future generations. while we have significant city resources dedicated to violence prevention and response, they should be significantly coordinated and better utilize. i am proud to see so many of our service providers with us today as well as our community
partners. it is not just about government. we need to make sure we have a comprehensive approach that is not just tailored to individuals and to individual communities but will most likely taylor the individuals that we know to be perpetrators of gun violence but also keeping in mind the relationship of their families. everyone is connected to a family, and it is the entire family unit we must begin to heal and provide research -- not research but out reached towards. we also need to better realize the opportunities for employment on all sectors, not just on the ground doing construction. without that, i would like to bring up our cheek, who after serving as captain of the bayview station is now our police chief. for a number of years, he intimately understands the challenges that we are facing as a community. thank you. [applause]
>> thank you. with regard to the interruption, obviously, the police department will play a major role in that. in the first five months of 2012, we had 14 homicides by firearm. in the next to the vehemence, 15. we had more homicides in the last 60 days in san francisco by firearm than we did in the entire first half of the year. the shootings are the problem. the guns of the problem. i discussions with this entire group and many people behind the cameras, it is about getting to the guns and affecting some long-term changes so we are not revisiting this every three to five years. to that end, the police department will take our zone strategy that has been effective almost a decade by decade as we unfortunately suffer these spikes. we will use real-time information through a new web- based system the department just got to get out in front of the
violence. we're working very closely with juvenile probation, adult probation, but role, the district attorney's office and more, all those in the room to arrive at the list that the mayor spoke up. we do not anticipate this list will be larger than 200 suspects that are on parole and/or probation. if you are on parole or probation, plan on seeing a police officer, a probation officer, for a prole every time we see you. we will be knocking on your door, seeing if you are compliant with conditions, and if you have a gun, i would suggest you turn it in either directly to law enforcement, or i know the fate community has offered to be a safe harbor. anyone who knows where there is a gun in san francisco, get it to somebody that can get it to us. if there's less guns on the streets, we will have less of gun violence. i know some people will say that the people that do not use the guns of the only ones that turn them in.
it does not matter. many of the guns we come across are taken in burglaries and the like. we cannot have them on the street. by targeting particular neighborhoods where the violence is occurring and focusing on those individuals most likely to commit the violence and/or become victims, we believe we can get out in front of this right now. that is the case for the interruption. we will be blocking it. we will be working closely. i see many of our friends from the district attorney's office here, to vigorously prosecute those that are in commission of crimes, especially if you are on our list. we are one list you do not want to make. we will be trying to get those people off the streets for as long as we can, whether it is in county jail, prison, and then those folks that are not on the list -- we would love to work with you, as the mayor said, to get you into some productive, positive choices. jobs, more education, again, to
try to break the cycle. we will be using the same system and, hopefully, where we can get to later to predict with the next violence they occur and deploy resources there so that we are efficient and even more so -- we are not random in our application of our efforts to eliminate this violence. all you have to do is look at the room. it is unbelievable the amount of people that are now in the conversation, and we need to stay in the conversation. even in -- even if this current state of violence subsides, it has positioned itself, and it will come back. we will be tracking our list and anyone else who makes the list forever. you go online now, you can always find it forever. if you make our lives, we will track you in and out of the justice system. if you leave the system forever, that is fine with us, too. if anybody wants to turn in a gun, we do not need an arrest. we just want the gun. like the mayor said, if you are
worried about being proclaimed somebody who is a tattle tale, that your working with police, get that gun to the clergy. they have offered to receive it. and get it to law enforcement safely. i do not care if we get an arrest. we just want the guns. we know who we are looking for the other side of that. lastly, the mayor spoke to the kids. it is an absolute fact that 74% of our prison population did not finish high school. 82% of the crimes committed in this country are committed by high-school dropouts. at 4% of victims of homicide under 25 are high-school dropouts. it is about finishing high school and going on to better things. we will be working with the school district to find those kids that are most likely to be truant and/or at risk of not finishing high school. whatever we can as an entire city to get them across the high-school finish line. if we can do that, all those
other numbers go away. think about the money that could be productively spent towards ending violence in the long-term here in san francisco. i cannot tell you how much i appreciate the mayor and the board of supervisors' leadership and the friendship and love that is in the room. we really, really appreciate the help. thank you. [applause] >> next, we will be bringing up the director of adult probation, chief windy still -- wendy still. [applause] >> thank you. adult probation department is working to create short and long term effective intervention to provide offenders with meaningful opportunities to change their lives, which will also reduce crime and victimization. we have to create a way out.
