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[roll call] >> clerk: item 2, general public comment. members of the public may address the commission for up to three minute on any matter in the commission's jurisdiction and does not appear on the agenda. speakers shall address their remarks to the commission as a whole or not to individual commissioners or department personnel. commissioners are not to enter into debate or discussion with a speaker. the lack of a response by the commissioners or department personnel does not necessarily constitute agreement with or support of statements made during public comment. >>commissioner cleaveland: is there any public comment? please come forward. state your name, please. >> hello. yeah, honorable commissioners,
my name is paul kim, and i am a union representative for ifpte local 21. we represent civilian fire inspectors and fire engineers. the reason i'm speaking to you today is on behalf of a member, mark mau, a fire protection engineer who was recently let go by the department. he started with the city in march of last year, but because of civil service exempt rules in our system, he was asked to repeat probation even after a year of service. because of that he was not afforded due process rights when he was investigator over an incident of alleged harassment. mark has been an exemplary worker, a supportive co-workers to his colleagues. we have collected 57 signatures from his co-workers, and we ask the commission to re-review this case and reinstate mr.
mau. i also invite his fellow co-workers to speak on his behalf. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you. do we have additional public comment? please come forward. state your name, please. >> good evening. my name is janice chung. good evening, president, commissioners, chief. thank you for the opportunity to speak today. i was born and raced -- raised in san francisco, and i'm proud to serve as one of the civilian fire protection engineers for the san francisco fire department. i stand before you today with the utmost respect and a sincere plea on behalf of mark mau. as a first born american to a first generation immigrant family and also being an engineer myself, i saw when and why misunderstandings could have taken place as a result of social cues and cultural cues.
in some parts of the world, it is common practice to give gifts, money, sometimes even to officials and authorities. here in the united states, it's not only illegal, you could lose your job and then some. engineer mau clearly understood this when he received what he perceived to receiving a gift. -- in this case, mark's children were -- [inaudible] >> and to receive a gift directly from the source could be considered even priceless. how could you repay and gift thanks for a gift -- give thanks for a gift so precious? of course mark could not accept that. in asian customs and etiquette, you don't send a text or post-it on twitter and facebook. the greatest gesture of respect
and politeness in our customs is to show faith, do it in person. for mark, he drew upon his roots, he took the time outside of his workday to correct what he felt to be a potential quid pro quo. as much as he wanted to keep the gift, he decided to return it. why would he want to risk his primary source of income and pension that supports his family and children? would it then be reasonable to understand the genesis behind his actions and the honor and sake of his family for his children's future and well-being? i hope you will take this opportunity to consider that in such a culturally diverse city as san francisco is, that all the various perspectives that could be taken regarding this situation with engineer mau. please consider that his intentions are respectful, that his integrity solid, and his
core values to be fully aligned with the san francisco fire department. thank you very much for your time. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you. any additional public comment? please come forward. >> good evening, commission. my name is victor lubek. i'm a co-worker with jeffrey mau. i would like to support him. i'd like to speak to him as a family man. jeffrey mau, when i first met him, you could tell right away that he's very straightforward, very conscientious, mild mannered. we'd always connect in casual conversation, talking about our families. we both have daughters -- i have a daughter, and our conversations would revolve around things that we did, activities that we did with our families, with our daughters. so i just wanted to -- i just
want to say that mark is -- you know, he's punctual, he's a hard worker, and he's very straightforward. and i've worked 20 years in the fire department, 20 years as a carpenter, met a lot of different people, characters, and to attest that mark is a very genuine, honest person. thank you very much. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. do i have additional public comment? please come forward. state your name. >> hello. my name is john corbett. i'm a fire protection engineer for the city of san francisco fire department. i've worked for the fire department for approximately 12 years, and in my time there, i have worked at plan check and now at the airport. so i'm up here to support mark. and when i first met mark, he
was working as an engineer for a company, and it was on the other side of the table, as we call it. and he was very professional and responded well to my comments, and he was easy to work with. and his character was very quiet and calm, and, you know, i encouraged him to seek the job with the san francisco fire department, and he did ultimately take the test and obtain the job. and so i feel that he was a very good addition to our plan check team, and i'd just like to say that i don't know what happened, but i'm sure it was a very difficult situation for him. and as a -- when i went to work for the city of san francisco,
