Leading Mayoral Candidates, Supervisors, Health Care Advocates Join City Employees to Protest Security Cuts at City Hospit

Department of Public Health Proposes Replacing Institutional Police Officers with Low-Paid Private Security Guards


When: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29

Where: City Hall steps

Who: Mayoral candidates join in opposing hospital security cuts: Supervisor John Avalos, Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, City Assessor Phil Ting, State Senator Leland Yee.

Why: The Department of Public Health has proposed replacing highly trained Institutional Police Officers with low-paid private security guards at San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital. Many city leaders have come out in opposition to this proposal because of rising violence in overtaxed emergency rooms, clinics and long-term care facilities around the United States.

Next steps: The Board of Supervisors would have to vote to approve these security cuts under Proposition J, a 1983 Charter Amendment governing turning over public functions to private contractors.


Gabriel Haaland, 415-717-8305 (Media)

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INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Health  Hospitals