SAN FRANCISCO FIVE TOGETHER Violent Crime in D5 sign now

P.O. Box 15372
San Francisco CA 94115

August 27, 2007

Mayor Gavin Newsom
City Hall, Room 200
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
Kamala D. Harris, Esq.
San Francisco District Attorneys Office
Hall of Justice
850 Bryant Street, Room 322
San Francisco, CA 94103

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Board of Supervisors
City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689 Dennis J. Herrera, Esq.
Office of the City Attorney
City Hall, Room 234
San Francisco, CA 94102

Heather J. Fong
Chief of Police
San Francisco Police Department
850 Bryant St., #525
San Francisco, CA 94103

Re: Violent Crime in District Five- Demand for a Public Safety Bill of Rights

Officials of the City and County of San Francisco:

We, as representatives of our neighborhoods in District Five, and as residents of the City and County of San Francisco hereby state we believe that the prevention of violence, and the protection of public safety, is the first and foremost duty of civil government.

When an elected government demonstrates that it is unwilling, or unable, to prevent violence and protect public safety it is the duty of citizenry to demand relief. We hereby place you on notice that the publics right to peace and safety is not being adequately protected. We hereby demand that you use any and all lawful means at your disposal to address this unacceptable state of affairs.

An escalating wave of violence is sweeping through our communities and is imperiling the security of all citizens. Shootings, stabbings, assaults and gang activity continue to proliferate. We consider these matters to be offenses against our rights, and the rights of each and every citizen of the City and County of San Francisco. We stand together in objecting to these offenses, and we stand together in demanding immediate relief and enforcement of our right to public safety.
We specifically demand the following relief:

Formulation, adoption, and implementation of City-wide community policing protocols that will mandate deployment of San Francisco Police Department foot patrols in high crime areas, including Federal housing projects, on a long-term ongoing basis.

A joint effort by Federal, state, and local law enforcement focused on identification of street gangs and street gang members, and neutralization of street gangs in the City and County of San Francisco.

Aggressive use of civil injunctions by the City Attorneys Office to help facilitate neutralization of street gangs in the City and County of San Francisco.

A joint effort by Federal, state, and local government to create an effective, comprehensive, and well-funded witness protection program to help facilitate prosecutions of street gang members and the dismantlement of street gangs.

Aggressive prosecution of all crimes involving use of a firearm, or a knife, or with a connection to gang activity.

Collaboration between the District Attorneys office and communities experiencing disproportionately high levels of violence to facilitate preparation and presentation of community impact statements at the sentencing of individuals who have committed violent crimes and/or crimes that have an adverse effect on public safety.

Creation of a city agency to facilitate identification of juvenile gang members and enforce probation related curfews and school attendance for identified juvenile gang members.

Creation of geographically dispersed vocational training and internship programs specifically targeted at identified juvenile gang members, parolees, and youths at risk of becoming involved in gang or criminal activity.

Truancy enforcement for all juveniles.

Establishment of sports leagues and/or police athletic leagues in communities experiencing disproportionately high levels of violence.

Annual fiscal audits and assessments of CBOs and service providers to determine the programs efficacy in addressing their mission.

Annual meetings facilitated by SF5Together with the Mayor, the District Attorney, the District Supervisor, the City Attorney, and the San Francisco Police Department where crime statistics are presented and reviewed and the efficacy of crime prevention and harm reduction programs are reviewed and evaluated.

Appointment by the Mayors Office of one individual to coordinate all of the activities described above, report to the community, and ensure that the various agencies and entities involved in the plan outlined above share information and work effectively together to help stop violence in the Western Addition.

We understand that the relief we demand is extraordinary, will be expensive, and will be challenging to create, deploy, and maintain, but we believe that current levels of violence warrant an extraordinary response.

Finally, we request your attendance at a District Five community meeting which will be presented and moderated by SF5Together, and that will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 9, 2007 in the basement community room at the Ida B. Wells public school, which is located at 1099 Hayes Street in San Francisco. We look forward to hearing specific responses from all of you regarding each of the action items discussed above.

The community members and community representatives that will be present at this meeting have attended many meetings regarding the issues and problems discussed in this letter. We are no longer interested in merely venting our ire, or in hearing platitudes and/or indefinite promises to form committees, or to conduct investigations regarding the practicability of our proposed specific reforms. This meeting will specifically focus on securing your agreement, or your express refusal, to implement the action items described above.

Respectfully yours,

Alamo Square Neighborhood Association

Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association

Buena Vista Neighborhood Association

North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association

Beideman Area Neighborhood Group

Inner Sunset Park Neighbors

Cole Valley Improvement Association

Japantown Merchants Association

Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association

Lower Haight Neighbors Association

Fillmore Merchants Association

Inner Sunset Merchants Association

Haight Divisadero Neighbors and Merchants Association

Oak Fillmore Neighbors Association

Haight Ashbury Improvement Association

Pacific Heights Residents Association

Panhandle Residents Organization Stanyan Fulton

Planning Association for Divisadero Street

Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council

Divisadero Heights Housing Owners Association

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