tv [untitled] August 28, 2012 11:00pm-11:30pm PDT
>> hi. ok, thank you for joining us today. my name is malia cohen. i represent the southeastern neighborhood, affectionately known as district 10. i am very pleased everyone is here today. thank you for hosting us today and opening up your wonderful sanctuary. where are you? there you are. thank you very much. i appreciate that. i'd like to introduce mayor lee, who will talk to us about some of the proposals we will be presenting to you today to address some of the public safety challenges we have recently been experiencing in the southeastern part of the city. thank you very much, mayor.
mayor lee: thank you. i want to also express my appreciation for the other supervisors that are here and also have been engaged with us. certainly, supervisor olague is here. supervisor wiener is here. there is an ongoing discussion about public safety. i also want to express my deep appreciation for our city's cloete community, the interfaith council, and my thanks for today, the pastor and his church and his staff for welcoming us all here in this very integral part of our city and all the other clergy that are here as well as the naacp, represented by a pastor reverend amos brown
and his staff, along with the police chief, or public safety clusters, juvenile probation, a deprivation, community-based agencies, city services office, and the number of community groups that have engaged me and my staff and all of the supervisors are on this very serious question around public safety in our city. many of you have known and heard in the past couple of months my very deep concerns about our safety, particularly of our young kids, and particularly of our african- american kids. not everybody can be a gabby or an olympic hero. not everybody can do that. not everybody can participate in
the 5000 jobs that we are creating in the internship programs that are paid that we signaled this summer. not everybody can be successful in everything that we do to try to set up those conditions for people to be successful. there are some who, unfortunately, touch our juvenile and adult probation criminal-justice system, and we try to find ways to correct that path and to create supportive mechanisms. we are rich in services in many ways with interventions as much as we can to redirect our youth or to help victims and their families as best we can. sometimes not perfectly, but the best we can to assist them in their recovery. and so it was right for me to talk about this in a very
deliberate way, to talk to other mayors across the country and ask what they are doing to find out what is working and what is not working and then to bring back that conversation in a very direct way to our own communities here in san francisco. i know every person standing beside and behind the law of our communities, love this city. they would not be here unless they did, from the labor groups to become -- clergy groups to the community-based agencies, they really have a deep, deep love. i know it, and i know we have had these very sensitive discussions about these programs will have been done in other parts of the country, and i had a chance to review those. in agreement with our local leaders, in total agreement with the community-based agencies and civil rights organizations that have had a very delivered reason to engage me on this, we will not be implementing the stop and
frisk programs or variations of that here in san francisco. [applause] we do not wish to be distracted from the real reason we are here. we love our kids. we love our families in the bayview whether they are in sunnyvale or alice griffith or potrero hill or in the mission. we love them so much that we have to do more to care for them. we have to find those connections. [applause] there are too many stories that we are hearing from our clergy when it is too late. when we are having those individual funerals, when our parents and their brothers and sisters are crying over things that have already happened, where the jobs that we are
creating did not reach these unfortunate young kids or our police commissioners and police chief working in concert with adult probation, juvenile probation, did not quite get the person who signed these papers, put their names to it saying, "i will not go back to where our was found with a gun or associate with those very known individuals that are participating in gang mentalities." de sign those papers. yet, within days, they are found. we are not reaching them. we are not penetrating those kids. we have to step it up. this is why our supervisors and i have been talking very deliberately to come together with all our community groups to support our own san francisco plan about trying to get to these individuals and prevent crime from happening and prevent their lives from being destroyed. we created over 5000 jobs this
summer. we cannot give jobs to dead kids. that is just the reality of it. no matter how often we try, these kids, if we do not get to the now, did not prevent their truancy in middle school, if we do not redirect their interest in how to resolve a problem that they have in an individual case or some hatred or something going on in their lives -- this is why we are investing in a three-pronged approach today that we wanted to announce. a san francisco-based program. the first -- we are going to interrupt the patterns that we see out there. and i need everybody's help to interrupt these lives that are being wasted. right now, what ever we are doing is not good enough to interrupt these patterns. i am going to ask the churches to step it up. i am going to ask all the law-
enforcement to step it up. we have identified at least 100 to about 180 adults and young kids who have in most cases touched the criminal-justice system already, and we have to interrupt their lives right now. make sure the interruption is serious enough for them to pay attention, and then we have to do the two other parts of this program that are as essential. interruption is only temporary. we talked about that. we talked about how temporary that can be. not good enough to just incarcerated for a day or two in a juvenile detention or cause them to have a probation. that is not enough interruption. we have to step it up. we have asked the police commission and police chief to work with adult and juvenile probation, to do better predictor of policing in our
communities, to work with all of us in the community to take a look at all the data we have, including anecdotal data, information that is given to us by people who are talking through their clergy or their friends or juvenile probation officers and others, not to squeal, but to get better information so we can predict where the crimes will be connected, again, in a very specific way. and we know some of those areas already. they happen over and over again, but predicted policing is about using the best data and the best systems we have, not only to respond with officers on the street, as sensitive as they can be, but we also have to predictably before the events happened saturate those areas with our probation officers, with our crime prevention, with our crn partners and others that
can help provide deterrence. that is predictive policing. and then the most important part is community organizing, something that has never let me in all of the years and all the time that i have worked in public office here. it has always been about stronger community building. this is where our youth advocates, our school advocates, our family advocates, our victim advocates, all of our church going folks as well as people that are not going to go to church but might touch us on a community service basis point. we have to step it up in our community organizing and work even closer together to prevent and to provide alternatives before things happen to suggest
dispute resolution and abilities to argue is fine. but fighting and using violence as the answer -- that is not an answer for anybody. [applause] so our san francisco approach, one that has been derived from all of these very hard meetings that we have had to face each other down and said if we are not for this other program that is happening in philadelphia, chicago, new york, what do we stand for here? what are we doing actively to turn the tide here? as these numbers tell us we are on an uptick. we have got to interrupt. we have got to have better predicted -- predictive policing with all the law-enforcement agencies and have better
programs that penetrate the isolation and loss of hope that many of our youth and families are facing, and we have got to have stronger community organizing from the church, from all of the different religious spaces in our community, and we have to build hope and faith in our young folks. we have jobs, and we have been told it is not just a job -- i can quote you numbers on and that we have jobs here, and all of our city agencies to come together, but it is about the training. it is about getting up every day, about having financial security, about creating hope that they can take care of others, and we have got to talk with the young girls of our community as well. not just young men. young girls as well. but they have to talk with each other and with us about how we can reach these young people, so they are not signing these probation forms, but that they
really mean that they want to change their lives are around them. we have to have everybody's cooperation. the three-part program we are going to invest in. add to will be a budgetary priority, but also, certainly, this they are and our board of supervisors will work closely together to prevent more lives being lost -- this majyor but also to work with our housing authority and all our community partners, but it begins with national night out. i think it is very appropriate that not only myself but others are enjoying in all of our 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
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