San Francisco residents concerned about crime and safety should contact their district supervisor at City Hall ASAP and urge them to re-think a proposed law that could severely restrict the ability to stop crime with video surveillance.
This legislation needs amendments to avoid unintended consequences. The proposed ordinance should also go through a community vetting process before supervisors vote on it.
Scroll below to find the following information that will help you contact your supervisor:
Sample letter residents can send to their supervisor.
List of all supervisor email addresses.
Sample Letter Residents Can Send to Supervisors
My name is _____ and I live in the _____ neighborhood. I care deeply about crime in San Francisco. [Note if you or a family member/friend has been a victim of property crime/car break-in/stolen packages/home robbery]
Stop Crime SF, a group of more than 500 San Francisco residents working to reduce and prevent our city’s current epidemic of property crime, wrote an open letter to the Board of Supervisors with concerns about the proposed “Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.” I share those concerns. The proposed legislation could have unintended consequences that make us less safe by severely curtailing the use of effective traditional video surveillance by burying agencies like the police department in a bureaucratic approval process.
While the essence of this legislation is well-intended, amendments are needed to achieve its goal of protecting privacy while also allowing for the proper use of technology that can keep us safe. Stop Crime SF has offered reasonable amendments in its open letter.
I am also concerned that this legislation has been rushed with little or no input from the community, public safety agencies and departments that rely on video surveillance like the airport. In other cities where similar technology privacy legislation was drafted and passed, community working groups were formed and a collaborative process crafted a sensible law that worked for everyone. We should do the same in San Francisco.
All stakeholders including homeowners with Nest/Ring video, Next Door community leaders and business owners that have surveillance cameras should be represented. Please allow this public process to happen before voting on the proposed legislation.
Contact Your Supervisor
Find your supervisor but also be sure to copy all with this address:
District 1 — Richmond
Sandra Lee Fewer
District 2 — Marina
District 3 — North Beach, Chinatown
District 4 — Sunset
District 5 — Inner Sunset, Cole Valley, Lower Haight, Hayes Valley, Fillmore, Japantown
District 6 — SOMA, Tenderloin
District 7 — West of Twin Peaks, West Portal, Inner Sunset, Sunnyside, Lakeshore/Merced Manor, Westwood Park, Miraloma Park
District 8 — Castro, Glen Park
District 9 — Mission
District 10 — Bayview, Portrero Hill, Visitacion Valley
District 11 — Excelsior