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reports. also integrate other sorts of testing data to determine cause and manner of death. i have been here at this facility since i moved here in november, and previous to that at the old facility. i was worried when we moved here that because this building is so much larger that i wouldn't see people every day. i would miss my personal interactions with the other employees, but that hasn't been the case. this building is very nice. we have lovely autopsy tables and i do get to go upstairs and down stairs several times a day to see everyone else i work with. we have a bond like any other group of employees that work for a specific agency in san francisco. we work closely on each case to determine the best cause of death, and we also interact with family members of the diseased. that brings us closer together
also. >> i am an investigator two at the office of the chief until examiner in san francisco. as an investigator here i investigate all manners of death that come through our jurisdiction. i go to the field interview police officers, detectives, family members, physicians, anyone who might be involved with the death. additionally i take any property with the deceased individual and take care and custody of that. i maintain the chain and custody for court purposes if that becomes an issue later and notify next of kin and make any additional follow up phone callsness with that particular death. i am dealing with people at the worst possible time in their lives delivering the worst news they could get. i work with the family to help them through the grieving process. >> i am ricky moore, a clerk at
the san francisco medical examiner's office. i assist the pathology and toxicology and investigative team around work close with the families, loved ones and funeral establishment. >> i started at the old facility. the building was old, vintage. we had issues with plumbing and things like that. i had a tiny desk. i feet very happy to be here in the new digs where i actually have room to do my work. >> i am sue pairing, the toxicologist supervisor. we test for alcohol, drugs and poisons and biological substances. i oversee all of the lab operations. the forensic operation here we perform the toxicology testing for the human performance and
the case in the city of san francisco. we collect evidence at the scene. a woman was killed after a robbery homicide, and the dna collected from the zip ties she was bound with ended up being a cold hit to the suspect. that was the only investigative link collecting the scene to the suspect. it is nice to get the feedback. we do a lot of work and you don't hear the result. once in a while you heard it had an impact on somebody. you can bring justice to what happened. we are able to take what we due to the next level. many of our counterparts in other states, cities or countries don't have the resources and don't have the beautiful building and the equipmentness to really advance what we are doing. >> sometimes we go to court. whoever is on call may be called
out of the office to go to various portions of the city to investigate suspicious deaths. we do whatever we can to get our job done. >> when we think that a case has a natural cause of death and it turns out to be another natural cause of death. unexpected findings are fun. >> i have a prior background in law enforcement. i was a police officer for 8 years. i handled homicides and suicides. i had been around death investigation type scenes. as a police officer we only handled minimal components then it was turned over to the coroner or the detective division. i am intrigued with those types of calls. i wondered why someone died. i have an extremely supportive family.
older children say, mom, how was your day. i can give minor details and i have an amazing spouse always willing to listen to any and all details of my day. without that it would be really hard to deal with the negative components of this job. >> being i am a native of san francisco and grew up in the community. i come across that a lot where i may know a loved one coming from the back way or a loved one seeking answers for their deceased. there are a lot of cases where i may feel affected by it. if from is a child involved or things like that. i try to not bring it home and not let it affect me. when i tell people i work at the medical examiners office. whawhat do you do? the autopsy? i deal with the a with the enou-
with the administrative and the families. >> most of the time work here is very enjoyable. >> after i started working with dead people, i had just gotten married and one night i woke up in a cold sweat. i thought there was somebody dead? my bed. i rolled over and poked the body. sure enough, it was my husband who grumbled and went back to sleep. this job does have lingering effects. in terms of why did you want to go into this? i loved science growing up but i didn't want to be a doctor and didn't want to be a pharmacist. the more i learned about forensics how interested i was of the perfect combination between applied science and criminal justice. if you are interested in finding
out the facts and truth seeking to find out what happened, anybody interested in that has a place in this field. >> being a woman we just need to go for it and don't let anyone fail you, you can't be. >> with regard to this position in comparison to crime dramas out there, i would say there might be some minor correlations. let's face it, we aren't hollywood, we are real world. yes we collect evidence. we want to preserve that. we are not scanning fingerprints in the field like a hollywood television show. >> families say thank you for what you do, for me that is extremely fulfilling. somebody has to do my job. if i can make a situation that is really negative for someone more positive, then i feel like i am doing the right thing for the city of san francisco.
