Can the Muni ‘ambassador’ program be saved?

An unprecedented approach to battling crime on Muni and ensuring riders feel safe faces elimination Sept. 30, when the source of the funding for the program, the federal JobsNow, dries up.

But city officials a are working to keep the SF Community Ambassadors program going by turning to other funding sources.

“The two-month pilot will conclude on Sept. 30 because that is when the JobsNow program funding ends,” said Adrienne Pon, executive director of the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, a division of the City Administrator’s Office, during Monday morning’s Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee.

“Currently, City Administrator Lee and I are looking at other funding sources, private funding, and looking at how we might redistribute our current budget so that we can have the program go for another six to eight months until we can secure permanent funding.”

The program has been operating for seven weeks and has interacted with 3,500 Muni riders. They are the “eyes and ears” on the transit lines and report crimes right away via cell phone and are also peacemakers.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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