our public safety and community-based organization partnership will include a continuum of employment, education, housing, mental health services that will enable individuals to break the -- break free from violence and long-term seminal behavior disrupting the into generational cycle of crime. in response to the mayor's direction to immediately interrupt, we are working very closely with our criminal justice partners. in addition to that, we have opened an office in bayview to bring our staff closer to the population that they are here to serve. [applause] that office opened on august 1. in addition to that, through the support of the mayor and board, we will be completing evidence- based individualize risk and needs assessment of the cases that we are supervising an employee in the use of investment of over $4.7 million
in the city's money that they have invested in the employment education, mental health, housing, and treatment. we have also created specialized caseloads for those high-risk transitional-age youth, including gender-responsive caseloads so we can meet the needs of our young men and women. in addition to that, we have an enhanced collaboration as a member of the gang task force in working with the department of public health crisis response services and also utilizing sanctions and reward given to us by realignment legislation, including the use of electronic monitoring technology. in addition to that, we will be opening a community assessment services center that will provide wraparound services, again providing opportunity to change their lives. education and service and skill development is key for long-term change. thank you. [applause] >> ok, i know it is getting hot
in here. hang on. we only have 13 more speakers. just kidding. i would like to bring up one of our newest community partners. >> good morning, everyone. when we moved into this community, we wanted to have a space that will be designated for reaching our community and kids and how symbolic and fitting it is for us to be gathered here as we applaud our mayor and his administration for his engaging mannerism over the past several months, as myself and several members of our faith community have been the recipients of his encouragement, his open door, his open heart, and his open hands to listen to our voices as we have expressed the concerns of our community in and around safety and violence
in the neighborhoods. our mayor has heard the voices of the community and of concerned citizens, and today, we stand in partnership with him and commitment to our mayor and to this great city that we will stand together for the futures of our youth are all the things that make for a positive and great city known as san francisco. we are here today to ensure that all the partners who stand to get our unified as one and in the spirit of the rev. jesse jackson, we want to make sure that san francisco for our youth and communities, we continue to keep hope alive. thank you. [applause] >> part of keeping hope alive is we have to provide an economic engine to get our young people back to work so they are able to take care of themselves and
oftentimes their families. with that, i would like to introduce to you mr. eric mcdonald, the executive director of the united way. thank you. [applause] >> good morning again. welcome, everyone. we are excited and thrilled to be partners here with the mayor. what is clear is that while the unfortunate rise and peak of gun violence brings us to the room, it also gives us what we believe is an enormous opportunity. these spikes, ago, and what we have now is an opportunity to cast a vision. we know that without a vision, people perish. we can cast a vision and develop an action plan that is based upon mutual respect, mutual trust, and mutual accountability. the mayor and all of our city partners can create that plan were we will engage all sectors. we will engage residents. we will engage the private sector, creating work force and
job development opportunities. we will engage our faith-based community who are already providing tremendous leadership, and we will make sure there is a coordinated, comprehensive plan that is sustained. there's a process that brings us to the end, and the city goes out. that is nobody's intention, and yet, it is the life cycle of the epidemic that confronts our community. today, we are saying we will commit ourselves to a sustained effort to insure we create a new vision, a new opportunity for our communities to thrive so that in the end, there is opportunity for our young people. opportunity for our adults, an opportunity for our communities to thrive. i would say that the opportunity we have requires that everyone who claims to love san francisco plays an active role in helping this plan sustain itself. it is not the city only. it is not the clergy only. it is not the non-profits only.
not the private sector only. it is residents. it is everyone playing a role. i would challenge everyone -- what are you doing today to be part of the intervention, the interruption, and the opportunity for young people in particular to realize their potential? i believe today we can do it, and i am honor to stand with the mayor, the board of supervisors, and all of our city partners to make it happen. thank you so much. [applause] >> the next man i will bring up probably needs. -- very little introduction, but he is one of our community partners who has been helping us coordinate this conversation so it is not solely happening in isolated communities, so that we are talking to one another, and is a fantastic representative and my brother in the samoan community. >> thank you, supervisor cohen. first of all, i would like to thank the mayor and other city
officials for all his encouragement, but i want to thank you all because you see it everyday. you're dealing with it every day. as the chief said earlier, we need them guns off the street. the people have the guns are bold. the incident that happened in alice griffith park, after they shot this man, they came back wanting to leave their mark the day before the funeral. that is bold. knowing that the police is a round, that is bold. we need to come together. let's make an effort to make sure that this is a safe city, a place we would all like to live in, and a place we want to see our kids continue to play. sometimes the kids cannot even go outside and play. i am assured the chief has got that on his mind and is going to make sure that will change. i am sure mr. alvarez has that on his mind. you heard the mayor -- it is going to change. let's get together, forget about
yourself. it ain't about us. it is about them. you all ain't packing -- i hope not. you all are not committing crime after hours. i hope not. a lot of you seem a little old to do time. [laughter] i want to make sure everybody hears it, not only the people at the top, but all of us at the bottom are trying to make sure this thing works. without our kids, we have got no future. you can kid yourself all you want -- you have two contracts. when you are born, you're going to die. hopefully before you are gone, you have left a legacy of some people that can carry on and move it forward. that is what we're talking about, the future. we will probably all get to a point where we will say we will move or do something else, but those kids have still got to be here. san francisco still is a resident, family community. i want to see that it growing again. i want to thank the mayor, his staff, and the people that have been working with us.
