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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

New Police Spying Rules Pass, But Not Without a Fight: Supes Roundup


Discussions about expanding the San Francisco Police Department’s use of private surveillance cameras dominated Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting for nearly 90 minutes, which resulted in the controversial ordinance being passed by a 7-4 vote.

It’s the boss who opposes the ordinance Hilary Ronan, Connie Chen, Dean Preston and chairman of the board Sharman Walton.

Ronen cited the rise of authoritarian groups in national politics to justify concerns about the rules, which she called too “lax” and “giving the police too much power”, especially during large events such as protests that allow access to real-time information.

Walton expressed similar concerns about the continued potential for privacy and violations of civil liberties, calling the policy “a can of worms” and saying “these policies are what I fear most, especially as a law-abiding black man.”

as a response, Supervisor Aaron Peskin Citing the long process of discussion and compromise that led to this regulation, including avoiding the threat of a duel vote measure.member Asha Safai and Matt Dorsey Mentioned the need to stem the rise of organised retail crime and align with the policies of neighbouring cities.

member Katherine Stephanie She cited concerns about police staffing and public demands for a “more proactive approach” to crime as factors in her support for the policy.

Hunters Point Shipyard Report

Marti Mckee, printmaker and advocate for Hunters Point Shipyard Artists, looks at the mound of dirt at the entrance to Building 101 on Dec. 2, 2021.Photo by Camille Cohen

A response to recent resolutions civil grand jury The Hunters Point Shipyard’s environmental issues report continued last week and will be re-examined by the Government Audit and Oversight Committee on September 29.

The report called for an independent study of the shipyard’s current policies, citing what it called “serious but poorly understood risks” of the impact of sea level rise on the ability to control pollution at the site.

Agricultural product market expansion clears

Speaking of Bay View, a Resolution to Amend the Lease San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market Unanimously passed.

The resolution clears the way for the market to receive financing, including $5 million for state senators. Scott Weinermore extensions and improvements will be implemented.

Currently home to more than 30 produce wholesalers, the sprawling Jerrold Avenue factory has been a staple food source for city businesses for more than a century.

Fire hoses and leaf blowers

Supervisors also unanimously passed a resolution to create a financing plan to expand San Francisco. Emergency fire water system Underserved communities by the end of the year.The resolution was proposed by the Western District Supervisor Gordon Marr and Connie Chen. One 2019 Civil Grand Jury ReportArguing with neighborhood leaders that it hasn’t caught up with the city’s historic expansion.

Of course, “urging” means that the resolution is ultimately non-binding, and city staff noted in the committee introduce Last week, SF’s bond financing segment had a lot going for it in the post-pandemic recovery.

tutor Myrna Melgar Healthier, Cleaner, Quieter Neighborhoods Act – This bill would ban gas-powered leaf blowers and other landscaping equipment for city agencies starting in July 2024, and everyone else in January 2026 Use – also approved. It includes a buyback program to encourage compliance with the new green regulations.

Name: labor pain

After a long oversight debate, few supervisors have a new roll call business.

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Dorsey asked for a hearing on bicycle parking, and Safai and Peskin asked the city attorney to draft legislation for seismic safety plans for concrete buildings.

but it is supervisor Rafael Mandelman Who is clearly not content to dominate last week’s roll call and bring in more pressing new business.This includes a request made with Walton for next week’s San Francisco International Airport.

a member of UNITE Here Local 2, whose members serve food and beverages at airport franchises, apparently haven’t had a raise in three years. According to Mandelman, their average wage is about $17 an hour β€” just slightly above the city’s minimum wage β€” and with other issues, some end up earning less.

Late last week, more than 40 protesters were arrested at a demonstration at the airport, including directors Chan and Mar, as well as District 6 supervisor candidate and local Democratic Party chairman Honey Mahogany.

Mandelman also announced a letter of inquiry to the Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Superior Court over plans to implement “court of care” oversight under state legislation recently passed in Sacramento.

“This project is a conundrum for San Francisco,” Mandelman said. “We obviously need to try something new for people who aren’t getting the help they need, but it’s not clear how much impact the program will actually have, or if we’ll be able to implement it.”


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