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MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 16, 2000 MONTHLY MEETING
Held at Martin Luther King Middle School
in the Bayview, San Francisco
meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm by President Julian. Comms. Aramburo, Chuck, Dupre were present
at the gavel. Comm. Drake arrived at
6:08 pm Hale arrived at 6:20 pm.
2. (ACTION) Review and approval of Sept 21, 2000 meeting
Upon motion by Comm. Arámburo, and
seconded, the minutes were approved as
(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation
Status report on Juvenile Hall replacement project
Bigelow gave an update on the progress.
Things are still being fleshed out as to the process for demolition and
construction, the phases being seen as 3 nowand not 2 as formerly planned.
gym is now seen as a separate structure from the warehouse and not
Dept has been promised (orally) $10 million from the Capital Improvement
Advisory Committee, but nothing in writing.
This still leaves the Dept short $7 mil. There has been no response from
the Feds regarding the environmental impact issues/clearances/waivers.
about the environmental impact on the detainees during construction. Bigelow said that all necessary and normal
precautions will be taken but that there were many options not open to them
because this is a residential area.
Everything that can be done will be to mitigate the hazards to
residents, employees, and neighbors.
They have scheduled a meeting with the mid town terrace neighbors for
Arámburo asked if anything can be done to reduce the hall
population during construction. Chief
Williams said that there are 6 things that will be looked at to do this. They
have to find one quickly because we will lose 28 beds with the demolition of
Dupré asked if there was anything the
Commission could do to assure the CIAC comes through with the promised
monies. The Chief said he will be
contacting individual Commissioners to discuss this.
Hale asked about the murals and if
there could be murals on the outside of the structures (he referred to an
outdoor mural on 3rd and Carroll).
Bigelow said that this contract was a separate one between the artists
and the Arts Commission and that inquiries should be directed to them. Comm. Hale asked that the Arts
Commission and artists be invited to the next Commission meeting to discuss
Introduction of Cassie Coleman
Williams introduced Cassie Coleman, who is a recent hire to work with both the
Dept of Public Health and Juvenile Probation to provide media liaison work for
the collaborative project being undertaken, as well as providing comprehensive
media relations for the Probation Dept. specifically.
Report on Population Reduction/Disproportionate
Minority Confinement project, by James Bell (Youth Law Center)
Bell summarized what they (Youth Law Center) would be providing for the Dept
regarding the issues of population control and disproportionate minority
confinement, although he prefaced his remarks with his skepticism that anything
would work in SF.
would provide a national survey and assessment of practices and their results,
to choose possible strategies for SF. (eg. he breifly went over the experience
in 3 other places where efforts to reduceDMC are ongoing; Chicago, Seattle,
would assess the current status of this Dept's practices: gathering mass
amounts of stats on processing of youth in Juvenile Hall (ethnicity, offenses,
age, length of stay, etc. etc.) to ascertain the "choke" points -where
processes are stalled, leaving youth in the hall.
would propose what needs to be done here to resolve these problems.
Jackson-Drake asked who would need to
be committed to this for it to work.
Ans. Those bureaucrats in charge of this Dept and Hall. Then some big politico downtown (possibly a
Juvenile Court judge, a Supervisor).
Arámburo asked how many of the other locations utlize
electronic monitoring as an alternative to detainment. Ans:
all of them. In Chicago, they
also utilize day treatment programs. Comm.
Hale expressed his concern for the stigmatization of the youth through
these devices. Comm. Arámburo asked what the responses to the devise have
been from the youth? Ans: there hasn't
been a significant survey taken about this.
Bell mentioned another aspect of the system that needed to be considered. The police.
There were two ways to deal with them. 1) include them in the process of
assessment -another jurisdiction trained their police on their intake
instrument so that the police could make a determination at the point of
arrest, whether they would detain the youth in juvile hall or not; which
allowed them to decide to arrest or cite and release. 2) exclude them altogether, allowing them to bring anyone up to
the hall, and deal with the intake assessment at that point.
emphasized that no matter what. In
order to reduce the population, there had to be alternatives to incarceration
that the Dept was willing to implant and utilize.
FY 2000-1 operating budget update
item was tabled.
Highlights since last Commission meeting (items under "e" were tabled)
50th Anniversary celebration, and
swearing-in of San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department peace officers
San Francisco Interfaith Council 10th
Trends/Emerging Issues/Upcoming Events
Management Retreat, December 1, 2000
The Chief mentioned this and invited the
Commissioners to attend.
Planning for Juvenile Probation Commission Retreat
The Chief just brought this up as a
possible thing the Commission might want to do sometime, to follow up on the
retreat of 1999.
Chief read a letter of appreciation from a mother of a detainee in B-4,
profusely thanking the staff for their treatment and guidance of her son while
he was in the hall. (A copy of the
letter is in the Commission office).
