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-- passed by the voters of california. so this legislation today will be forwarded to another committee meeting on monday at 11:00. and, madam clerk, can we put a motion to get there? supervisor elsbernd. and, madam clerk, that is the last item we have on the agenda, so we are adjourned. thank you for your support.
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supervisor chiu: welcome to the public meeting of the san francisco public safety board.
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i am david chu. i am joined by sean elsbernd and ross mirkarimi. do we have any announcements? >> [clerk announcements] supervisor chiu: please call item 1. >> hearing on san francisco's public safety conditions, including a discussion of citywide crime levels and crime levels by police district
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station and or neighborhood. supervisor chiu: we are joined by the san francisco police department for a presentation. >> good morning, supervisors, i am here to report on the extraction period from july 42009 to july 10, 2010. homicides are down. rate is down 56% -- rape is down from 15 to 7. robberies are up 1.6%. aggravated assaults are also down 10%, 298 to 267. property crimes in the area of burglary, down 23%. 43 burglaries in the last extraction period, this year,
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12th. burberry that from the calls, 716 to 534. arsons are down a total of 33%. i also wanted to make a note the last time i was here, supervisor chu, you requested information on our homicide rate. i am pleased to announce that as of last friday, i spoke to our homicide lieutenant. he calculated the rate for may. for 2010 homicide cases we cleared 50% of the cases. out of the 28, we have cleared 14. year to date, we include homicide from other years. we have an astounding 100%.
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our total homicide year to date is currently at 28, compared to 29 last year at this time, 60 in the year 2008 and the same time. period. supervisor chiu: thank you, capt. supervisor elsbernd, do you have any questions? we are just receiving them, so we are trying to piece them together. could you give us an update on the status of the justice project? obviously, constamstat is basedn the collection of data. some of us are concerned about the amount of time it takes to collect information. could you tell us how that process feeds into comstat?
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>> i am not part of the program. that is a part of the admin bureau. i do not feel comfortable giving you an update to that. supervisor chiu: you know that project is 10 years overdue and billions over budget, so many of us have been concerned about the project. we all agree about the positive components of using comstat but we are still divided over what it can achieve. supervisor elsbernd: perhaps this is something that has come up before, but the one statistic that jump out to me is the year to date number of stay away court order violations. i assume there is a process that has changed that accounts for the large jump. >> yes, and these were
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calculated by myself. if you look at the numbers here, in 2009, we were calculating the dv related and unrelated together. in 2010 with our new processing, we are now separating those categories. that is why they are being split up now. supervisor elsbernd: thank you. supervisor chiu: as i look at my own district's statistics, it looks like crime has gone up 41%. could you help me break that down? how you add up the numbers, what is a 40% increase inpart 1
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crimes representing? >> and increase of 12% in robberies, 17 to 19. there was a 9% increase in aggravated assaults. 23 to 25. in the area of dv, a 50% drop. stay where a court order is not related to dv, those numbers were not calculated in 2009. could you point out to me where you see the increase? supervisor chiu: the bottom of the sheik, the aggregate number.
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86% increase in the number of aggravated assaults. 16% increase in larceny. are these numbers -- do you average them? do you get that from an average? >> each number is taken separately. supervisor chiu: the numbers are calculated separately. so the 47% number reflects the specific number of incidents, as opposed to blending those percentages in the middle column.
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ok, supervisor mirkarimi? supervisor mirkarimi: thank you. good morning, capt. this was a helpful process that we started four years ago, in what was then the safety committee. it is now easier to read and understand, largely thanks to constat. what about part 2 crimes, other crimes that are not captured here? >> we can calculate that. i did bring that last time, but i did not bring it today. i can get that for you. supervisor mirkarimi: like your predecessors, who really had to do the extracurricular work of crunching numbers at home, when
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will that process stop so that we can have, with greater simplicity and access, other part two crimes that are not here? >> we can definitely work on that. they do not push out a part 2 crimes report like they do with this one, but i could get it to you within 30 minutes. supervisor mirkarimi: this has certainly been an area of interest. if generally, quality of life crimes. it would be helpful to get a city-wide perspective as to what those numbers are. there seems to be a lot of misinformation or speculation. it would be nice to have an even understanding as to how it is
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catalogued, how this is captured in the criminal justice system. >> i understand, but to clarify, what i have learned through the hierarchy of crime, the misdemeanor, like laundering -- if someone is arrested for a number of offenses, like water ring, l --oiterin-- like loite let's say that someone was wanted for a felony and then they do this. supervisor mirkarimi: the perception is either the violations are not actually being registered or catalog and yet there is a preponderance of citations the issued. i think it is important to get a
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more realistic understanding of that statistic. the other issue on captains. when i look bywords over the past year of photographs attached, i think it would be helpful, the captain that are changing over the year -- in some stations, we have had three changes in the past month. it is important that we have a consistent understanding of when we have capt. changes. would you have any of that information with you? >> not with me, but i believe you are speaking speakingthe engleside station -- you are speaking about the engleside
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station. i am not privy to the workings, but they were the ones that had all of the changes. terror bell recently received -- terraval also received a new captain. supervisor mirkarimi: were there any other capt. changes that you were aware of? >> mceckard has taken over the southern station. we put in capt. meissner in the crime lab. as far as stations, those are the two -- actually, capt guarantee was put in the tenderloin g --arrity was put in
