On December 25th Christmas Day the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association delivered meals to First Responders that were working Christmas day away from their families during the Covid-19 pandemic to protect yours.
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association along with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Managers and Supervisors Association and SEIU paid for Christmas meals for the Sheriff’s Office First Responders, the Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Senior Deputies, Deputy Sheriffs, Sheriffs Cadets, Institutional Police, ID Technicians, Records Clerks and Nurses.
Christmas Day Meals
SFDSA President Ken Lomba said, “We stepped up to help the Sheriff’s Office, we wanted to give something to the first responders that are working on this special holiday because they are appreciated.”
“This is a small gift that we hope gives them some comfort on the Christmas Holiday. We hope the Sheriff’s Office will participate in a bigger role next year to make this even better for the hard working men and women who show up everyday even in the toughest and scariest times like this Covid-19 pandemic to protect and serve San Francisco.”
Marinated Tri Tip, herbed mash potato, green beans almondine, chocolate mousse raspberry tart, dinner roll and a drink.
Poached Salmon with lemon dill sauce, lemon rice with peas, green beans almondine, lemon meringue tart, dinner roll and a drink.
The meals were prepared by A Black Tie Affair Catering who worked diligently with us to make this a special day for these First Responders at their workplace.
Please consider donating to our non-profit Protecting San Francisco so we can continue to fund events for the welfare of our first responders.
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association recently prevailed in a heated interest arbitration with the City and County of San Francisco Sheriff’s Office over the terms of a successor contract. The continued ability of the DSA membership to earn and burn compensatory time off (CTO) was the highest priority issue for both parties. CCSF wanted to restrict this right in order to reduce overtime costs associated with the department’s chronic under staffing. Despite that the DSA retained the right to earn and burn compensatory time off in the 2019 contract negotiations interest arbitration, the department attempted to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to unilaterally eliminate member’s compensatory time off rights.
The Earn and Burn Compensatory Time Off was one of the few personal time off leaves that allowed our members to recover from a highly stressful job in a negative environment where morale is at an all time low. Also this time off, prevented the department from excessively conducting salary savings. The Earn and Burn CTO ate into the savings of running overtime excessively and put the department in a position to hire more staff. This was the only thing left to discourage them from exploiting salary savings, which is relying heavily on overtime instead of hiring needed deputy sheriffs.
On March 23, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office announced that it was suspending CTO earn and burn based on the COVID-19 public health emergency. The “emergency” exceptions to meet and confer requirements are limited. The Sheriff did not have any financial emergency or staffing shortage that warranted the change. Rather, it was evident CCSF saw another opportunity, citing COVID-19, to accomplish its goal of taking away CTO earn and burn . Violating the DSA’s contract gives the Sheriff’s Office the opportunity to exploit and abuse the salary savings scheme conducting more overtime and hiring less deputy sheriffs.
On April 28, 2020, SFDSA filed another charge based on CCSF’s unilateral decision to suspend the Compensatory Time Off (CTO) agreement. The CTO agreement allows DSA members to “earn” CTO up to 160 hours and then “burn” the hours before they can accrue again. CCSF has made numerous attempts to take away CTO earn and burn.
On December 2, 2020, PERB issued a complaint alleging CCSF committed an unfair labor practice by failing to provide notice and an opportunity to meet and confer over its unilaterally implemented changes to CTO earn and burn.
The declared COVID-19 “public health emergency” does not give employers free reign to unilaterally implement changes to wages, hours, or working conditions within the scope of representation.
In March of 2020, Sheriff Miyamoto violated the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association collective bargaining agreement. This agreement is a contract between the union and the City and County of San Francisco covering wages, benefits and work conditions. Sheriff Miyamoto violated our compensatory compensation side letter and the provision of the SFDSA contract. As well as there was an earlier threatened violation attempt on January 17th, 2020 which the SFDSA seemed to have prevented with this cease and desist letter.
On January 17, 2020, DSA President Ken Lomba and Undersheriff Matthew Freeman discussed Compensatory Time Off. Undersheriff Freeman erroneously asserted the City and County of San Francisco was not obligated to continue adhering to the Earn and Burn Agreement under the successor MOU. President Lomba advised that the successor MOU and the Earn and Burn Side Letter Agreement maintained the parties’ status quo regarding CTO accrual and usage practices.
On March 23, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office violated our contract and issued a memorandum to DSA members announcing “the practice commonly referred to as ‘earn and burn’ is suspended” during the period of the public health emergency. Sheriff Miyamoto did not provide advance written notice or an opportunity to meet and confer. Additionally, the parties did not exhaust impasse procedures pursuant to CCSF’s Charter. The Sheriff’s Department has not experienced COVID-19 related absences that have caused an impact to public health or safety. During the COVID-19 pandemic despite suspending CTO Earn and Burn, CCSF increased deputies’ sick leave banks by an additional eighty (80) hours. Also during this time, CCSF allowed SFPD to work one day per pay period from home to conduct training.
In April of 2020, the SFDSA filed a lawsuit based on the foregoing. The DSA anticipates PERB will issue a complaint and hopes the CCSF Sheriff’s Office will engage in discussions to resolve the matter before a hearing.
From our California Public Records Act Request we obtained further information that the Sheriff’s Office had planned this contract violation prior to January 16th, 2020. In an email from the Sheriff’s CFO Hollings to Sheriff Miyamoto and Undersheriff Freeman, he states “the Mayors office has offered to work with us to help implement the cap.”
San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association endorses a Yes Vote on Prop 20. Proposition 20 fixes four specific flaws contained in recent criminal justice reforms — addressing violent crime classification and serial theft, as well as parole reform and DNA collection.
San Francisco’s Crime Rate is going up as it relates to thefts and some violent crimes. The SFPD Crime Dashboard shows that Homicide is up 41%, Burglaries are up 43%, Motor Vehicle Theft is up 29%, and Arson is up 45%.
The President of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association Ken Lomba stated, “They put together a thoughtful and meaningful amendment with Prop 20 to fix these loopholes because at the end of the day we want public safety. We don’t want lawlessness, we don’t want crime free for all’s and we are seeing that on the tv almost daily now.” Prop 20 fixes the loopholes in the past changes in the law.
We wrote an open letter to the SF Mayor London Breed in regards to redeploying approximately 170 San Francisco Police Officers that are assigned to SFO, replacing them with SF Deputy Sheriffs while moving the SF Police Officers back to San Francisco where they are needed.
We had a discussion about this with the Mayors Chief of Staff. We determined by doing this it would save the SF Airport money which would translate to a savings to the airlines. It would not cost the cities general fund any money, SF Deputies would be paid for by the SFO which is an enterprise fund and does not draw money from the city. With this bad economy, employees facing layoffs and businesses are suffering, this is a fiscally responsible idea.
Recent data on SF Police Departments Crime Dashboard shows an increase in Homicide up +37%, Arsons up +53%, Burglaries up +42% and Car Thefts up +32% in San Francisco, while as little crime there is at SFO it has even decreased dramatically more.
After a thought out discussion, we presented the idea of replacing the SF Police Officers at SFO as police officers in the city retire. SFO SFPD officers can transition back into the city of San Francisco to vacant positions after an officer retires or leaves to another agency. This would save the cities general fund from hiring and training new officers.
Also this would stop the SFO from depleting the SFPD recruitment and hiring pool of officers which they have spent time and money recruiting. As well as these recruited police officers are a resource for the city of San Francisco and should not be picked away by SFO. This current method is not efficient and depletes police officers that are intended for public safety in San Francisco. There would be a recruitment and hiring saving by doing this as well and by stopping this practice it protects the tax payers money that has an investment in public safety in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association went through a rigorous process to arrive at its endorsements. The SFDSA political action committee thoroughly researches propositions, candidates and invites candidates to participate in a questionnaire addressing important public safety and district issues. After completing the questionnaire candidates or propositions representatives are selected to take part in a PAC interview.
The following propositions and candidates have been vetted by our Political Action Committee and their endorsements were ratified by our Board of Directors. These are the best choices for the November 3rd election.
State Level: Yes on Prop 20 Proposition 20 fixes four specific flaws contained in recent criminal justice reforms — addressing violent crime classification and serial theft, as well as parole reform and DNA collection. https://keepcalsafe.org/
SF Deputy Sheriffs replacing SF Police Officers at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) would save the City’s general fund by deploying over 200 police officers from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to vacant police officer positions within the City. The initial savings would be 31 million dollars, as indicated in the Budget Legislative Analysis report.
Reallocating some or all of the SFPD resources currently devoted to this low crime area (SFO) to the higher crime areas of the City, like the Tenderloin has obvious benefits. Access to these additional officers for quality investigation of the significant crimes within San Francisco, would protect residents and serve as a fiscal savings in the overall budget. Foot patrols and a larger SFPD presence in areas that attract tourists would provide for a safer experience for the citizens and visitors in San Francisco. In turn, the problems facing our tourist industry and revenues that flow from them will likely improve significantly.
We conducted a survey to see what the voters thought of this idea. 80% percent support the idea of SFSO replacing the SFPD at SFO.
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office specializes in addressing the law enforcement needs of government buildings and provides an excellent professional alternative to the San Francisco Police Department. The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association urges you to consider, support and implement a phased plan to replace some or all of the law enforcement duties with the SFSO deputies at the San Francisco Airport.
