San Francisco Police Commission
to update budget issue
Closed door session to be held to discuss
officer-involved shooting death of Asa Sullivan
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
June 14, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - At its weekly meeting tonight, the
San Francisco Police Commission will discuss the progress of the
2006-2007 city budget, which already sets record amounts of funding
for public safety.
According to spokesman Sgt. Joe Reilly, commissioners will recap
the issues brought up in closed session with the budget committee
over the last two weeks.
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced his version of the budget May 31.
It reflected what he called his top priority -- making neighborhoods
safe -- by allocating record funds to violence prevention measures.
With staffing issues already an issue in past meetings, the police
commission hopes to keep provisions in the budget that would fund
the hiring of 250 new police officers. The mayor's budget would
also increase staffing within the district attorney's witness
protection program and the public defender's homicide unit.
The budget is currently before the Board of Supervisors, and
the mayor is expected ratify it by mid August.
A second item on the commission's agenda involves a conflict
in scheduling between police and the Office of Citizen Complaints,
The office keeps regular business hours during the week while
many of the officers called in for interviews work all-night shifts
and are unable to meet. The commission plans to discuss solutions
and send a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, Reilly
The meeting is expected to begin in San Francisco City Hall with
a closed session meeting.
In that closed session, commissioners are expected to discuss
shooting death of Asa Sullivan, 25, in a Villas Parkmerced
townhouse attic the night of June 6. Police Chief Heather Fong
will likely discuss allowing the officers involved in that shooting
the chance to return after administrative leave.
The meeting will be held in room 400 of San Francisco City Hall
at 5:30 p.m.
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