New D8 supe seeks crackdown on auto break-ins, improved treatment of transgender people in custody

Mayor Ed Lee’s District 8 appointee to the Board of Supervisors called for a neighborhood crime fighting policy and better treatment of incarcerated transgender people during his first meeting Tuesday.

Jeff Sheehy also supported a proposal to fully fund tuition-free City College, along with nine other board members — although the mayor has refused to release the total funding. And, along with nine other board members, he supported the installation of a memorial for Alex Nieto who was killed by police, even though the memorial was opposed by the Police Officers Association.

He did not make comments on either of those two votes during the meeting. But he did introduce legislation and made hearing requests.

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“One of the most pressing issues for all San Francisco right now is neighborhood crime, car break-ins, burglaries, petty theft, open drug use and the like,” Sheehy, a Glen Park resident, said. “Just in front of my house there have been car break-ins twice I think in just the last three to four months.”

He said The City needs a neighborhood crime fighting policy. “We’ve yet to find a consensus policy,” Sheehy said. “We need a consensus path forward to fight against neighborhood crime that is thoughtful, intentional but also compassionate.”

To that end, Sheehy requested a hearing to begin “scoping the best neighborhood crime fighting strategy for our city.”

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Sheehy waded into national politics by introducing a non-binding resolution to “encourage Congress to maintain the Affordable Care Act in its entirety” and he requested a hearing to discuss the funding impacts should the ACA be repealed.

The third act Sheehy took was to send a letter of inquiry to the Sheriff’s Department to “learn of the treatment of transgender people” in custody in the jails. Sheehy said that “transgender people report that there is more progress The City can make to ensure proper treatment in our city jails.”

Sheehy could face election as early as November if a special election is called through a signature gathering campaign. Otherwise, his election would occur next year. Like previous mayoral appointees to the board, Sheehy’s performance will be closely watched to determine if he could be upset in a contest by a more progressive candidate.

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