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Board of Supervisors overturn Newsom veto
November 15, 2006
District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi championed
a cause of legislating mandatory foot patrols in areas most impacted
by violent crime whlle homicide rates continued to climb under
Mayor Newsom's catchy "CitySafe" initiative.
In what eventually became a hot political issue
between the mayor's office, the SFPD, and the Board of Supervisors
over territory infringement, was resolved yesterday when supervisors
voted 9-2 in opposition to Newsom's veto in support of Mirkarimi's
District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty was the first
to stand before San Francisco and delivered the most impassioned
and eloquent speech of all the supervisors who spoke in support
of the legislation.
Dufty overcame blind loyalty to Room 200 on principle
and with conviction.
District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell told Fog City
Journal Monday, "I rarely change my vote, but you never know."
Maxwell did not change her vote yesterday.
Maxwell's district routinely experiences disproportionate
levels of bloodshed. Constituents continually plead for increased
police presence to help deter violent crime and to return the
streets of San Francisco to law abiding citizens.
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin initially voted
against the legislation when first
approved by the Board of Supervisors. Peskin surprised observers
by switching his vote in support of the legislation by voting
against the veto.
An undecided Supervisor Ma on Monday stood in support
of the legislation and voted against the veto.
Ma will be heading to Sacramento in December to
be sworn in as California's District 12 Assemblymember.
Look for Assemblymember Ma to help secure state
funding for all things San Francisco public safetly related.
District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly's district includes
the Tenderloin where street drug activity is rampant and operates
without sleep and with impunity.
Homicide rates closely parallel drug related activity.
When cops walk the beats, drug dealers disappear. When drug dealers
disappear, homicide rates decline.
District 9 Supervisor Tom Ammiano represents a district
where increased gang activity has resulted in increased street
decoration in the form of funeral shrines.
Ammiano sat on the special Gang and Gun Violence
Committee with Mirkarimi and Maxwell. They heard the testimony
from the many mothers and fathers of slain sons and daugthers
who came to city hall to tell their painful stories and to plead
with supervisors to help end the bloodshed.
District 1 Supervisor Jake McGoldrick was pegged
as a possible swing vote by Newsom devotee hopefuls but voted
against the veto on principle.
District 11 Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval voted against
Chief Heather Fong sits alone in the back of San
Francisco's hallowed chambers as the votes cast a veil of disapproval
over city establishment leadership efforts to stem violent crime.
Mayor's Office of Communications Director Peter
Ragone with kleenex tissues at the ready. It's been a tough couple
of weeks for our 42nd Mayor, but it is flu season and Newsom will
recover, perhaps better attuned now to the city's
cry for real and effective community policing.