>> i moved into my wonderful, beautiful, affordable housing march 7th. i have lived in san francisco since i was two-years-old. i've lived in hunters view for 23 to 24 years now. my name is vlady. i use titus and i am the resident commissioner for the san francisco housing facility. from the very beginning, this whole transition of public housing and affordable housing was a good idea. but many, many residents didn't think it would ever actually
happen. it's been a life changing experience. and i'm truly grateful for the whole initiative and all those that work on the whole sf initiative. they've done a wonderful job accommodating the residents, who for many years have lived in delap tated housing. now they have quality housing. i was on a street where the living room and the kitchen and stairs. it wasn't large enough to accommodate. the children are grown. i had the accomplish of having a dishwasher in my home. i really like that. [laughter] i really like not having to wash dishes by hand. we still do it from time to time. the mayor's office has been a real friend to us, a partner. we know that our city supports us. i love san francisco.
just to be able to stay in my community and continue to help the residents who live here and continue to see my neighborhoods move into new housing, it's been a real joy. it's been a real joy. as latinos we are unified in some ways and incredibly diverse in others and this exhibit really is an exploration of nuance in how we present those ideas. ♪ our debts are not for sale.
>> a piece about sanctuary and how his whole family served in the army and it's a long family tradition and these people that look at us as foreigners, we have been here and we are part of america, you know, and we had to reinforce that. i have been cure rating here for about 18 year. we started with a table top, candle, flower es, and a picture and people reacted to that like it was the monna lisa. >> the most important tradition as it relates to the show is idea of making offering. in traditional mexican alters, you see food, candy, drinks,
cigarettes, the things that the person that the offerings where being made to can take with them into the next word, the next life. >> keeps u.s us connects to the people who have passed and because family is so important to us, that community dynamic makes it stick and makes it visible and it humanizes it and makes it present again. ♪ >> when i first started doing it back in '71, i wanted to do something with ritual, ceremony and history and you know i talked to my partner ross about the research and we opened and it hit a cord and people loved it. >> i think the line between engaging everyone with our culture and appropriating it.
i think it goes back to asking people to bring their visions of what it means to honor the dead, and so for us it's not asking us to make mexican altars if they are not mexican, it's really to share and expand our vision of what it means to honor the dead. >> people are very respectful. i can show you this year alone of people who call tol ask is it okay if we come, we are hawaii or asian or we are this. what should we wear? what do you recommend that we do? >> they say oh, you know, we want a four day of the dead and it's all hybrid in this country. what has happened are paper cuts, it's so hybrid. it has spread to mexico from the
bay area. we have influence on a lot of people, and i'm proud of it. >> a lot of tim times they don't represent we represent a lot of cultures with a lot of different perspectives and beliefs. >> i can see the city changes and it's scary. >> when we first started a lot of people freaked out thinking we were a cult and things like that, but we went out of our way to also make it educational through outreach and that is why we started doing the prosession in 1979. >> as someone who grew up attending the yearly processions and who has seen them change incrementally every year into kind of what they are now, i feel in many ways that the cat
is out of the bag and there is no putting the genie back into the bottle in how the wider public accesses the day of the dead. >> i have been through three different generations of children who were brought to the procession when they were very young that are now bringing their children or grandchildren. >> in the '80s, the processions were just kind of electric. families with their homemade visuals walking down the street in san francisco. service so much more intimate and personal and so much more rooted in kind of a family practice of a very strong cultural practice. it kind of is what it is now and it has gone off in many different directions but i will always love the early days in the '80s where it was so intimate and son sofa millial.
>> our goal is to rescue a part of the culture that was a part that we could invite others to join in there there by where we invite the person to come help us rescue rescue it also. that's what makes it unique. >> you have to know how to approach this changing situation, it's exhausting and i have seen how it has affected everybody. >> what's happening in mission and the relationship with the police, well it's relevant and it's relevant that people think about it that day of the dead is not just sugar skulls and paper flowers and candles, but it's become a nondenominational
tradition that people celebrate. >> our culture is about color and family and if that is not present in your life, there is just no meaning to it you know? >> we have artists as black and brown people that are in direct danger of the direct policies of the trump a administration and i think how each of the artists has responsibilitie responded ss interesting. the common
[♪] >> when my mother decided to buy that house, nobody knew where it was. it seems so far away. for a long time, we were the only chinese family there but we started to see the areas of growth to serve a larger chinese population. the stress was storage of the birthplace of that. my father would have to go to chinatown for dim sum and i remember one day he came home and said, there is one here now. it just started to grow very organically. it is the same thing with the russian population, which is another very large ethnic group in the richmond district. as russia started to move in, we saw more russian stores. so parts of the richmond is very concentrated with the russian community and immigrant russian community, and also a chinese immigrant community. [♪] >> i think as living here in the richmond, we really appreciate the fact that we are surrounded three natural barriers. they are beautiful barriers.
