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MINUTES OF OCTOBER
27, 1999 COMMISSION MEETING
1. Roll Call
The meeting was called to order
at 5:48 pm by Comm. Hale, acting
President in the absence of Comm. Julian, who is out of the
country. Comms. Jackson-Drake, Chuck,
Dupre were present at the gavel. Comm.
Aramburo arrived at 6:15 pm. Comm.
Shimko was excused due to illness.
2. Review of August 28, 1999 & September
22, 1999 meeting minutes
The minutes were approved as
Chief Probation Officer's Report:
Chief Williams gave a short
budget update. The upcoming budget for
FY 2000/2001 is already being formulated. They will be doing internal dept.
budget training again like they did last year, this time having the Mayor's
Budget Analyst attend to answer questions.
This year the process is starting a little later than last year but he
is not worried. They should be on
b. Highlights of the month
On Nov. 9 a follow up half day
meeting on the Disproportionate Minority Confinement conference will be held to
go over the report from that one day conference and to discuss where to take it
Nov 11, the Health Dept. will be
holding a health fair at YGC, primarily for staff and visitors.
Nov. 16 there will be the 2nd
annual community budget hearing, to allow the community to review the proposed
dept. budget, and give input. Last
year's hearing at the Public Library saw maybe 50 people attend and this year
they will be able to see how those ideas were incorporated in this budget.
Nov 19, as mentioned at a prior
meeting, there will be a half day meeting with the Dept. of Human Services,
Public Health (Community Mental Health Services), and placement contractors
invited, at Log Cabin Ranch, to discuss placement alternatives. This might also explore the potential of using
the Hidden Valley site in some fashion for this.
Recently there have been
population spikes in the hall, as high as 140, and today at 119. This is a normal cycle and repeats itself at
approximately the same time each year.
The Dept has undertaken many measures to monitor the hall population,
and will be taking other measures. The
Chief talked to the Youth Law Center to see what cooperation could be had in
attending to the population problem and the issue of disproportionate minority
The Chief announced that
Henrietta Lee, who works in the Supervision division, recently received
recognition from the Bd of Supervisors,
State Bd of Equalization, a certificate of special Congressional
recognition, appreciation from SEIU local 790, and a resolution from the
California General Assembly, relating to the work she has done for the union
and its membership. He commented that
this recognition is well deserved.
Question: is there a need to look
at the budget vis a vis the phase in costs of the new facility. Answer: yes.
Question: what's the timeline for the facility. Answer:
deadline for move-in is year 2003.
There are ongoing meetings between the Hall management, Norm Cole/Dave
Bishop, T. Mtambuzi, to discuss space and re location concerns.
Discussion/Action Items: (the following items were taken out of
a. Consideration and possible action to approve
Program Committee recommendations for the following expenditures:
$41,074 for "Ripple Effects:" a software and
training program for teens, for use at Log Cabin Ranch, and $45,000 for use at
Alice Ray, President of Ripple Effects, was present
to show how the program worked, but computer problems made it necessary to do
an oral review of the program first. She covered aspects of the program,
including cognitive theory, affective psychology, impulse control, and other
topics. Finally it was possible to use
the computer she brought to show actual processes of working interactively
through a topic on the computer. The
Commission was very pleased at the way it worked. Comm. Hale thanked Ms. Ray for the presentation and
commended her on the exciting potential impact of the program.
are there enough computers to use this program? Answer: there is the new
computer room in the YGC employment programs.
And there is a computer lab at LCR.
Question: why does Ripple Effects offer a guarantee
of results? Answer: they are so sure,
based on the research and testing they've done, that if certain conditions are
met through the application of the program, they can guarantee that positive
results will occur. This is a way of
holding their own feet to the fire, but also to control the Dept to make sure
it does its part the correct way. In
the context of a policy of zero tolerance for violence, a published system of
rewards and consequences with fairness that cannot be challenged, this program
will work well.
