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Held at City Hall, Room 400 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

The minutes of this meeting set forth all actions taken by the Commission on the matters stated, but not necessarily the chronological sequence in which the matters were taken up

1. (ACTION) Roll Call
The meeting was called to order by Comm. Hale at 5:45pm. Comms. Chuck, Aramburo, Ricci, Jackson-Drake were were present at the gavel. Comms. Grossman, Dupre were excused.

2. (ACTION) Review and approval of April 25, 2001 meeting minutes
Comm. Jackson-Drake gave the correct name of the person mentioned in the report from the Interfaith Council: Ruth Semel should read, Rita Semel. With this correction, the minutes were adopted.

Comm. Hale took a moment to announce the retirement of Comm. Jackson-Drake from the Juvenile Probation Commission. He reviewed some of the creative work she had done on the Commission, including getting the Dept to support the participation of young women from the CBOs at the annual Women’s Summit. Comm. Arámburo read a proclamation from the Mayor for Comm. Jackson-Drake. (the full text of this is available through the JPC office). Comm. Hale further commented that Comm. Jackson-Drake did all that she did from a love for the young people in the Dept, and without a political agenda. Comm. Arámburo added that Brenda brought the insight of a mother, the organizational skills of a perfectionist, and the commitment of a true advocate. Comm. Chuck also applauded her. Chief Williams likewise thanked Comm. Jackson-Drake for all her hard work on all the various levels and projects. Comm. Jackson-Drake responded that this work has been the most rewarding of all the work she has been involved in. She called out to everyone to find time to do very important volunteer service for the community. She commented that this was a basic tenent of her own family, while growing up, and she now tries to impart that same orientation to her own children. She thanked everyone, including the Commission Secretary, for the hard work done for the youth in the Dept.

3. (DISCUSSION) Chief Probation Officer’s Report
a. Staff Commendations
Chief Williams commented that it was always a pleasure to point out the good work of Dept staff, and that the recent incident in Juvenile Hall showed the outstanding concern and commitment the staff has toward the youth in their charge and the work of the Dept. Through their efforts, a potentially clamatous situation was averted. Comm. Hale said that beyond the certificate, he wanted to let them know that the Commission appreciates their work all the time. The Chief called out the names of those receiving certificates of recognition, and those present came up to receive them. Counselor Villalon, Singh, Luis Alvilas, and Assistant Director Diestal spoke positively about their experiences and desires for helping the youth under their supervision, and thanked the Commission for supporting them. Janet Medina also thanked the staff for their good work. (A complete list of those recognized is available from Chief Williams’s office).
b. Status Report on Juvenile Hall Replacement Project:
Chris Bigelow reported that they have come up with space for the library which is twice as large as originally planned for. Construction documents should be ready by June 7. The EIR will be submitted to DOJ in about two wks. The arts project is moving along. They are scheduling workshops with the youth in the hall, to incorporate their work into the final displays.
Comm. Arámburo took an aside to commend the staff in the hall for keeping everyone safe during that incident. She also thanked the B5 staff for their having to do therapeutic work as mental health counselors too.
Comm. Jackson-Drake encouraged the finalization of the relocation process so that the construction is not delayed.
c. FY 2000-2001 and FY 2001-2002 Operating Budget Update tabled
d. Highlights from last Commission meeting to present. tabled
e. Trends/Emerging Issues/Upcoming Events tabled

4. (ACTION) Consideration and possible action on Finance Committee recommendation to continue a contract with the Performing Arts Workshop in the amount of $500,000 for work with the Robeson/Rivera Academy.
It was moved to approve the contract. There was a second. There was no public comment. Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

