Proposed changes to police districts have Mission Bay residents concerned about safety.
Residents said Wednesday during a Police Commission hearing on redistricting that they are worried the proposed boundaries of the Southern District could divide police services for the neighborhood’s key institution: UC San Francisco.
UCSF has properties both within and outside of the proposed new Southern District. Its main campus is on the north side of 16th Street, with the children’s and women’s hospitals south between 16th and Mariposa streets.
The Southern District currently serves an area south of Market Street down to Channel Street, then east from Third Street to a small portion of 16th Street near U.S. Highway 101. Under the proposed change, the district would cover all of 16th Street from the freeway to San Francisco Bay, but not south to Mariposa Street.
Officers who patrol the areas affected will not change their routes, only the stations where they are based, Police Chief Greg Suhr said at Wednesday’s hearing. Therefore, the police presence in the area will remain the same.
“The Bayview officers that currently work the area where the new public safety building sits in, UCSF and the like, that currently report to Captain O’Sullivan at Bayview will now report to Captain de Filippo at Southern,” said Suhr.
Alexandria Real Estate operates 13 buildings in Mission Bay, including properties for UCSF, and it is concerned about the impacts of splitting properties between two police districts.
“Being a landlord in the area, we would be segregating a couple members of our tenant population which have very unique needs,“ said company representative Jason Beck. “They’re not consistent with the Bayview, and they’re very consistent with the rest of the population — our other 12 buildings that we own in the neighborhood.”
Keeping UCSF within one district would meet the proposal’s objectives, which include to minimize response times, preserve the integrity of neighborhoods and constructed boundaries like the medical center, adjust for district-specific considerations, and provide for more logical alignments when possible, Beck said.
The Bayview Police District station is located in the south end of The City, several miles from the UCSF facilities. The Southern District station is much closer at 850 Bryant St.
Corinne Woods, chair of the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee, said during the Police Commission meeting that she worries the community will be split between two police stations if the proposed changes are approved. Another major feature of Mission Bay, she noted, will be the planned Warriors arena on 16th Street.
“I don’t think it’s easy for the Police Department to deal with two different jurisdictions when the Warriors are going to be on one side of the street in the Southern, and Bayview is going to have to deal with Alexandria Real Estate’s and UCSF’s property across the street,” Woods said.
Earlier this month, residents’ concerns were focused on the proposed northern border of the Southern District, which would be shifted south one block from Market Street to Mission Street.
Many worried that the Tenderloin District’s resources would be stretched thin with the addition of Market Street and the Westfield Centre to their coverage area.
The new district map, based on analysis required by the Board of Supervisors every 10 years, is only a draft and could be altered to include Mariposa Street if neighbors come to a common-sense agreement that it should, Suhr said.