SFDSA 2020 Endorsements – Vote 11/3

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 Local:
Yes on RR Caltrain Sales Tax
https://rescuecaltrain.org

Yes on A – Health and Homelessness, Parks, and Streets Bond
https://www.sfrecoverybond.com/

Yes on B – Department of Sanitation and Streets, Sanitation and Streets Commission, and Public Works Commission

Yes on F – Business Tax Overhaul
https://www.sfyesonf.com/

Yes on H – Neighborhood Commercial Districts and City Permitting
https://www.sfsmallbusiness.com/

Yes on L – Business Tax Based on Comparison of Top Executive’s Pay to Employees’ Pay

Board of Supervisor:
Vote for Aaron Peskin – Board of Supervisor District 3
https://www.aaronpeskin2020.com/read-me

Please vote by mail or on November 3rd for the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association Endorsed Candidates!

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the labor union representing deputy sheriffs and senior deputy sheriffs in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

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SFPD at SFO should be redeployed to the Tenderloin

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. 

San Francisco Law Enforcement and Its Unparalleled Diversity

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.”

SFDSA Launches Chartible Non Profit “Protecting San Francisco”

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

Our Work

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.

SFDSA Starts Coronavirus Prevention Campaign

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.

Coronavirus Flatten the Curve

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.

SF Democratic County Central Committee

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is pleased to announce its endorsements for SF Democratic County Central Committee. 

SF DCCC

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association went through a rigorous process to arrive at its endorsements.  The SFDSA political action committee thoroughly researches candidates and invites candidates to participate in a questionnaire addressing important public safety and district issues.  On January 15th, our Board of Directors considered the recommendations of the political action committee and voted to endorse Gordon Mar, Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, Hillary Ronen, Shamann Walton and Ahsha Safai. Please vote for these candidates.

“Paid for by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association PAC.  Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.  Financial disclosures are available at sfethics.org.”

SFDSA Endorses Pang Ly for Judge

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is pleased to announce its endorsement for Superior Court Judge. 

Pang Ly for Judge
Pang Ly for Judge

Pang Ly represents the best candidate for Superior Court Judge, Seat 1,” says SFDSA President Ken Lomba.  “Pang did extremely well in all areas of our process.  What we liked most of all was that Pang is currently a Superior Court Commissioner Pro Tem and she is deeply dedicated to giving back to our community, our court, and our system of justice. We found that she is in alignment with our vision of public safety as we continue to protect San Francisco. We are proud to endorse Pang Ly for Superior Court Judge,” he says.

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association went through a rigorous process to arrive at its endorsements.  The SFDSA political action committee thoroughly researches candidates and invites candidates to participate in a questionnaire addressing important public safety and district issues.  On January 15th, our Board of Directors considered the recommendations of the political action committee and voted to endorse Pang Ly for Superior Court Judge, Seat 1.

Pang Ly for Judge
Pang Ly for Judge

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the labor union representing deputy sheriffs and senior deputy sheriffs in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

“Paid for by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association PAC.  Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.  Financial disclosures are available at sfethics.org.”

SFDSA Endorses Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Judge

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is pleased to announce its endorsement for Superior Court Judge. 

Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Dorothy Chou Proudfoot

Dorothy Proudfoot represents the best candidate for Superior Court Judge, Seat 18,” says SFDSA President Ken Lomba.  “Dorothy did extremely well in all areas of our process.  What we liked most of all was that Dorothy is currently an Administrative Law Judge and as a Superior Court Judge she would continue to serve with fairness, integrity, compassion, and above all, humility. We found that she is in alignment with our vision of public safety as we continue to protect San Francisco. We are proud to endorse Dorothy Proudfoot for Superior Court Judge,” he says.

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association went through a rigorous process to arrive at its endorsements.  The SFDSA political action committee thoroughly researches candidates and invites candidates to participate in a questionnaire addressing important public safety and district issues.  On January 15th, our Board of Directors considered the recommendations of the political action committee and voted to endorse Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Superior Court Judge, Seat 18.

Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Judge
Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Judge

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the labor union representing deputy sheriffs and senior deputy sheriffs in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

“Paid for by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association PAC.  Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.  Financial disclosures are available at sfethics.org.”

SFDSA Endorses Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Judge

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is pleased to announce its endorsement for Superior Court Judge. 

Dorothy Chou Proudfoot
Dorothy Chou Proudfoot

Dorothy Proudfoot represents the best candidate for Superior Court Judge, Seat 18,” says SFDSA President Ken Lomba.  “Dorothy did extremely well in all areas of our process.  What we liked most of all was that Dorothy is currently an Administrative Law Judge and as a Superior Court Judge she would continue to serve with fairness, integrity, compassion, and above all, humility. We found that she is in alignment with our vision of public safety as we continue to protect San Francisco. We are proud to endorse Dorothy Proudfoot for Superior Court Judge,” he says.

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association went through a rigorous process to arrive at its endorsements.  The SFDSA political action committee thoroughly researches candidates and invites candidates to participate in a questionnaire addressing important public safety and district issues.  On January 15th, our Board of Directors considered the recommendations of the political action committee and voted to endorse Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Superior Court Judge, Seat 18.

Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Judge
Dorothy Chou Proudfoot for Judge

The San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association is the labor union representing deputy sheriffs and senior deputy sheriffs in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

“Paid for by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association PAC.  Not authorized by a candidate or committee controlled by a candidate.  Financial disclosures are available at sfethics.org.”

San Francisco—Polling finds that a majority of voters support a new jail and opposes the outsourcing of our inmates to other counties.

For many years, replacing the seismically unsafe County Jail 4, a maximum-security jail housing inmates that are charged with violent and serious felonies, had been delayed.

“No one is proposing an additional jail.  It is clear that a replacement to the sub-standard and seismically unsafe County Jail 4 at 850 Bryant St must be built. As how we treat those who are incarcerated changes it is critical that we have facilities that include psychiatric care and rehabilitation,” said Ken Lomba, President of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.

Once 850 Bryant St. was slated to close the agencies that moved out, moved to new buildings.

  • The Police Dept. had a new district station built, with parking and amenities.
  • District Attorneys Office moved to 350 Rhode Island and to an office on Brannan St. with parking and parking permits. 
  • Medical Examiners Office had a new office built, with parking and amenities.

But for our members and the inmates in the jail the City continues to ignore the need for a new maximum-security jail. This is critical to their safety and the safety of the inmates.

SF Voters Support New Jail

Our polling found that the majority support a New Jail and the majority Oppose outsourcing our inmates to other counties. Please see the details in the poll download here. [click here]