San Francisco Police Commission
holds special Bayview meeting
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
September 28, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - While city leaders have had their
chance in the last several weeks to speak publicly about combating
violence, several people closer to the crimes finally had their
own platform last night at a special Bayview District San Francisco
Police Commission meeting.
Heads of community groups, churches, outreach programs, along
with the captain of the Bayview's embattled police station, spoke
tonight at the Earl P. Mills Community Auditorium in front of
all seven commissioners.
The meeting was the first to be held outside City Hall since
a special meeting took place in the Western Addition in June.
Many speakers took the opportunity to call for better relations
"The relationship between the Police Department and the
community is not good," said Arelious Walker, the pastor
of True Hope Church of God in Christ. "Until we can sit down
and come up with a workable plan, it's not getting better."
Other speakers offered strategies for preventing violent crime
and homicides. Ayinde Loudd of the Clear project called on the
Police Department to print and distribute posters for homicide
cases in which a reward is offered.
Other speakers called on police to fund a special bullet-tracking
technology called ShotSpotter, which was recently implemented
Capt. Albert Pardini, head of the Bayview station, said he is
doing everything he can to stop the violence and improve community
relations despite two years of setbacks for the station.
"Morale has been like a rollercoaster," Pardini said
referring to the station's officers since the 2004 shooting death
of Officer Isaac Espinoza.
Pardini said every time the station gets back on its feet, something
like the release of a controversial video turns the station "upside
Pardini said his ground rules were just taking effect, "and
then Officer Birco was killed."
"We're moving forward, but once again we're one news story
from getting slammed," he said.
While many of the speakers called on the Police Department to
work on community relations and homicide response, others took
the opportunity to thank officers for putting their lives on the
line to protect the community.
Public housing was also a hot issue at the meeting. Commissioner
Joe Veronese responded to a housing authority representative by
pointing outside the darkened auditorium to the projects outside.
"Much of the housing up here on the hill, I would consider
substandard," Veronese said.
He also said he would "knock" down many of the units
because San Franciscans should not live like that. Supervisor
Sophie Maxwell, who represents District 10, also complained about
much of the available public housing in the area. She said many
of the units are used as squats, and that the workmanship is below
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