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MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 23, 2000 REGULAR MEETING
Held in Rm. 400, City Hall,
at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San
meeting was called to order at 5:45 pm by Comm. Julian. Comms. Shimko, Chuck,
Jackson-Drake were present at the gavel.
Comms. Aramburo, Hale arrived at 5:58 pm. Comm. Dupre arrived at 6:30 pm.
Review of October 27, 1999, January 26 & February 4, 2000
Julian deferred action on the Oct. 27
minutes until there was a quorum of Commissioners who were present at that
meeting. The minutes of Jan. 26, and
Feb. 4 were approved. Subsequently,
later in the meeting the minutes of Oct. 27 were also approved.
(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation
Changes to Monthly
Williams explained that there were mistakes in certain pages of the monthly
report, necessitating the amended portion passed out at the meeting. He also pointed out that pgs 4-14 have a
different format for certain stats. He
asked the Commission to appoint a Commissioner to work with the Chief in
previewing what stats should be included in the monthly report. Comm. Julian asked the Secretary to
remind him of this later.
Shimko asked if the average length of
detention has increased. Answer: yes,
due to the changing profile of detainees.
Over half of the days of care are due to a small number of youth
awaiting placements. The overall trend
of admissions is flat.
Julian asked about grievance in
Jan. He asked for a clarification in
the table. O. Khalif explained the
Jackson-Drake asked why the
participant levels in the IHBS programs were lower than before, especially in
the VYDC and Samoan programs. There was
no specific answer.
Shimko asked about the low numbers at
LCR. The Chief could not explain why
the court has not referred appropriate youth to the ranch. The Chief said he will be meeting with court
officers next week about this.
Name Change of San
Francisco ProDES project to PrIDE
Chief said that the ProDES name is one which is used in Philadelphia, so for
SF. they've decided to change it to Program Information for Development and
Management Project Affirmative Response from Youth Law Center
Youth Law Center has agreed to work with the Dept. in dealing with the
issue. The Dept will be developing a
contract with Youth Law Center to proceed.
Possibly in March the Commission will be asked to approve that contract.
Strategic Planning process with NCCD
Chief said that he will be introducing Dr. Barry Krisberg of NCCD, shortly, but
said that the contract with them started officially Feb. 1.
b. Highlights from last Commission meeting to
Press Conference -- 2/17/00
in a press conference in front of the Hall of Justice, in opposition to Prop.
Julian was reminded of the Chief's
comment at the press conference, that if in fact a law like Prop 21 were in
effect when Comm. Julian was a youth, that perhaps he wouldn't be sitting in
his present position on the commission, as well might be said for District
Attorney Hallinan and his office.
Hale recalled that at the previous
commission meeting, the question of Prop 21's impact on the Dept was
posed. He asked if it would be
appropriate to discuss this before the balloting took place. Deputy City
Attorney John Kennedy said that it could be discussed if brought up in a
balanced, pro and con format.
Hale asked if there has been an analysis
of the impact on San Francisco. The
Chief said no, but it will be unique in San Francisco due to the District
Attorney, who he pictured as not inclined to follow the dictates of the
proposition. The Chief felt that the
impact would probably be much less in SF than for the rest of the state.
Tour of juvenile
facilities on 2/8 - 2/11/00, Lane County (Eugene, Oregon), Multnomah County
(Portland, Oregon), Pierce County (Tacoma, Washington), Snohomish County
(Everett, Washington), King County (Seattle, Washington)
number of reps from the Dept, the Mayor's office, and the design team, spent 3
days looking at other facilities.
what the capacities of the Seattle facility were, and what their area
population was. It was not specifically
known. The Chief said that after the
visits, he appreciated the work that staff did here in an outmoded facility.
CPO presentation at
Police community meetings (1/25/00 -Mission Station, 2/15/00 -Ingleside
Station, 3/2/00 -Bayview Hunters Point
Chief said that the exchanges at the various meetings were positive and a lot
was learned by both sides.
Tour of Juvenile
Hall by Civil Grand Jury on 2/18/00
Chief reported that the Civil Grand Jury did a much more conscientious tour
this time. The Chief and others in the
dept. spoke with them, and they should be
issuing their report in May or June.
