Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
In a statement released Thursday Supervisor Malia Cohen called on city departments as well as community leaders to come together to address the specific issue of gun violence in our city. While we have a proportionally smaller number of homicides and shootings compared to other large cities in the United States. The problem is a critical public health issue that must be addressed. Half way through 2014, 20 lives have been stolen from families and the community. Countless others have been permanently scarred by the trauma of experiencing a shooting and/ or homicide.On Tuesday, Supervisor Cohen is requesting your presence at a press conference as she calls the much needed and deserved attention to this City wide issue.Who: Supervisor Malia Cohen, DCYF, DPH, SFPD, District Attorney, Public Defender’s Office, SFUSD, SFMTA, Housing Authority, other city departments and community leaders across San Francisco.What: Supervisor Malia Cohen announces City wide Gun Violence Task Force
Where: San Francisco City Hall, Van Ness Ave. stairs (w/ possibility of moving to Polk St. stairs)
Friday, July 25, 2014
There’s been a particularly stunning wave of violence in our neighborhoods in the past months. And once again, there is a lack of response from our current City leadership in addressing our deadly serious issues.
The D10 Watch blog reported on July 21, 2014 regarding a community meeting with the Police Department about the spikes in violence:
“What I don't see in the roundup is any comment from the Supervisor's or Mayor's office (was anyone from either office in attendance?) or answers to questions from those assembled (was there a Q&A)? If the Supervisor's office was there, what next steps did she offer? If she wasn't there, does that mean she is leaving this up to BRITE and all the other various neighborhood groups to figure out on their own? If that's not the case, then I'd like to know her plans for assembling people and leading on this.” (D10 Watch)
District 10 deserves much better. We need a Supervisor who is willing to stand up and work with us, to help break the cycles of violence in our neighborhoods and prevent crime. We cannot arrest our way out of this problem, and need to address the roots of crime and violence—by investing in, supporting, and protecting our residents.
When I am elected as Supervisor, that means a substantial investment and personal involvement in support, counseling, and employment for at-risk youth and ex-offenders. That means a plan for immediate response and support for victims and witnesses of violence to reduce retaliation crimes. That means increasing trust and cooperation between the police and our communities, with more foot patrols, police substations in at-risk neighborhoods, and better access in multiple languages.
No one should ever pretend that it’s easy to break the cycles of violence in our communities. But that is exactly why I’m running for this job. District 10’s Supervisor has to be a catalyst for positive change and a voice for our neighborhoods, not special interests. Our residents in District 10 should not have to battle alone for public safety without the input and presence of our elected officials.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Just look at the summertime news from this year and last:
June 23, 2013 - Two Shot in Bayview
June 24, 2013 - Man Shot and Killed at Bayview MUNI Stop
July 25, 2013 - Bayview Drive-by suspects busted
June 25, 2014 - Man Injured in Bayview Shooting
July 4, 2014 - Four Murdered in Multiple Shootings
July 10, 2014 - Man Identified in Tuesday night Bayview Shooting
July 22, 2014 - Elderly Woman Injured In Bayview Shooting
Of course there are more and more people who do good and are trying their damnedest to make a positive difference by opening businesses and providing worthwhile experiences for people in the community. But they are cut off at the knees by this apparent culture of acceptance that crime in the Bayview goes up in summer and there's nothing to be done about it.
I've heard people, including city officials, say some crazy things in response to community concerns over the recent shootings: "It's not too bad because it's only gang-bangers killing each other." "It'll die down after the summer is over - it always does." "The police like to take vacation in the summer, so we're short-staffed."
BRITE held a meeting this past weekend to discuss the violence with police captain O'Sullivan, but he couldn't make it - and sent a lieutenant in his place - because he couldn't get back in time from his vacation. Another community group held a townhall a week earlier on the same topic, a meeting that few knew about until five minutes before it started. Groups have recently protested at a Board of Supervisors meeting and on the steps of City Hall, calling on the Mayor and Supervisor Cohen to act.
Some in the community have told me that they believed our city's leadership had abdicated responsibility for working to fix the tough problems in the Bayview. Instead, the message residents and business owners got was that we should let the thugs kill themselves (and if a few old ladies and school children get in the way here and there, so be it). Clear out the bad apples in advance of the onslaught of new homeowners and renters who will change the face of the Bayview and drive out the problems without the city having to do much more than wait for it all to happen.
Today's announcement from Supervisor Cohen indicates that our city's elected officials and staff are listening and are ready to work, hopefully with ALL points of view, to come up with ideas and ways to work together to make some difficult decisions.
It's time we ALL stepped up to the challenge, because it's going to take every one of us to make things better.
Though we have made significant strides in reducing homicides and shootings compared to years past, it has become clear to me that the City's approach to incidents of gun violence needs more careful thought and coordination.
