Daly race rhetoric heats up

Foe knocks District 6 supe on response to anti-violence funding request from mayor

A candidate for District 6 supervisor accused incumbent Supervisor Chris Daly of stalling a proposal from the mayor to deal with an increasing rate of violent crime in The City.

Daly, who is chairman of The City’s Budget and Finance Committee, dismissed the claim by challenger Rob Black, saying he simply needed more information on the fiscal impacts of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to spend $2.5 million to fight violent crime before he could put it on the agenda. He said he was following his usual procedure for any item heard before the committee.

“Before we calendar any item with this level of fiscal impact in a financial committee we require a level of detail that has yet to be provided to us,” Daly said.

Black, a former supervisorial aide, said Daly is simply stalling and that he has refused to meet with the mayor’s office to discuss the issue further.

“We have had over 66 murders and are on pace to meet the 10-year high this year and Chris is even refusing to have a hearing on public safety,” Black said.

Daly dismissed Black’s accusation, saying he was not involved with the issue or relevant to what happens at the committee. In a memo sent to the mayor, the Board of Supervisors and police Chief Heather Fong last week, Daly wrote, “I welcome receiving more details on the mayor’s overall plans for making our streets safer.” Daly said he is hopeful the item can be placed on the agenda for the committee’s Oct. 11 meeting after he receives more details on the specifics of Newsom’s plan.

The mayor’s “Violence Prevention” supplemental budget request would put more officers on the street by moving them from behind their desks and would fund more probation officers, according to Black. However, in his memo, Daly questioned Newsom’s reliance on overtime pay and curfew enforcement to combat San Francisco’s rising homicide rate, which he called “the shame of The City.”

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