chris-daly.jpgSupervisor Chris Daly has had at times a rocky relationship with the San Francisco Police Department, and Daly’s brief acquaintanceship with police Chief George Gascn appears steered towards similarly (familiar) stormy waters.

Daly, faithful readers may recall, greeted Gascn with some kind of expletive the first time the pair met (at City Hall, in Board of Supervisors chamber, during a hearing, when Gascn was addressing the public at the podium).

The supervisor said he was irked with the chief, who had scheduled press conferences and a publicized crackdown on crime in the Tenderloin, but hadn’t tried to schedule a meeting with the TL’s elected representative (Daly). Gascn said he’d tried to contact Daly through the supervisor’s City Hall office, but somehow the message was lost in the loop. So it goes.

But all is not forgiven. Daly is convinced Gascn never actually tried to contact him, and Daly produced an electronic paper trail Tuesday that he says proves as such. And “if the chief of police is perjuring himself in the press,” Daly said, “then I have a problem in terms of just responsible leadership in San Francisco.”

For that and other reasons Daly introduced a charter amendment Tuesday that, if placed on the November ballot and approved by voters, would pave the way to eliminate the chief of police’s office and put all law enforcement in San Francisco under the purview of the elected sheriff.

“We need to stand up to George Gascn, and his Los Angeles, or maybe Arizona-based, but not San Francisco values,” Daly said. “He is here less than a year, and he is here pushing” initiatives like the sit-lie ordinance, allowing cops to carry Tasers, ending Critical Mass, and blocking efforts to make SFPD spending on dignitary security public knowledge.

“This guy is out of control,” he added. “I think it’s about time we talk to Chief Gascn about San Francisco values and say, if you want to honor and respect San Francisco values, there’s a place here and if you don’t, find the next job somewhere else.”

Daly’s charter amendment, which is unlikely to ever see the ballot but all but guarantees an interesting committee hearing, calls for the creation of a task force that would examine how to merge the police and sheriff’s departments, and the absorption of the police department by the sheriff if the merger saves the city money, protects public safety, and piss off every man, woman or child with connections to the SFPD. Exploration of such a merger was recommended in a civil grand jury report in 2000. Daly’s also tried this before, way back in 2003.

The Appeal was unable to contact Chief Gascn for comment, as we do not possess things like the Chief’s cell phone number. The Appeal thought about asking cops we saw Tuesday about it, but decided to leave that to old media. Check in with them for the requisite anti-Daly tirades.

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  • cv

    Feed Daly to the sharks.

  • cv

    Feed Daly to the sharks.

  • Pumpkin Pie

    In January 2011 people will complain about how boring the Bored of Supervisors is.

  • Pumpkin Pie

    In January 2011 people will complain about how boring the Bored of Supervisors is.

  • kl2real

    Daly’s such a gas bag. I can’t wait until the district I live in is again represented by an actual resident of San Francisco. What an attention-seeking tool!

  • kl2real

    Daly’s such a gas bag. I can’t wait until the district I live in is again represented by an actual resident of San Francisco. What an attention-seeking tool!

  • bloomsm

    Antagonism towards the Chief of Police does absolutely nothing to improve public safety in SF. Another classic example of Daly’s mouth being ahead of his brain. And perjury? Um, last time I checked, in order to commit perjury you need to be under oath. What a joke.

  • bloomsm

    Antagonism towards the Chief of Police does absolutely nothing to improve public safety in SF. Another classic example of Daly’s mouth being ahead of his brain. And perjury? Um, last time I checked, in order to commit perjury you need to be under oath. What a joke.

  • areallyniceguy

    Daly = douchebag. I can’t wait until he is out of office…

  • areallyniceguy

    Daly = douchebag. I can’t wait until he is out of office…

  • jnd

    I think you’re all being a little hasty. What other supe is going to give quotes this choice?

    “We need to stand up to George Gascn, and his Los Angeles, or maybe Arizona-based, but not San Francisco values,” Daly said.

    The rousing political rhetoric of yesteryear is not dead. It is simply hedging its bets.

  • jnd

    I think you’re all being a little hasty. What other supe is going to give quotes this choice?

    “We need to stand up to George Gascn, and his Los Angeles, or maybe Arizona-based, but not San Francisco values,” Daly said.

    The rousing political rhetoric of yesteryear is not dead. It is simply hedging its bets.

  • areallyniceguy

    True: if the crap he says came out of any other mouth you would think that it was made up.

  • areallyniceguy

    True: if the crap he says came out of any other mouth you would think that it was made up.

  • Desmond Crisis

    Has anybody asked San Franciscans how they feel about “San Francisco Values?”

  • Desmond Crisis

    Has anybody asked San Franciscans how they feel about “San Francisco Values?”

  • DT

    Daly ought to eliminate himself.

  • DT

    Daly ought to eliminate himself.

  • seth22

    I think Daly is confusing leadership with fascism. It is somewhat understandable seeing as how there really was no leadership during previous chief Fong’s tenure.

  • seth22

    I think Daly is confusing leadership with fascism. It is somewhat understandable seeing as how there really was no leadership during previous chief Fong’s tenure.

  • SanFrancisco Grrl

    Why doesn’t Daily just move to his Vallejo foreclosed hole right now? Get out of SF you creep — we have had enough of your unproductive obstructionist crap! Go back over the bridge and thru the tunnel where you belong!

  • SanFrancisco Grrl

    Why doesn’t Daily just move to his Vallejo foreclosed hole right now? Get out of SF you creep — we have had enough of your unproductive obstructionist crap! Go back over the bridge and thru the tunnel where you belong!

  • John Murphy

    I wish our chief had Los Angeles values. The LAPD is doing an extensive program to educate their officers about the rights of cyclists and how to protect them. The only thing Gascon knows about cyclists is “Critical Mass Bad”.

  • John Murphy

    I wish our chief had Los Angeles values. The LAPD is doing an extensive program to educate their officers about the rights of cyclists and how to protect them. The only thing Gascon knows about cyclists is “Critical Mass Bad”.