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>>[gavel] >> welcome to the march 10 for the meeting of the public safety and neighborhood service committee. my name is jane kim and to my right is avalos and supervisor campos. i want to thank our clerk erica meijer and also recognize jesse larson and jim smith and sfgtv for making sure our meetings are available on line. mdm. clerk
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any announcements >> yes please make sure to sounds off cell phones electronic devices. items acted upon today will appear on march 22 order supervisors agenda unless otherwise stated. >> thank you. actually, i should amend what i said earlier. i want dragon is josh out sander at sfpd for today's meeting. i'm clerk please call the first item >> item number one is a hearing on the car break-ins citywide and prevention strategy including plans to implement successful tactics used by the police bureau task force in neighborhoods outside district 6. requesting the san francisco police department and the district attorney's office to report. >> thank you. this item is sponsored by supervisor david
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campos could think of for introducing this item. almond hand the hearing over to supervisor campos >> thank you very much mdm. chairman. thank you, colleagues for allowing me to have this item be heard today. this is an issue that is impacting the entire city and county of san francisco and in places like bernal heights has reached a point where it is for so many residents a real problem. something big you with on a regular basis. on january 21 of this year supervisors wiener and yee actually held a hearing at the government audit and oversight committee. that hearing focused on the crease in property crimes including car break-ins citywide. looking at property crime trends and also talking about prevention strategies. at that hearing commander kaplan presented data showing a 250% increase in car break-ins between 2011 and 2015
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here in san francisco. responding to the massive increase in car break-ins, the police department recently created a new unit called the control bureau task force whose job is to tackle the problems specifically in district 6 where car break-ins are actually relatively more frequent than other parts of the city. while the control bureau task force is relatively new, since it was created early data shows that in fact it's making a big difference. but the number of car break-ins in that area in that district, in fact has declined. car break-ins are a major problem throughout the city. as i noted earlier, residents of district 9 are so frustrated with car break-ins and frustrated because they want more response and one of the things that is actually very disconcerting is the fact that it's got to the point where we have heard from
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people that they do not actually even bother to file reports with the police department. some of the victims because they feel nothingness can happen so why bother. that's a problem. that certainly as representative for the district that's not something i want to hear. the bottom line is the city needs to have a more comprehensive citywide plan to tackle car break-ins and we are trying to make sure that the things that are working in places like district 6 that could be replicated in other parts of the city including parts of my district like bernal heights and so specifically, throughout this hearing we want to hear from the district attorney's office. we want to hear from the police department on what strategies they are using and why is it that were not using some other strategies we believe based on our own research work in other parts of the country. the use of bait cars being an example given that one of the
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challenges with the issue is the difficulty in finding evidence to actually prosecute people successfully because often times, these car break-ins happen without a witness, without anyone actually being there to say this is what i saw, this is what happened. so, that is the point of this hearing. it is reaor us to figure out how we can effectively, more effectively, address this issue. i know from my constituents in district 9 and especially in bernal heights, this is a big issue. it's rightly an issue that we have to do better job of dealing with . we are, as it is, all of us happen to live in san francisco struggling to live in this expensive city the most expensive city in the country. when your car is broken into you can imagine what that does not only to your psyche, but also the expense that comes
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with that. so, with that i would like to begin by asking our district attorney's office, and we know christine deberry was the chief of staff is here. we want to thank ms. berry for being here. welcome back to the chamber and i know that she has to leave but we want to thank her for being here and we know one of the things i think it's important to know is that the district attorney's office has been very proactive. we have had a community meeting a few weeks back in bernal heights with the city district attorney's office actually came out and presented about the work they're doing, the data and the information about their strategy. so we are grateful to mr. gascoigne for making this a priority this the very >> ms. deberry >> technical difficulties.
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>>good afternoon, supervise. thank you for having us on behalf of peter gascoigne am happy to be here and present to all of you and provide information to the community unsure who watch this from home overlaid onto unearned understand some of the issues we're dealing with what the das office is doing to help alleviate the problem. we are fiercely on logan san francisco we've had an issue with property crime over the last number of years. all the burglaries being a big part of that. when i came onto our radar in office we started looking at different strategies in addition to our prosecution strategy that we want to employ
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to make sure we are are using all the resources of our department to help us. i think there's a variety of reasons contributed to the problems, but certainly most of the solutions lie in collaborative efforts between the different public safety entities in our city and will welcome that the board of supervisors as a partner in that effort. in the last 5 years, you can see from the first slide, we've seen a dramatic increase in property crimes overall in the city. that includes both residential, commercial burglaries as well as robbery, larceny, theft and vehicle theft. unfortunately, what we have seen responding to that is a reduction in the arrest rate for a variety of reasons i'm sure the police department will discuss with all of you. it can be difficult to make all breasts in these incidents and hopefully we can find strategies and other efforts that will help raise our arrest rate back to what was in prior years. this slide
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talks through those same set of crimes early, robbery, larceny theft and vehicle theft and what our office did with the cases that were brought to us from the police department. it's a year-over-year comparison of 2014 and 2015. you can see stop at august because there's a delay in the processing of misdemeanor citations their office receives. to make an apples to apples comparison between the 2 years we use just those first 8 months of the year. in 2014, there were approximately 33,000 incidents and in and in 2015 39,000 incidents. in the cases that were brought to our office remained essentially flat over 2300 cases were brought to us in both years. then, you'll see on the 4th line the total rate of action in our total action taken rates. i'm happy to say we've had an increase in that rate. i dislike about one thing
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were looking for is when there is an arrest people are interested of whether there's a prosecution and we spent a lot of time in office making sure we are responding whatever we can and appropriate with the prosecution in those days. >> quick question. that's life, the presentation rate is that the arrest the percentage of arrests based on the number of incidents? correct. incidents? correct.they were brought to our office in the following lines with the action we took on the cases that were brought to us. this is another representation of that. amount of incidents, but the community is expanding at large and then the arrests that are made in those cases and the action that is taken by the dist. atty.'s office on those arrest. so, as
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i mentioned and is everybody here knows, the biggest push in of that property crime increase has been budgeted to auto burglaries. we weren't talking about individually from the rest of property crimes. in 2015 there were 25, 813 incidents reported in san francisco police department reported auto burglars and 07 to 70% increase from the year prior as was referenced earlier has been increasing over the last number of years starting back in 2011. of those incidents that were reported to the san francisco police department 487 of those resulted though presented to our office. approximately 2% of the incidents resulted in an arrest. where office is asked to review it and consider it for a charging decision. that
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presentation rate is constant for both 2014 and 2015 at approximately 2%. then, the following 2 lines show the action rate that our office had on those auto burglary cases similar to the overall property crime category, we've had an increase in the rate of action we take it off easily, this is really significant and as we were in the community hearing the frustration and concern of residents we took a look internally at own operations to make sure we're doing every thing we could providing appropriate resources to their view of the rest coming to us to charge them whenever possible. so, we've been able to increase our own charging rates from 63% up to 80% last year. >> can i ask you, i mean just for folks who are looking at this, watching, it means that in 2015 based on these numbers, 25,000 auto burglaries, 25,800
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487 arrest, but only 2% arrests. that means that in the vast majority of burglaries, 90%, we are not arresting. i mean is that kind of what this shows? >> that's what's happening to auto crimes are difficult. i'm sure the police department will be able to speak to that in greater depth, but i do think if the community is clamoring for us to react and help them the situation and if we want to look for solutions in needs to be in that front and deterrent. if you have a 90% chance of getting away with the crime it's likely you'll commit it again. we need to come i think all of our joint efforts and figure out ways to improve those numbers and deter the crime from happening will have the greatest impact. >> it also means just to clarify, that you're taking action 80% of the cases that you
