San Francisco foot patrol law awaits Mayoral
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
October 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Mayor Gavin Newsom has 10 days to
decide whether to veto or go along with a Board of Supervisors
dictum passed today specifying police department deployment in
crime-ridden San Francisco neighborhoods.
The 7-3 vote affirming mandatory foot patrols in eight police
districts occurred without board members commenting, and with
no input from uniformed officers present today at the meeting.
San Francisco police Chief Heather Fong has said previously that
the department supports increasing foot patrols and can comply,
but also is reluctant to see policing decisions made by the supervisors.
Under prevailing rules, the mayor has 10 days to sign, veto or
let the foot patrol legislation pass into law without his signature.
The Board of Supervisors can override any veto with the support
of eight members of the 11-seat board. The law now appears to
have the support of eight members.
Opposed to the law were supervisors Aaron Peskin, Sean Elsbernd
and Michela Alioto Pier. Supervisor Jake McGoldrick supported
the legislation in its initial vote last week but was absent this
"Now that the legislation on foot patrols has reached the
desk of the mayor, the mayor will review it and make a decision
before the deadline of 10 days lapses," said Joe Arellano,
spokesperson for Mayor Newsom.
As currently envisioned, at least one officer will walk a foot
patrol beat in the eight districts twice a day under the plan,
to take effect in January and lasting for a year.
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