SF District Attorney, Supervisor David Chiu, Merchants and Residents Release Security Plan for a Safer Broadway Corridor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 of (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón and Supervisor David Chiu joined Broadway Corridor merchants, nightclub operators, security operators and residents today to release a security plan to reduce crime and provide a safer nightlife environment.

“Just a few years ago, the Broadway Corridor was experiencing an increase in crime. Today we are seeing a very different story thanks to the collaboration of city agencies, residents and businesses who have stepped up to reclaim the area,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The security plan, if properly enforced and followed, will foster a safer and more vibrant Broadway Corridor.”

"I am very proud of all of the work that our City departments have done to improve the safety and vitality of the Broadway Corridor. Most of all, though, I want to acknowledge that none of this surge of focus on Broadway would have be possible except for the extraordinary dedication and tenacity of the neighborhood's residents, businesses, and property owners," said Board President David Chiu, whose district includes Broadway. "Together we have already accomplished so much, and I look forward to continuing to work with the community on more improvements."

The security plan is the result of a planning process spearheaded by Broadway Corridor nightclub owners, security operators, businesses, and residents who identified crime and safety as their primary concern.
Earlier this year, the group officially formed a Community Benefit District to improve and sustain a vibrant community, promote local businesses, and provide services to improve quality of life.

“The formation of the Community Benefits District is a great example of city government at work. The District Attorney’s Office, Supervisor David Chiu, city agencies and community stakeholders have come together to give Broadway a new beginning,” said Joe Carouba, Managing Partner of BSC Management. “Together we are developing out of the box solutions to crime prevention and creating a safe, fun, clean, diverse, and livable entertainment corridor.”

To address safety on the Broadway Corridor, the group is recommending appropriate security staffing levels for all nightlife venues, choosing safe and reputable promoters, enforcing a dress code, and instituting a texting alert system and disaster procedures for all businesses in case of an emergency. Unsafe areas of the Broadway Corridor will be addressed with proper lighting, security cameras, and strategically placed “no loitering signs.”

Due to the hard work and commitment of community members and city agencies, the Broadway Corridor is already seeing improvements. The area is experiencing a decrease in service calls due to fewer irresponsible nightclub operators. Party buses are notifying the San Francisco Police Department of their schedule so police can be better prepared. A Sheriff’s van parked in the area during peak nightlife hours has allowed police to process people more quickly freeing up more officers to control large crowds.
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