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commission to decide. it allows discretion. president marshall: maybe i am confused here. if the case is already assigned to the commissioner to follow and make sure it happens, that case to me is assigned to the commissioner. if i get a case i am following that is assigned to a hearing officer, and that is still my case. i will move it forward just like i would move any other case forward. commissioner hammer: maybe i could suggest a different mechanism, in light of the fact that we have the commissioner monitoring it. i could amend it so that if the case does not proceed to trial within 90 days, the commissioner who has been assigned to monitor by put it on the agenda for the next meeting. president marshall: that is your case. there may be a hearing officer, but if that is your case you would follow protocol like you would any other case. does that make sense or am i putting too much out there? commissioner hammer: the
question is whether or not it happens by the procedure automatically or whether we want the commissioner monitoring it. i am fine with the commissioner monitoring doing it. my only concern is these cases to go along. i was just trying to get it before the commission. president marshall: but we have not had monitored or assigned to a commissioner. i think we can kill two birds with one side -- one stone. commissioner hammer: i will amend it. the commissioner may add it to the calendar for possible reassignment. >> i think we are deciding between who does the work -- the commission secretary or the commissioner assigned to the case. that is really the decision before us. the way it is written, it sounds fine to me. my hope is that there will be a court clerk that we have that will have a calendar and that will keep us in line and come
back and say "it has been 90 days. nothing happened." president marshall: i do not want to monkey it up. commissioner hammer: i will indicate to the city attorney that she can proceed. president marshall: thank you very much. we are going to have public comment on item two. >> just briefly, because you are discussing disciplinary rules, two things i would ask you to consider in the future. one is discovery should be ready when charges are filed. i think it is unconscionable that charges it filed with the police commission and the department has not started an investigation. that is a problem that needs to be fixed. despite the rules and despite the efforts in the new rules, there is still -- i have not seen any meaningful opportunity to try to resolve these cases before they come to trial.
that is because either the people who are at pre-trial conferences do not have authority to do so -- i understand that -- but i think we need to have a meaningful opportunity to try to resolve these poor we go to trial. we may set aside a day a month to pre try what is on the calendar with somebody from the department who has some authority, the lawyers. i think the bulk of what is coming to you should and can be resolved before it gets here. commissioner hammer: we do not ordinarily as questions, but given that you are often before us, how often are you finding that you're getting cases charged without any discovery in the investigation being complete? >> i have had at least three instances where charges have been filed with the commission. the usually arise when the underlying conduct is the subject of a criminal complaint. someone is arrested or there is
some criminal complaint. the up department files for suspending the officer. but if the arrest is dismissed, you still have charges at the commission that have not been investigated. the suggestion i have made in the past is if an officer is arrested or has pending felony or misdemeanor charges that form the basis of it, the fact that the charges can be the basis of the police commission filing -- when those go away, the police commission complaint should go away. then they can investigate and discover if there is conduct that merits it. you will have something with an underlying case or allegation. it can be 100 days before that matter is resolved. that person has been suspended without pay. the department has not started investigating that. then you have another delay. commissioner hammer: that needs to be fixed. that is wrong. as a former prosecutor, you just do not file charges without
having a discovery packet. my second question -- have you had an opportunity -- a lot of time to talk about settlement. obviously, the police department has an opportunity to speak with the police about the charges to see what the chief would like to do. does the defense have an opportunity to meet with the chief and tell their side of the story? as a former prosecutor, you have one side of the story. there is always another side. is the chief hearing your side? >> have i tried to call the chief and been rebuffed? no. i do not think there is a meaningful opportunity. you get together with our lawyers to talk about settlement. things get run up the flagpole. i do not think there is a time when you have the players who can make the decisions at the table together. i do not know if that has to be the chief, if that can be a deputy chief. there needs to be one day to hear both sides. by the time we get the case, somebody has had it for a year.
