(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation Officer’s Report:
Comm Hale announced the CPO’s resignation from the Dept, to take a position with a private firm in Florida. He commended the Chief for all his work. The girls’ initiatives, the JH replacement project,JDAI, all due his work.
Comm. Bonilla wished the Chief success in his future work, and thanked him for the example he provided the Commission. Comm. Ricci congratulated the Chief and thanked him for the professionalism he has shown in the work with the Commission and others. Comm. Richard also thanked the Chief and wished him the best. Comm. Connolly echoed the comments the others.
The Chief thanked the Commissioners. He said working with the Commission has been a pleasure from day one. He said the support of the Commission over the last 5 yrs has been solid, in supporting the Dept. He also said the support of the Mayor was important in accomplishing what the Dept had to do. He said that with the change in political leadership, the Commission needs to come together even more. He said he had been blessed with having excellent staff from line to supervisory to management. He said that this decision was not an easy one, nor one he sought. He got a call one day, just like he got a call when he was in Philadelphia, which ended in his coming to SF. He said that is was the right thing and time and Florida was the right place for him.
Comm. Dupre added his thanks to the Chief.
a. a. Status Report on Juvenile Hall replacement project
Joanne Chow Winship reported that the anticipated start up for construction is the middle of May. Hazmat is being finished up (starting Monday, actual abatement of materials will be in April). Court Dept 30 is being relocated to the center lobby on the 3rd floor. In the past 4 months, staff at JH, with the Asst Chief and herself, convened this transition team to go over issues with operating the new facility.
Chris Bigelow reported that they have awarded the construction contract. They are to hold oral interviews with the winning firm for the management contract. SJ Amoroso is the contractor.
b. Status Report on FY 03-04 budget process
The Chief read a letter from the Mayor’s Budget Analyst that stated that the 10% contingency cut plan would most like be mostly if not fully implemented, and to prepare for another possible 10% cut request. As a response to this, the Chief suggested dispatching a joint letter from the Dept and Commission. He read a draft of such a letter (copy available from the CPO’s office), which asked for no additional cuts from the City. He asked the Commission to either sign off on this letter or one like it.
Comm Ricci approved of the letter as written. Comm Connolly asked what aspect of the court-mandated work of the Dept is compromised. The Chief said none currently, but if another 10% is asked, it will be. Given that, Comm. Connolly said that possibly that aspect could be emphasized.
Comm Dupre moved to approve the letter as it was written. Comm. Hale said that a motion wasn’t necessary, that he had already directed the Chief to write the letter.
c. Update on the recent probation services realignment - Bill Johnston
B. Johnson passed out copies of the new organizational chart for probation services, along with a listing of girls’ services, and types of services the division will be providing. There is a gender specific unit now (girls entering the system).
Comm. Hale wanted to know what the caseload was for the Dept. B. Johnson said that the caseloads in the Dept are in line with ‘national average’,
d. Update on the Juvenile Hall shift bidding - Tim Diestel
Diestal reviewed some of the problems that have been longstanding in the shifts and management of staffing schedules. (eg. when 2 units were closed in preparation for the JH project, those unit staffs were just incorporated into the remaining 5 units, so essentially 7 units of staff were on graveyard shifts for 5 units, unnecessarily). There was longstanding dissatisfaction. The management came up with a different plan for shifts, initiated shift bidding recently and cleaned up some of these problems (with additional return of counselors out on disability). Not all are happy but the majority are. This process has led to 8 counselors out on disability coming back to work. The shifts go into effect this Saturday.
e. Recommended joint letter to the Mayor’s Budget Office, Controller & Board of Supervisors
dealt with in #b.
Comm Hale raised a question regarding a grievance filed about a teacher not teaching PE.
and if he was still teaching at Woodside Learning Ctr. He expressed a concern for how the school program was not meeting the needs of the students in JH, initiating a discussion with and explanation from the Asst Principal on what he was doing with this teacher to deal with the problem.
Comm Ricci asked if the agenda could be moved forward.
Comm. Hale questioned further how the school program was operating, whether they have parent involvement, or Dept involvement. Who monitors homework, if the school staff is having a problem, what impact does that have on the counseling staff. He wanted to know the coordination between school and counselors.
Comm Richard said that it would be important for an educational plan/assessment be done on all young people entering Juvenile Hall.
R. Sanchez informed Comm. Hale at this point that the discussion being carried on was beyond the scope of public comments. He then asked to calendar a report from the SFSU on the workings of the Woodside Learning Ctr and outcomes of the youth when they leave Juvenile Hall (what schools they are assigned, how they do).