we made sure that we responded with them. so god bless everybody, and let's keep up the work. like the chief said, if you know somebody with a gun, you ain't got to turn it in. go to the public -- go to the pastor, the faith community, just turn it in. if you do not turn it and, somebody might use it. thank you. [applause] supervisor cohen: one of the critical part is that gets little attention is our media partners. oftentimes, your first on the scene to report a lot of information, and oftentimes, our narrative is a story of crime, destruction, hate, turmoil. we are looking to our media partners to remember that they are uplifting, positive, exciting stories that are happening, and we look to you to respond. please report the positive things. the kids that are going to college, the kids that are
taking care of their business, buying homes, and that are absolutely working. this is definitely a two-way street, a partnership. i am reaching out to members of the public and members of the press to help us. we are standing as one as a community because all of our collective interest is tied together. i would like to introduce to you a man who will give us our youth perspective. many of us have spent our lives growing up and working in san francisco -- to put it frankly, this is just the future right here. i will leave it at that. thank you very much. [applause] >> hello. i would like to thank the sheriff, the police, and the puc for the opportunity to work at the garden project, and it is my third year.
it helped me with a lot. it helped me pay bills with my mom and helped me continue going to school because it is hard. people need money to go to school and need money to pay bills to put food on the table. it is real hard. i have to help my mom out with the money i get. if i'm not working during the school year, i cannot help her out, and she has to borrow money from other people and pay them back, and that is a hassle. also, if she cannot make money, i would probably be on the streets selling drugs, robbing for myself to pay money in her pocket. i want to go to college and see what i can do in the future and have a future and -- i am nervous. i am sorry.
this is my first time -- [applause] i am a college student. i am going to san francisco state university, and i am try ing to do nursing, because it is something i have been interested in since my brother got killed four years ago. that is what made me want to not be on the wrong path because i do not want to hurt and lose another child. that thank you. thank you very much. thank you, everyone. [applause] not only is he our future, but he is also a healer. with that, i just want to say thank you for your time today. we appreciate everything that you have done, and we are honored by your commitment. thank you. [applause] >> let me say something before
you break. i am amos brown. as the mayor said -- could i have everyone's attention? could i have everyone's attention? i am president of the national association of advancement of colored people. for the naacp, colored comes in all colors, but there is one color in the rainbow that is almost diminished, and that is the black color. i want to thank the mayor or listening to those of us who've met with him to share our
perspective on what we should do collectively and not in isolation to make sure we will not have another press conference to bemoan, complain, wine, cry -- whine, cry about this problem of violence. some do not like to hear this true statement, but the bible says ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. this community will never be free. we will never be liberated from this problem until all of our allies and our friends acknowledge that the epicenter of this problem comes from folk
who look like me. i have presided over too many funerals. possibly more than any preacher in this town. persons who are not members of third baptist church. but we are gracious to let them have our facility, to accommodate them. i feel that we have something to shout about today. no stop and frisk. the mayor has said that. but the mentor of martin luther king said, "he or she who is behind in the race of life must run faster in order to catch up ." we do not have stop and frisk. in this city, we have to run faster to make sure there is not
another death. we have to run fast, and make sure there are jobs. run fast to make sure there is education. run fast to make sure there is housing. run fast, so that we will love each other. this is what the naacp is committed to. a lot has been stated here. there was some great rhetoric, some terrific ideas and plans. but this is just like getting ready to drink a cup of coffee. you can have all of the cream, all of the coffee, all of the sugar, but, like maxwell house's slogan says, it will never be good until the last drop unless you stir it up, and you will be able to drink and say, "it is good until the last drop."