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 held at City Hall room 400 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102


(ACTION)  Roll Call
The Chair called the meeting to order at 3:24 pm.  All Commissions were present at the gavel.


(Public Comment on all matter pertaining to the closed session)
Bill Johnston, Asst. Chief Probation Officer, spoke regarding the two incidents of gas leak and fire at Log Cabin Ranch and said that if there is anything actionable in those two events, it should be toward him as he was in charge on both occasions, and Chief Tucker was out of town, first in Africa on vacation and then at a meeting with the Casey Foundation.  He went on to praise her for working hard on the job.  He said he’s never seen any chief work as hard at the job as she does.

Maria Luna, a former employee of the Juvenile Probation Dept presented a folder of materials to the commissioners, but after perusal by Margaret Baumgartner, they were returned to Ms Luna without the Commissioners viewing the contents.  Ms. Baumgartner felt some of the documents were inappropriate as they related to personal personnel info, which might expose the commission and city to legal challenges.

Ms. Luna went on to complain about how she was treated during her employ in the Dept, while on light duty due to workplace injury, such as her cramped office space. 

Sululagi Palega, community advocate, said that there needed to be a new direction in the Dept, with someone who is familiar with the community, and is recognized as someone who understands and cares.  He advocated for a local leader vs someone from somewhere else. He also emphasized the need for a Dept audit.

Omar Khalif, Ombudsman for juvenile hall and Log Cabin Ranch.  He encouraged the Commission to show some compassion toward the Chief.  He said everyone needs to re-evaluate the process before proceeding.

Gabe Calvillo, PO. supported the Chief.

Melissa Leong, a probationer, said everyone deserves a second chance. (re. the Chief).


(ACTION) Convene in Closed Session Pursuant to Government Code section 54957 and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10, to consider:

                                a.  PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION 
                                     Chief Probation Officer, Gwendolyn Tucker
                                b.  PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DISMISSAL:  One employee affected
                                c.  PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT/HIRING

                                     Consider recommending names to the Mayor for an acting Chief       
                                     Probation Officer, who will serve as the department head for
                                     the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department.


(ACTION) Reconvene in Open Session, pursuant to Government Code section 54957.1, and Admin Code section 67.10.

                a.  Disclosure of Action Taken in Closed Session
                     The matter has been continued to August 10, 2004, at the request of the
                     Chief and her counsel.

                 b. Vote on whether to disclose discussion during closed session
                    The Commission voted not to disclose the discussion in closed session.


Public comment on all matters under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Probation Commission.
Gonzalo Fierro, expressed his disappointment that the Commission did not act on the dismissal.  He then said he didn’t appreciate that “kiss” Comm. Hale gave him. And accused him of being the Chief’s biggest proponent, and being as corrupt as she.

NTanya Lee, asked if the Commission could re state for clarity what was going on in the process because the public should know at what stage this is at, whether a decision has been delayed or what.

Rich Perino, PO, an individual, said that it is clear and obvious that when a public official no longer receives the support of the powers that be or the “stockholders” then it’s time to go.  He said he discovered that the reason this Dept wasn’t getting requisitions for temporary hires to alleviate the OT problems, that the Mayor’s Budget Office and Controller didn’t have any confidence in the administration to effect a savings.  He hoped the Commission would bring in a new Dept head and we could move forward.

Mercy Hernandez Bran, read the Mission Statement of the Dept. and said that public comments in previous meetings have shown that the Dept isn’t fulfilling its mission.  She faulted the administration for understaffing, workers comp, and mishandling of money.  She said there needed to be an audit of the TANF monies.

Norman Kumaya, a counselor, complained that there are a lot of problems at juvenile hall, some of them swept under the rug.  He said there are no effective managers there. The problem is not just Chief Tucker.



(ACTION) Adjournment
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm.