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MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 17, 1999 REGULAR MEETING
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The meeting was called to order by
Comm. Julian at 5:45 pm. Comms.
Jackson-Drake, Shimko, Aramburo were present at the gavel. Comm. Hale arrived
at 6:05 pm. Comm. Chuck was excused.
Comm. Dupre was excused.
<![endif]>Review of October 27, 1999
There was not a quorum of
Commissioners present, who had attended the Oct. meeting, so review of the
minutes was tabled.
<![endif]>Chief Probation Officer's Report:
Asst. Chief Tucker gave the report
for Chief Williams.
<![endif]> Status reports
Tucker introduced a new intern for the "Spirit Life" program in Juvenile Hall,
who briefly reviewed what he was doing.
His primary target currently is dealing with first time offenders. They are trying to start a "first timers"
group but one of the problems is that many of these detainees are kept in
Juvenile Hall for very short periods of time and he doesn't get a chance to
talk to them before they're gone. There
is currently another intern who works exclusively with B-5 detainees. They are developing a team of volunteers to
do follow-up counseling to supplement what they are able to do. They have about 11 volunteers in the works
now. The issue of coverage and
availability to every youth was framed as a funding issue. There is not enough money to have these
interns there fulltime.
Khalif, the Ombudsman, gave a very short report, saying that the numbers of
grievances have dropped from Sept. to Oct. and continue to be low in Nov (only
6 filed to date). Comm. Shimko
noted that there is a preponderance of grievances from B-4. Kaliff said that there were counselors
denying detainees their rights to the school program and religious
services. He said this was referred to
Janet Medina. All assured the Commission that there is no further problem now.
Tucker introduced Sheila Arcelona and Trish Oberweiss, who reported on their
visit to the ProDes program in Philadelphia.
Philly is using ProDes with about 100 programs, mostly residential placement
programs. It has been very useful in
developing and allowing them to analyze data on services, types of youth and
crimes, and to geo-map the intersection of all three. Oberweiss reported that their system is heavily computerized
where reports and invoicing are done via computers. Much of the data input is done by the CBOs. This will be one goal
for the SF program. While the program
will be modified for the Dept's purposes, there should be useful data obtained
from much of the protocol used in Philly, which can be pretty much transferred
here. Sandy Clayborn, Director of MIS
for the Dept recommended buying the program ("source code") from the American
Justice Institute, and making modifications locally to fully meet the Dept.'s
for fully implementing the ProDes program is 3 yrs from Feb. 99.
<![endif]>Highlights of the month
Asst. CPO Tucker mentioned that SF has the lowest avg daily
population of the juvenile halls of surrounding counties.
She gave a status report on the
Nov. 3 escape from B-5. New security
measures are being introduced. The
fence is resecured. Perimeter patrols
are starting. A declaration of
emergency was declared at the youth studies center, to re-direct $90K earmarked
for security equipment which will allow the Dept. to use monies fromhe FY99-00
budget (including about $130K from the capital improvement budget). Question: where is the $90K from? General
funds? Answer: from ‘97-98 FY budget.
She described various new traffic
impediments to be installed to control access/egress.
Comm. Arámburo asked if the numbers of youth on PC 707 charges are high, or
normal. Janet Medina said that they are
not necessarily high. Question: how is
the community informed about issues/occurrences at YGC, eg. the escape. Answer: the Dept will be going to community
Question: what is the
protocol for making information available?
The Commission asked the Dept for a concise description of this. Asst. CPO Tucker said that she would do the
research on this issue.
<![endif]>Emerging Issues/upcoming events
Asst. CPO Tucker reported that the community budget hearing
held last night was good and much feedback was gotten.
Y2K planning will be completed
within the next two weeks.
The Dept. holiday party will be
held Dec. 17 from 11:30am - 3:30pm
4. Discussion/Action Items:
<![endif]>Consideration and possible action to approve
the Finance Committee's recommendation on the Dept.'s FY 1999-2000 Supplemental
Budget Appropriation request for TANF expenditures.
Shimko briefly recounted what the Fnance Committee reviewed, and mentioned
the one outstanding question they had; the Beacon Ctrs funding. Sandy Brown-Richardson reviewed that it is a
revised plan of an already approved budget. She pointed to various line items,
but left it pretty much as presented in the Finance Committee (the document
showing the line items, and the Committee meeting minutes are available from
the JPC office).
Shimko noted that there is a reduction in positions attached to the CARC
CPO Tucker said that the original amount given to the Beacon Ctrs from the
TANF plan was $350K, but then it was bumped up another $100K. There were no
stipulations attached. She said that
after discussions with the DCYF, the Dept is satisfied that the money was well spent. There remained $93K unspent of the
original. Comm. Jackson-Drake
asked how the Dept came to just allocate such a large sum to a program without
specifications for spending? How does
the Dept. know beforehand if the money is being well spent?
said that the Dept wanted to support the start up of a new Beacon Ctr, but Comm.
Jackson-Drake asked what were the compelling reasons for this.
Comm. Arámburo reviewed that the
Coordinating Council for the TANF spending plan had discussed this topic, and
recalls that it was their decision to help support the operational development
of Beacon Ctrs. Cheyenne Bell said that
‘98-99 was the first time the Dept. allocated funds to the Beacon Ctrs., at
$100K per new center. She said that the
additional $150K was added to support extant centers.