the presidio which gives us so many trails to walk through, ocean beach, for families to just go to the beach and be in the pacific ocean. we also also have a national park service. we boarded the golden gate national recreation area so there is a lot of activity to do in the summer time you see people with bonfires. but really families enjoying the beach and the pacific ocean during the rest of the time of year. [♪] >> and golden gate park where we have so many of our treasures here. we have the tea garden, the museum and the academy of sciences. not to mention the wonderful playgrounds that we have here in richmond. this is why i say the richmond is a great place for families. the theatre is a treasure in our neighborhood. it has been around for a very long time.
is one of our two neighborhood theatres that we have here. i moved here when i was 1959 when i was two years old. we would always go here. i love these neighborhood theatres. it is one of the places that has not only a landmark in the richmond district, but also in san francisco. small theatres showing one or two films. a unique -- they are unique also to the neighborhood and san francisco. >> where we are today is the heart of the richmond district. with what is unique is that it is also small businesses. there is a different retail here it is mom and pop opening up businesses. and providing for the neighborhood. this is what we love about the streets. the cora door starts on clement street and goes all the way down to the end of clement where you will see small businesses even
towards 32nd. at the core of it is right here between here and 20 -- tenth avenue. when we see this variety of stores offered here, it is very unique then of the -- any other part of san francisco. there is traditional irish music which you don't get hardly anywhere in san francisco. some places have this long legacy of serving ice cream and being a hangout for families to have a sunday afternoon ice cream. and then also, we see grocery stores. and also these restaurants that are just new here, but also thriving. [♪] >> we are seeing restaurants being switched over by hand, new owners, but what we are seeing is a vibrancy of clement street still being recaptured within new businesses that are coming in. that is a really great thing to see. i don't know when i started to
shop here, but it was probably a very, very long time ago. i like to cook a lot but i like to cook chinese food. the market is the place i like to come to once a year. once i like about the market as it is very affordable. it has fresh produce and fresh meat. also, seafood. but they also offer a large selection of condiments and sauces and noodles. a variety of rice that they have is tremendous. i don't thank you can find a variety like that anywhere else. >> hi. i am kevin wong. i am the manager. in 1989 we move from chinatown to richmond district. we have opened for a bit, over 29 years. we carry products from thailand, japan, indonesia, vietnam, singapore and india.
we try to keep everything fresh daily. so a customer can get the best out a bit. >> normally during crab season in november, this is the first place i hit. because they have really just really fresh crab. this is something my family really likes for me to make. also, from my traditional chinese food, i love to make a kale soup. they cut it to the size they really want. i am probably here once a week. i'm very familiar with the aisles and they know everyone who is a cashier -- cashier here i know when people come into a market such as this, it looks like an asian supermarkets, which it is and sometimes it can be intimidating. we don't speak the language and many of the labels are in chinese, you may not know what to buy or if it is the proper ingredients for the recipe are trying to make. i do see a lot of people here with a recipe card or sometimes with a magazine and they are looking for specific items.
the staff here is very helpful. i speak very little chinese here myself. thinks that i'm not sure about, i asked the clerk his and i say is this what i need? is this what i should be making? and they actually really helped me. they will bring me to the aisle and say this is battery. they are very knowledgeable. very friendly. i think they are here to serve not only the asian community but to serve all communities in the richmond district and in san francisco. [♪] >> what is wonderful about living here is that even though our july is a very foggy and overcast, best neighborhood, the sleepy part outside on the west side is so rich with history, but also with all the amenities that are offered. [♪].
