We feel less and less safe in our neighborhood; we can't let our kids play in the parks or walk to school without worry.
Since the departure of Captain Lazar from SFPD's Central Station it seems that enforcing laws against aggressive behavior, intoxication, drug use and contaminating our streets with human waste have become less of a priority for SFPD in North Beach.
Our representative on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has to date been unresponsive to the deteriorating safety and health risks to our community.
It is illegal to be intoxicated in our parks, trespass on our stoops, pollute our streets with feces and set up tents that block children's paths to school.
It's time to demand vigorous enforcement of our city's ordinances, and a greater, sustained police presence to deter criminal activity in North Beach.
It's time for the Captain at Central Station to engage with the community.
It's time to demand that our elected representative fulfill his responsibility to be an advocate for North Beach and accountable to its citizens.
We support helping people experiencing homelessness who are willing to do what's necessary to become independent, productive members of society, but those who repeatedly refuse help cannot be allowed to block our streets and create unsafe or unsanitary environments for us and especially our kids.
It's time for our elected officials to direct and empower our police to enforce the law, and reclaim our public parks and streets for the use of the public.
Update #5about a year ago
Over 270 signatures and comments and still growing - and working, Mr. Peskin, his chief of staff and Captain Yep are taking our concerns seriously.
Please meet up at Joe DeMaggio playground on Monday, Oct 1 at 5:30 pm - we will then walk as a group to the public safety meeting with Mr. Peskin, Capt. Yep and our SFPD Chief. At the meeting let's talk about our needs and possible solutions MORE THAN TELLING STORIES ABOUT OUR PROBLEMS.
Update #4about a year ago
All of you signed and added your voices to the petition "Creating a Safer, Healthier North Beach." It has had the effect of raising our concerns to the fore, your comments are powerful, moving and compelling.
Mr. Peskin was sent the petition and his aide let me know he too is willing to meet. However, before that happens I would like to invite those that are available to gather in Washington Square on Saturday, 9/22/18 at 5 pm to meet one another and coordinate further action.
Update #3about a year ago
We reached our goal of 200 signatures!
I have forwarded our petition along with your comments to Mr. Peskin!
Update #2about a year ago
We are almost a third of the way to our goal of 200 signatures. Please keep spreading the word.
Yet our representative hasn't committed to meeting date. I have heard the date September 27th may be a possibility, but that is unconfirmed!
I will post information as it comes in.
Update #1about a year ago
Thank you for voicing your concern about the direction our neighborhood is headed. It is a first, critical step in building a strong case for the depth and breadth of frustration we the residents feel about illegal and unsafe behavior going unchecked.
It's important that we get as many signatures as possible before the upcoming meeting with Aaron Peskin. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to sign on!