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Supervisors return from break, take up transit, housing, policing

September 9, 2015

By Emily Green : sfgate – excerpt

City Hall buzzed with activity Tuesday as the summer recess came to an end. The supervisors had a post-vacation glow, their aides switched jeans and tennis shoes for suits, and unhappy residents returned to voice their complaints as the board held its first meeting in six weeks.

On the agenda were the big topics of the day: the city’s ever-troubled public transportation system, the housing crisis and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation to create a “subway master plan.”

It would require the city to come up with a long-term plan for expanding the city’s subway system. Wiener said San Francisco should consider expanding the Central Subway to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf and create a subway to the Sunset. He also wants to look at adding a second Transbay line and connecting Caltrain from Mission Bay to the Transbay Transit Center.

The legislation, which has no money attached, would require that the city have a long-term plan within a year of it passing.

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Malia Cohen to require the Police Department to collect and report data quarterly about the race, ethnicity, gender and age of anybody it stops during a search or detention passed on first reading. Officers now collect data only on people they stop for traffic infractions and aren’t required to report the data. The legislation would also require the police to collect data on officers’ use of force if it results in death or serious bodily injury.

The Police Department would have to begin reporting its traffic stop data on June 30, 2016, and the additional data in June 2017.

Also on the criminal justice theme, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced legislation removing the requirement that applicants to city boards and commissions disclose their criminal histories. The legislation would limit the ability of city officials to ask or consider individuals’ criminal histories in deciding whether to appoint them. Anybody who now applies to a board, commission or other body must disclose felony convictions.

Finally, no board meeting is complete without legislation that seeks to address the housing crisis. The board unanimously passed legislation allowing for the creation of rent-controlled in-law units in Districts Three and Eight. The board passed the law at the end of July, but for it to be final, supervisors must vote on the legislation twice… (more)

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