District 10 candidate Tony Kelly issues anti-violence plan 

click to enlarge District 10 supervisor candidate Tony Kelly, center and flanked by supporters, gave some details of his crime-prevention program at the Bayview Police Station on Wednesday. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • District 10 supervisor candidate Tony Kelly, center and flanked by supporters, gave some details of his crime-prevention program at the Bayview Police Station on Wednesday.

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen is not alone when it comes to trying to ease the violence in San Francisco's southeastern neighborhoods.

The man who came in second place against Cohen in 2010 -- and is running against her again this year -- discussed his own ideas about safety Wednesday.

"We have a City Hall supervisor, we don't have a district supervisor, we don't have a neighborhood supervisor," Tony Kelly said at a lightly attended news conference outside the Bayview Police Station. "We need change and we need leadership in District 10."

Kelly, a Potrero Hill activist and resident, is one of five candidates running for District 10 in November, and he recently criticized the merits of Cohen's proposed antiviolence task force.

District 10 -- which includes Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill -- has had 12 of The City's 24 homicides this year, along with numerous shootings.

Kelly said he is "making a personal commitment to public safety."

If elected, Kelly said his first strategies to immediately reduce crime would be to request $10 million in emergency funds to pay for family support, employment opportunities and mental health services.

Then he would try to beef up community policing by increasing foot patrols at the three police stations that patrol The City's most violence-prone areas: the Mission, Bayview-Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley.

And he said he would meet with police captains weekly and try to increase the number of precinct meetings for the community.

Additionally, Kelly would call for a new police substation in Visitacion Valley and a 24/7 officer presence in crime hot spots, including public housing.

He also pledged to be at the scene of every homicide to make sure victims and their families receive support services, while promising daily office hours for community members.

Lastly, the proposal calls for a focus on working with groups who help ex-offenders return to the area. Specifically, Kelly vowed to fill the Board of Supervisors' seat that is currently empty at the San Francisco Reentry Council.

Cohen, who has not seen the details of her opponent's plan, stands by her record when it comes to violence prevention.

"I have not been presented with a violence-prevention plan, but I can tell you that solving San Francisco's -- and particularly District 10's -- public-safety challenges is incredibly complicated and requires a diverse range of solutions," Cohen said in a statement. "I am open and ready to work and implement sound ideas. In the last four years, I have done the tough work that others have just talked about."

Kelly and Cohen said other District 10 candidates are Shawn Richard, head of the nonprofit Brothers Against Guns, Ed Donaldson and Marlene Tran.

Correction: This story was updated Aug. 15 to correct the number of homicides in San Francisco this year. The number was incorrectly reported due to the fact that three possible recent homicides are pending review by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Officially, there have been 24 homicides so far this year.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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