Brigitte Churnin
Balboa Terrace
“My neighbors are seniors who were victims of a reported home invasion robbery. They were at home when the robbers used a crow bar on the front door and kicked it in. As the robbers left the house with cash and stolen items, they punched one of the homeowners in the face. Crime has no boundaries. We need a group like Stop Crime SF to stand up for our victimized neighborhoods and help reduce crime.”

Andy Segal
West Portal
“There will always be crime in a big city, but something is different now. Things feel out of control. There is a notion of anarchy. There was a lot of finger-pointing. Cops saying the District Attorney wasn’t prosecuting and the District Attorney saying cops not making enough arrests with good evidence. But then we started noticing there would be a good case – the police and D.A. both doing a good job – and the judge would let it go. I was shocked when I learned about the ‘wobbler’ felony that a judge could reduce to a misdemeanor. Our criminal justice system is such an opaque, inside-baseball process. Just when you think you understand it, you get thrown a curve like the ‘wobbler.’ It’s ridiculous.”

Paul Barbagelata
West Portal
"I’ve lived in this wonderful neighborhood my entire life and had become laissez faire about how safe it was. Then my car was stolen in front of my home, only two weeks after my neighbor’s car was also stolen. It was a kick in the gut and a wake-up call. The thief keeps getting back out on the street and that’s not OK. We want change from our political bodies. It’s their job to keep us safe and the status quo isn’t working."

Ward Evans
Golden Gate Heights
“We’re not heartless law-and-order nuts. Our court-watch volunteers are not vigilantes looking for overly harsh sentences. We can be compassionate to the homeless addict while giving serial felons a time out. This is about disrupting the burglary business model. We are most concerned with organized criminals who work in teams and target San Francisco because they think it’s easier to avoid punishment here.”

Frank Noto
Golden Gate Heights
“Our intent for being in the courtroom is not to say someone is guilty. We want our presence to put pressure on the judge to hear all the evidence and take the case seriously. The fact that criminals can repeat-offend without consequences was crazy to us.”