In the last few months, there have been a number of incidents of gun violence across the City, several of them in District 10. This year alone, these acts have stolen the lives of twenty individuals and permanently scarred others physically and mentally. These acts are deplorable and will not be tolerated in our community. I have heard from many constituents and residents across the City and more importantly I understand their concerns about violence in their neighborhoods. It is very clear that the most pressing issue for the Southeastern neighborhoods right now is public safety. And I agree– we need to do more to ensure that we and our families are safe and thriving in our City.
On Tuesday I will be introducing legislation calling for the creation of a citywide Gun Violence Task Force, comprised of City departments and community leaders. This Task Force will help coordinate responses and proactive efforts as well as receive feedback from the public. To advise and steer this task force, I will be immediately enlisting the help of professional that are working in the education, trauma, health, law enforcement and other fields. I am immediately calling for a ceasefire in all of our neighborhoods and this all hands on deck meeting that will be convened in the community in the coming days.
In the past, the City has developed several task forces to deal with important issues such as wage theft, prostitution, single room occupancy hotels, electronic crime and other issues but there is no problem more in need of coordinated support and resolution than the epidemic of gun violence. This task force is not an overnight solution, but a step toward a more collaborated, proactive and transparent effort to strategically and surgically address the causes of these acts and put an end to cyclical gun violence.
As a legislator, leader and representative of a community in stress, I will continue to do everything in my power to address this problem, but it is bigger than me, bigger than one department, one incident or one neighborhood. This is not a political issue; this as a public health issue and it should be treated as such. And so, I am calling on anyone who is concerned for the life of their brother, sister, father, grandmother, friend or next door neighbor to join me in this effort.
The past few weeks have seen more than a dozen instances of gun violence in Bayview and Visitacion Valley. At least four of these shootings have resulted in deaths.
The City's current efforts towards controlling gun violence in these neighborhoods are not working. Residents feel that the City accepts a level of violence in these neighborhoods that would not be allowed anywhere else.
We are calling for the City of San Francisco to adopt a goal of Zero Shootings citywide and to adopt the following strategies to achieve this goal.
- Increase placement of gunfire locator units.
- Commit to prosecuting every gun-related charge for which there is sufficient evidence (beyond a reasonable doubt) and physical evidence such as
- fingerprints, video or a gunshot residue test confirming a suspect's guilt.
- Commit to investigating every report of gunfire or activation of a gunfire locator unit as if it is an emergency.
- Commit to identifying the principal sources of firearms in Bayview and Visitacion Valley.
The sheer number of guns taken from the street suggest that there must be significant weapon trafficking to our neighborhoods.
We urgently request that the Mayor, the Chief of Police and the District Attorney meet with Bayview Residents Improving Their Environment (BRITE) and immediately begin implementing plans for a goal of Zero Shootings in the Southeastern Neighborhoods. We look forward to working with you.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/909151085766702/ for more information.
The movie is projected on a cool recycled old billboard (12' x 24') custom made just for Pier 70's movie nights.
Friday July 25th - Doors at 8pm, Movie at 9pm.
- Free Admission
- Historic building tours start at 8:15pm
- Trivia & Prizes: Hitchcock & Vertigo trivia immediately before the film begins
- Drink Specials: $6 Acrophobia Cocktail (Kettle One& cranberry), $4 Hitchcock Brew, $4 Wines
Local food trucks The Slider Shack and Rodriquez Tacos have confirmed and of course our Pier 70 Partners Bar will be on hand for you to stock up on drinks, food and snacks for the movie.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a chair, blanket, and warm layers. Kids, dogs and bicycles welcome. Free parking on site.
Please no bottles or flasks, our bar will be stocked with drink specials before and during the movie.
SPACE COWBOYS HAPPY HOUR!!
Come even earlier for a special happy hour dance party from 4pm-8pm featuring DJs aboard the Space Cowboys' Unimog - a futuristic mobile dance party vehicle created for Burning Man. https://www.facebook.com/events/331802103645535
Today the Board of Supervisors finally approved a series of important investments for the City of San Francisco including the acquisition of 900 Innes which will ultimately bring a new park to District 10 and the Development Agreement for the Schlage Lock project.
We also successfully placed a number of issues on November’s ballot, including my charter amendment allowing employees of the former Redevelopment Agency to count their years of services at the Redevelopment Agency for purposes of retiree healthcare benefits if they become City employee. We also placed the soda tax on the ballot, which will fund nutrition, physical activity and health programs.
Lastly, I am also introducing legislation requiring filming companies to provide notification to residents and neighbors should their filming production activity be expected to close streets, obstruct traffic or parking spots. I have heard from many constituents about the lack of outreach and notification to neighboring businesses and residents when film productions take place in their neighborhoods. It is my hope that this legislation will bridge this communication gap and provide residents and businesses with the information they need to ably prepare for any disruptions caused by filming productions.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Dear Eastern Neighborhoods Community Members,
You are receiving this email due to your past participation in the Eastern Neighborhoods planning process. As you may know, since the Plans got adopted in 2009 the Planning Department has been working with multiple agencies and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) to implement the Plans: http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=2893
We are pleased to inform you that through that work with the CAC and Area Plan pilot category for the Community Challenge Grant Cycle is opening on August 25, 2014. The Area Plan CCG category is for projects located within the boundaries of the Eastern Neighborhoods (and the Market-Octavia) Area Plans. This category is funded from impact fees generated from new development in each Area Plan. The respective funds are applied to community improvement projects in these areas to accommodate increased use of existing amenities by new workers and residents resulting from new development.
The Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) provides grants to local community groups, artists, businesses and nonprofit organizations to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods. This year we have an exciting opportunity to implement projects in two specific areas, Market Octavia and the Eastern Neighborhoods. The funds for this program can only be used on capital projects and should focus on streetscape, public realm, recreation and public open space improvements. The grant cycle open on August 25, 2015 and applications will be due on September 29, 2014. The following information sessions have been scheduled to go over the program in more detail:
· Dogpatch: Tuesday, August 12, time location TBD
Shipyard, Building 101 Auditorium
Monday July 21, 2014
This meeting is being hosted by India Basin Neighborhood Association and Build Inc. to discuss the future development plans for the former Acosta land, currently being called "The Village".
For more information please contact the IBNA board.
Lt. Ng substituted for Captain O’Sullivan who experienced transportation delays returning from his vacation. Lt. Ng has 14 years in crime prevention – 4 of which were spent in Homeland Security. He briefed us on the current situation regarding the recent spike in gun violence in the Bayview and a great discussion ensued. Lt. Ng was very candid and responsive to questions. He reported that:
• Things have been quiet over the last few days.
• There are a lot more officers patrolling now, especially at night.
• There has been stepped up traffic enforcement and searches of suspected parolee’s houses among some of the main tools being used to abate crime.
• There was a recent press release about the Norbert brothers who are notorious for violence in the Bayview. They are now in custody.
Lt. Ng was quizzed as to reason(s) criminal suspects are part of the “revolving door” system of justice. Lt. Ng opined:
1. People arrested for gun possession are often released quickly because gun possession is not a felony.
2. The DA declines to prosecute many solid cases, including one where there was clear video footage of the suspect actually firing the gun and DNA evidence on the gun.
3. DNA evidence is sent to Texas and takes as long as 5 weeks to process.
4. Bayview station takes all shooting incidents seriously and Lt. Ng showed us a detailed report with bar charts detailing the 104 shooting incidents that have taken place year to date. People were hit in 60% of the incidents.
5. Bayview station has staffing problems with staff recently cut by 25% due to retirement etc.
6. Many guns are being taken off the street but there are still about 300 out there.
7. There is actually less staffing in the summer despite the usual uptick in violence because officers tend to take vacations in the summer same as everyone else.
8. Shot spotter technology is very useful; however, not perfect and still requires human interpretation and interaction. More shot spotter devices have been added recently.
Suggestions to abate crime from attendees included:a) Installation of Police kiosks.b) More rewards for crime information.c) Reporting bad lighting.d) More surveillance cameras.e) Invite the DA to a BRITE meeting.f) More gun buy backs.g) More National Night Out events.
Privately owned surveillance cameras highlights:• BRITE has sent a letter to the City government - Mayor Lee, Supervisor Cohen, District Attorney Gascon, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and others requesting a “Zero Tolerance” policy towards shootings be implemented.• There are many people in public housing who want to help the police but don't know how to do so safely. • Putting up new cameras is complicated: can involve many departments and can be resisted by various groups in addition to the “Big Brother” issue.• There are often challenges with positioning cameras so that they don’t look into private areas, etc.
BRITE board member, Tracy Hogar with email address firstname.lastname@example.org is working to create a private security camera campaign similar to Potrero Hill’s.• City of Fremont also has a program which Potrero Hills is modeling theirs program after.• Private camera information is useful to police. HD is best.• Anonymity is carefully guarded by the police.• Bayview station has a full time video retrieval officer.• Cameras vary in price from $350 to much more.
- "despite the usual uptick in violence...officers tend to take vacations in the summer..." This needs to change.
- "staffing problems" need to be fixed immediately.
- "there are about 300 [guns] out there" says to me that if SFPD knows how many there are, then they likely know who has at least some of them. Can this be?
What I don't see in the roundup is any comment from the Supervisor's or Mayor's office (was anyone from either office in attendance?) or answers to questions from those assembled (was there a Q&A)? If the Supervisor's office was there, what next steps did she offer? If she wasn't there, does that mean she is leaving this up to BRITE and all the other various neighborhood groups to figure out on their own? If that's not the case, then I'd like to know her plans for assembling people and leading on this.
What other groups (including those concerned with the big brother issue) were in attendance Saturday? Were other supervisorial candidates present, and did any of them offer ideas on how they would help solve the problem?
What next steps were proposed, whom do they involve, and what is the timeline on getting things moving?
Friday, July 18, 2014
|Bike Bayview riders assemble at VeloBrews for their July ride|
Saturday, August 2
VeloBrews Cafe & Cycling Community Center
4634 Third St
Route map at:
More about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/661595570601607