City and County of San FranciscoJuvenile Probation Department

February 9, 2011

Full Commission - February 9, 2011







Regular Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

5:30 p.m.

City Hall, Hearing Room 408

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102



Rebecca Woodson, President

Julian Chang, Vice President

Katharine Albright

Joseph Arellano

Dirk Beijen

Susan Jones

Sarah Ching Ting Wan


Meeting Minutes


1.     Roll Call
The Commission Vice President Chang called the meeting to order at 5:38 p.m.  Commissioners Arellano, Beijen, Chang, and Jones were present.  Commissioner Wan arrived at 5:41 p.m.; Commissioner Albright and Woodson arrived at 5:48 p.m. 


2.     Public Comments.
Steven Pitocchi and Alexander Hodson, Worksite Organizers, Local 1021, said their organization is being more active with Commissions and wants them to look at issues, within their scope, if Local 21 is not able to resolve issues with management. 
COMM Chang expressed that the Commission appreciates the work done at LCR by JPD and Local 21.
Fred Nelson, YGC employee and Chapter 1021 President, came to support and learn about the Commission. 


3.     Review and Approval of the Full Commission Meeting Minutes of January 12, 2011 (ACTION ITEM)

Motion to approve the January 12, 2011 Full Commission Meeting Minutes by COMM Beijen, second by COMM Arellano, and approved by the rest of the Commission. 


4.     Commission President Woodson's Report on FY11-12 Budget Meeting with Mayor Lee (DISCUSSION ONLY)

Tax revenues from property and small businesses are stabilizing, however, there is a $380 million shortfall, mainly from retirement and pension benefits.  The City has a $6.5 billion dollar budget, but only $1.1 to $1.2 billion is discretionary and the $380 million general fund is applied to that amount.  The Mayor wants departments to submit their budgets without any adbacks.  The Mayor also wants to implement a comprehensive five-year plan and wants departments to submit their plans to his office.  The Mayor’s priorities are the budget; appointing a new Police Chief; America’s Cup; and reforming the pension plan system.  The Mayor would like to focus on tourism, green tech, and small businesses. 
COMM Chang added that the Mayor is asking for a 10% cut in FY11-12. 
No public comments.    

5.     Report to the Commission (DISCUSSION ONLY)

a.  Chief’s Report:


·         Summary of the Corrections Standards Authority Request for Proposals solicited for the Probation and Court-Based Alternatives (PCBA) Project and outline JPD's plan by Chief Siffermann. 
The RFP addresses minors brought into detention; failures to appear; and bench warrants.  JPD will submit a proposal on February 24th.  The proposal establishes a Saturday community-based, probation-support program that can be performed in the community that involves the parent and youth in a six-hour program.  This would advance youths understanding of the rules of probation, provide parent enrichment and solicit their support, and advance evidence-based practices.  Another component is to enhance the probation orientation program.  JPD is looking to develop an intermediary sanctions grid, which list responses to technical probation violations that PO’s will have available in lieu of bringing matters to court.  Warrants are the second main reason for detention and these can be mitigated by increased understanding of court dates.  A court notification program will remind youths of court hearings through electronic telephone calls.  This program is for one year and the maximum grant amount is $300,000.  JPD will know in May if this RFP has been approved and the work will begin in July.  JPD’s intention is to focus on developing internal system practices and policies and will keep the Commission apprised. 
COMM Beijen hopes the Commission will support JPD to categorize warrants.
COMM Chang asked what would cover the bulk of the funding.  Chief Siffermann said that it would cover sites, hospitality, presenters (PO’s) for programs and curriculums, and technical assistance to develop court sanctions grid.  The grants are competitive with other counties.
COMM Jones asked if there were any cost savings.  Chief Siffermann said shaving bed days would save costs.  Court hearings are expensive events due to all involved. 
No public comments. 

·         FY11-12 Budget Presentation by Allison Magee and Catherine McGuire.
There will be a $380 million shortfall in the city’s budget and the Mayor’s office has asked all departments to identify a 20% cut.  The first 10% is in the amount of $2.4 million and the 10% contingency is $2.4 million.  JPD’s total reduction amount is $4.8 million.  JPD will not be submitting any cuts to the Mayor’s office in the FY11-12 budget proposal. 
COMM Albright asked if there were any adbacks last year and Ms. Magee said there were CBO adbacks.  
No public comments.


b.  Committee Reports


·         The Programs Committee met on January 19th and Elizabeth Fairbanks, Executive Director with the non-profit organization, City Youth Now presented.  The organization has been around for 60 years and has a budget of $350,000.  It serves youth in SF foster care and juvenile justice systems.  City Youth Now is holding fundraisers on April 29th and December 2nd and would appreciate the support of the Commission. 
No public comments.


6.     Review and Approve Full Commission Letter Recommending JPD’s Budget to the Mayor’s Office (DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEM)


·         The letter was reviewed and the item will be moved to the March 9, 2011 Full Commission agenda for discussion and action item.  An item to approve JPD’s budget will also be on the March agenda for discussion and action item. 
COMM Albright motioned that the Full Commission draft a letter to support JPD’s recommended budget proposal to the Mayor’s office for FY11-12. 
The Commissioners voted and there were seven “Ayes.”  Motion carries. 
No public comments.  


7.     Election of Commission President and Vice President (DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEM)


·         COMM Beijen nominated COMM Chang for President, second by COMM Woodson.  The Commissioners voted and there were seven “Ayes.”  COMM Chang was elected President.
No public comments.


·         COMM Chang nominated COMM Beijen for Vice President, second by COMM Woodson.  The Commissioners voted and there were seven “Ayes.”  COMM Beijen was elected Vice President.
No public comments.


8.     Future Agenda Items (ACTION ITEM)


·         COMM Wan requested a copy of JPD’s line item FY11-12 budget. 


·         COMM Chang thanked COMM Woodson for her service to this Commission as an outstanding president.


·         No public comments.  


9.     Adjournment (ACTION ITEM)

·         The meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.