it was a -- quite a change. i had worked in private industry for 20 years, and there was a lot of different new things that i had to learn. and i'm still learning them, but as you see, i'm still here. i'd like to request to be able to read a statement by a colleague of mine, also works for the san francisco fire department, if that would be okay. >>commissioner cleaveland: go ahead. >> okay. okay. my name is sagiv wiseshai, engineer with the san francisco fire department for the last 11 years. i have known mark as a fire sprinkler designer for siemens for the last 11 years and as a fire department engineer since 2017, and with the plan check department since march 2018. mark is a very professional
fire sprinkler designer and has knowledge in fire protection system code and design. he has been a great addition to our plan check team, always very polite, respectful, and trying to learn new things. from my experience with him as i was training him for the over-the-counter service, he was always professional with our customers, always polite and very straight and serious with his interaction with our customers. mark is a family man. during his interview for the fire protection engineer position for the san francisco port, he was asked by captain ken coughland, what is the thing that you are most proud of in your life, and he answered my two daughters. >>commissioner cleaveland: we'll grant you one additional minute, but please wrap up in one minute. >> he was just trying to fix something he thought was wrong,
and he just got himself into a misfortunate bigger problem by trying to return the gift. i'm convinced he meant no harm, and i highly ask you to reconsider the unfortunate circumstances and maybe find a less harsh way to treat mark. respectfully. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. is there additional public comment? please come forward. state your name. >> my name is tom haney. i've been with the san francisco fire department for 25 years. currently i'm aligned as a lieutenant -- assigned as a lieutenant in the plan check division of the fire department. as such i'm a co-worker of mark mau. i'm reading a statement from a co-worker who could not be here this afternoon. i'm fred stump. i have 47 years of engineering experience. i feel that mark was not treated fire fairly by sffd or
h.r. and was terminated without getting to tell his side of the story. mark took it upon himself to try to correct the perceived conflict of interest. it is a shame that this person took it the wrong way. from my working with him he was very respectful of everyone he interacts with, both in the public and sffd. i feel this was a learning moment but not a termination offense. i feel this was too harsh. mark deserves better and should be given another chance. sffd is missing out on a grate "politico"y. he tries to do the best for the sffd and the citizens of the county and city of san francisco. at the time, our plan check backlog is very large, and losing an engineer like mark makes the situation worse. sffd needs mark to help clear the backlog and provide excellent service to the city. i'd like to thank the commissioners and chief tonight. is it possible -- there's
dozens of signatures of mark's co-workers, can we submit that to the committee? okay. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. is there any additional public comment? come forward, please. state your name. >> good evening, president, commissioners, and fire chief. i'm carolyn prim. i'm been with the fire department for 26 years, also currently assigned at plan check. i've had the opportunity to work with mark, and just wanted to have you ponder for a moment that losing one's job is a very serious experience. i have had that happen to myself many years ago before i actually emigrated to this country. it was an unjust firing, and just wanted to let you know
that as an immigrant, sometimes, you can be misunderstood. and it's no bearing on the person's character, it's just differences in culture. i'd like to take the opportunity -- i have this statement from mark's wife that i would like too you. hi. my name is lima. i wish i could be here today. mark is my first love, and we have known each other for 21 years. we love each other and our two girls. he is a loving husband and father. he spends all his spare time with our family. he takes our kids to art and dance classes, visiting museums, hiking, playing soccer with them during weekends and
takes us to different places for family vacations. he sets a good example for the kids, and we all love him. we are with him. at this point, i would like to yield the next comment to mark, and i hope that our presence here has a bearing on perhaps an appeal to the decision that was made, and thank you for listening. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. do i have a comment -- another commenter? welcome. >> good evening, commissioner. good evening, everyone. good evening, chief. my name is mark mau, and i'm very thankful to see so much help from my colleagues from my
union representatives, and my friends who take their time to be here for me tonight. thank you very much. i am a fire protection engineer. i love my job. i enjoy working for san francisco fire department and making sure our homes and buildings are safe. i believe in honesty, integrity, and doing what is right. i want to set an example as a father for my children who look up to me. i love my wife. i would never do anything to hurt her and my daughters. i wish to categorically state that i have never made any attempt to misrepresent or say my name was someone else's. it would bring dishonor to my
name and who i am. at work, i have always stood for doing the right thing. if i wasn't sure about something during a peer review, i would research the code to analyze it to ensure my conclusion would be proper. this is the same way i have applied my methodologies in life. i will read and analyze before making a decision. english is not my first language. i apologize for any language or culture barrier that could have complicated this issue. i'm very sorry for any misunderstanding this could have caused. i hope you will reconsider my case, and i look forward to coming back to work here. thank you very much.