you get discovery and there is a charge. by the time you are ready to talk about the case, we are setting trials. i think it should be a matter of course. if you have a pet project, you can ask somebody to go up and talk to the chief. commissioner hammer: that is my concern. a lot of times we have had hearings for the cheap is hearing the story for the first time at the hearing and there is a change of heart. maybe that opportunity should be given to defense counsel like yourself. we have to get to the hearing tonight so i do not want to hold up too much,. we have important matters we need to do with. >> that is exactly the problem. there was a complaint of a criminal act. there was no investigation ready. we were left with 30 days before the proposed trial date and there still was not a packet ready. i do not in civil court you have to come prepared when you talk settlement with the settlement authority. i do find that no one has run it
up the flagpole or something. we asked the parties to confer for settlement, but we end up in a president marshall: anymore comment on this item? lieutenant, would you please call item number three. >> item 3 is all matters pertaining to closed session pursuant to government code section 54957 and san francisco administrative code section 67.10-b and penal code section 832.7, personnel exception, discussion and possible action to decide penalty for disciplinary charges filed in case number co 4-16 -- charlie
10-169. president marshall: any discussion on the items in closed session? hearing none, item 4. >> item 4 is whether to take a vote on whether to hold closed session. commissioner chan: vote. president marshall: second. >> commissioner, we would recommend staying in this room for a and then >> mr. president,e commission is returning to open session at 10:40 p.m. we're moving to item six. just for the record, the commissioners present. >> thank you, item six? >> item six is whether to
artists that painted a, and the history behind this itself. >> students came from george washington, and it was wonderful to have them on a panel. people from the school board, those who have been painting for years, some conservative errors from the getty. to have them tell us about the works of their school was important. it represents african-american artists to during the 20's and 30's used an incredible body of work. it is one of the most incredible works of art in the city, bar none. it is a huge mural of incredible works. >> the san francisco civic arts collection has been in existence since the turn of the century. it consists of everything from
monument to golden gate park to market street, other works in the collection, from the wpa era, the quite tower, the works from the george washington high school. we have the contemporary education, where they depict some of the vocational arts that were taught at george washington high school. what is interesting is the artist's and corp. of some of the -- incorporation of some of the architectural elements. they used the speaker from the p a system as part of the design. on the opposite side of the library, we have a large fresco which depicts the academic subjects that were taught at the time. it serves as a foil to the other fresco in the library, we have academic subjects on one side, vocational subjects on the other, and result is the concept
of a well-rounded education. additionally, what we plan to do is the academy of hospitality and tourism will be part of, so the students can share with other students, faculty, the neighborhood, and others to come by and what to look to the artwork we have. >> by working with the students, we hope to raise awareness of the collection and foster stewardship. we brought diego rivera to the city. i think the wpa art work is characterized by stylized robustness and a pervasive occupation with a historical.
in this panel, we have a depiction of george washington moving west. what is interesting about it is the image of lewis and clark here is in black and white, something that is occurring in the future, painted as though it was in the past. what is interesting about it is the very obvious conclusion of slavery. the number of students were expressing unease around some of the themes. the additional mural would be placed in the school, one with more positive representation of the student body. in 1974, they completed three panels that were placed in the library -- in the lobby. they depict native, latino, asian american, and african- american heritage and culture.
>> that artist was talking about the history coming alive. that is what we want for the students here. i also think they might share that with past alumni and the community, so they could no the treasure that we have here in the schools. many people have the same experience i did when i first walked into this building three years ago, being the new principal. the grandeur of these murals is fantastic. many of the students who have come here have come here and are very proud of these murals. they're so happy that they're still here and are being preserved. >> to learn more about the civic art collection, visit
>> this has been interesting and exciting week in san francisco, the last week of september. this was a company that is well known to many people, but boat -- that will be well known to many more people. >> we are home to twitter, wikimedia, foursquare, and we are home to a 270,000 square foot headquarters at 8th and brannan, zenga. it was leaked they are announcing their new headquarters. >> this is an online gaming company in san francisco. this employs roughly 1200 people they had 398 employees,5
, and competing against president berlusconi in italy, and we are down here with all the attributes of this natural amphitheater which is the san francisco bay, and the opportunity to be the only american city to defend the america's cup. those of you not familiar, you should just care on this basis, besides the love of the sport and showcasing the natural beauty and wonderment that is sailing in the san francisco bay, you should care because of those 9000 jobs. the economic stimulus for the region is the equivalent of
three super bowls. if we succeed in getting the america's cup to defend the cup here, there is great expectation that they will win that defense and continued to make subsequent investments for many years to come, so this is an extraordinary moment and opportunity to really jump start our regional economy and our local economy, and i want to congratulate everyone that has worked their tails off to get us this far. the reason i mention this is because this week, we submitted our term sheet to the board of supervisors, laying out the scope and commitment we are making to being the host city. we have a lot of work ahead of us. we expect a decision in the next weeks, but the determination of which of those three countries will host the 34th america's cup will be determined very soon. i just cannot say enough about all the elected family here in san francisco, and the corporate commitments we are getting from
ceo close of companies large and small throughout the bay area that have really stepped up -- from ceo's of companies large and small. king juan carlos and berlusconi have been involved in the country's bids. we have a different kind of political system in terms of expectations and other folks -- other things that falls in d.c. are focused on. there is a lot going on. we hope to get rid elections and then see that same kind of enthusiasm. i expect we will, back in washington, d.c., not just the state. again, thank you to speaker progress -- speaker perez for release stepping up. third thing is we had a really exciting announcement as well -- at least i thought it was -- because we actually competed against cities large and small across the country for a
$12,000,000.30-year grant that cames from the great -- from the gates foundation -- $12 million three-year grant that came from the gates foundation. there were years where they were not so sure that we had our act together as it relates to public education. in this case, we are one of four cities that received a multi- year grant, millions of dollars used to focus on college going culture and partnerships that will be developed. we call it a bridge to success. 2.9 million students in the community college system. we often forget how important the community college is for vocational training and the community track and for people regardless of their time in life to get quality education, but we needed to create a framework to streamline our data collection, to streamline our collective efforts, and the gates grant will allow us to do that over
three years. here is a good idea that his generated money and resources and support. our job is to implement it and deliver on this promise, and that will happen with your good work and your good judgment, and so in closing, let me thank you in advance for that work. let me thank you in advance for your collaborative and these partnerships that you will advance. let me thank you for your wisdom in getting us here today and remind you -- the future is not in front of us. it is inside of us. we will determine the fate and that future of this program and whether or not more money will flow because we have aligned our collective strategies in a new and profound way. again, as one of four cities that will be receiving that $12 million. i want to applaud hydro mendoze for really leading that charge.