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-that are being brought that's impressive. >> we are. a lot of hard work that went into that. you can see was over the year prior. it was an area that didn't always have all of our country. we deal with a lot of very serious crime as does the police department and that has a tendency to get most of our attention. homicides in sexual assaults of the places where a lot of our resources go as is appropriate, but as you saw this crime increasing the amount of concern in the community it occurred to us was more happening under the surface. so, with the work of the crime strategies unit we created we started to dive into the problem and try to understand, in this 25,000 different offenders or is there a set of offenders that are causing the majority of the problem and can we focus on those individuals and try to bring some leads to the communities be 6 >> one more question related to this. is there a way--is
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that typical? is there like a set of numbers in terms of how this looks nationwide? is it usually thatthis is there an average in terms of the percentage of arrests? 2% seems very low to me. >> i would say is low on the national average. you could look at the uniform crime reports which was ou by different categories of crime with a clearance rate are for those, we believe for property crimes it somewhere between 10-15% is the usual clearance rate. so it certainly isn't 80, 90 or 100% but could be improved. >> bt >> thank you. >> this lab represents this crime is large focus of the police department and our office. this is most serious crimes we've seen in the community and we can see from this slide the increase seen in
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part one crimes in san francisco is attributable was entirely to the auto burglary issues were dealing with. there is some good news. as the supervisor mentioned, as are sure the police department will discuss with you as well we see briefly seen a decrease in the number of auto burglaries in the city. we saw coming in june of 2014 is when we started to see an increase in this crime. we went from an average of about 1500 a month up to a high of 2500 a month at the highest point. so we as you can see from this slide on a steady increase from the summer as you can see from this slide on a steady increase from the summer of 2014 all the way through the summer of 2015. then, by august of 2015 we started to see a decline in those numbers and were now essentially back to where we were before the spike in the when these crimes start. i think we can attribute that to a lot of focused effort from all the law-enforcement
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agencies both the police department the creation of the units they've created, as well as our office creating a crime strategies unit and really trying to identify the drivers of the most pressing problems in our community. this chart just will help you understand the number on a monthly basis from january of 2014 all the way through january of 2016. the arrest made in the prosecution filed from those.. it's an analysis of the work are does i what's brought to the other police department. you can see there, if you look-take a couple different jobs and increase in our charging rates in a rate of action taken over that two-year period, of 2 a point of 9% but settling somewhere between 70 and 80% in
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both of those months. so, if you look at january of 2014, the first bar there will show you the were 37 auto burglary incidents presented to our office. in 2015 the were 44 presented to our office and in 2016 there were 36 presented in the month of january to our corresponding work to those arrest in january of 2014, we took action 65% of the time good good in january 2015 we took action 82% of the time, and then in january of 2016 took action 86% of the time. so, we are pleased with this increased performance in our office and response to the incidents that are being brought to our spirit hopefully, it's contributing to some of the reduction. this is
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another shot to show the overall year-to-year comparison, 2014 and 2015, of the incidents being reported followed next in the gray bar by the arrests that are made and then in the green bar, by the action taken by the das office. this slide will show you -we and our office have a da step model similar to calm step where we look at the performance of our office on a variety of different types of crimes and efforts and this chart will show some of those efforts of the-i'm trying to find the data here. sorry. this chart represents the 390 cases
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filed by our office in 2015 134 of those have been resolved to the rest are still pending. of those, 60% of them resulted in convictions with felony probation and county jail time attached to them for the punishment. you can see, if you combine multiple categories nearly 80% of the convictions resulted in felony probation with sentences, both where prison sentences were appropriate. just to talk a bit about what we're doing in our office and we hope to continue to be helpful. the crime strategies unit is really the biggest change we've made in our office and how we respond to crime and how we assist the community in solving crime problems in their neighborhood. the key component here is as an
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office were often quite reactive. we wracked with the police department brings us in terms of the efforts and operations they are running, and the dist. atty. was interested in being a more active participant in that and making sure we understood where the crime problems were and that we were deploying our offices resources to those crime problems. so, we now do our own heat mapping, hotspot mapping, to understand which neighborhoods were expensing what types of crime, and then try to really spend the time that we have, the benefit we have that the police department does not have because they are called to react very quickly to a scene and go to the neck seen and annexing. that can be very short window of time but the case will stay with us sometimes for months and sometimes years while were waiting to get to trial. during that time rather than working at collecting of evidence we was one be collecting intelligence in making sure we are really understanding what an individual may have done that isn't reflected in their media rest. what impact they may be having on the local community, and the crime
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strategies unit helps us to do that by one, being in the committee talking to the residence to understand what their concerns are a much and 2, working with the analysts and attorneys in our office to make connections between crimes that may initially seem unrelated. for instance, the modus operandi the same general description get to see if we can make connections. we obviously have greater success in court if we can establish the full criminal activity rather than one-stop shot of an incident that was captured. a good example that is the card cases we prosecute. there are san francisco is expensing more zip car thefts. than any other city in the country. in fact, in a five-month period over over 100 zip cars storm. this crime surges unit started [inaudible] they started analyzing the problem. through
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the analysis regular crime strategies unit and working closely with her zip car in san francisco police department, and the california highway patrol, a neighborhood prosecutor was able to identify essentially, the primary 2 suspects involved in those 100 thefts. we were able to execute with the police department and the chp arrested those 2 individuals in this helps to show the significance of arresting the right people and prosecuting them for the full range of their work. there are proximally 80 zip cars stolen in the 6 weeks prior to those arrests. once those 2 individuals were in custody, awaiting a prosecution, that number dropped to 3. so we can see if we focus our efforts on the right individuals and the right crimes we can make a real impact. in addition to those operations, and are multiple and ongoing, we honestly want to make sure those offenders
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that are engaged in repeated activities received sentences appropriate to that. we've had one individual i think this is not the norm-but certainly where appropriate in the sentence to 6 years in state prison based on his prior conduct and the conduct in his current cases. we also dedicated attorney in our office that reviews all of the auto cases and she communicates dealing with the police officers that bring those cases to her to hopefully charge them and we where not possible, to explain what the deficiencies are in the case so that we can get to a prosecutable case the next time an arrest is made. i think, in closing, the coordination and data sharing would be the 2 things i would leave you with as supervisors with is the way we can best
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improve our results in this phase. coordinated efforts between all of our office at it i think they result in better outcomes for the community and if we have the data available to all of our entities so we can do the analysis individually and collectively, to make sure recliner resources appropriately and providing response that community expects i think one of the greatest result good i'm available for any questions. dick thank you ms. dubarry. i want to note a couple things. i think it's pretty remarkable >> i think is purdue remarkable your taking action on the vast majority of cases that are brought to you. i think 80% last year. that's actually pretty impressive. i guess a couple of things. in terms of helping to increase the number of arrests, because it seems like that's the issue right now that [inaudible],
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what else can the city do to kind of help the police from your perspective, as the prosecutor, to help the police because i imagine that a lot of this the nature of these crimes is difficult to catch people in the act. so, any ideas, any thoughts on what we can do to help our police officers have the tools they need? >> i think they certainly i am sure we'll have some ideas. i'm sure cmdr.-can speak of is more than i can get the thing from our point of view that are helpful, video footage, obviously is golden to us in a prosecution could it speaks better than any witness can to what occurred and is strong evidence for a jury to use. so, the use of 5 it or city or temporary cameras in areas that are experiencing the greatest problem, i think would be something to explore good in doing that in a way that the