>>commissioner cleaveland: thank you. is there any further public comment? please come forward. state your name. >> my name is astora irving, and i am here to address mrs. hayes, the commissioners, and her employees. i have looked at your resume, mrs. hayes, and you have a very extensive resume. i am here to alarm you about your fire department and other e.m.s. it seems like someone has me on their radar. they know my going as well as my coming. i cannot step out of my house without one of your fire departments, whether it is an
ambulance or a transportational vehicle, fire department vehicle always coming after me, stalking me, using their alarms. i have wrote you and e-mailed you, oh, several times from 2015, and i have not e-mailed you anymore -- i think i e-mailed you '15, '16, and '17. never got back any response from you. i've read your resume. i also read some of the comments that your fellow peers are saying about you. they're saying that you overlook things. you don't take things very seriously, you're not running a good department. i want to know why is it -- and i know that you work for -- you worked with homeland security. i used to work with the v.a., and since i've left that
department -- i have not worked there since 2011, and since 2012, i have had nothing but your fire department, police departments, every official transportation department follow me. in the beginning, i did not take it very seriously. i just thought maybe i'm paranoid or something. but then, i started taking notes down, dates, times, locations. someone came in my house and took that information, but i still have the information. i'm here to talk to you about that. i am not a common criminal, and if i am, they should come and arrest me. i'm tired of your vehicles, i'm tired of everything that is coming at me from your fire department. i understand that you have an extensive system at your command, at your beck and call, at your disposal. you can dispatch whoever it is,
but i do know that i am tired of being your scapegoat. i don't have anything against anyone in san francisco, and i don't think that your department has any reason to come after me. i don't like it, and i intend to do something about it, and today is the first time. i came down here last year -- >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. >> just a second, sir. i'm going to be finished in a few minutes, because it's concerning me. i came down here last year, and i did not know how to come to the podium, but i'm here now, and i'm telling you, i'm tired of it, and you need to do something about it. they're at your beck and call and at your disposal, and someone has me on their radar. not only that, they're using devices in my home. i don't like that at all. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. thank you. >> thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: any further public comment?
seeing none, public comment is closed. [ gavel ]. >>commissioner cleaveland: madam secretary, would you call the next item. >> clerk: item 3, approval of the minutes, discussion and possible action to approve the meeting minutes of june 13, 2018. >>commissioner cleaveland: any public comment on the june 13th minutes? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, pleasure? >> so moved, mr. president. >>commissioner cleaveland: moved by commissioner hardeman. >> second. >>commissioner cleaveland: seconded by commissioner veronese. all in favor of adopting the minutes at passed? thank you. next item. >> clerk: item 4, presentation from the merit advisory board. members of the nert advisory board to make presentation. >>commissioner cleaveland: welcome. [inaudible] >> i'm the program coordinator
for nert. nerd is the neighborhood emergency response -- nert is the neighborhood emergency response team. it is our response to any san francisco resident to become a responder and become prepared for a disaster that occurs here. we have a very involved cadre of volunteers, and it's my pleasure to introduce to you now my advisory board chair and they will give a presentation of some of our highlights this year. >>commissioner cleaveland: please do. welcome. >> we do have a powerpoint. can you help me to display -- >> secretary ionin >> clerk: can we go to the overhead? there we go. >> good evening, president cleaveland, commissioners, chief hayes-white and
distinguished guests. i am gabe harris. i am a volunteer for nert for the past 13 years. i also serve as the volunteer for san francisco's volunteer dispatch program. two years ago, we the advisory board appeared before you for the first time ever to talk about the nert program, so we're honored to be back. thank you for allowing us the opportunity. i'm joined by my fellow advisory board members, and one of our members could not join us today. so 28 years and still going strong. nert program continues to be free to residents, continues to be taught by an amazing group of san francisco firefighters, and is still the only hands on
training of basic and advanced preparedness skills to anyone living or working in san francisco. we are grateful for the continued support of the fire commission, chief hayes-white, and the fire department. i'd like to direct you to the powerpoint. this is the second slide, it says nert coverage. so to-date, there have been over 29,000 residents who have taken the training. we use regroup as our main way of communicating to all the volunteers, so currently, there are over 11,000 members that we reach through regroup. there is a map there that -- of the city that shows how much coverage in terms of nert's -- the areas in pink are those areas that currently do not have a nert coordinator, so basically we have 40 of 55 neighborhoods covered by a nert