Dupré moved to approve the contract.
seconded. The question was
called and passed unanimously, 4-0.
b. $188,000 for a Performing Arts Workshop
recounted that just under a year ago they learned they had a grant from the
Dept of Corrections for a project to address repeat offenders. The name ROPP turned into the Paul Robeson
and Diego Rivera Academy, and within the next two weeks, the primary contractor
(Performing Arts Workshop, PAW) will begin services for the youth. PAW Director, Larry Draper made a brief
presentation on what they will be doingwith the kids, at YGC.
Comm. Dupré moved to approve the contract. Comm. Chuck seconded. The question
was called and passed unanimously.
c. $35,000 for Morrisania West
Inc., for the Community Outreach Fund.
d. $37,000 for the Juvy Java
operations at YGC.
e. $68,000 for the G.E.D. program in the
Juvenile Probation Dept.
The above 3 items were grouped
together as a single action, by Comm. Hale. Cheyenne Bell reviewed what the community outreach fund was
for. Comm.Chuck asked about the
remaining balance in the last round.
Bell said that the report referred to did not contain the most up to
date expenditures. With the exception
of a couple hundred, the rest has been spent.
She also reviewed the Juvy Java operations, and the GED program. She
explained that the contract for these three expenses would be with Morrisania
West, which will dispurse the other two amounts to the YGCIC accounts. Comm.
to approve the contract. Comm. Chuck seconded.
The question was called and passed, 4-0, with Comm. Dupré abstaining
due to possible conflict of interest.
f. $72,000 for the National Council on Crime
and Delinquency to help the Juvenile Probation
Dept. lay out its Strategic Plan.
Chief Williams said that
this strategic plan should be a guide for what the Dept. does, acts as the
source document from which the budget is developed, against which performance
measures can be extracted. While the
Dept. has separate understandings within various divisions, there is no single
document which encompasses, and shows that. They want to have NCCD develop this document. Question:
is this for a 3-5 yr projection?
Answer: maybe 3 yrs is more
realistic. Question: how long to
complete the document. Answer: 6 mos.
Question: is NCCD the only
agency able to provide this? Answer:
The Dept believes so. The request for
sole source has passed the scrutiny of HRC.
The Chief said that NCCD is also expert at pursuing alternate funding
sources to support some of those things.
They have special expertise in program development and implementation,
so even tho the Dept is only buying a strategic planning process and document,
it gets a lot more than just the plan and document. Question: Has the Chief
had previous contractual arrangements with NCCD. Answer: no. The Chief
never had a contractual relationship with NCCD, although he has done work with
Dr. Krisberg and other people in NCCD.
The Chief said that whatever difficulty NCCD had with contracts with
this Dept in the past was not attributable to anything NCCD did or did not do. He said that they returned money to the
Dept, not due to any fault of their own.
Question: will NCCD participate in the next Commission
retreat next year to discuss this strategic plan? Answer: It is not a
specific element of this contract but the Chief was sure NCCD would be willing
Comm. Hale asked that the
question of rgional coordination needs to be addressed in the 3 yr plan. Comm.
moved to approve the contract. Comm.
Dupré seconded. The question was
called and passed unanimously, 4-0.
Comment on any matter within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Juvenile
business Chief Williams said
that he'd like the Ombudsman to give a report in subsequent Commission
meetings. This will begin with the Nov.
Comm. Hale announced a
townhall meeting at the Bayview Hunter's Point Opera House, on Oct. 28. Mayor Brown and Supervisor Yee will be in
He further commented that last
week he had heard of the passing of Jean Jacobs, the founder of Coleman
Advocates. He said that Coleman plays
an extremely important role in raising issues that concern youth, families, and
children in SF. And in light of the
vision that Jean Jacobs had to address policy in the City and State level,
which has born much fruit that we all benefit from, he asked to adjourn the
meeting in her memory.
The meeting was adjourned in the memory of Jean Jacobs, at 7:15