San Francisco supervisors override Newsom veto
in defense of mandatory foot patrol legislation
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
January 9, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Overriding a second mayoral veto
on the matter, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3
today to establish mandatory foot patrols for at least a year
at all 10 police stations in the city.
Mayor Gavin Newsom already vetoed a similar plan passed by the
San Francisco legislators last November, a fight he lost when
the board responded by
voting 9-2 to override his veto.
Newsom issued another veto on Dec. 15 after the Board of Supervisors
increased the scope of the pilot project citywide, from an initial
plan calling for foot patrols at 8 police stations battling with
crime in their neighborhoods.
Supervisors Sean Ellsbernd, Michaela Alioto-Pier and Nicholas
Jew voted against overriding the veto.
In December, the mayor defended his second veto.
"Simply put, I believe this legislation is the wrong approach
to an issue on which there is actually wide agreement," according
to a statement posted on the mayor's Web site.
"Since our current efforts to increase neighborhood patrols
will exceed requirements in the legislation, I believe that this
legislation is unnecessary. Furthermore, I consider it dangerous
for the Board of Supervisors to dictate where police officers
Neither Newsom nor San Francisco police Chief Heather Fong gave
public comments at today's board meeting. Supervisors, also, voted
without offering comments.
No one from the mayor's office was immediately available to comment.
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