coordinator. this year, we had eight new coordinators join us. there are some areas as noted here, tenderloin, north beach, knob hill and western addition, which do not have a coordinator, so that is something that we're working on. >> can we go back to the -- there we go. >> sorry? >> we have to go back. we're on the wrong slide. >> okay. so we're good with the nert coverage? >> we are, yeah. >> okay. the next slide says nert activities. so sf ready is a two-hour personal preparedness workshop that is offered throughout the year throughout the city. for those that cannot take the full training, we want to give everyone education and tips of what they can do to prepare themselves, their family, their homes. it does talk about nert, and hopefully that is the stepping
stone to take the full nert training. the basic training, as you may know, consists of approximately 20 hours of hands on training, again, taught by firefighting instructors, usually split up over six different sessions, each one covering a different topic from light search and rescue to fire suppression, triage, and so on. advanced training. once they take the training and get their certification, which is good for two years, we encourage all of the participants to continue to take extra drills, classes, workshops that are offered throughout the year. and of course, we have our two citywide drills, one in april and one in october, where we take over a school and do a full setup of setting up staging areas and doing all the procedures that we've done in training. and i know many of you have come and seen them hands on. it's really a great opportunity
for nerts to not only work with their neighbors but to refresh their skills. and then also throughout the year, outreach. we do tabling events, street fairs within these different neighborhoods to attract more people to take it and to get them aware. with all of that, there are some things that we need -- that we have challenges with is retention. when you have over 29,000 people that have taken the training, how do you keep all of those people involved? and then, neighborhood team building, to be able to -- the time needed to support the teams and the coordinators, that's a challenge, as well. if you go to the next slide, the volunteer participation, just a comparison between last year and this year, the blue line represents the number of people that have took training last year, and the green line represents so far this year. as you can see, in every month, there's been more people taking
the initial training than last year. big jumps in march, april, huge. june, huge, as well. the last pair is research. so as i said, once you take the training, your certification is good for two years. in order to renew your certification, you just need to retake the last two classes, 5 and 6. so clearly, you can see a big jump this year, between january -june of how many more people recertified this year than last. and now i'm going to turn it over to my colleague, lulu, to cover the summary of accomplishments and so forth. thank you so much. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you. >> good evening. thank you for having me. i wanted to talk about some of the accomplishments for this year with the neighborhood emergency response team. we have finally gotten the public health foundation partnership complete for our
501 501(c)3, which is very exciting, and we also have some money coming in from members of our nert community. we worked a really long time for that, and we're proud it's come through, and we're full steam ahead now for fund raising. we had 17 full nert training sessions this year, which was a lot, and we could only pull that off through the hard work of the nert office, and it was a great help to have that baby trembler at the beginning of this year which got our numbers up for taking new classes, so that was helpful, as well. also, the medical reserve course deployed members to the napa and sonoma counties to help the fire survivors there, which was great assistance we could provide for mutual aid and great practice for our medical reserve teams. nert teams in district 7 and 10
received supervisorial grants to support caches for their neighborhood teams. pop up tents and generators and all of these things that are very expensive when you're trying to gather and be ready and support the fire department in the event of an emergency, so they did some great work there and got some great equipment together. also, this year, new is training. so our training used to be sort of throughout each month, and you know, on tuesdays or wednesdays or thursdays, but what we've done this year is we've designated every third saturday of the month as nert training day. so that has been great to get more participation in our advanced training, and it's also allowed us to have more face time with all of the
neighborhoods and all the nert nakeds and teaming getting to see one other and drilling together at the department of training, so that's been fantastic, as well. we have a lot of momentum this year, as you see, and to keep that going, we need to increase support for our neighborhood team buildings. so we talked about earlier that we've got new neighborhood coordinators, eight new this year, which is great, and we're continuing that momentum. we have setup a new process to get coordinators in and support them, but we need to increase the support for them; give them ideas of when to meet, what to do when they meet, support the questions that they have coming in from their team members, as well. we need to update the student materials. education is always growing and expanding, and you can always refine and add more information and statistics and such as you get them. and we're also working on
