Proposition E asks voters to change a provision in San Francisco’s charter that requires the police force to have 1,971 sworn officers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Proposition E asks voters to change a provision in San Francisco’s charter that requires the police force to have 1,971 sworn officers. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Voters supporting Prop. E to set SFPD staffing levels with data

A ballot measure that would remove the arbitrary mandate requiring San Francisco to have at least 1,971 sworn officers on the police force has passed.

Proposition E, from Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee, had 238,319, or nearly 72 percent, of votes in returns released early Wednesday morning. The measure requires a simple majority to pass.

The measure removes the staffing requirement embedded in the City Charter and instead creates a data-approach for determining how many cops are needed.

San Francisco has rarely ever met the 1,971 minimum staffing level that voters placed into the charter in 1994.

The figure was the result of a consent decree that required The City to boost the number of women and officers of color in the San Francisco Police Department by having least 1,971 cops on the force between 1981 and 1984. It was not based on actual need but rather on funding available at the time.

The measure was opposed by retired Judge Quentin Kopp of the San Francisco Taxpayers Association, who argued that it came at an unnecessary cost to taxpayers.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association similarly argued that The City already doesn’t meet the minimum staffing number — so why pay to remove it.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsCrimeElection 2020Politicssan francisco news

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

Nicole Canedo looks at her City-issued Medical Reimbursement Account page on her computer outside her Berkeley apartment on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Canedo has worked numerous retail jobs in The City and the MRA has helped her with health costs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Millions left sitting in medical reimbursement accounts by city workers

Health officials looking at how to improve access, outreach as untapped funds reach $409M

Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF moves into purple tier, triggering curfew and business shutdowns

San Francisco moved into the state’s purple COVID-19 tier Saturday, requiring The… Continue reading

Indecline, an art activist collective in San Francisco, transformed a billboard into an editorial with a message blasting immigration policies of Donald Trump’s administration. (Screenshot, Indecline website)
Has immigration fallen off the administration’s radar? Not a chance

Enforced as executive orders, Trump’s hardline policies are proceeding, against will of the people

University of San Francisco head coach Todd Golden coaches his team on defense during a 2019 gameat War Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Stunner in Bubbleville: USF upsets fourth-ranked Virginia

Less than 48 hours removed from a loss to a feeble UMass… Continue reading

A dinner at three Michelin Stars restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville, Napa Valley has highlighted Gov. Gavin Newsom’s relationship with a well-known lobbyist. (Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock)
The lobbyist who led Gavin Newsom to the French Laundry has a history of controversy

Lara Korte and Sophia Bollag The Sacramento Bee When photos circulated earlier… Continue reading

Most Read