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community is comfortable with but it can be a deterrent initially a network doesn't deter it is obvious the very strong evidence for us to use. often times when the police arrived at the not witness the actual breaking of the window and entering into the vehicle may just apprehend an individual stolen property on them. then that becomes a different charge. so having that video evidence can do a lot. i mention, the cards are a lot of investigative techniques where appropriate i think taking fingerprints can be helpful and identification of suspect it even if an individual is not apprehended when police arrived, the gathering of that evidence of that when we do come across an individual perhaps we can connect them to other funds that they have committed that provides us with a much stronger case and an opportunity to really provide a meaningful intervention. >> so, thank you, we look forward to hearing from our police departments. one of the things i mean it's been so frustrating. i've been at a
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number of community meetings like bernal heights and we talked about how her car was broken into 6-7 times than you can imagine how just horrible that is. in terms of hotspots, are there things that you can do that the police can do in terms of targeting hotspots if there's a specific part of the city like bernal heights were anything like that? what else can we do to ring these numbers down in some of these places? >> art crime studies unit is standing in the wings it at to help with that. we've accepted the invitation to the police department in a variety of opportunities of operations we think would yield meaningful results for particular neighborhoods. some are high tourist areas. some are just particular streets within a neighborhood that we've noticed a particularly prone to the
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crimes and we would welcome an opportunity to partner with the police department in helping them in the way that is appropriate for us to help them make more arrested >> thank you limited colleagues, those are my questions for the district attorney. any questions for ms. the very? thank you for your great work. with that why we now hear from our police department. i know that we have cmdr.-how do you pronounce your name? cmdr. craig mceachern. thank you for much for being here. i spoke to chief suhr about this issue. he indicated the fact that you created a new unit to make this a priority. and we know also that in places like bernal heights, capt. mcgavin has been very diligent in working and keeping an eye on this aching sure we are
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responsive. so look for to hearing from you and one of the things that i am especially interested in is to the extent that certain strategies have worked in some parts of the city, how do we replicate them in other parts? thank you again, commander >> good afternoon, supervise. as mentioned by name is greg mceachern and him commander of the san francisco police department investigations division overseen a lot of the response ability the investigations of these crimes did prior to them occurring and certainly, after. what i've done today, supervisor, i was applied with the questions that will answer a lot of the questions you brought up today so spend a few minutes going through each one of them to talk about some of the strategies and some of the other things we've seen bill hopefully answer those questions, and of course all answer anymore that you have once i am done. before i get into that, some of the statistical information that
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will somewhat echo what christine had talked about the district attorney's office is that between 2014 and 2015 it was a significant increase in the number of cases that were presented to the district attorney for prosecution. in 2014, it was reentered 20. in 2015, was 487. that's a 50% increase which means the police department in collaboration with the district attorney's office made more arrests brought cases for that would prosecute. so, we are happy about that. also, we talked about, we have seen in the last few months a decrease in the number of reported auto break-ins citywide. justin the first 2 months of 2016, we've seen a 17% decrease compared to what we saw last year. at this
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time last year we had more than 4100 incidents that were reported and through separate of this year we are down to 3400 so, almost as thousands percent increase report. so i think some of the efforts i will talk about the we've taken will be one of the reasons why we see that decrease that we certainly want to continue. >> commander, do the presentation was that- >> i can put it up here on the board if you'd like. >> i know for those of us were somewhat visual- thank you. that's fine. >> i'm happy to have it there. if you have a question-so, i will skip over district 9 because i'm sure that some questions for that specifically could have spoken to both capt. mcfadden and capt. perea one district 9 spoken to me about
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some of the challenges they have it they brought up today. but, some of the other things the police department when your questions do we have any plans to use the successful tactics used by the police bureau and i'm sorry, the police bureau task force in the neighborhood outside of district 6? to answer that question, we have. the pdgf is a unit in the san francisco police department that started a couple years ago, but within the past 6-8 months has changed its focus quite significantly towards the challenges that we face with auto break-ins. we have increased the number of officers assigned to that task force and the increasing that even more starting this weekend. what we found in that, having officers dedicated to those kind strategies can not only focus on problem areas, but can be a tool and resource for the captains of the district stations to address the specific poems they see that they might not be able to
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address solely using their officers and the street crime officers assigned to them. >> army officers do have right now and how many are you adding? >> we have about a dozen now and were looking to add at least 3-4 more in the next week or so we probably like to go to 20 officers, but that isn't as we have staffing levels looking for. moving forward. as i mentioned, the control bureau tassos had a focus on auto break-ins and what they've used to focus their attention is the data that is come from, stat that shown where the problem locations are and a focus on what we turn as frequent note of vendors or serial offenders that we found were committing multiple auto break-ins either as an individual or as a group of individuals that would go throughout the city, 2 different areas, and break into vehicles. but the district attorney htalked about, she
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mentioned the zip car. there was an individual that we arrested a few months back and it was an ongoing investigation where we end up charging him with 16 vehicle braking speed of 60 massey witnessed them commit. so, if we arrest them for the 16 we saw him commit you can ask extrapolate the number out as to how many hate has done. that was his everyday job just in the past week we had arrested an individual we saw commit 8 are break-ins. where charging him with all 8 of those. we've had great cooperation with the district attorney in both of those events. both of those arrests. it is an enhancement for bail. it is an understanding to the court and to the judges that this is not just an individual person who's broken into one car, but is using this over and over breaking into vehicles and taking items, and that is affecting a large amount of the commit. so, our focus on some of those frequent offenders we believe is one of the key tools
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for the reduction in the amount because those individuals who may get a larger jail sentence, more time in jail, more of a deterrent or not out on the street able to commit those crimes. that's one of the focuses we are looking at as we move forward. when you talk about the cases referred to the district attorney, that number is 487 cases were the ones presented were we made an arrest. other reported 25,000 that you mention. one of the problems that we have with the rest of the we've made and what are the challenges for making the rest is that obviously the department has been challenged in staffing levels but we have increased that they stick the supervisors whose numbers are getting better. we have a more visible presence of officers on the street, which will lend us the opportunity to be more visible and more engaged with
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the community and be a deterrent for the individuals out there that are looking to commit a crime because they see more of the officers that are out there. one of the other things, one of the other tools the we have utilized, like christine talked about, was a collaboration with other city agencies talk about that in a 2nd. and the use of video surveillance that we've been able to obtain sometimes after the fact could and identify perpetrators and move forward. all give you an example. i was the captain at northern police station. that's an area that has various locations that are plagued by auto break-ins. one specific location was a high tourist area within the city that is frequented quite often get that cleaned up palace of fine arts. disagree have it in many different areas. we are having a number of car break-ins at that location and were able to collaborate the
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recreation parks and recreation apartment put up video surveillance in the area under building and we were able to utilize that sometimes after the facts come after vehicle was broken into, to do investigative follow-up to determine who the individual was coming get license plates, connect the dots even though they were gone and they can arrest after the fact. at the same tempo recreation part assist us into locations by putting up educational signs at the palace of fine art. they just put them up around alamo square and i locations are your educating the public on ways to not be a victim of crime. that may have an assistance to us in preventing the crime but also in assistance to us in solving the crime after the fact. there is a program that the district attorney-i don't speak on the