increasing the instructor pool within the sf fire department. so as always, there's good stuff, and there's stuff that we need help on. gary touched on two of those earlier, which is the increased support for the neighborhood team building. retention is a big thing that we've always had some struggle with. we got a lot of people in the door and keeping them engaged in the neighborhood and getting them to recertify on time is a struggle with any organization this big that has credentials you have to meet to stay involved. so we need to do that, of course. better coordination with city and county to increase awareness and marketing and -- of and participation within nert, so we really need the help from you all and city hall, etcetera, to make sure that people are becoming aware
and getting trained and coming to us. a big problem that we have in the nert office is that we are still operating with pen and paper, essentially. so we need to bring the technology within that department up to modern standards. we spend a lot of time processing paperwork and getting people into the system, etcetera, and that time could be better spent by our nert office by strategizing, major outreach, etcetera. so technology is a major hurdle which we need to address and overcome in the nert office. and of course, as we said before, there's still a need for more staff to support this process. you've seen the numbers of how many people are trained. you know that there are -- what did we say? 55 neighborhood coordinators, so if you take all of those
people, and even if you funnel them through 55 neighborhood coordinators, you can imagine the amount of requests that are going to captain articeros and the nert office and all the paperwork because we're not up to speed technology wise. so we continue to come before you and ask for additional support in the nert office. we made it farther in the budget plan than we had the previous year before, but when that comes around again, we'll be reaching out to you again to help us support this additional staff in the office. and that concludes our presentation today. we're happy to take any questions that you might have. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you very much. i see our chief would like to make a comment here. chief hayes-white? >> commissioner hayes-white: thank you. i did want to make a comment,
and that is a huge appreciation and acknowledgement of my support for a wonderful program. it wouldn't work without the dedicated leadership of then lieutenant articeros who i got to hand pick many years ago in 2004 to lead the team, and recently -- not that recently, but she was promoted to captain, so very proud of that. and i can attest to the advisory board, very dedicated. they're all volunteers. they spend a lot of time, they have such enthusiasm and dedication to this program. they really make it work in conjunction with the department members that are the trainers, and it's a joy to meet with them. we try to meet quarterly. they have great ideas and bring something to the table, and really appreciate your efforts and thank you for what you do to make our program work. thank you. >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, chief. commissioner veronese, you had
a comment? >> commissioner veronese: not sure if you answered it, but someone from nert, if you could standup. maybe captain. captain, what type of emergencies do these individuals respond to? >> so all our -- all our original plan was to respond to the earthquake. the training came into existence in 1990 directly after 1989. and locally here in san francisco, the oil spill and the heat wave have been the two emergencies that our volunteers have lent support to. but we have a trained cadre that can respond out of the area, so we supported the firefighters in wild land and santa rosa. >> so it's mainly civilian support. is it civilian support of department resources or is it civilian support -- >> so it's really twofold. it's to train people to the
level that they can relieve the burden on the fire department for the need to respond to certain things, and so in that partnership, anyone that takes care of themselves is one less person that the fire department needs to get to, particularly because if people aren't aware of it, they might go to the emergency room, say, for a little broken finger, which is a big deal on one day and not a big deal on an earthquake. so in that sense, our volunteers are really trained to support each other and take care of each other and address problems locally. and then, locally, the volunteers that stay involved, the command center that they will setup in each neighborhood is a resource for the batallion chief, and they're making situation reports and awareness and making note of areas that are cleared after the emergency and fall right into our fire department's emergency response plan in that sense. so the -- the goal is twofold in our training, and our volunteers that stay involved do a better job of also supporting the fire department. >> commissioner veronese: and
so when there is an incident, do those -- i'm sure there's some sort of managerial structure. >> yeah. that's really focused on the work that i do when there's not an emergency, but the structure's decentralized when the emergency occurs, and our volunteers are trained using incident command system. so each neighborhood team has a task force leader, and that leader would be tasked with responding to the batallion chief at the station. understanding that that batallion chief is overwhelmed, we have additional volunteers that are placed in each batallion that are the liaison and can collect the information and keep a status board or answer phones for the batallion chief. >> commissioner veronese: is this just a fire department thing? i remember the police department had a similar program -- maybe it's the same program. i'm not sure. >> yeah. so based on our years of success with nert, the police did start a program called