Hale suggested that this topic be revisited and re-presented by the SFUSD.
Alvarez-Rodriguez, Director of the Dept of Children, Youth and their Families,
described some of the things they are doing to improve the accountability to
the Dept. as to expenditures of the TANF allocations. One of them is that Chief Williams has been added to the steering
committee which oversees the operation of the Beacons. Another is the new accounting processes in
the DoCYF, which track specific pots of monies.
Julian suggested that another presentation be given to the full Commission
regarding the operation of the Beacons, the relationship to the DoCYF, and the
Probation Dept.'s objectives. Ms.
Alvarez-Rodriguez welcomed that opportunity.
Hale raised a question regarding communications between DoCYF and the
Bayview/Hunters Point Beacon. Ms.
Alvarez-Rodriguez said they recently had a meeting with that Center and there
is an open line of communications.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Maria Duarte spoke regarding grievances of
youth (her son) in B-5, and how she is treated by staff (rudely) when she
raises her concerns. She said even a
call to Chief Williams has not been returned.
Comm. Arámburo referred her to the Ombudsman. She also asked Ms. Medina regarding the
level of Latino/Latina staffing in B5.
Answer: about 3Ms. Duarte also said she'd prefer a male PO for her son
since he needs a strong male figure to learn from.
Julian thanked her for her comments and assured her that the Commission was
concerned, and will make sure that it is addressed.
Comm. Shimko moved to approve the
Supplemental Budget Request, as presented.
Comm. Jackson-Drake seconded.
The question was called, and upon voice vote, passed unanimously, 6-0.
<![endif]>Consideration and possible action to endorse
the Impact Program at the Ingleside Police Station. (Presentation by Officer Ed Collins)
Collins asked to remove this item from the agenda.
<![endif]>Presentation by the Department of Children,
Youth and Families, on the draft 2000-2001 Children's Services Plan.
Alvarez-Rodriguez stated that by City Ordinance, her office is required to
present the Children's Services Plan to various departments, for review and
comment, in addition to the public hearings already held. This is still in the
stage of comment and revision, but she briefly laid out the overall framework
of the plan. The Dept of Children,
Youth, and their Families has expanded its focus to one of building the
capacity of parents and neighborhoods, business, CBOs, to promote the healthy
development of children.
has created an outcome based model with accountabilities. They are helping to develop innovative and
collaborative programs in neighborhoods.
Additionally, they give direct grants to various depts. (eg. $194K is given to Juvenile
adopted 4 benchmarks for measures of successful service. 1) children are healthy 2) they are ready to learn and succeed in
school 3) they have safe and supportive
communities and 4) they are willing to contribute to the growth and development
of the city.
described a joint effort between their office and the SFUSD to address truancy,
and their interest in school based health services.
the parameters they use in deciding their funding priorities are: how their funds will leverage additional
support (to areas where there are limited categorical funds), how they can
influence cross cutting departmental work (eg. childcare), how they can
mobilize community networks, how their contributions can be unique.
out a pamphlet developed by a group of young girls who did a survey and
evaluation of programs, as an example of what her office is encouraging
-accountability and involvement from the participants (young or old).
enumerated the Dept.'s recommendations for the next two years of funding.
citywide framework 2) adopt the 4
benchmarks mentioned above 3) select
indicators that will show the outcomes of those benchmarks 4) focus on core funding principles for the
next RFP 5) use the Children's funds to
cover areas that are not covered by categorical funding 6) to make sure all San Francisco
neighborhoods have access to the Children's funds. 7) assure the fund distribution reflects gender equity. 8)
Train CBOs and give technical assistance (eg. they have an MIS person
who continuously trains CBO staffs on computer needs… all their invoicing is
now done via computer) 9) use
Children's funds to encourage innovation.
commended her on the low administative cost of her office. Comm. Hale asked expressed his
concern for the ongoing issue of violence and what the Children's fund would be
doing. Ms. Alvarez-Rodriguez reviewed some of the things they did: "increase the peace" day, involving all
schools (public and private), developing a joint curriculum, holding teach-ins, and holding a rally
outside of city hall. They will be
doing these things again next year.
in a joint task force with the MTA to determine the transportation needs of
people to enable access to services/programs.
Comments and questions were welcomed by Ms. Alavarez-Rodriguez. There were none. Comm. Julian thanked her for her concise and clear
explanation of the plan.
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Comment on any matter within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Juvenile
Hale commented that he is concerned regarding the situation of the young
boy in Michigan convicted as an adult and how it reflects a growing extreme
view on juvenile punishment. Comm.
Julian also expressed his concern and recalled that this was a topic of
concern raised in previous meetings and that it (the "Wilson Initiative", SB 334) was to be calendared for discussion
in a subsequent meeting. The Chief was
to do a presentation on that. Comm.
Julian reminded the Secretary to include this in the next meeting agenda.
The issue of December's meeting,
and the need for it. Comm. Julian
suggested a wait before making a decision to cancel, to see if any pressing
situation arises which demands action.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.