implement and shape it into realty love the champs of working through cost quality schedule political and environmental structuring and finding the satisfaction of seeing the project come into fruition i've also take advantage of the sfpuc training program yunt my certification i see the flow from the pipeline into the tunnel one by one and i also had several opportunities to attend and make presentations at conferences also as a tape recording san francisco resident authenticity rewarding to know the work i do contribute to the quality of life my life and those around me
>> the teams really, really went above and beyond and is continuing to do that today. this past year, the san francisco public utilities commission water quality division started receiving many more requests to test for lead in the public school system here in san francisco as a result of legislation that had passed from the state requiring all of the public schools to do lead testing. and so as a result, the public utilities commission and the water quality team in particular was asked to meet with the san francisco unified school district to begin to prioritize which schools to test to meet that state mandate. >> the team that tests, we're a full service environmental laboratory, and we take care of both the needs of the water quality division and the waste water enter price. and on the water quality
enterprise, we have to also have drinking water that meets all federal and state quality regulations. and lead in schools, we're playing a problem in remediating this problem of lead in schools. >> our role here in communications is being able to take the data that we have that we know is protective of public health and safety and transmit it, give it to the public in a way they understand we are really doing our jobs well and making sure that they are safe always. >> the public learned very quickly all the accurate facts and all the critical information that they needed to know, and it's up to these individuals and their agencies and their commitment to the city. >> i enjoy the work because i can help people, and i can help the utilities to provide a better water quality, make sure that people feel that drinking hetch hetchy water is actually a pride.
>> hats off to the water quality team because between them working on late nights, working on the weekends when the schools are closed, and working as a partner in the school district for the times they found a higher lead sample, they worked through to address that, so the team went above and beyond and is continuing to do that today. >> good morning, everyone. the meeting will come to order. welcome to the february 14, 2018 roll meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services committee. i'm chair of the committee and
the constitution of which has changed over of the last couple of months. so my right is vice chair supervisor stephanie and to my left is supervisor walton. welcome to both of you. our clerk is john carroll and i would also like to thank tom and jeff for taffing this meeting. mr. clerk, to you have any announcements some. >> yes, thank you, mr. chair. please assure you've silenced your cell phone or a copy should be submitted to the clerk. items will appear on the february 26, 2019 board of supervisors agenda. >> agenda number one is an ordinance amending the police code to rescind the police department to be a member of the national rifle association or to collect tournament fees for the national rifle association. >> vice chair we're stephanie, this is yours.
>> colleagues, i find this fitting we have considering this ordinance one year ago a gunman opened fire at a high school in florida, killing 17 people, 14 students and three staff members. in six minutes and 20 seconds, 14 children died in parkland that day and were taken away from their parents. three educators died trying to protect their students. in the year since, nearly 1200 more children have died due to grandmothegun violence. i would like to read the names of the years that passed, scott martin, nick, erim, himey, chris, luke, karr, gina, meadow and we will never forget and
remember the thousands of victims of gun violence in the last year and the hundreds of thousands of survivors and family members whose lives have been forever changed. this ordinance might not be that big of a deal, but i think it sends a message. it would rescind the police department's authority to be a member of the nra and to collect tournament feeses on behalf of the nra in connection with holding firearms' tournaments. the nra has become a toxic and dangerous organization. following the mass shooting in parkland, they fervently fought against all guns violence prevention and argued for more guns in schools. the nra has demonstrated that it has no interest in the safety of our people. yesterday in washington, d.c., in the house judiciary committee, six years after sandyhook, hr8, the universal