alert, auxiliary law enforcement response team. the structure is slightly different in that volunteers will respond to a single location and be assigned to -- to their tasks. our program is based on fema's cert program, community emergency response team, so that's what our curriculum is drawn from. and our volunteers will have a role, whether or not directed. >> commissioner veronese: got it. well, thank you for your presentation. are you is -- is the nert program a 501(c) 3, did i hear you say that? >> oh, no, that's not great. we gained agreement with a 501(c) 3 partner so that he with do projects in addition to the basic nert. what it allows us to do, for instance, our inner sunset team made a very good partnership with the inner sunset neighborhood association who wanted to gift them some money, and it allows us a way for that team to augment -- we struggle with providing resources for
retention, but if they're able to secure their own money and the recipient -- i mean, the donor can get the 501(c) 3 benefit, they worked on the project of ham radios for their team and getting litters and a few other things to support their cache with donations that they secured on their own. >> there are organizations, and i can talk to you about this offline because i setup a 501(c) 3 last year that give extreme discounts to other 501(c) 3's, and that's in all sorts of technology -- computers, software, whatever. all the big companies in san francisco pay into this. you should definitely look into that. i heard that computers and resources weren't a problem. you should look into that. i know that all the big tech companies in san francisco use it as a method of giving. >> wonderful. i will say that the salesforce license is taken, as far as the
501(c) 3, but if you have something else, that's wonderful. being able to track somebody with a reminder, getting people to recertify, those are all kinds of things that can be automated with the right tools, and i understand they exist. >> commissioner veronese: i also understand you have two very distinguished members of the nert team. i won't point them out, but there's two distinguished members. >> well, maybe i'd like to point them out. commissioner covington was a distinguished member of our nert team. and our commission secretary, maureen is also a recent graduate of the nert training program out at sf state. [applause] >> commissioner hayes-white: thank you very much. [applaus [applause] >>commissioner cleaveland: thank you, commissioner veronese. commissioner and nert graduate, covington? >> that was cum laude, i'd like
to point out. no, just kidding. well, it was really quite a wonderful thing to attend the nert sessions. i learned so much. i felt very capable after taking the classes, and i think that everyone should be encouraged to do as much as you can to get the information that you need to help your for the pledge of allegiance? [pledge of allegiance]
>> clerk: vice president mazzucco, i would like to call roll. >> vice-president mazzucco: please do. [roll call] you have a quorum. also with us tonight, chief of police, william scott, and the director of the department of police accountability, paul henderson. >> vice-president mazzucco: thank you, sergeant crenshaw. ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the wednesday, july 11, 2018, san francisco police commission meeting. this is our first police commission meeting, where we should change the heading and have mayor london breed. so congratulations to mayor breed. we'll hear more about that later from commission er hirsch. we have a very, very closed session agenda, dealing with litigation, disciplinary matters, procedural matters, that is done in closed session
and will take most of our time this evening. due to the complexity and length of the closed session items, we're going to limit public comment on the other items to 2 minutes. would you like to say something, commissioner hirsch? >> commissioner hirsch: would i like to dedicate tonight's meeting to our 45th mayor, london breed. i've known her since she was a teenager. sheff's a remarkable person. we're lucky to have her as the first african-american female mayor of this city. i'm proud of her and look forward to working with her. >> vice-president mazzucco: i agree. please call item 1. >> clerk: adoption of minutes, meetings june 6, 13, 20, 2018. >> vice-president mazzucco: i want to thank the police commission staff for all the time and effort they put into those. any corrections or changes you would like me to make to the
minutes? hearing none, do i have a motion? do i have a second? any public comment regarding our agenda and the minutes. hearing none, now closed. all in favor? next item. >> clerk: line 2, consent calendar, 1st and 2nd quarter 2018 san francisco police commissioner report of disciplinary actions. >> vice-president mazzucco: i know there's been some talk about how much more we can say or what we can say in accordance to the law, but for purposes of tonight, you have these in your packets. is there any questions? is there anything you would lake to ask about this in its current state? hearing none, do i have a motion? do i have a second? any public comment regarding this? hearing none, public comment is closed. all in favor? please call the next line item.