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program-but it's one i think is working very well could they have asked for some public input on locations where the public actually has their own personal time cameras and asked them to register where it can be used in an instance where crime has occurred. it would not be used for any other purpose except for law enforcement as an after-the-fact it would have to give access to it but as a registration program so that we can collaborate with the district attorney and police department in the community to try to it either by some of these perpetrators after-the-fact it those are some of the things working well together. our department has been doing that for a while. at each individual station with a track locations of cameras so they can go back and look for crime that occurred but with that program, together with the district attorney's office, it something that can suddenly be positive and have a greater impact on the arrests and the reduction in crimes as they occur. you asked about somebody other studies. you mentioned bait cars. we do use big cars and we have in the past good at certain locations. what we are finding will have
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very often if you look at number 28,000 car break-ins is not that difficult for our officers as they are out there to identify an individual that's when to break into a car and follow them and witness it. so what will we do use big cars at times, we have just as much success as were out on the street because were identified the individuals, following him, watching him commit the crime and actually making the arrest after. i did speak with capt. mcfadden and capt. pereyra permission station and asked both of them but some of challenges they have in their district. capt. mcfadden mentioned bernal heights some of the concerns. while it may not be one of the hotspot areas like district 6, it is still a concern to the community with to address that just as much as we do any other district that we do enforcement for. my lieutenant was here today, has
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a daily conversation with the street crimes sergeants from both of those districts and asked them about concerns they have the resources we can provide from our division to supplement their officers for any enforcement aspect they want to utilize in the areas where these problem car break-ins occur. we would continue to do that both capt. pereyra and mcfadden have said they've had a lot of meetings with the community about the concerns of a can provide that information to us we will provide an additional resources to assist them in the reduction of those crimes. i don't know if there's any of the specific questions that you had that i maybe have missed on here, but more than happy to open up for questions for you to make people to address >> thank you. on the bait cars, any chance there may be we can increase these as a way of maybe increasing access to video and evidence? one of the
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questions that i had was should the city, for instance, make an investment in bait cars so that we have more of them? so that we kind of give these folks who are picketed to just break into a car once is some 2nd thoughts that the city will be making this investment and the car you're breaking into my pr video of that attached to it? >> i think that's a great point. it would be something any resources that we can help provide, whether it's through city vehicles--audio signal when a card is broken into your broken window that needs be repaired but the cost on that when you wait it against the victims and the issues they have, i think it's worth it. it something we as a police department do utilize. we don't necessarily use our cars
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sometimes. we use rental cars and get reimbursed for the window to be replaced that's one of the components that can be utilized >> i certainly would welcome the opportunity to work and giving you more resources to do more to use more of those because i think that there is perhaps a deterrent that comes with it and i know in bernal heights, in some neighborhoods, it might be may be a selected number of people that are responsible for a lot of the car break-ins and so catching them in the act, is something that's important. something else-we talked about city agencies, coordination with other agencies. how is that going? for instance, you talked about the example of coronation that worked. how do you see that moving along going forward with peckinpah with
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dept. of pub. works? with any other agency? >> big overall we have a very good relationship the other city agencies. as i mentioned parks and recreation has been really stepped up and offered the support of that and has been a leading agency within the city that has helped us. part of the challenges, as we move toward dept. of pub. works and mta might they can assist quite a bit in education. things that are noticing individuals about the fact that they could become a victim of a car theft or other crime and whether by signage and so forth, and one of the difficult things, there's always the talk about if you put a sign up that says, you need to protect your valuables in this location, they may think it's a deterrent to tourism and other things, but i think we'd be kidding
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ourselves if we thought that this is not a discussion that goes on throughout the country. it happens. it's part of life. what we are trying to do is better educate everybody about where they are and what's going on. so, assistance with things like dept. of public works with signage in locations that are there may be there sparks up near bernal or any other location where turner's torus will go to the can assist with. it was a program with working with mta a number of years back that talked about putting some type of warning sign right on a parking meter because that's the first thing most people look at when they walk up and they parked their car. can i part here is a legal may see a sign that reminds them. it's things like that that city agencies can assist with that something to the board of supervisors we'd appreciate that one >> i certainly, i think we should probably have a follow-up meeting just to see where things are in a few weeks and maybe what we can do is that that follow-up meeting begin have a specific conversation about that and i certainly would be interested
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in connecting your lease department with all the other agencies that could be a part of the collaboration. i think the more we can do the better, but one of the things that i am thinking about is what happened in district 6, but seems like you had a great deal of success is it possible to replicate that in it was like bernal heights? >> is always possible to replicate that. we often do is look at to crime mapping the locations where they're more prevalent. only look at the reported numbers, and you made a good point-iin district 6, the reported numbers of car break-ins are much lower than other locations. but that doesn't mean they're not occurring in that location. so,
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it's important for us to get the education component out to the community you have to report these crimes when they occur because that gives us a real clear picture about what's going on. not only that it's happening but really target locations we can look at it. we rely on that heat map index to toast this is a problem location is being reported here. so, with that in mind, when we are provided those resources to that location with specific ideas to address that, that problem as it's occurring so that it's replicated like it was in district 6 at the other locations. our goal is to illuminate the car break-ins everywhere. we know if our in a location where they occur frequently give a much more opportunity to identify and locate the individuals involved and we think that once we make that arrest is going to help the other locations. what we often see, especially with some of these people to break in cars they don't go to one location and break into a car.
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they go to district 6 and then they go to district 5 and in district 3 in district 9 and they go throughout the city. you can tell by the heat index map that it's there. it does have a positive impact on every other part of the city, even though you may have a number that's reported greater in one specific district. >> i certainly look forward to working with you in how we bring some of the strategies that have worked in district 62 bernal heights because i do believe that the number of incidents reported is not -doesn't view the full pressure because i do think there's a lot of people in places like bernal heights that has stopped reporting these crimes. i'm not saying that's a good outcome either. we want people to report them but i think that i look for to working with you in making that happen. colleagues, supervisor avalos >> we have both police department thank you for your presentation and your work. this a very very challenging
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problem and it has increased, and i know there's been a lot of work trying to prevent break-ins and try to catch people in the act i'm wondering what the da's office or your what other parts of collaboration could improve the outcomes for what we're doing? where are the barriers that we need to tear down in terms of collaboration? i do later a lot of rhetoric that comes from police captains and i hear her response to the reactor at that comes from the das office. seems like there's a disconnect about how people can work together, and i think that something that's really important that he needs the elephant in the room. i heard that proposition 47 is one of the reasons why, without lowering of the thresholds for what would constitute a felony or a [inaudible] has been
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discussed as a contracting factor to why we have more auto break-ins and why there's not prosecution but i've also seen evidence showing that the actual impact of proposition 47, which was passed in 2014 hasn't really hit the streets yet. to me, that says we are actually don't have a kind of collaboration that we could have between the police department and the district attorneys office, and before, i like to hear a little response to that. before you respond, but i also think it's not just on the police apartment and the a to deal with the issue of preventing property crime. i think property crime is a symptom of other things going on in san francisco, but i do think you have a role in helping to lower property crime issues when people are caught.