background check bill passed out of committee. significance years since sandyhook and fine let's we are seeing a bill pass out of committee for universal background check. the nra tweeted today the democrats don't want to end universal, just end at universal background checks. hr8 will lead to a national gun registry which always leaves to confiscation. nra members and gun owners see through their sneaky agenda. are you kidding me? our sneaky agenda? our agenda is to fight for common sense gun reform. i am so inspired by the three women i see here today in the audience and the millions across america who continue to not accept this level of gun violence in our country. i am inspired by parkland who organized in march. i'm inspired by our own students across the bay who have joined their call for common sense gun
safety measures. i'm inspired by the women i've worked with and the men i've worked with over the last two decades on this issue and it is about time we are making the progress we need to make in this country. this legislation sends another message that san francisco stands against the gun violence epidemic in america. the existing code being changed may be considered antiquated and the sf police department has not. a member of the nra for years, but we still must remove the section of the code because words matter. word telwords tell us what we vd fight for in our society. san francisco and this board values lives of our residents and we do not support the nra and they do not belong in our police code. chief scott and the san
francisco police department support this situation and i hope to have your support, colleagues and to the nra, we will not let you profits over people. on this day, i remember the victims, i sent love to survivors and i recommit myself along with the thousands of others to honour all victims of gun violence with action. thank you. >> thank you for your passion and if we don't have any questions or comments, we will go to public comment. if there are members of the public who would like to comment, i ask that you stand up over on your right. speakers will have two minutes. please state your first and last name clearly and speak directly so the microphone. those who have written comment can leave with the committee clerk and no applausing or
booing and speakers are encouraged to avoid repetitious of previous statements and i will call our first speaker. >> thank you, i'm a san francisco resident, district 8. i want to thank supervisor stephthy for bringing this issue to light. it was shocking for me to see this on the agenda and know that in the time of our most horrific gun violence our country has ever seen we have a law on our books to authorize the sfpd to be a member of and to help collect funds for the nra and i completely agree, words matter tremendously and i'm happy to hear the sfpd supports this and not collecting funds. the nra oppose the most common sense of the gun laws and they
fight for every effort there is, including the repeat lawsuit written up, i think just last week, suing california for laws implemented after proposition 63. we should not have any relationship with the nra. it's against our san francisco values, against what the sfpd stands for which is fighting violence of all kinds and i strongly support this bill and very appreciative you bought it tbrought itto our attention andg forward to this becoming law very soon. >> thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. >> good morning. my name is maddie scott, i'm for the brady campaign and mothers in charge across the nation. i lost my son 22 years ago to this epidemic.
i lost a nephew in 2007, lost a niece in 2011. just recently lost a dear young man from the bayview, mr. powell, to this epidemic, as well, representing a lot of mothers and fathers who could not be here today. tso i'm grateful and thankful fr you all having this hearing and allowing us to speak our peace about this, that we're totally against sfpd with any relationships with the nra and i just got back from d.c. with the families and friends from around the country and young men and women from all over who helped support the bill, hra. so i'm just glad that shamam is here, who has been at the forefront supervisor, from district 10, who we all know
seriously affected by this epidemic, where most of our homicides occur and for you supervisors for being at the forefront always, as well as you supervisor valley brown. so i definitely appreciate your support in this and not allowing our sfpd to become members of the nra. thank you. >> thank you, next speaker. >> my name is mary fryer. i want to thank you for what your doing. i lost my cousin to gun violence and the nra has stood blocking sensible laws background checks on military assault weapons. and in our case we found out that no background was checked down on a man that killed my
cousin and came here to california with a goal of seeking asylum at the russian consulate in 2013. so many people have died this way and what's most anguishing to me is this is preventible. and the nra is toxic, their record is clear and they've done nothing to make us safe. and today for those children and families a year ago today, i want to honour them as well as all the victims and you guys for bringing this to our attention. this not our value in san francisco and the fact that the man that took my cousin's life was seeking asylum here, he was caught in moren county and came across lines with guns and bullets and high magazines to come here and he was stopped. god knows what could have happened.