Two members who did the tour: Katherine Ringgold, David Sahagan.
Probation Dept. membership on Beacon Centers Steering Committee
Chief reported that this committee is composed of, among others, funders to the
Beacon Initiative, and since the Dept. gives financial support to them, was
asked to sit on it. This body gives
direction to the Centers.
Project Impact (Challenge II) RFP issued 1/21/00. Deadline for submission, 2/18/00
is progressing smoothly. Proposals will
be reviewed soon.
Retreat on 2/24/00, at West Bay Conference Center
Dept is holding the retreat tomorrow, one of the topics to be discussed; the
strategic planning process.
Commissioners are invited to attend.
Judge Hanlon and
students to visit Juvnenile Hall on 2/29/00, at 6:30 pm.
This is a yearly event, with the judge bringing his law
students to visit.
CPO to deliver
keynote address at Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency Statewide
Conference, in Philadelphia, 3/20/00
Chief will give the keynote and participate in a workshop on DMC.
this point, the Chief introduced Dr. Barry Krisberg, of NCCD, and he gave a
short presentation on what NCCD will be doing with the Dept. in developing the
Dept. Strategic Plan. The process will
be based on extensive focus groups, both in and outside of the Dept., and will
emphasize inclusiveness. The Chief and
Assist. Chief will be the contacts for this project. Comm. Julian welcomed Dr. Krisberg "onboard".
(ACTION) Election of new
were opened for officers. Comm. Shimko
nominated both Comm. Julian and Comm. Hale for second terms in their current
offices. Comm. Jackson-Drake
seconded. Comm. Hale expressed his
excitement over the good work being done in the Dept and on the Commission and
the positive working relationship between he and Comm. Julian. He accepted the nomination. Comm. Julian also expressed his pleasure at
the positive advancements made in the Dept. and the excellent work of the
Commission in setting this direction.
He felt that both were making a great difference in quality of service
to youth in San Francisco. He accepted
the nomination. Upon motion by Comm. Chuck to close the nomination, seconded,
and passed, the nominations of Comm. Julian as President, and Comm. Hale as
Vice President, were approved, 7-0.
Consideration and possible action on Finance Committee's recommendation
regarding the Department's FY 2000-2001 budget.
reviewed how the Finance Committee met and discussed the basic budget. It is a baseline request, having very little
difference from the past two years.
(for fuller description of discussion, see Finance Comm minutes of Feb.
16) Comm. Jackson-Drake
mentioned that there will be an impact on the Dept. budget due to the
assumption of costs from any future MOU contract settlements. Sandy Brown-Richardson said that this would
possibly amount to about $550K. MOUs
are negotiated at various times through the year (not all at one time). There
are approx. 6 different unions involved.
Question: can salary savings be used to offset this cost? Answer: there are some salary savings but
they are alrady used to offset some OT.
The Chief said that they are now developing an expenditure management
plan, but so far, they anticipate a deficit this year due to the OT. Brown-Richardson mentioned added "new" costs
due to the increased civil service testing for new personnel, of test
proctors. They have used about $20K so
far, and expect up to $30K for the year.
Question: are increases to the CBOs included in the one time cost only
budget. No. Comm. Hale was concerned that the budget document did not
have language which said that the Pride program was to help CBOs also.
Upon motion by Comm. Shimko, seconded, and
passed, the Dept. 2000-2001 budget proposal was approved, 7-0.
(DISCUSSION) Presentation by the SF Beacon Centers on
their operations and programs.
Sam Piha, Administrative Director of the Beacon
Initiative, took ill and had to postpone his presentation. He will be re-scheduled for the next
(ACTION) Decision on the site of the March Commission
The Secretary was directed to look into setting up the
next Commission meeting in the Western Addition, at the Beacon Ctr site (Ben
Franklin Middle School).
5. (DISCUSSION) Public Comment on any matter within the
subject matter jurisdiction of the Juvenile Probation Commission.
requests for future agenda items.
Comm. Arámburo congratulated the City Attorney's office for
obtaining the "tobacco money."
Hale said that it would be important, if Prop. 21 passes, to have a clear
understanding of the impact it will/might have on the Dept. and asked that in
such case, it be placed on the Commission agenda for discussion.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 pm.
Minutes Adopted March 22, 2000