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so just want to hear about your thoughts about effective collaboration between police and da and how that can be approved? >> well, it's difficult to say. this is still out the jury whether proposition 47 has an impact on that. i'm not an expert to address that as far as whether it has. i do know in the past year and a half the collaboration with the police department and the district attorney's office, because we solve this problem has got a lot better than the may have been. with things such as a dedicated district attorney to meet with our officers, district attorney who will push a case forward with a request for an increased bail amount, things that discussions without a lot of investigators for what the dist. atty.'s office needed to get a successful prosecution in our officers presenting cases that have as much evidence as we can to get a
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prosecution. so, i think that is said to positive affect. one, the number of cases presented increased and then the number of reported incidents went down because i think some of the individuals that we arrested have become deterred because they're getting harsher sentences than they might have gotten a year or 2 back. that does, however, still cause a little bit of a challenge. i'm not blaming anyone with that get police department or district attorney, but we have found the sentences that number of individuals are getting to commit crimes or much less in san francisco than they are in other counties. if there isn't a determined by how much you get as a sentence is not a carrot and stick with it, it gives a lot of the individuals an opportunity or reason to come back and commit the crime because they think they made it will to do it with impunity. that's all of our efforts on
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it. part of the police part of the dist. atty. but also the judges in the city and how they look at that. we did some research in the amount of time that individuals were arrested in san francisco do in jail without an average of 80 days in jail for committing a crime. if you do the same research on gas san mateo county for a first offender but they are getting in the first offender in san mateo county with no prior record they're getting an average sentence of 60 to 90 days. one prior felony conviction or getting 6-8 months in jail and a fan of significant they're getting 2 years of prison in county jail time commendation of one year in jail and one unsupervised probation. that's san mateo county. here in san francisco, i don't think those numbers are there. i'm not limited district attorney for that because they plead for those case. more of a conversation with the
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individuals that are handing him the sentences and the seriousness of it. but we are now asking in the da has helped us with that we are oftentimes now asking victims of these crimes to come into court at the time that the person is being sentenced 7 of succumbing as an entire community group insane, we are tired of getting our vehicles broken into, or this is how it's affected me personally. so that they can actually hear the effect the individual victim and outs affected them. it has a better impact on the sentence but the judge gives him. those are some of the challenges that we face and if there was an increase sentence for some of the ones that were caught especially multiple offenders, then there's less likelihood that will continue because they're either incarcerated or they realize that pinnacle commit the crime summer is because i don't want to spend spends much time- >> so, when someone the outages like 8 days you said was among these jail, what is there for that person in order
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for prevention? other caseworkers muscles workers? other places to live, housing stock for that person? what is the level of case management that can help keep the person to more positive outcomes? >> i would to the meeting to the mayor and number of agencies to talk about that. we were doing more with the visuals who were sentenced to jail time for gun possession. a lot of that is a function of the sheriffs and probation departments. often time to get back the resources provided to the individuals as they are exiting jail and that's one of the programs that the mayor is looking at working on it for that specific and big also be one that could be utilized in this area because you're absolutely correct, if you don't have some other resources
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were things available for that individual when they get out to deter them from going back to what they've been doing, then they often might return to the activity that they were incarcerated for. >> thank you. i know there's numbers of the public who want to speak. i do think there's a lot of elements here. i think having a discussion about property crimes, auto break-ins, isn't necessarily-it certainly a law-enforcement problem, but to me it's also a problem about affordability in san francisco, it's a problem about substance abuse and mental health issues. it's probably part of the organized on. it's probably a problem also where people go when they have goods to sell they get out of cars or property, like who is buying those and what the market is for that. that needs to be kind of part of the whole
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approach. i've not heard that today. but i think you were going to be having this conversation continued, the be to will to get deeper into. so, with that i can go on to discussion and public comment. thank you. >> thank you supervisor avalos that i think you are right about all of that. the point of this is to get of the outcome of reducing crime including including property crime and in this particular case, reducing car burglaries, auto burglars, that's what this is about. so, i want to make sure that all the agencies that are here directly to speak so before we do anything else i'd like to see if it's okay with my cards open it up to public comment so here directly from members of the public and if you know anything about vernal heights and the workaround public safety in a community the first
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speaker is someone who should be very well known to you because no one has done more work on the issue of public safety in bernal heights. i know that because we've been working with him since i was in the police commission with that, we bring up mr. bob packard >> thank you. i feel like alice in wonderland. if you talk to a cop or an assistant district attorney, they say it's a revolving door. they will tell you capt. mcfadden told us in bernal heights the same 3-4 people commit 90% of the auto break-ins in bernal heights. 90%. they say that the superior court judges will not give people time for a crime like that. so, if you talk to
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-the neighborhood ada for district 9 and bernal bernal heights will say the same thing. so, at least the commander alluded to the elephant in the room it is superior court judges. the bernal heights neighborhood and frankly i personally have spent my entire life addressing the root causes of racism and poverty. we are employing people from the neighborhood in the rebuilding of the 2 public housing development that were doing to get into the building trades. we have a youth program. we've been working the root causes like lazy since 1978. the cops and the das if they're honest will say nothing happens if you do an auto burglary if you break into a car in bernal heights. the woman the supervisor referred to lives across the street that had her car broken into 6 times should she put a sign in the window. and said, there's nothing in my car. it's unlocked. go through it. now, we've tried to work with mcfadden and we try to work with
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long. they say that judges are the problem here we say, great, we will pressure the judges. we will talk to the judge. i can't get your ada to give me a list of the people arrested for 3 major assaults in bernal heights malevolent auto break-ins. i can't get your capt. mcfadden to give me a list of the auto break-ins in bernal heights. they can to meeting with 100 and people. we've had 2 meetings since then they said it's a superior court judge. we need your help but they won't [inaudible] the make impossible to follow. so your people are saying something different than what you're saying. they're saying something similar to what you're saying they're making it impossible for the hundreds of people, by the way, who's cleaned up the 2 housing of the developments at bernal heights. holly courts, when i percent alumni about 80%. when not just a bunch of white homeowners.