this is my cousin kirsten, last year, we know that gun deaths in the united states, according to cdc, was the highest level ever. and i am grateful to what you're doing. i thought it would be easy for every time i think about what happened to someone else, it brings back my cousin who did so much for other people and her children who will never have their mother and for my cousin. ok. thank you for what you're doing. thank you. >> thank you. >> are from any other members of the public who wish to speak on this item before we close public comment? >> i was wondering if the nra has a existing relationship with
the local law enforcement agency. i was hoping you could tell us when the last shooting was held and if any funs or fees have been collected in relation to that idea. i would like to be certain that i perceive your measure accurately so that i might better understand you hope to achieve. i believe the nra has not had a relationship with the san francisco police department for at least the last decade and a half and that no tournaments are held at the range but i do find it discomforting and disconcerting that some officers may feel alienated from their weapons. i would like to know that local law enforcement is competent, proficient, comfortable and familiar with their firearms and that they are adequately trained. so i was wondering what is the
periodic range requalifications? what's the schedule like? >> thank you. are there any other members of the public who would like to speak? if not, i will close public comment. public comment is now closed. supervisor walton? >> thank you, chair. first, i just want to thank everyone who came out and spoke and i want to thank supervisor stephanie for sponsoring this. and just one thing i don't agree with in terms of your statement that this is not that big of a deal, because it is a big deal for us to set a tone, for other municipalities that we do not support the nra and their efforts to continue to push gun violence and continue to be a part of why we are in the state where we are in this country. as we look at gun shows at the
cow palace we're trying to eliminate in our city from happening, that one don't share our values but also, the opportunities for guns and magazines and things that violate our state laws to be sold or near our municipality is very problematic. so i just want to say that i'm 100% in support of this and i want to thank you for stepping up with this. it is very important that we let everywhere know that we don't want our law enforcement to be connected with the nra in no, way, shape form or fashion and even the fact that there is law on the books that talks about the opportunity to even be able to fundraise for an opportunity for the nra is despicable and i'm glad you stepped up with this change that is vital and important. so thank you, supervisor stephanie. >> thank you, supervisor walton. did you want to say anything else. >> thank you, supervisor walton and just to respond to this i tk
this is a big deal, i would not have proposed this if i didn't. some people said because the san francisco police department hasn't participated in these firearm tournaments for a long time, that it wasn't really necessary, which, of course, i disagree with. but i completely am so grateful for your support on this. i know as m absoluteaddie scotti know you have been working on this for a long time and we have people on this board and all people are connected on this issue, so thank you for your support. >> thank you. , vice chair stephanie. sounds like we're all in support, as it's know we are, is a motion for the full board with recommendation. >> so moved. >> so moved by supervisor walton and we'll take that without
objection and thanks to all of the folks who came to speak to us today and for all of the work that you do. >> thank you. >> mr. clerk, please call the next item. >> agenda item number two, a resolution supporting california bill number 23 to expand the definition of vehicle burglary to include any unlawful entry. >> great. we have been joined by supervisor valley brown from district 5. this is your item. >> thank you, chair. and thank you for letting me present today and thank you supervisor stephanie for cosponsoring. and today, tara reed from the d.a.'s office is here to speak about this also. today i'm here to speak about my resolution supporting state senate bill sb-23. san francisco has the highest rate of property crimes in the state. in 2017, there were over 32,000 auto break-ins in san francisco. according to the city analyst,
it's over the state-wide average and that number has come down a little bit recently but it's still who high. i receive calls an e-mails every week from my constituents asking what is city hall doing about this and i imagine the other supervisors had the same calls an e-mails when you're walking down the street, and you see broken windows, car windows, on the streets. when you have to go to your car and you're trying to get t to wk and the window broken and you are to deal with that, people are frustrated. what sb-23 does is clarifies the definition of an auto break inform or burglary. it defined auto burglary as entering a vehicle unlawfully with the intent to commit theft. it removes a wide loophole. currently when an auto burglar is arrested prosecutors must
prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the vehicle was locked. this addresses a lot of the criminal rings that come into the city that prey on tourists and residents alike. often victims are unable to attend a hearing to testify. they may be tourists who have returned home or a resident who just can't take the time off from work or school to testify. what isn' sb23 does not do is increase any penalties or anybody convicted of auto burglary. this loophole removes a barrier to proving the years, that a window was broken to gain entry to a locked vehicle. sadly car break-ins are now an epidemic in california cities and we have to be smart when parking but san francisco and tourists shouldn't have to think
twice when considering parking. we shouldn't have to step over blown glass in our neighborhood and we shouldn't have to prove that when our car is broken into it was locked and was an intent to burglary. when someone breaks into your car, they're usually breaking into steal something. so i hope you will send this resolution with recommendation to the full board today for consideration for nex next week. could we have the d.a. come up, tara? >> absolutely. >> thank you, tara anderson. >> heli'm the district of policy for the district attorney's office and i want to echo thank yous that supervisor brown also shared. thank you to senator weiner for introducing this important legislation which is cosponsored by assembly members. thank you, as well, to supervisor stephanie and president yi for the
