SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Mayor London Breed announced a series of new public safety measures on Wednesday to combat the surge in anti-Asian attacks in the Bay Area.
The new security measures are designed to aid members of the Asian and Pacific islander communities in San Francisco.
“San Francisco, like many areas in California and across the country, has experienced unacceptable violence against residents of the Asian and Pacific islanders. To create a meaningful and sustainable response to protect our residents, we offer a proactive, culturally competent, and community-based response. Our goal with these two programs is to build trust in our various communities and increase public safety for everyone in San Francisco. “
SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR LONDON BREEDING
The first initiative is to create community security teams to serve to ensure outreach, support and engagement in key neighborhood corridors across the city:
- Leland Avenue in the Visitacion Valley
- Grant and Stockton Streets in Chinatown
- Clement Street in Richmond
- San Bruno Avenue in Portola
- Larkin, Eddy, Turk, Ellis, Golden Gate Streets in Filet
According to Mayor Breed, this will be achieved through an expansion of the Street Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) and a partnership with community organizations.
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The city expects teams to be deployed in the corridors of the neighborhood by the beginning of summer at the latest.
After this first phase of the program, the city can expand the program to additional corridors and neighborhoods, including those in the Sunset, Outer Mission and OMI communities.
In addition, a senior care program will continue to provide senior citizens with people to accompany them to medical and personal appointments and errands such as going to the bank or doctor’s office.
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The program is currently focused on Chinatown, but the city is working with senior service centers and vendors in other communities to evaluate interest in expanding the program to other areas of the city.
All seniors interested in this program can contact the Resource Hub of the Disability and Aging Services Department at 415-355-6700.
“I thank Mayor Breed for her leadership role in expanding the Road Violence Intervention Program (SVIP) and for working with the Coalition for Community Security and Justice (CCSJ) to continue our work and meet the myriad needs of our community become. If we respond to the immediate challenges that APIs are facing in the city, rather than increasing vandalism, break-ins, violence and hate speech, this community-centered approach will build on multicultural solidarity between diverse groups that will allow the outreach team to work with the community to provide resources and assistance to those in need. “
SARAH CHING-TING WAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, YOUTH CENTER OF THE COMMUNITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
In February, Mayor Breed and other city partners announced an agreement between the judicial partners to put in a coordinated effort to prevent individuals from repeating offenses in San Francisco. San Francisco is also driving an initiative aimed at preventing gun violence as part of efforts by the San Francisco Police Department and SVIP.
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San Francisco has received a $ 1.5 million grant for violence intervention and prevention in California over the next three years to reduce shootouts, break the cycle of relapse, and build trust between the community and law enforcement agencies.
The Bay Area, along with other parts of the United States, has seen an increase in anti-Asian attacks.
Most recently, a disturbing video showed an Asian woman being robbed and pulled by a car on Bush Street in San Francisco at the weekend.
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Most of the crimes reported here in the Bay Area have been arrested, but police are still searching for the person responsible for an attack in Daly City.