>> clerk: item 3, reports to the commission, 3a, chief's report. report on police department activities, including major events, weekly crime trends and announcements. >> good evening, commission. my report is fairly brief. i will start with the weekly crime trends, beginning with violent crime. our homicide rate is still very go good. our total gun violence victims are at 15% down from last year. 80 compared to 94 come -- compared to last year. 68 shootings compared to 70 this time last year. homicide victims by way of firearms are down by 50% from
this time last year. 12 currently, compared to 24 this time last year. so that is, i think, all good news and, again, we'll keep our strategies going and make adjustments where we need to, going into the rest of the summer. in terms of total violent crimes, we are 1.14% up, which is the difference of about 36 crimes from this time last year. that's being driven by our aggravated assaults, which are up 6.85%. we're looking at 1357 this year compared to 1270 this time last year. in terms of property crime, down 10.82%, being led by a reduction in motor vehicle thefts by 24.94%. about 600 crimes less than -- sorry. about 600 crimes less than this time last year. and in terms of our car
break-ins, down 23.4% compared to this time last year. that's a significant decrease, almost 3,000, little over 3,000 less car break-ins compared to last year. there are really no significant events to report this week, this coming week. i would like to report one of our major crimes of last week was a homicide with a gun, which occurred on july 2 at fitzgerald and aurelis in bayview section of town. the victim, who was shot to death, was actually a security guard that worked in the area. we were able to make an arrest on that particular case and our suspect, who was i.d.s as coleman mason, has been booked and murder charges have been filed on him. the investigators worked really hard on this case and we were able to make the arrest pretty quickly.
so they did a really nice job on this one. we also had a fatal traffic collision at mission and 16th street. it was a pedestrian versus vehicle. it occurred on july 7 at 6:44 p.m. tragic incident. our victim was transported with traumatic brain injury and he ended up succumbing to injuries in the hospital the driver that stayed at scene is cooperating. she's a 26-year-old female from san francisco. again, it was an accident. traffic collision, but tragic situation nonetheless. and one case to update you on. there was an accident involving petty cab that occurred on 6/27 of this year. the other in the petty cab died and we still have the suspect outstanding in that one.
it was a hit-and-run collision and our investigators are working hard to try to identify the person. if the public knows anything, saw anything, that will help bring this matter to closure, that would be much appreciated and our investigators -- we don't have a license plate number to report, but as we get more clues, we'll announce them to the public, so hopefully we can solve this one as well. and that -- that is it for major crimes and crime trends. nothing else significant to report. >> vice-president mazzucco: thank you, chief any questions for the chief? i want to thank the officers at the bayview station that made the quick around in that homicide. it was excellent police work on their part. and i know that with summer -- being a former procedure, there is always concerns about additional criminal activity. what steps are we taking to make sure that people have summer
jobs? we should explain what we're doing out in the neighborhood to make sure that people are doing good things instead of bad. >> thank you for mentioning that. there are a number of engagement programs that we have going. the garden project is still going on. we also have summer jobs at the police department. i don't have the exact number of jobs, but many of our teams, it will be kids from areas of town where they haven't gotten opportunities to work in the industries as interns and get to learn a little about it, so that has started as well. in addition to that, we have a lot of activity with our boys and girls club. matter of fact, two nights ago, i went to the screening of the
ghana film, which was really, really good. former chief accompanied the trip and the parents were there. and that engagement with the kids -- first of all, the trip from talking to many of the kids that went on the trip was transforming. they are very appreciative that they had the opportunity to go. many of them said that they see things a different way now that they've gotten a chance to go to ghana. many of them see how fortunate we are in this country to have the opportunities when have. but those kids are in constant engagement with our officers. and it gives them things to do, activities to do. so our officers and our community engagement and our distri district captains are doing a really good job engaging with the youth this summer. we're hoping that that makes the difference.
