Newsom and Dellums outline priorities at forum
By Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News Service
January 17, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums agreed at a business forum today
that reducing crime and providing health care for everyone are
Speaking to about 1,000 business and government leaders at the
annual mayors' forecast sponsored by the San Francisco Business
Times, Newsom admitted that his record is "spotty'' in reducing
crime in San Francisco.
Newsom said the number of black-on-black gang-related crimes
has gone down dramatically in the last two years, but he said
there are still too many homicides because young people "pull
out their guns and start shooting'' after even slight provocations.
He added that San Francisco is not alone in dealing with high
crime rates because most major cities in the U.S. had an increase
in their homicide totals last year.
Dellums is hoping to meet with gang leaders in an effort to reduce
crime in Oakland. He said he wants to put out the word that "the
mayor of Oakland wants to sit down with the shot callers in an
atmosphere of respect.''
Dellums said, "Let's call a truce'' in the shootings that
are plaguing Oakland.
Turning to health care, Dellums said universal health care is
a national issue. "We can't afford not to have health care
for everyone," he said.
Newsom said universal health care is "not just a moral issue;
it's an economic issue'' because he thinks having such a system
will make American businesses more competitive.
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