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it's low income and people of color from top to bottom and the people it serves but we keep the white homeowners in a tent coming if you will spitting out. not outside the tent spitting in. they're going to go in a bad direction about something like this if they don't see the police and the da cooperate with us more than they have up until this point because we are prepared to do actions on the das office and on the police department because you were guys, are not helping us and are not arming us to help you. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is rachel miller garcia. not related to bernal heights but in fact to golden gate heights the inner sunset. i was active just on the news reignites ago been interviewed by channel 7 because we have had
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and i'm very confused by these statistics because they don't match up with what's going on in our neighborhoods. so, if there's been a decrease in break-ins, this year, i can tell you for a fact that on 16th and moraga in san francisco, it up by like 100%. it's mostly tourists that are being attacked. the perp traders seem to be knowledgeable about those of us that live in the neighborhood and a respecting our cars, and are mostly attacking the tourist cars. we've taken it into our own hands and we put signage at the steps with photographs that say, please take your valuables with you. so, we in our community, are actually firmly in believed that the reduction from a felony to a misdemeanor is absolutely getting out there as far as what they understand. we
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are also being told by our local precinct that they cannot keep up with the reports. that they honestly have admitted that they can't address all the reports. so, my question is, could we possibly get faster support for cameras in our neighborhood instead of the homeowners investing in themselves cameras which most of us are going to do. we've invested our energy in handmade signs. we've actually gotten printed metal signs posted around our neighborhood. what's it going to take to get more police cars patrolling our neighborhood and catching these guys? they are in marked cars than bmws. were asking what else can we do.. the community is doing the best we can to get the word out there. >> thank you very much. thank you for being you. next
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speaker, please. >> seen no- can we take that without objection? without objection the >> i think that includes public, but maybe we can have just a follow-up sort of comment from the district attorney and the police department? i like to figure out what sort of next? how do we, without-i know that there's a lot of responsibility to go around, but without the attitude i don't really-i know for a fact the people in my district, they don't really care about who is responsible, finger-pointing or anything like that. how do we collectively move forward? so, we know one of the challenges is increasing the number of arrests, increasing the access
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to evidence so that you can actually in video being key, catch some of these perpetrators. i would like to have a follow-up hearing that we can talk about what improvements have been made. so, how can we move forward? ms. dubarry, your ideas, your suggestions i know that there are some progress has been made him up but again, i think what's happening right now is that a lot of these neighbors feel like we are kind of on our own because moore needs to happen. >> i would suggest a couple things to the supervisors that maybe the community can assist with as well. we have a neighborhood prosecutor assigned to every police district. they generally tend to share because we don't have 10 of them but we have about 5 or 6 and am happy to know that
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they are known to the community. what i think needs to happen is the next stage of now having neighborhood prosecutors in the community and having crime strategies unit is getting commitments from eddie every in every day but prosecutor to work on specific operations within those neighborhoods that the community cares about not having impact on public safety. maybe in the community setting where the settings the supervisors were other places there can be discussion what are the joint efforts that are happening between the crime strategies unit ids 8 dag office the individual captains either district. it better success in some districts and others for variety of reasons that i think we can make improvements there. secondly, we always welcome community input in the courtroom process.. the quorums are public places where the community is welcome to participate. if you're not getting information from us, but has my card so i expect he'll call me an e-mail and
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i'll follow personally to make sure you get that. but where happy to communicate with happening in the courtroom but it's extremely effective java community participate in that process. the judges work in the hall of justice and they don't leave the hall of justice all day essentially. they don't necessarily what you might be expecting in the community as much as we can represent that, it's always much richer and heard more intently where individual committee members can come forward and explain the consequences of the fact and what it did to them both psychologically and financially. i think those things should not be underestimated. i know it's a time drain and we try to find ways to find people to write letters because we appreciate that folks are working. it's hard to come during the day. but that does have an impact could i would encourage people to do that with us. i don't think finger-pointing is going
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to get us anywhere. the courts are doing what they think is correct and they are a state entity so they take the action they think is appropriate. if people disagree they should certainly that those individuals know but i have community knows we fight hard for the cases we file and we fight for the kinds of interventions we think will make the situation better. sometimes that is therapeutic with mental health and substance abuse. sometimes that's a stranger turned back of a jail or prison sentence and those have to be done on a case-by-case basis as the constitution and justice would expect us to do in those situations. but we are eager to work with the police department, with the community, with the courts that were eager and willing partner in those efforts and encourage everyone to contact us for that. >> thank you ms. dubarry and i know i speak for many people in bernal heights there's an interest in more collaboration and activity august in that
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neighborhood. perhaps further joint action between the da and the police department in bernal heights and other neighborhoods as well. so, with that amanda, maybe we can hear from you? i want to say, i'm glad to hear that they're more officers being assigned to the special units but as you can see the percentage from the one concern i have is the percentage of arrests given the number of auto burglaries. if it's 2%, i mean that's a pretty low number. anything that you think you can do and we can do to help you to get that number to be higher? >> i will address that first and then somewhat echo what christina talked about. we
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certainly would like to see those numbers higher. it's right difficult to make arrests on auto break-ins because it takes not only significant resources but some of the challenges after that are things that are beyond the officers control. you know, there are times where there are individuals who break into vehicles and we go to apprehend them and they flee from the officers and the officers are prohibited from following the individual because of policies and procedures about what could happen if that individual was to get into a collision and injure somebody. so that's the challenge that we have to live with. it's one of those issues that were trying to deal with. one of the things were doing by increasing the number of officers as well as asking the district station captains to have focused attention on specific areas is where we think were going to get a better bang for our buck in the number of arrests we make. capt. mcfadden has a street
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crimes unit that we asked our district captains to have focused efforts at locations where they see problems. obviously, the bernal heights association and the members here bring forth an issue that's going on in their specific district so in that instance there, it would be a responsibility of the capt. to collaborate with our street crimes unit to come up with a specific enforcement plan to address specific location in time with the resource. we found often that had a lot of positive effects. especially, when you're the community that engage and involve with it like it sounds this community is because they want this to end. we just started april 5 at northern station with the community alamo square and a number of residents over concerned about what was going on there, they got together and get to us and said what can we do to have a positive affect in
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this area. a number of them put cameras in that hope this. a number of them became better reporters of individuals that were in the area. we had our neighborhood prosecutor meet with them and sf safe which is a component of the city other strategies beyond enforcement such as education and so forth, that have a positive effect. we been able to increase the number of arrests in that area and agrees the number of incident. so, it really needs to be a specific focus on specific locations. it can be done in bernal heights. it can be done pretty much anywhere with a focus of the station capt. and the other resources available. >> i certainly would be happy to volunteer bernal heights as well was the next target of these combined efforts that work in district 6 and i know that what i will do is ask my