cosponsoring of this resolution that's before you for consideration today and i'm hopeful that i can answer any questions that you may have. i want to reiterate that auto burglaries are on the decline and we've had a 17% decrease here this san francisco but absolutely, there's still work to be done. a lot of great prevent preventin efforts, a lot speaking with the san francisco police department, the crime's strategy unit within our office and also collaborations with the community, including sf travel. under current law to secure conviction when a person committing auto burglary is arrested one one of the elements prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt is that the vehicle was locked. unfortunately, the fact the victim's window was broken does not by itself establish that the vehicle was locked. as was referred to, approximately 25 million
visitors every year come to sanfrancisco and 55% of auto burglary victims are not from san francisco and therein lies a challenge when they're called upon to testify about whether or not the doors were actually locked to the vehicle. when arrest is made, it's essential we give prosecutors in my office the tools they need to meet their burden of proof. and while we prosecute over 80% of the arrests that come to us, legislation for consideration under sb-23 will close a loophole that has allowed some individuals to escape consequences. common circumstances where it can be difficult, again, where an individual has broken a window and entered a vehicle to complete a theft and then proceed to leave the door open or unlocked, if a person broke into a window and the victim returns to their vehicle and opens the door before police are able to take a police report and establish that the vehicle was locked, or if a victim forgets,
did i lock the door? did i not like the door? i know my window was broken but this can prevent us from meeting a be threshold that the vehicle was locked before entry took place. i'm happy to speak to how this legislation has evolved. this is the second session it's been introduced and respond to any question or concerns you may have about a resolution in support of this. >> thank you, miss anderson. are there any questions? supervisor walton? >> thank you, supervisor. definitely something that i know is prevalent here in the city and i have been a victim of having my window broken in and some of my possessions taken and sent me back about $1,000. i was not a happy camper and this is something that even know the actual crimes are down and
car break-ins are down continues to be an issue in the city. also always focused about preventprevention aspects of evw and i know in the conversation, there's a thought process that this would actually deter contract from breaking windows and just wondering, what about this law makes us think that it would actually deter people from doing this? >> because we see the particular targets of individuals to our great city, when they know it's not a requirement that they would have to come back and testify, obviously that has delayed deterrent effect for individuals in community. i would say that part of that is what i spoke to earlier, the ongoing collaborative efforts where we're meeting not just with sf travel but what actually
came up in the autoburg hearing back in october, if i'm not mistaken, where we've been able to use crime data analysis to partner with the areas that are the greatest hot spots for auto burglary and some of this we've seen concentrated in certain parking facilities and so ensuring that there is adequate posting when folks come in, that they are remindedded not to leave belongings out. so prevention from both perspectives of an individual leaving things in plain sight. and if we are hole be more individuals accountable and near not getting out of meeting the consequences for their conduct because of a loophope, i think we'll see this reduction we're on the decline i in terms of new reports of auto burglary.
>> vice chair, stephanie? >> thank you, chair. first of all, i want to thank senator weiner for bringing this bill back and i want to thank senator brown for supporting this bill. i think it's extreme important. we tried last year but it didn't pass muster at the state level. as a former prosecutor, this crime is too easy to get away with. it's a 459, you have certain elementaries you have to prove and you have to prove if someone locked the car and you have certain witnesses, it's too impossible. just the fact that the window is broken is evidence enough that somebody has broken into a car. my car was broken into right after christmas. and unfortunately, my husband did leave something in the ca, my daughter's brand new shoes. but at the same time, this can't keep happening. we have a property crime epidemic in san francisco and we're working on it, it's going down. but the fact that prosecutors
get cases from the police and we we would have to determine what laws have been violated to determine any charges, if you don't have this one element, you can't charge the case. it's not that you can't get it charged, you can't charge the case. i think this is a step in the right direction and thank you for bringing this to committee. >> supervisor brown? >> yes. yes. tara anderson, can you please tell us about the criminal rings that come to the city because that's one of the things -- if you can. i've been told we have criminal rings that come to the city that prey on people whether tourists or someone leaving a bag in a car. i actually, two weeks ago, got a call from a person that lives in the western district and her mother came to town, she went to pick her up at the airport. they took her bags in but she
left another little bag she forgot. the woman came out to her car, the window was broken and one of the things it affects people with low income because she's low income, she doesn't have comprehensive insurance and she can't replace her window. she has to replace it out of her pocket. she called our office upset and an officer said there's criminal rings looking for that. can you speak to that? >> i want to thank you and thank you what you bring to bear in termses of the economic consequences. it can be significant for individual and families associated with this crime. we've had individuals who have had to drop out of college because of the nature of the materials that were stolen from their vehicle. so it really has far-reaching