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office is one of the City’s best kept secrets and a hidden jewel amongst law enforcement agencies. The SFSO has been in existence since 1850, but goes largely unnoticed by many of its residents. Since San Francisco is both a city and a county, the Sheriff’s Office maintains a lower profile than most large, county agencies. However, the Sheriff and its diverse group of deputies have unobtrusively served its residents, performing many essential services, within the county, for a long time. Its unique history and long-established practice of embracing diversity, inclusiveness and valuing the advancement and promotion of its LGBTQI, women and minority deputies is out of the ordinary when compared to most law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
The Sheriff’s Office is a law enforcement agency with a variety of functions. Patrol, investigations, court services, law enforcement within and protection of government buildings are some of the important services provided by the Sheriff’s Office. Some who are familiar with the SFSO may associate it with its long history of responsibilities relating to the housing and the monitoring of incarcerated individuals, but many do not realize the agency has evolved into one of the most progressive leaders of the restorative justice process in San Francisco. Many justice partner collaborations, reforms, education projects and programs were developed under the long-term leadership of Criminal Justice Reform Pioneer, Sheriff Michael Hennessey, have become the national model and continue to flourish under the current Sheriff, Paul Miyamoto. These varied responsibilities, along with the work done in its Community Programs Unit, Civil Section and the Transportation Unit are staffed by an amazingly diverse body of deputized staff. This eclectic law enforcement agency provides these much needed services to its residents and the county’s justice system.
Additionally, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Training Unit stays on the cutting edge of issues that plague community relations with law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. The Training Staff works hard to address any problems within the SFSO which may erode the public’s confidence in its ability to fairly provide essential law enforcement services to the city of San Francisco. The sworn staff of the Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to eradicating any practices which may interfere with the goal of establishing trust between them, as a local law enforcement agency and the community which they serve. The long established dedication to diverse hiring is an integral part in achieving this goal and is essential in bridging the divide.
For decades the Sheriff’s Office has prided itself on diversity amongst the ranks of sworn officers. Diversity is important and this is why;
Study Finds Increasing Diversity Can Decrease Police Misconduct
A 2016 study published in the American Society for Public Administration found increasing a police force’s ethnic diversity can reduce officer misconduct. “An increase in the proportion of ethnic minority police officers is significantly associated with a decrease in police misconduct,” the study noted.
“Because their fellow police officer is representing these cultures, there’s just a natural, organic way in which people become a little bit more open minded, a little more progressive thinking, a little bit more compassionate and empathetic, because they see in these individuals, their own friends, their own colleagues, their own peers,” said Rob Davis, former San Jose Police Chief and current law enforcement consultant with the Chicago-based security firm Hillard Heintze. “Your police department has to be reflective of that community.”
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department has been way ahead of its time in establishing an agency which is a reflection of the community. One of the most unique aspects of the Sheriff’s immense diversity is that it did not reach these impressive ratios through mandates but came about through embracing a progressive philosophy that welcomed and encouraged people of various races, women and LGBTQI individuals to join the agency.
The charts provided are a comparison of the racial breakdown of sworn personnel within large law enforcement agencies in San Francisco.
We asked the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office how do they recruit diverse applicants. Sheriff’s Captain Sanford stated, “We have attended numerous community and cultural events throughout the city. We have also attended community based job fairs, city job fairs and college job fairs. Deputy Sheriff Moret also attended a job fair that included students from the Atlanta University Center (Three Historically Black Colleges & Universities).”
The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association President Ken Lomba stated, “We are a labor union that represents more than 720 deputies and senior deputies who serve and protect San Franciscans in the jails, the courts, city hall, and in specialized assignments throughout the City. Our diversity makes us better engage with the community and we are proud of that.”
San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association launches a chartible non-profit public benefit organization named “Protecting San Francisco.”
Protecting San Francisco was primarily created and dedicated to the welfare of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs and their families. Protecting San Francisco in conjunction of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association will pay it forward to help it’s community as well.
Formed in 2019 by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Protecting San Francisco’s mandate includes an array of public education and assistance projects:
Deputy Sheriff Families. Organize special funds to provide emergency assistance to families of deputy sheriffs killed in the line of duty.
Assistance Projects. Provide resources and assistance giving back to the San Francisco Community during times of need and disaster.
Public Education. Provide information about protecting San Francisco and crime prevention and conduct public outreach and education about neighborhood safety and public safety.
Protecting San Francisco is a non-profit charitable organization, (tax ID: 85-0565860) operated by San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, and headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Protecting San Francisco 35 Gilbert Street San Francisco, CA 94103
We work throughout San Francisco and in other areas where San Francisco owns property. We are doing our best to protect the public and help whenever possible.
Our job is demanding, dangerous, stressful and sometimes unappreciated.
What We Believe
Every time deputy sheriffs put on their uniforms, they are representing a proud profession. To them, law enforcement is more than just a job. For that reason, Protecting San Francisco is more than just a foundation. Protecting San Francisco is a partner in building a better safer San Francisco for all.
On March 30th the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association started an educational Coronavirus prevention campaign to increase public awareness.
Ken Lomba, SFDSA President said, “We want to be part of the solution not only are the deputy sheriffs on the streets fighting an invisible threat, we started a public education campaign teaching the public Coronavirus Prevention Steps on social media and YouTube.”
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is in the acceleration phase of the pandemic. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response. San Francisco Coronavirus cases are increasing and we need to flatten the curve to slow down the surge. This will reduce the impacts on the hospitals while medicines and vaccines are being developed.
We wish you safety and good health throughout this COVID-19 Pandemic. Be well! The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the labor union representing deputy sheriffs and senior deputy sheriffs in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.