San Francisco voters apparently rejeced a measure to establish a homicide prevention council, the San Francisco Chronicle says. Proposition A was narrowly failing with 51 percent against and 90 percent of precincts reporting. It was backed by Supervisor Chris Daly but opposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The plan would have budgeted $10 million a year for three years to pay for violence prevention, job training, parolee services and other programs intended to curb crime in San Francisco. The homicide prevention council would have drawn members in part from residents living in high-crime areas. Daly drafted the legislation after the homicide rate hit 10-year highs for two straight years. Newsom called the measure unnecessary, saying he has offered anti-crime initiatives and funding for hundreds more police officers.