Giants’ title puts money into SFPD officers’ hands 

As The City’s police union demands more compensation for officers working after Giants’ and 49ers’ games, recently released figures show taxpayers spent $340,812 on overtime for World Series-victory celebrations — both planned and unplanned.

On Nov. 1, when the team clinched the World Series, impromptu celebrations erupted across San Francisco, some turning violent and destructive. The City paid out $68,940 in overtime for police on that night alone, according to payroll records.

And that overtime still was not enough to keep residents safe. Police called in mutual aid from the California Highway Patrol and Daly City police.

But the majority of the OT was for the planned victory parade down Market Street. Hundreds of thousands of people came into San Francisco to celebrate and there were very few instances of violence. But officers were paid $271,871 in overtime.

In addition to police services, the Department of Public Works cleaned up 17 tons of trash at an added cost of $20,000. Other expenses included damage to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency vehicles and overtime for other departments.

The parade was one of the largest civic events San Francisco has ever hosted, said Christine Falvey, a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office, which helped coordinate the event with the Giants.

“It was a success, in part, because we kept people safe and provided the necessary city services to make sure The City was ready before, during and after the parade,” she said in a statement.

In 2010, the Los Angeles Lakers — owned in part by the parent company of The San Francisco Examiner — picked up the tab for a city parade after beating the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals. The offer came after outrage the previous year when taxpayers doled out more than $1.8 million in costs for a parade. 

In San Francisco, the policing costs for the victory celebrations were on top of the expenses The City pays for providing security at many events held at AT&T and Candlestick parks during the year. The Giants and 49ers have agreements with the Police Department to pay for security inside their respective facilities, but not outside after the games are over.

Police Officers Association President Gary Delagnes has called on both teams to pay more to help bridge The City’s expected $380 million deficit.

But the Giants are not budging from the current agreement for regular-season games. Team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said the Giants incurred the production costs of the “safe and successful” victory parade.

“Regarding the issue you raise about our games, Mr. Delagnes’ proposal runs counter to our negotiated agreement with The City that is tied to our privately financed ballpark,” she said.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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