5. (ACTION) Consideration and possible action on Program Committee’s recommendations on the Children’s Baseline Programs contracts, as follows:
Intensive Home Based Supervision          
          Bayview Hunter’s Point Foundation ($65,000)
          Community Youth Center (formerly Chinatown Youth Center) ($65,000)
          Morrisania West ($65,000)
          Potrero Hill Neighborhood House ($65,000)
          Instituto Familiar De La Raza ($65,000)
          Vietnamese Youth Development Center ($65,000)
          Office of Samoan Affairs ($65,000)
Comm. Arámburo introduced the contracts as ongoing partners in the Dept’s efforts to get our youth back into the communities. She mentioned that her motion is to approve the contract amounts up to the maximum of the amount listed. This is due to the budget process going on now in the City, and again encouraged all the CBOs to make it known to the Bd of Supes that the Dept’s budget is deserving of their support.
There were no public comments on any of the contracts.
She moved to approve the Bayview Hunter’s Point Foundation contract. It was seconded. Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 4-0-1, with Comm. Hale abstaining due to a conflict of interest.
Comm. Arámburo moved to approve all the remaining IHBS contracts. It was seconded. Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Home Based Detention
          Mission Neighborhood Centers ($138,600)
Comm. Arámburo moved to approve, and was seconded. . Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

Mentorship Program
          Ella Hill Hutch Community Center ($65,000)
          YWCA/Come Into the Sun Mentorship Program for Girls ($65,000)
Comm. Arámburo moved to approve, and was seconded. . Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

Peer Counseling
          Potrero Hill Neighborhood House ($52,500)
Comm. Arámburo moved to approve, and was seconded. . Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

Preplacement Shelter
          SF Boys and Girls Home ($202,125)
Comm. Arámburo moved to approve, and was seconded. . Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Status Offenders Shelter
          Huckleberry Youth Advocates ($622,710)
Comm. Arámburo moved to approve, and was seconded. . Upon voice vote, the motion passed by a vote of 5-0.

6. (ACTION) Consideration and possible action on Finance Committee’s recommendations on contracts for: a) Owens Information Systems ($174,000), and Government Computer Sales, Inc ($60,000).
It was moved to approve the contracts. There was a second. There was no public comment on this. Upon voice vote, the motion passed 5-0.

7. (DISCUSSION) Report on schools programs at YGC and LCRS; J. Buenavista
Tabled until a future meeting. Possibly July.

8. (DISCUSSION) Report on the Disproportionate Minority Confinement project: Youth Law Center, Susan Burrell reporting.
Chief Williams said that the YLC would probably have a draft report by the end of June, and a finaal report by early July for the Commission. S. Burrell reported that they have been meeting for the last few months on the project First they wanted to do a survey, to get the demographics (from the Dept’s IT division). They’ve come up with 10 areas to look at: single largest group is kids awaiting placement. Is processing the problem, or lack of placements. Another group is short term detention; did they need to be detained. Probation violations; do these demand detention. Are detainees only charged with lightweight offenses, is the detention being done consistently.
Comm. Hale asked if they are comparing the problems of placement here vs. other states. Comm. Arámburo asked if they will also address the disproportionate minority confinement issue surrounding detainment, and possible bias and racism all along the line: from arrest, to adjudication. Burrell described an institute that J. Bell had just set up to explore the issue of this. Chief Williams stated that the Dept has just reached an agreement with the Annie E Casey Fdn to look at the issue.

9. (DISCUSSION) Public Comment on any matter within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Juvenile Probation Commission.
There was none

10. (DISCUSSION) Announcements, requests for future agenda items.
Comm. Hale commented that he suggested to the Chief that individual Commissioners work out some time to go with the Chief to City Hall to talk with Supervisors about the Dept’s budget. He also commented that he was pleased at the "good" dialog at the retreat, and at the direction of the Dept., which he characterized as good. He encouraged Dept staff to give feedback on all matters within the Dept because the Commission needed and wanted to hear from them.
Comm. Hale mentioned that Comm. Jackson-Drake’s son was written up in the news recently. She in turn elaborated with much pride that he was a distance runner at University High and that he recognized that this was not in keeping with the stereotype of African Americans being sprinters, but that he enjoyed breaking stereotypes.

11. (ACTION) Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned in honor of Comm. Brenda Jackson-Drake at 7:10pm.

                                                  Adopted July 25, 2001