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File #: 120590    Version: 1 Name: Formal Policy Discussions - June 19, 2012
Type: Hearing Status: Filed
Introduced: 6/12/2012 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 6/19/2012 Final action: 6/19/2012
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Pursuant to Charter Sections 2.103 and 3.100(7), and Administrative Code Section 2.11, the Mayor shall answer the following eligible questions submitted from Supervisors representing District 4, 6, 8, 10. The Mayor may address the Board initially for up to five minutes. Discussion shall not exceed five minutes per Supervisor. 1. Our last question to you covered the topic of your commitment to the goals of the Ocean Beach Master Plan. A frequent problem in our district is the encroaching sand dunes onto the Great Highway. This past year was particularly problematic, necessitating more than 65 non-scheduled closures of the Great Highway, many for multiple days. While the Department of Public Works has just completed their annual sand maintenance project, more needs to be done to manage the sand both near and long term. One of the near term goals of the Ocean Beach Master Plan is to work with the National Park Service on sand management and relocation. Can you provide an update on the status of the agreement with the NPS and other related agencies and comment on plans for long term sand management? (Supervisor Chu, District 4) 2. First, I wanted to thank the Mayor and the City Administrator for all the hard work they've done in conjunction with our office to attract strong anchor tenants to the Mid-Market area. The groundwork has been laid for a thriving arts district. Along with our crucial large and established organizational partners, we want to ensure that we are creating opportunities for our smaller arts non-profits in the Tenderloin and South of Market to thrive, as well. How can we create a feeder model for these smaller arts non-profits (those with an operating budget of $500,000 or less) to sustain themselves in the neighborhoods they serve, either through partnering with our larger anchor tenants or dedicating space for their programming through existing city-funded programs? (Supervisor Kim, District 6) 3. Mr. Mayor: Only a few days after the opening of the wonderful new children's playground at Dolores Park, neighbors awoke one morning to find that it had been covered in graffiti. Since then, etchings, damaged features, and other acts of vandalism have been perpetrated against this beautiful community asset. Similarly, at Duboce Park, only days after its ribbon cutting, it too was covered in graffiti. You and I were both at these opening celebrations as they served as testaments to what can happen when neighbors, businesses, and the City family come together to make our city friendlier and more inviting to children. Sadly, the City has been unable to ensure adequate protection of these valuable assets. It is baffling to me that in many cases, the Police Department and our District Attorney know who the perpetrators are, but yet are reluctant to press charges. This is unacceptable to me. The Department of Public Works spends more than $20M annually on graffiti abatement along our streets, and the Recreation and Parks Department spends millions more. These wasted tax dollars could be used to repave our streets, hire recreation managers, and keep our landscaping beautiful and healthy. Yet, year after year, we divert these funds to repair the work inflicted by vandals. We need to send a strong message that this type of antisocial behavior will not be tolerated in San Francisco. Mr. Mayor, will you help me ensure that the Police Department arrests these perpetrators and that the District Attorney files charges against them? Will you also help ensure that we have adequate law enforcement - SFPD and Park Patrol - along our streets and in our parks? (Supervisor Wiener, District 8) 4. In the last few months District 10 has experienced a number of shootings and homicides throughout several neighborhoods in the District. Unfortunately, many of these victims have been young adults. With summer here and the Captain of Bayview Station retiring next week, what can you do to increase violence prevention funding and services in the Southeastern neighborhoods? (Supervisor Cohen, District 10)
Attachments: 1. Board_Packet_061912
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