Newsom blames Daly
for thwarting March Police Academy class
Peskin scores Newsom for 'shameless politics'
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Photos by Luke Thomas
By Pat Murphy
and Luke Thomas
March 15, 2006
An angry Mayor Newsom today complained that a Police Academy
training class was not possible in March due to a San Francisco
Supervisor failing to calendar the necessary funding hearing.
Supervisor Chris Daly chairs the Budget and Finance Committee
but agendized only portions of the funding request, Newsom said
For his part, President Aaron Peskin termed the Newsom complaint,
"the most shameless politics," citing allocated funds
for the entire Police Academy budget as sufficient to pay for
the March class. Peskin added that the March class had not been
previously scheduled but the Newsom administration wanted to move
Apiril's start date up one month.
"I talked to Chief Fong this morning," Peskin told
"To move it up by a month would cost $90,000. They can absorb
that in their budget.
"They're picking a fight. It is disingenuous. It is the
lowest form of political life to pander to people to make it sound
like the Board doesn't want to have police.
"Gavin Newsom should be ashamed," Peskin stated.
Daly indicated he was unaware that the Academy class funding
portion of the total supplemental request was urgent, according
to Matier and Ross report in today's San Francisco Chronicle.
Newsom said Daly had shown "procedural disrespect"
by not calendaring the item.
"For whatever reason that individual has been unwilling
even to have the procedural respect of calendaring the item so
that we can move forward as expeditiously as we wished."
"I was rather taken aback for an individual to say, 'Well,
I didn't know it was in there.'
"Here's the supplemental request and it has the word 'accelerated.'
"You know there are people's lives at stake here and I don't
know why for the life of me why this supplemental hasn't gone
Newsom submitted the funding request on February 14, the mayor
said, and "we're now in the middle of March and nothing's
The mayor urged other Board members to intervene.
"Here's what the Board can do. They can pull this out as
soon as Monday. They can have it as a committee report on the
Board agenda on Tuesday and the chief can forward with these notices
to get these forty plus ten Academy class members up and running
as early as April 10."
Newsom made the remarks in a noon press conference called to
announce a reward of $20,000 is jointly being offered by the City
and the Presidio Parks Trust in the hit-and-run death of jogger
Witnesses may call the City confidential tip line at 415-575-4444
or the U.S. Park Police at 415-561-5150.
On a related police issue, Police Chief Heather Fong announced
Lt. Charlie Orkes has been appointed director of City community
policing efforts after Lt. Con Johnson asked to be relieved of
Police Chief Heather Fong