Reach for some of that left-over holiday candy–there’s a Peep with your name on it. It’s Monday morning, and this is what’s going on today in the belly of City Government today.
The Public Safety committee only has three members and a three-term agenda for this morning’s meeting: accepting and expending a large amount of money from the federal government to reduce crime; reviewing violence at entertainment venues; and reviewing crime statistics compiled by the police department.
Will last week’s declaration by Mayor Newsom that the Entertainment Commission should be disposed off add some color to the discussion? Perhaps all the standing up against the proposed sit-lie ordinance will make the review of Compstat spreadsheets a bit less routine? (Because, really, crime in the Park Station precinct, which contains the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, isn’t all that bad compared to neighboring Northern Station.)
First on the agenda: whether to accept a grant for nearly $730,000 that will cover personnel expenses for crime prevention efforts within the Department of Children, Youth and their Families.
The money from the federal government will create two temporary positions and will be used to abate drug activity and reduce violence in high-crime neighborhoods while addressing social and behavioral health needs.
OK, whatever. But, should one be so inclined to rifle through the grant application (ahem), one might be rewarded with this puzzling gem:
According to the application, our hilly 49-square miles, while not best known for “a significant amount of drug manufacturing” are marred by the manufacture of Gamma Hydroxybutrate (GHB). Yes, that’s the date rape drug. But did you know that it “has been most commonly associated with ‘RAVE’ events?” You don’t have to shout, grant writer. We can read you loud and clear. Besides, what is this all capitalized RAVE event you speak of? Can I still find GLOWSTICKS there? Don’t those events happen in the EAST BAY? Because with all the crackdowns on loud parties in the 415 and the dissolution of the Entertainment Commission, you must be thinking of a different San Francisco.
And because numbers speak louder than words when breaking down the bureaucratic process, here’s a fun chart: