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MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2000 MONTHLY MEETING
Held at Youth Guidance Center Cafeteria 375 Woodside Ave San
Francisco, CA 94127
The Minutes of this meeting set forth all actions
taken by the Commission on the matters stated, but not necessarily the chronological
sequence in which the matters were taken up
meeting was called to order by President Julian, at 6:09 pm. Comms. Dupre, Chuck, Drake were present at
the gavel. Comms. Aramburo and Hale
arrived at 6:11 pm and 6:12 pm, respectively.
Comm. Larson was excused.
2. (ACTION) Review of July 20, 2000 meeting minutes
Comm. Julian had some
revisions to make. They were:
of pg. 2, 3rd line of the paragraph, substitute: underserved for
neglected. The following sentence: he
said that the Commission and the Dept is committed to working with those
#4 action: by consensus, it was decided that Comm. Larson would join the
Program Committee, and Com. Hale would sit on the Finance and Facilities
Committees. With these modifications, the minutes were approved.
(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation
a. Progress report on Juvenile Hall
Bigelow reported on the progress. There
was a schematic design (available through the Chief's office or JPC), Phase
One, which was approved. They are
working with the artists on the future public art projects to be produced. Relocation needs are being looked at. Community concerns are being attended to -a
meeting with Rev. Ridgeway and his group was held to address this. The National Environmental Policy Act is a
concern, but they are going to ask for a categorial exclusion. The project already has such an exclusion on
the State level. They need to meet a
limit in total sq.footage. The kitchen facilities will not be moved to the new
facility. There was a short discussion
with a question and answer session at the end.
Some issues raised by the Commission were: the imposing exterior which
seems bleak and prison-like. They would
like to see a more "inviting" campus-like facade. Parking for staff and visitors has been preserved at current
levels, pretty much. Comm. Hale
mentioned the Precita Eyes mural programs, which could help in the public arts
report on placement diversion project
Bob Wertz briefly reviewed the structure
of the program (a document is available through the Dept or the Commission).
There are 2-3 slated for participation, out of 12 referrals made to them. PO K. Morton is the case carrying PO working
on this project. They have a goal of 10
youth in the project.
is it planned for a full 6 mos participation?
Yes, but hopefully will be shorter than the full 6 mos. The data collected from this project will go
into the PRIDE databank for future evaluation.
c. Trends/Emerging Issues/Upcoming Events
Unfunded budgetary priorities
Coordination with Controller and Mayor's Budget Office
Williams combined #1&2 in this report.
He reviewed that TANF will not now have any more flexibility to support
programs not already funded by it.
There are still some close out numbers from 1999-2000 year, which are
not fnialized yet. One item still to be
dealt with from the past and into the future is the OT budget.
Williams reported that NCCD has hired Sandy Brown-Richardson to work with the
contract they have with the Dept.
enhancement: Chief Williams repeated the idea raised to the Finance Committee,
wherein a possible "adjunct" body to develop and receive funds for unrestricted
use by the Dept. He will be meeting
with Comm. Drake on Tuesday about this.
Question: is there any possibility of accessing other counties' TANF
funds? Answer: Not right now.
of hearing on CARC, from President Tom Ammiano, Bd of Supervisors.
Williams introduced Garry Bieringer, Director of the CARC, to report status of
the Center. Some of the original staff
of the Center remained, while new staff was added. About 60% are new.
Bieringer has met with the 3 main city agencies (probation, police,
school), and will continue to build a network among them to understand and
better utilize the CARC.
Julian said he received a notice
about President Ammiano's call for a hearing on it. Chief Williams said that he would participate in the hearings in
whatever manner the Supervisor requests, but didn't know at this point how that
would be played out. Question: are police complying with the process of
referring youth? Answer: about 70%
complying, but there are concerns for overrides by either police or others that
defer youth to YGC. Bieringer said that
about 20% of the referrals to CARC are not appropriate for intake there.
how many people are slated to be
served by CARC in a year? Answer: 600.
Consideration and possible action on Program Committee's recommendation
of $307,000.00 in TANF funds for continuation of the American Justice
Institute's PRIDE (Program Information for Development and Evaluation) system.
Arámburo reported that the Program Committee did
listen to a presentation about the PRIDE program, and did make a recommendation
for approval of the contract. Dr.
Bennett briefly reviewed some of the activities undertaken by the project to
date. Some revelations: the ProDes source code, which was originally
going to be utilized by this project, with some local adjustments made to it to
make it more relevant to SF's needs, but now they say ProDes doesn't know what
it can give/sell to this project. Dr.
Bennett said that this project will attempt to work without the source code,
and if it comes out that the source code is available, then they will modify
Upon motion by Comm. Aramburo, and
seconded, recommendation was approved unanimously, 6-0.
5. (DISCUSSION) Public Comment on any matter within the
subject matter jurisdiction of the Juvenile Probation Commission.
Maxwell, Potrero Hill Neighborhood Center, spoke of her concerns regarding
several issues, ranging from the racial profiling of African American youth, to
the lack of participation of the community in issues and activities surrounding
juvenile justice in San Francisco.
requests for future agenda items.
meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.