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colleagues to continue his hearing to the call of the chair space we would allow us to bring it back perhaps in 6 weeks or something like that just to see where it is and i think i know with all hands on deck, we have the chief of staff of da here. we have the commander from the police department. those are pretty i think that's pretty important. so i appreciate the efforts. the other thing that i would say here is that it's also about increasing awareness for the community and one thing i know we can do is making sure that we spread the word that this is happening to we spread the word so that if there is a crime that happens, there's a break and people actually report it as well because that's really important and i know that we can make this happen. but the one thing i would say is that i've had so
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many conversations with people were struggling to stay in the city who are struggling to pay rent, to pay the mortgage and when you're barely making enough to do that, when you have to like the place as car window, a stereo or a laptop mean, it's devastated it can be devastating. so, with that, colleagues, that's it for me if you have any comments or anything to add? but i would simply make amended motion to continue this on to the call of the chair. >> so, we have a motion to continue this item to the call that you. can we do that without opposition? we can do that without opposition. thank you to the presenters and the members of public opinion on this important issue. >>[gavel] >> madam clerk please call item number 2 >> item number 2 is a hearing to consider the issuance of a
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type xlii on sale beer and wine public premises license to even our marsh for nighthawks elsie doing business as pinots palace located at 1981 sutter st. >> thank you. i understand sgt. kennedy from the san francisco police department is here to present on this item. is that correct? hi, how are you. would you mind standing and identifying yourself? you can stand there. just for the tv is easier. thank you, sgt. >> sgt. kennedy with the san francisco police department. >> give a presentation on this item? >> i do. good afternoon,
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supervisors. by custom sgt. kennedy with the san francisco police department. you have before you a pc and we bought for gil about the good 1981 sutter st. gil about the good 1981 sutter st. they apply for a type xlii license and if approved this would allow them to sell beer and wine on sale. on-site. there's no letters of support. there are no letters of protest could there located in plot 537 which is considered a high crime area. there located in track 155.00 which is considered an undue concentration area. northern station has no opposition. it approves with the following recommended additions. sales service and consumption of alcohol and beverages shall be permitted only between the hours of 12 pm and 10 pm daily. no noise shall be audible beyond that the area under the
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control of the licensee as defined under abc 20 257. the 2 shooters shall be responsible for maintaining free of litter the area adjacent to the premise over which they have control carried loitering is defined as if used the and i really about without lawful business. it's prohibited on any sidewalks or property adjacent to the license, since and under the control of the licensee. a fee shall be removed from the premises in all parking lots within 72 hours of application it if the graffiti occurs on a friday or weekend day or on a holiday licensee shall remove the graffiti within 72 hours following beginning of the next -next weekday. the interior lighting maintained therein shall be sufficient to make easily discernible the
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appearance and conduct of all persons and patrons on the portion of the page premise were alkyl beverages are served or consumed. the exterior of the premise shall be equipped with the lighting of sufficient power to illuminate the need easily discernible the appearance by the conduct of all persons, on or about the premise. additionally, the position of such lighting shall not disturb the normal privacy and use of any neighboring residences. the petitioner shall make structural changes in the premise interior without prior written approval from the dept. the sale of alcohol beverages for all sale is strictly printed. prohibited >> thank you so much sgt. kennedy. i believe that the applicant stephen marsh is here to present?
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>> good afternoon. thanks for having me. kevin marsh on the order of pinots palace pinots palace in 1981 sutter st. at what pinots palace is is what we referred to a pain and sit art student. essentially constructional arbor we've got artists and their assisting these folks and painting. they will be able to purchase beer and wine good as i said, our hours will run typically our sessions 12-3 hours from 7 pm to either 9 or 7-10 pm. the bls call 15 min. before that could be no loitering after for people to finish up their wine. the label to take that off premise honestly got nobody in there under the age of 21. i got to pay staff if they stick
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around for an hour so i'm very motivated to get those folks out as quickly as possible. all that is written up in our agreements. i would just note, too, we get a mailing for the 42. the got no justified complaints. we did a mailing for the change of use, where i held a public meeting to portland, nobody showed up. maybe that's a good thing? then of course we got slated to conditional use permit team, which i won't tell you how long that took that's the nature of the beast. it was approved within 5 min. it is probably the users job they had to do that day. so, i think that pretty much sums up-just to add, community benefits. almond be working with nonprofits and working with local charities. we do this on a national basis so that all goes into my plan. it's a no-brainer. it's great marketing. will be doing a lot
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of that. supporting the local community, i think this is going to draw people because it is pretty centrally located into the area. for those folks who will be going to restaurants, going to bars whatever they do. i think really pretty interesting drop. we are the only paint café in san francisco that i've been able to identify. i would tell you i don't become open [inaudible] anytime soon. that's about all of got >> thank you mr. marsh. thank you for your presentation. even though i know them very-i'm concerned often when we see another liquor license in a neighborhood with her is a density, it does seem like doing. community outreach process. this is a gallery space is limited hours. for beer and wine and after reaching out to your district
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supervisor i do not hear any protest on this liquor license this time we will open up for public comment on this item. if there is no speed look on this item public comment is closed >>[gavel] >> any members doing the motion on this item? we have a motion to move this item forward with positive recommendation to the full board. can we do that without opposition? we can do that without opposition >>[gavel] >>" any other items for this committee? >> yes item number 3. item 3 is a hearing to consider the issuance of a type lxiv general theodore liquor license to gray area foundation for the arts for the grand theater doing business as gray area. >> thank you. you have the floor again sgt. kennedy.
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>> good afternoon. you have before you a report the gray area foundation for the arts located at 2665 mission st. 2665 mission st. they've apply for type lxiv license and if approved this would allow them to sell on sale peer, winning and distilled spirits. there is zero letters of protest and zero letters of support. there located in plot 444 which is considered a high crime area. during census tract 204 which is considered a high saturation area. mission station has no opposition. we approval the following recommended conditions. sales, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted between the hours of 12 pm and tonight sunday-wednesday at 12 pm-2 am thursday-saturday. the
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sale of alcoholic beverages consumption of the premises is strictly prohibited. alcoholic beverages shall be served in containers clearly distinguishable from non-alcoholic beverages containers. the sale about called beverages shall be limited to no more than to beverages per person per sale. sales service and consumption of alkyl beverages shall be exclusive to the first floor only. employee or security guard shall be assigned responsibility of ensuring all alcohol beverages remained inside the permitted area whenever the pool bridges of the abc license are being exercised. it should be noted that sgt. george spoke with the applicant who agreed with the above listed recommended conditions.
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>> thank u so much sgt. kennedy. we do have the sponsor here today could just that-i'm glad you're able to find another space here in san francisco. we miss you in district 6, we know you're in good hands in the mission supervisor david campos. >> thank you so much. thank you supervisors for putting this on the agenda. it's been a long road to get to this point. i have a little slide so, give me a moment. so, good afternoon again supervise that many messages that melcher am the executive director and founder of gray area foundation for the arts. i am a queer mexican-american latina living here in san francisco. specifically started this organization to bridge the community as an art and
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technology at important time you're in san francisco. i been running this organization for 10 years could originally in district 6% and years and the tenderloin south of market. i'm going to give you an overview of our programming and discuss some of the uses we've had in the theater so far. so, we have a gray area mission is to fight art and technology for positive social impact to education. we have a youth program where we reach local youth and give free media arts, education, we partner with companies and artists from within our community and give free workshops and partnerships that place used into local tech companies. this is all for free. we provide jobs to use on a monthly basis. we also have an adult training program where we teach media arts to adults.
