Safety is a top concern in every District 10 community. Every family deserves to feel safe and secure in their home and neighborhood. To achieve this goal, we must both lower the epidemic levels of petty theft / property crime and make sure that all residents feel safe interacting with our police officers.
First, we must provide alternatives to crime for residents in San Francisco. Having opportunities gives people the hope needed to understand that violence is unnecessary. The more skills and education an individual has, the better choices they will make – which ultimately leads to more productive lives. Programs that connect residents to jobs and educational opportunities are statistically proven to reduce crime and violence. I have seen first-hand the positive influence a job can have on individuals and the correlated decrease in recidivism that occurs when offenders and people caught in the justice system have work.
We must also reduce the amount of negative interactions our youth have with law enforcement to begin with. I’ve been fighting to make sure our young people have opportunities to make decisions that result in less police contact. Right now we’re working on a community safety initiative that connects our young people to careers in the public sector such as in the court system, police department, Sheriff’s Department, Adult probation department, and Public Defender’s office. This type of effort helps the community get to know the people who work in our city and build those relationships.
This also speaks to the need for more community-based policing strategies: police attending community events like Little League games, being involved with neighbors on a day-to-day basis, and becoming part of the fabric of our neighborhoods. This strategy works not only because crimes are not committed when police are present, but also because it has been demonstrated that crime is reduced when relationships exist between police and community. When you know somebody’s grandmother, auntie, and uncle, it’s unavoidable that you will have a different relationship with that community. Unfortunately, this doesn’t occur often because a lot of our officers don’t live in our communities anymore. As Supervisor, I would encourage police officers to come into our communities on off-days and advocate for resources to support participation in community activities where they can get to know the people in the neighborhoods they serve. I will be laser-focused on implementing community policing strategies to bridge that gap between our neighbors and law enforcement.
Our City should also encourage relationships between police and neighborhoods by not only creating more neighborhood-based substations like the one I recently work with Supervisor Hillary Ronen to open on San Bruno Ave., but by recognizing the unique needs of each community. Prior to the San Bruno substation’s opening, there were no officers in the area who spoke Chinese or regularly walked the beat. Thanks to the new substation, there are now 3-4 Chinese-speaking and Spanish-speaking police officers with local cultural knowledge integrating themselves into that community. creating As Supervisor, I would advocate for expanding this model of community-based, culturally sensitive policing into additional neighborhoods.
There are several steps we can take to decrease the amount of trash and illegal dumping currently plaguing our City’s streets. First, I believe we need to reinstall public trash and recycling cans on every block of neighborhoods with heavy pedestrian traffic, as well as periodically throughout residential neighborhoods. Contrary to the original goal behind removing them, getting rid of public cans has not reduced the amount of waste we produce but instead contributed to the way trash is now strewn across many of our sidewalks, streets, and gutters with no one to clean it up. I believe it is time to reverse this policy.
In addition, we can utilize the jobs programs within several of our Navigation Centers to train and employ some of our currently homeless folks so they help keep our City clean while we provide them jobs to help them off the streets. The Department of Public Works currently has a team that works with formerly homeless folks to keep streets clean in the Civic Center and Tenderloin areas, and this is a program we can expand to cover more areas in San Francisco. We should also have the Department of Public Works work with Recology to curb illegal dumping by coordinating neighborhood clean-up days when residents can bring bulk items to a central location for collection.
Worked with Supervisor Hillary Ronen to open a new police substation focused on community-based policing on San Bruno Ave. This substation brought Chinese and Spanish speaking officers with local cultural knowledge to an area that had previously had no way of communicating with monolingual residents who did not speak English.
Spearheaded a documentary (The Chop Shop) that brought the community and law enforcement together to discuss how each viewed the other, potential solutions for bridging the gaps between community and law enforcement, and assisted in developing strategies to address the 272 Department of Justice recommendations for police reform.
Led my organization in writing a White Paper listing concrete solutions for police reform.
Currently working with the San Francisco Police Department to continue informing strategies that address the 272 recommendations from the Department of Justice around police accountability and Community Policing strategies.
Currently working on a community safety initiative to connect our young people with careers in the public sector such as in the court system, police department, Sheriff’s Department, Adult probation department, and Public Defender’s office so that they can get to know the people who work in our city and build those relationships.