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the tenderloin. -- garrity was put in the tenderloin. supervisor mirkarimi: on average, the captain's seem to be changing every two, three years. it is important to understand, if that is an institutional change, we should be privy to that, too. supervisor chiu: are there any members of the public that would like to speak on this item? each speaker will have up to three minutes to speak. >> good morning come douglas yetts. i have lived here for 58 years. i want to comment on the crime statistics of crimes on high profile asian victims. i thought it was interesting the
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names of both victims were not released so that people like me would have to find it hard to do any follow-up on the effects on the victim families. i understand, one in the lord's park is being done in order to protect the victim, but i still see many cases of assault. victims names have been released in the past, and it would be useful for people like me, to have those names released. in regards to the second oprah file -- high profile case regarding the rate at san francisco hospital, that victim's name has not yet been released. it is hard for people like myself to try to verify whether the victim's family is getting
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enough assistance from the chinese community at large. according to my preliminary search, it does not even seem like the difference supervisors i spoke to are aware of any follow-up for the rape victim that the general hospital. since the person does not speak english, they deserve as much help as possible, especially since there is no way to follow up publicly, since the victim's name has not been released. the last thing i want to touch on today is the prevalent no snitching culture that still exists in high crime districts. according to my experience in city hall, i feel the no snitching culture extends even
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when the suspect is a senior city employee. i feel like that culture should be eliminated, but it is pretty hard to eliminate it out of a neighborhood, if people like me feel like it exists within city hall. people like colleen fowley. if they felt the wrath of whistleblower retaliation, then people like myself should not feel that special when we are victims just like colleen rowley. supervisor chiu: any other member of the public that would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. if we could continue this to the call of the chair. please call item 2. >> ordinance amending the san
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francisco police code by amending article 2, section 123, and article 17, section 1291, to increase from $500 to $1,000 the maximum allowable fine for the crimes of aggressive pursuit and of loitering while carrying a concealed weapon, where the violation occurs on vehicles, platforms, or bus zones of the municipal transportation agency. supervisor chiu: thank you. this item is brought to us by our colleague carmen chu. i want to thank her for this piece of legislation that addresses some issues that we have been trying to address. supervisor chu? >> thank you. for some time, we have been dealing with the issue of public safety. in the past year, we have had a number of different incidences' that have happened either on muni buses, trains, or in and around stops. this goes toward the county's
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associated with crimes committed around muni stops. we know safety is a top priority for many of us, and in particular, we want to encourage members of the public to take public transportation. we also know there have been many efforts under way, including partnerships with the mta and san francisco police department, as well as the city administrator's office, who had been working tirelessly to work on an escort program so that people can go to the bus stop and feel safe doing so. this proposal would add to those efforts that are already underway, and it is only one component of a multi-faceted approach to public safety. the idea for this came from the community members. our idea here is to try to increase enforcement, to send a
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message that crime, violence on muni is not acceptable, not tolerable. one thing that we ran into in terms of complications, state laws govern many of the penalties related to crimes. and a also cap the misdemeanor level for some crimes, but we were able to work with our city attorney and we were able to change some of the loss in the local districts. primarily, what this would do is increase the fines and penalties to the maximum allowable under the state law and would apply to two things, aggressive pursuit, which is a willful, malicious,
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or following, arrest and of other persons. and two, loitering while carrying a concealed weapon. the purpose of again is to make sure we send a strong message to the community that crime on muni, muni stops, stations, is not tolerable, and we are working to improve that situation. i want to thank the city attorney for their help, but also i want to thank the co- sponsors of this legislation, supervisor david chu, bevan dufty, and others. i would also like to thank supervisor mirkarimi for cosponsoring this legislation. the amendment is quite simple, actually. from my understanding, the city attorney would not represent
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substantive amendment which would require a continuance. the three areas -- i will go through them quickly. on page one, consolidated two sections of the police code. section 122, 123. all this would do is put them into the same section with a common label. it does not change the definition, it just makes clear what the definition would be. the second part of the amendment is on page two lines 11 through 14. this is a sentence adding the board of supervisors favors community service or other services when in violation of these sections. penalties generally applied to adults. if a child or a minor is found guilty of these, the probation
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officer may decide to charge the parents or the youth. what we are saying here is we would like the court to consider other things, like community service, etc. however, we are not able to mandate what the court decides. finally, the third amendment is on page2, lines 5 through 10. all this is is clearly defining what bus zones are. in municipal transit agency planform been that shall include but is not limited to a street- level island cannot pay the area of any transit station including any area operated by the transit
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district. stranded vehicle shall include but not limited to streetcar, a cable car, a trolley coach, or other form of public transit vehicles. this is a fairly simple amendment. i would request that we make the amendment as a whole. of course, we would love your support. before you do that, i wanted to say, deputy john murphy is here with the san francisco police department. i had not asked him for a presentation, but he is here to answer any questions you may have. supervisor chiu: thank you. obviously, thank you, supervisor chu, for moving this forward. this issue had been hunted before when several incidents occurred in the southeast part of the city. this legislation is a


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