Supervisor Catherine Stefani today called for regular hearings on auto break-ins to hold police accountable. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor Catherine Stefani today called for regular hearings on auto break-ins to hold police accountable. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New SF supervisor seeks to hold police accountable on car break-ins

San Francisco’s newest member of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday said she will hold regular hearings on the epidemic of car break-ins to hold police accountable.

“Car break-ins should not be a toll you pay to live in San Francisco,” said District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani. “It is not a part of city living. I refuse to let this be the status quo in our beautiful city.”

Stefani asked the Police Department to report back to a Board of Supervisors committee in about a month for the first of a series of hearings on car break-ins.

“When I moved to Cow Hollow 17 years ago broken glass on the street was a rarity and now it is a daily occurence,” Stefani said. “You go to any neighborhood meeting or gathering in San Francisco and most, if not all, of the people gathered will say they have been victimized.”

Stefani said there are about 85 car break-ins each day.

“It’s absolutely out of control,” she said.

In 2017, there were more than 30,000 reported car break-ins in San Francisco, a 24 percent increase over 2016.

The hearings could give her a boost in the election for her seat this November. Car break-ins are among the top concerns of residents she represents in the Marina and Cow Hollow neighborhoods.

Stefani said the hearing could reveal that the Police Department may need more resources to combat the epidemic.
auto break-insauto burglariesCatherine StefaniCrimePoliticsSan Francisco Police Department

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco police investigated the scene of a police shooting near Varney Place and Third Street on May 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFPD shooting may prompt new body camera rules for plainclothes cops

Police chief says incident ‘should not have happened’

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference about a $12 billion package bolstering the state’s response to the homelessness crisis at the Kearney Vista Apartments on May 11, 2021 in San Diego, California. (K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Newsom promises sweeping change in California’s $267-billion budget

John Myers Los Angeles Times California would embark on the most ambitious… Continue reading

Despite the pandemic, San Francisco has ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Better than expected tax revenues leave city with $157.3M surplus for this year

As the fiscal year nears an end and Mayor London Breed prepares… Continue reading

Passengers board a BART train bound for the San Francisco Airport at Powell Street station. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART bumps up service restoration to August 30, offers fare discounts

Rail agency breaks pandemic ridership records, prepares to welcome more passengers

Ashley and Michelle Monterrosa hold a photo of their brother Sean Monterrosa, who was killed by a Vallejo police officer early Tuesday morning, as they are comforted at a memorial rally at the 24th Street Mission BART plaza on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
State Department of Justice to investigate Sean Monterrosa shooting by Vallejo police

Attorney General Rob Bonta steps in after Solano County DA declines case

Most Read