All San Franciscans deserve to feel safe in their city. No matter where they live — Noe Valley, the Bayview, out in the Avenues, or in the heart of the Tenderloin. And the truth is, right now, people aren’t feeling safe — not safe enough anyway — all over the city.
We need to change course on how we handle public safety in San Francisco. I’m proud that this city believes in giving people second chances, but there also needs to be accountability when someone breaks the law. We can’t be a place where anything goes, where our compassion is mistaken for weakness or indifference.
I was raised by my grandmother to believe in “tough love” — in keeping your house in order — and I believe we need that now more than ever. It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city comes to an end and we take steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement, more aggressive with the changes in our policies, and less tolerant of all that has destroyed our city.
Yesterday, I announced a series of new steps to create a safer San Francisco <[link removed]>, which include:
- Executing an Emergency Intervention Plan in the Tenderloin neighborhood
- Securing emergency police funding to ensure we have the resources to combat major safety problems over the next several months
- Amending our surveillance ordinance so law enforcement can prevent and interrupt crime in real-time — something they’re effectively barred from doing now — to better protect our homes and businesses
- Disrupting the illegal street sales of stolen goods that have become a clear public safety issue and are contributing to retail theft
You can watch some of my remarks on this initiative here. <[link removed]>
These steps work in concert with our long-term work to establish innovative mental health interventions, like our Street Crisis Response Teams and the major expansion of mental health beds. We will also continue to expand access to housing and shelter, through our Homelessness Recovery Plan, and to invest in anti-poverty programs that are working, like the Dreamkeeper Initiative and Opportunities for All.
As we head into this holiday season, I want you to know that I’m doing everything I can to ensure you and your family are safe and can enjoy this special time together now, and in the future. We are the safest City in America when it comes to COVID. It’s time we’re the safest City in America, period.
Mayor London Breed
London Breed for Mayor - 393 7th Ave, Suite 301, San Francisco, CA 94118, United States