(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation Officer’s report:
(copies of documents re. Individual items, attached at end of minutes.)
The Chief introduced Kevin Liao from the Youth Commission to do the first report.
- Report from Youth Commissioners on work toward youth advisory council
- Update on YGC youth awaiting placement
- Update on the CARC cite-backs
Iqra (Chair of Youth Commission) and Cassandra James (rep from district 10), said they had looked at the Chicago operation and come up with their recommendations for a work plan for SF, encompassing 3 elements that Chicago has. (orientation, exit interviews and peer jury). (written report available through Youth Commission or Probation Commission).
K. Liao gave a little background to the thinking of having young people involved in service to others like themselves, and to the general public (eg. Youth Commission).
Diana Pang gave some anecdotal information about the benefits of such a program.
Staffing:3 Dept staff (community development specialists) will help work on this. The funds are from the Zelllerbach Fdn grant.
Comm Queen recommended that the development of this keep a close contact with existing services like Brothers Against Guns, etc. and that youth from the most impacted neighborhoods are involved.
Comm Hale wanted a clearer picture of the scope of the work envisioned for this body, clarification of proscriptions by the sunshine ordinance, and how it will be sustained beyond this development stage. What “teeth” will the body’s recommendations have and how would it be implemented?
The Chief referred to a document that showed the different times taken for dealing with detainees awaiting placement. This document is a working draft of a management document that they will continue refining in order to improve the way cases are handled. Comm Hale noted that this issue is about case processing and how to make sure the system expedites it.
The Chief referred to the document provided. Mark Mardahl further explained what was behind some of the cite-backs to CARC. Some due to “over charging” by the police. The staff between CARC and the Dept are consistently meeting so there is greater coordination of work.
Comm Beijen corroborated the practice of “charging up” and said the Dept might raise this to the Police Dept as an issue in their training. He complemented the CARC and Dept on their increasing cooperation and improvement.
There was a review of the ethnic breakout of the referrals and other demographics. A further breakout of zip codes of the homes of those referred, as well as the zip codes of where violations occurred was requested for future reports.
Francisco Decosta asked to have speakers remain after their presentations so that they may hear comments about their presentations.
“Lucky”, United Playaz, asked about the lack of a Boys and Girls Club in the south of Market area. Comm Hale asked to re open public comments, item #3, so the comments could be included.
Rudy, United Playaz also spoke in support of the OMI Beacon Ctr, at Denman MS.
Chip RIch, Exec Dir. Urban Services, questioned the decisions around the recent RFP where their highly rated proposals were sidestepped for lower scoring proposals. He asked for clarification and re-consideration.