and everyone at the community college system for release stepping up to the plate and showing what we can do. and we built public-public partnerships, not just public/private partnerships, and really worked in a collaborative. my core beliefs has always been that money should not be the limiting believe, meaning a lack of money. if you have a better idea, the money can start flowing. i have always believed that. that is why we did universal health care. it was not that we had hundreds of millions of dollars at our disposal. we had a better idea. same case here. because of the work we have done with kindergarten and college and because we are handing out college savings accounts to many kindergartners that are entering the system, because of the work we did for san francisco promise and the guarantee of a four-year education for our sixth graders, because of the work that has been vance by the school board, all of those things contributed to us getting in the mix and getting this grant, and now, the
eyes of this foundation and others are upon us to actually deliver on promised, so i cannot be more complementary and enthusiastic about what this means. i have always said that once the mine is stretched, it can never go back to its original form. once we create that kind of imagination in the mind of a young child that now has a streamlined pathway to that bridge to success, which is a college education or career track through community college, then great things happen, so that is really where we celebrated earlier this week, down at that community college campus, and out in ocean avenue. complement's and hats off to everyone who made that happen. finally, a bit of sober news, but also new is that i think should give us pause and a little bit of optimism. we are going to lose the federal funding it looks like on this jobs now program, which is arguably a back breaker for hundreds of thousands -- and i
mean that literally, hundreds of thousands of families across this country that may lose their jobs, but rather than just accept that fate, we have some ideas. we have 4127 families that have been benefited because of the jobs now program. most aggressive expansion of this program of any city or state in the nation. they should be complimented and truly elevated in people's minds in terms of the good work they have done. we recognize that this federal money may go away, and we are still fighting for it. we have not given it up completely, but we are going to take some existing job-training money and redirected and realign it so we can keep roughly 470 slots available to those families that would otherwise lose their jobs. the hope is that roughly half of those 4000-plus families will keep their jobs because a private employer will keep them on, particularly through the
holidays because so many of those jobs are in the service industry. in january, to make sure we can build that bridge, we are going to create some incentives and open up the opportunity for folks to continue to get some benefit for continuing to employ some of these individuals so they can support their families. it requires us to redirect about $9 billion that we will be asking the board of supervisors to help us redirect. the other money was going out anyway, but not totally dissimilar programs. we think the best job training is on the job training. we think the best job is not receiving $450 a week in unemployment, but $447 a week which many people do through our transitional program, but that comes with the dignity of the job itself and a paycheck and the work ethic behind it. this is important, and i think i
have brought this up in these weekly videos probably 20 times. i would say 30, but that would be exaggerating. we are fighting hard in congress. speaker pelosi has been a great. senator feinstein and boxer has been a great. the president said he would sign the extension of the bill. it is just pretty damning that we have a program that is creating private-sector jobs, creating a real opportunity, giving people a real opportunity, and a costs for many folks less than it costs the taxpayers to just hand out an unemployment check. yet, there is no debate about extending it, even though we rightly extended the unemployment insurance benefits. this is frustrating, but nonetheless, we will keep fighting, and that frustration has borne some ingenuity and entrepreneurialism on our part to think about our existing job- training programs, again, so we can provide at least a framework of 1740 slots and the
opportunity to extend this program for many families. that is the update for the week. a lot of things to talk about, but those are four important things, and we look forward to checking back in in a week or two talking about our progress on jobs now and america's cup, and those other companies i mentioned that will be making some big commitments to our city.