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this happens 3 times a week year-round. we serve at least 100 students a year and this is an image of the projection room of the theater. this is been converted to a class that holds 20 students. we also produce civic engagement programs. we collaborate with city officials, arts organizations, was notably we collaborated on the prototyping festival in 2012 with intersection for the arts in district 6. this is held up to the market street protecting festival. as well as the san francisco planning department. you can see it's a collaborate on this effort so will be still giving back to district 6 as well as district 9 with this program. this is a image of a immersive laser projection exhibit and show we produce. this happens in october of last year. completely sold out good we had over 500 participants over the course of 4 nights. it totaled
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2000 people attending the show. we've also been able to allow free and low income services and rentals to local nonprofits. this is a performance by counter pulse. they had delays in their construction and attend on. we were able to step up and host them in the be a venue for their performances. this is another shot of that performance. sweep upgraded the grand theater after 25 years of retail use to incorporate modern day lighting, sound, and seeking on a case-by-case basis. this is another shot of a show with our partner counter pulse. we also done ballet. we have showcased gregory dawson's performance troupe. will do that again this year. this is a shot of the theater being used
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for ballet. we've also posted 45 year anniversary is this the longest-running hispanic newspaper. we gave them 90% off of our normal rental rate sure hoping to be a big partner to other local nonprofits in the mission. our timeline, just so you're aware we been in the building since april 2014. renovated all the way through october of 2015. as of november 2015 the grantor is officially a theater again according to the planning department and from november 2015 just to today we served over 15,000 patrons from within the theater. with a liquor permit needs the great area we always already get approved for-7 liquor permits per week now. they cost an average of $160 to process for spirit there's the permit
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process but then there's also the staff time and the administration to actually fulfill it. so, we spent at least-this a very low number, $20,000 on liquor permits per year over 2016 we will spend that. approval of our liquor permit actually means we can provide more low-cost rental. we can allocate at $20,000 to our free education programs and we can have less overhead and create a sustainable arts organization here at the grand theatre. justin closing, thank you so much for in advance for your support of this liquor permits. it will help us to exist as a nonprofit here in the mission and in san francisco. >> thank you so much. supervisors because >> i want to thank >> campos >> i want to thank you for the
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presentation at iphoto due to visit the space. if you have and i would encourage you to do that. it's hard when an agency moves from one neighborhood to another but i know better and working hard to reach out to the community and i know they also have made a commitment to work with the community, whether there's a great need and i'm happy that they're already taking steps to allow the space to be used at a reduced rate for these other efforts of these other nonprofits. i look forward to working with you and as district supervisor am happy to support this effort and as my colleagues to support their requested i know this will help them move forward and look forward to working with you and thanks for being here. i'm glad things are going well. >> thank you supervisor campos. will open it up for public comment on this item. if there's no public comment,-okay
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please come up to the microphone. >> hello. i'm peter hershberger. cofounder and chairman of gray area foundation for the arts. my 10 year san franciscan president in 30 year bay area resident did i have to tell you disorganized and provide me the most needful sons of community, civil and artistic engagement i've had in my life. we really perform, i think a vital role in this community is a leading edge of arts performance and help creed of wines apply themselves in the community. san francisco has always led the world in the evolution of the ideas would be poets, rock or the peace movement i think it's about a moment in college. as you know we live in a moment of great technological change and this could have great
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change its way of the arts our way of processing all this in passing the humanistic side and how these new tools can celebrate the forms of humanity and expression that the technology could bring in october dedicated to. the common ground relief explore all this. it's really a case where seeing is believing so i invite all of you by managers that mention, in december there were 3 performances alone but brought art multimedia together. explored social issued in january we were home to the san francisco cake festival. that's an organizing bit around the bay area for years but was, like old media and new media meeting get all these c communities coming together. i think it's a very rich thing. this rich diversity of community coming there could so we should also acknowledge which is that the team has accomplished. just a few nights ago we hosted the first ever arts show on the intersection of art and artificial intelligence. they get to the core of humanity at this time of change. what we call all the stuff are, it's really how society works out and processes issues of the day. all of the
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change of challenges that_we do every day as supervisors what artistic community is working out in dialogue with community and of course gray area is a lot more than just performances. given education program that reaches out >> thank you. >> good afternoon, think is much for alumni to speak. my name is amy chan. you probably remember me from all my housing advocacy work and advocating for chinatown. today i'm here as a landlord. my family and some colleagues own 2665 mission st. building. for years we've had a great deal of difficulty trying to find a tenant that would bring something meaningful and valuable to this community. for the longest time the building is that problems big when we
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first took it over it needed so much work and had been abandoned as a theater good we didn't want it to see this building go to way the other theaters in the neighborhood like cutting it and turn it into a parking lot or are trying to do something and not succeeding. we were so grateful when gray area came along and we found folks who had the same kind of mindset ringing something to the community, bringing something-bringing a venue that other people could use. teaching children how to use technology and express themselves. in arts. the impact is felt much more than just in district 9. i mean, just take a look at the children who been taking their classes from the tenderloin. they reach out to the kids in chinatown and out, of course the prototyping program along market street. that is a citywide impact. i
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want to support them as much as i can. i think this liquor license will help support their mission and give them greater flexibility in encompassing what it is that they do so well. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> good afternoon and thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak or did my name is matthew then chucked right of education gray area foundation for the arts. i just want to speak a little bit about the rest of the programs that we do and how it requires us being a nonprofit. it is a very unique and diverse revenue model. one of the things that we do focus on is trying to be the scaffolding to the community the support structure and in so, our education programs focuses on open source technologies and open sourcing our curriculum. so that was not actually trying to profit from that endeavor. they're trying to actually get back resources of that only the youth and the
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other adult learners that go through our doors have the opportunity to grow with this material but they can share with your peers. this is why it's really important for us to be able to offset our costs so that we can provide more scaffolding for the community and the ways that we can support not only evening events with other nonprofits invited them to come and utilize our theater, the ways we can balance and sustain our development for even bigger projects in the future. thank you so much >> thank you. see no further public comment public comment is closed. >>[gavel] supervisor avalos >> it's really great to see this new venue coming forward in the mission district. actually, i think was late october or some event of last year and a discount stumbled into it it was actually really cool music and lights and stuff. i like what you have any images here. what i want to say is there are-we have a history
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that goes back decades in the mission district of local artists and we have a lot of the institutions that are in the mission that are really there for cultural arts. there's theater. a gallery. there's a musical project. there's dance troupe send that. to the extent there could be really strong integration it sounds like that's a goal i like to see that is something that can really bring a lot to the mission internships for you then that would be exciting. in district 11, i live in mission street goes through district 11. there have been a lot of people who been displaced from the mission. they have gone to the excelsior and outer mission area. we have a huge need for arts there as well. but
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probably a few years away to building to capacity the neighborhood to actually conduct its own art work or bring folks together, but we have events happen that happened time to them. we have a mock event that happens 2 or 3 times a year on mission street so i want to see if we can work with david campos's office and see we can bring some of your expertise to help draw more folks out of the district to events that happen at the grand view theater but also from the mission into our district as a. it would be a great way to bring your organization out further into san francisco. so i want to put that out there. >> supervisor campos >> i want to say to supervisor avalos, like i said i met with ms. mentor and she is really interested in doing that.
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they're already doing it. so it's not just that they're saying it but there's been a lot of follow-up since we last met and i would certainly welcome them working with your office, my office to make that connection because even though it is a different super bowl or zeal district is still mission street. it's the part of the same community. >> a lot of former mission-out there >> that's right because my officers that were designed was a lot of expense with the arts. she ran the youth art exchange a lot of good relationships in san francisco to be good to connect. >> without i like to make a motion to move this item forward with positive recommendation >> there is a motion and a 2nd to move this item for the positive recognition to the fullbore. i think we can do that without opposition >>[gavel] beta congratulations. mdm. clerk, other any other items? >> no further business >> seen him, this meeting is adjourned. >>[gavel] >>[adjournment]
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