4. (DISCUSSION) Asian Law Caucus presentation
on language access needs of juveniles and their families in Juvenile Hall and
the Probation Dept (Khin Mai Aung & colleagues reporting).
Mai Aung and Evelyn Guzman spoke. Khin
Mai Aung is from the Asian Law Caucus and Eveyln from Mission Neighborhood
Centers. They are part of a 4 group
task force (comprised of ALC, MNC, La Raza Centro Legal, and Asian Pacific
Islander Wellness Center). They began
looking at the language needs of the clients of this Dept and discovered that
the Dept didn't have a consistent and comprehensible policy for delivering
language appropriate services to the youth and their families. The courts have systematic translation
services for their activities, but the Dept seemed to be sporadic and casual,
leading to many situations where clients are not given appropriate or adequate
services, and the clients' rights are not maintained. Such situations as mono lingual written materials,
correspondence, signage in the building, face to face counseling and school
instruction, curriculum, to processes such as making grievances, understanding
their legal rights, and educational programs; all are places where non English
speakers need language assistance and are denied.
stated that this has been brought to the attention of the Dept. They have met with the Chief and he wants
the Dept to be a part of this group to look into where the various needs exist,
and to come up with recommendations for both short term and long term
hope to bring forth a set of recommendations by the Spring.
Julian said that there needs to be
attention paid to culture and gender also.
Arámburo noted that the need for language
interpreters may exceed the ability of the Dept to hire, so it may be a
possible activity for a corps of volunteer language assistants. Check with the faith community.
Hale asked about the possibility of
putting together an instructional video for mono lingual clients to educate
them on the system and what to expect.
Possibly working with public access TV to do such a show.
5. (ACTION) Consideration of, and possible action on Program
Committee's recommendation for contracting with the Youth Guidance Center
Improvement Committee in the amount of $115,065.00 for the following vocational and educational programs: (explanatory documents: program
c. Focus II
Advanced Computer Literacy
Jackson-Simpson, President of the Bd of the YGCIC (and Associate Vice President
of the SF Youth Employment Collaborative), represented the organization (along
with John Knox, the coordinator of the programs). They opened up for any
Commisison questions. Comm. Dupré
moved to approve the recommendation of the Program Committee to enter into the
contract. Comm. Arámburo seconded. Comm.
Jackson-Drake asked about the make up of the YGCIC Bd.. Cheyenne Bell showed her a list of the Bd
members. Comm. Dupré asked if
there was any literature that assessed the efficacy of the "Focus" approach to
their education and training. Knox said that they produce periodic and final
reports on their activities and outcomes for each of their funding sources.
There was no discussion The question
was called, and by voice vote, the motion carried, unanimously (5-0).
Dupré commended Jackson-Simpson for
her central role in bringing in a $28 million (over 5 yrs) grant from the Dept
of Labor for a youth employment collaborative with several neighborhoods in
SF. Jackson-Simpson said that the SF
proposal was rated number 1 out of all proposals submitted to DOL. 26 were funded. It is now in the process of gearingup with staff.
6. (DISCUSSION) Public Comment on any matter within the
subject matter jurisdiction of the Juvenile Probation Commission.
Chief Williams announced the resignation of Cheyenne
Bell and highly commended her for all the work in developing the Community
Programs division. C. Bell thanked the
Chief, Asst. Chief, her staff, and the Commission for all the support in doing
this, noting that when she started 10 yrs ago, there were only 2 contracts and
now there are some 80. This
administration, and Commission are the best she's seen in those years.
Comm. Hale recounted how when he began
in the BVHP Foundation Community Defender's program, Cheyenne was an
inspiration to him, and has remained so to this day.
Dupré mentioned that he recalls her
days at KPOO as a Raggae DJ.
Julian echoed the praise already
given to Bell, and thanked her on behalf of the Commisison for her work.
Dupré mentioned the anniversary
celebration of the SF Interfaith Council, where it presented an award to Chief
requests for future agenda items.
Jackson-Drake asked for a report on the library situation in the Dept.
Hale announced that the Safe Haven program,
now under the auspices of another CBO, is doing well. He also mentioned that his team, the SF. Brown Bombers were to
play their championship game on Friday, the 24th.
that he met with Eva Patterson, of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, in
regards to changing public policy concerning public education. He thought it would be appropriate to have
the Chief follow up with her on the issue of DMC.
Comm. Dupré moved
to adjourn this meeting in the loving memory of a long time community activist
and youth worker in the Western Addition.
Thomatra Scott, who passed recently.
"Scotty" was active with youth citywide, but had a close association
with the African American and Japanese American communities of the Western
meeting was adjourned at 8:12 pm in
memory of Thomatra Scott (Scotty).