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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Protesters gather at City Hall over Bayview shootings

From KGO:

As seems to happen every year, "a rash of shootings [mark] the start of summer violence."  Yesterday, a group of "San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point residents went to City Hall to demand more resources to help deal with the surge in murders. Families with loved ones who died in shootings and other violence in the Bayview are demanding the mayor do more to help reduce the crime where they live."

Organizers say they reached out to Supervisor Cohen and the Mayor, but that neither responded to their request to meet.  If that's the case, then that's really not cool, and the protest was the natural result of their frustration.  Our Nextdoor and Bayview Yahoo groups have been discussing ways of engaging both the SFPD and Supervisor Cohen, but not sure if either responded privately (because they certainly didn't respond publicly) to those posts either.

Also not sure if it was the same group organizing or not, but a town hall meeting apparently happened last evening to discuss the topic. Supervisor Cohen sent out a message via Facebook five minutes before the start of that meeting. In that post, Cohen says she can't claim credit for organizing the meeting.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but in my opinion, you're the elected official who SHOULD have organized it. You know who the stakeholders are and should know by now how to bring them together. You were elected in 2010 to lead on issues like this. Leadership is what the community needs from YOU right now.

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