>> vice-president mazzucco: perfect. thank you. commissioners, anything further? thank you, chief. please call the next line item. >> clerk: item 3b, d.p.a. director's report, report on recent d.p.a. activities and announcements. >> vice-president mazzucco: good evening, director henderson. how are you? >> thank you. doing well. a couple of things. we have 330 cases open and we do see a slight uptake from this time last year when we were at 295 at this point last year. right now, we currently have 297 cases that are open and pending as opposed to the 368 that were open last year. on cases that are over 270 days old, we're at 25 -- 26. 15 of them have other issues tolling them and that time frame, versus last year we were at 106. we have a couple of things to
announce or talk about this week from d.p.a. one of the most significant things is we had a series of meetings with deputy chief mozer and sergeant rightmire on the background issue. and we've shifted to agree to work with the private contractor to do the background investigations. that's a big deal, a big deal. backgrounds before were taking 4, 4 1/2 months to get people approved and we were losing candidates that could not wait that long after receiving potential job offers. so this is a big deal. and we've asked for the amount of what we will pay for that private investigator to be in our budget. a lot of the stuff had to wait for us to get through the budget process. that's a great important. i want to thank the government for working with us to approve what that process should be. in terms of the hiring now that the budget has cleared for the
upcoming year, we've started the interviews for some of our investigator and senior investigator positions. those interviews started last week and will continue and i will keep everyone updated for when we make offers and we're able to bring some of the people in to the staff. we're trying to expand because we have the audit union coming on-line and that work has begun even before we made the hiring, but we need to move them into the department. the team is still meeting with us regularly and we're giving updates. we're sending follow-up requests with the department. as a reminder, the report on that information should be out before december of this year. a couple of things from outreach we did. the department had a table and we did outreach about the new d.p.a. what we do in our role with the community. we have tables set up for the pride festival. pride, as you know, is one of
san francisco's largest events for the year. 1.8, i think, folks come into town for that. we also participated in the -- in an outreach for community safety fair in the community of san francisco. and i gave the speech presentation for use of force on investigation and oversight in seattle last week as well. also, just a reminder, the interns we've had for the summer will be presenting next week on their projects. they gave me an overview today. it will be brief, but it's really good. [laughter] they've done a lot of good work in helping us get started. here in the commission today is my chief of staff, sara hawkins and present senior investigator susan gray, in case issues come up during the meeting that we need to talk about. i will also acknowledge that president of the board malia
cohen is here in the audience. thank you for being here. and that's all i have. >> vice-president mazzucco: thank you, director henderson. question for you -- how many investigators do we intend to hire? how many cases are investigator do we have now? and what are our best practices? >> i think what you are referring to is a report a couple years ago because we were out of compliance because the investigators had too many cases on their caseload. per agreement from a review that was done indicating that investigators shouldn't have more than 16 -- i was going to say 17. 16 cases per their caseload. with the new investigators, as you know when i started in july, the first thing i did was start hiring to bring people into the pipeline. i think the caseloads are now -- [inaudible] thank you. i don't know if everyone could hear that. but they were at 30 per
investigator and now are down to what was recommending, which is 16 to 17. >> vice-president mazzucco: that's good news. we as a commission didn't realize that a lot of the cases were literally falling through the cracks because of the one-year statute of limitations and we were hearing complaints from the police department and d.p.a. that disciplinary cases were lost because of this. that's important that we do that. thank you for doing that. keep us apprised. and explain briefly to folks so the public knows that in terms of police accountability we're far ahead of the curve. >> very far ahead of the curve. it's the national civil oversight agency here in the united states. there's about -- a little over 17,000 law enforcement agencies. of the 17,000, about 200 of them have civilian oversight, which is recognized as best practices for oversight and most of those
agencies are active and we do a series of trainings almost quarterly. and it's big trainings. every year, i spend a lot of -- and you have heard from them because the investigators and staff from b.p.a. and o.c.c. was very active and participated in the trainings where we all sit around and talk about best practices. san francisco is typically one of the featured agencies speaking at these oversight conventions because of how far we've already come. how we do it here is one of the primary models of where counties and cities are trying to go to and we know that this is factual because a lot of the oversight -- when you see the federal government come in and do oversight and take over jurisdiction, a lot of the methodology that they use and employ are some of the same things that we do here at d.p.a. so it's a big deal to be asked to participate