Dockside Chat - SF recieves Border Grants

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Mardi-Gras
04-07-2008, 12:56 PM
Another perfect example of our govt. at work....


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/05/MNEV100953.DTL

San Francisco's $3.7 million federal grant to help fight border crime in 2006 was the largest awarded to any county in four states bordering Mexico, according to a federal audit that found the city was not entitled to any of the funds.

City officials have not explained why a city 500 miles from the state's southern border would have prosecuted more than 2,000 cases for the federal government that were related to drug gangs and crimes near the border in a three-year period.

The audit, which was released this week and challenged all $5.4 million that the city received from 2004 to 2006, raises questions about the basis for the city's request for funding under the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative.

Federal officials who challenged San Francisco's grants were told that the city simply made an "estimate" of the number of cases it handled on behalf of the federal government, the audit found. In a footnote, the audit quoted city officials as saying that the grant requests were not based on "actual cases."

Federal officials also suggested in the audit that San Francisco's apparently inflated grant requests robbed other jurisdictions of money that was supposed to help them fight drugs and crime on the federal government's behalf.

In the 2006 fiscal year, smaller amounts were awarded to compensate much larger counties close to the border, including San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, the audit found.

The offices of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and Mayor Gavin Newsom have not responded publicly to questions raised by the federal audit, saying only that they are cooperating with the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal authorities have declined to release detailed findings or correspondence associated with the audit, citing the ongoing nature of the case. Federal officials say they will ask San Francisco to repay the $5.4 million the city has received as part of the program, but they have not determined how to go about it.

The program, launched in 2000, is designed to help local jurisdictions pay for prosecuting cases they were saddled with as part of federal efforts to combat crime in states bordering Mexico.

The program requires applicants to keep three years of records on file to show that they were handling local prosecutions referred to them by federal prosecutors or agencies, a requirement that San Francisco did not comply with, according to the audit.

The audit also said the city increased its grant request from $40,000 in 2004 to $1.7 million the next year and $3.7 million in 2006. The city's grant was more than San Diego's $2.5 million, San Bernardino's $2.5 million or Los Angeles' $1.9 million under the program that fiscal year.

Alameda County received $10,000 that year, Contra Costa County $60,000, San Mateo County $86,000 and Santa Clara County $13,000, according to the audit.

The grant requirements indicate that the federal government need only receive an e-mail each quarter of the year that details how long the cases were taking to handle. The longer the case was in the system, the more the agency could seek, up to $10,000 for each case that languished longer than 90 days.

Erica Derryck, a spokeswoman for Harris, said the cases San Francisco cited in seeking grant money were legitimate.

"The cases submitted for reimbursement were actual prosecuted cases," she said. "What is in question is whether or not the prosecuted cases submitted were eligible for reimbursement under the federal program guidelines."

The program requires that for a county to get money to house and prosecute offenders, the agency must have some sort of referral from federal authorities and be handling them on behalf of the authorities.

After checking a sample of the lists and finding no referrals, the auditors concluded that all of the money San Francisco had taken in was not justified.

Kevin Ryan, who was the U.S. attorney in San Francisco in 2006, the year San Francisco asked for and got $3.7 million from the program, did not return calls seeking comment. He currently heads Newsom's Office of Criminal Justice.

Earlier this week, the city controller's office sent an e-mail to the Police Department's fiscal division seeking records of all arrests made between January 2003 and December 2006 by San Francisco officers participating in federal task forces. The office set a deadline of April 25 and asked that the information be forwarded to the district attorney's office.

San Francisco tops Southern California
In 2006, San Francisco received more money from a federal program to fight border crime than any of more than 60 counties in California and three other states that share borders with Mexico. The five California counties that received the most money were:

San Francisco

$3.7 million

San Diego

$2.5 million

San Bernardino

$2.5 million

Los Angeles

$1.9 million

Riverside

$1 million


Source: U.S. Office of Justice Programs


A Few Dollars
04-07-2008, 01:13 PM
I didn't know San Francisco was near a border. ;?

JUSTINTIME
04-07-2008, 09:11 PM
ya and we still can not fish
WTF


ABoater
04-07-2008, 09:19 PM
Yeah, I regularly see plenty of mexicans swimming in under the Gate that have come here from down south...

:roll



We had 42 illegal mexicans rounded up at one property in the Bay Area and called INS to come pick them up.

The clerk at INS said that there was only one agent in the area, and he was busy.

After two hours we let them go.

;?

:nono:

fishpimp
04-07-2008, 09:27 PM
San Francisco is a country in and of itself.

BW23
04-07-2008, 09:30 PM
Isn't that Feinsteins District ? :roll

Domino Effect
04-07-2008, 09:33 PM
I know Oakland is a rough place, but come on :grin:

JUSTINTIME
04-07-2008, 09:39 PM
BW23 - 4/7/2008 9:30 PM

Isn't that Feinsteins District ? :roll

and Boxers also

lets c how many bounced checks they can both write ;?

Tireless
04-08-2008, 05:10 AM
Pelosi's district is SF......what a shocker.

CaptKennyW
04-08-2008, 08:44 AM
I wish SF would suceed from the union, it wouldnt be a big loss.

ABoater
04-08-2008, 09:03 AM
Too bad none of those ya-hoo's up on the Golden Gate yesterday didn't fall off.

But then again, their heirs would have probably sued the bridge district for damages...

And won!

49erJim
04-08-2008, 09:23 AM
I was born and raised in SF and have homes in LA and San Diego and I can tell you its crazy that SF has been given more $$$ then these two citys. What a joke. Harris and Newsom In SF are a joke and the only reason they are where they are is because of slick Willie Brown. (I think Harris was one of his g/f for years before he put her in the spot light)

JUSTINTIME
04-08-2008, 09:47 AM
ABoater - 4/8/2008 9:03 AM

Too bad none of those ya-hoo's up on the Golden Gate yesterday didn't fall off.

But then again, their heirs would have probably sued the bridge district for damages...

And won!

i would have helped with a hand :thumbsup:

Eyeball
04-08-2008, 10:56 AM
Well, what you aren't hearing is that SF just started a publicly campaign paid for with your/our tax dollars RECRUITING illegal criminal aliens to come to SF and the city/county will help them get signed up for all kinds of government sponsored entitlements. That are also advertising, all of this in spanish, that the illegal criminal aliens will be helped with FREE legal service, whatever the need...paid for by, you got it ...

So, you guys need to work harder and pay more taxes to help support the influx in illegal criminal aliens that is expected in SF. Come on, less time on THT, less time fishing, more time working and paying more taxes...

JUSTINTIME
04-08-2008, 11:06 AM
we have extra time now that there is no SALMON FISHING!!
WTF, sometimes i wish i could shoot people

49erJim
04-08-2008, 11:24 AM
Eyeball - 4/8/2008 10:56 AM

Well, what you aren't hearing is that SF just started a publicly campaign paid for with your/our tax dollars RECRUITING illegal criminal aliens to come to SF and the city/county will help them get signed up for all kinds of government sponsored entitlements. That are also advertising, all of this in spanish, that the illegal criminal aliens will be helped with FREE legal service, whatever the need...paid for by, you got it ...

So, you guys need to work harder and pay more taxes to help support the influx in illegal criminal aliens that is expected in SF. Come on, less time on THT, less time fishing, more time working and paying more taxes...
I don't live in SF anymore.......this is just another reason not to. :o

JUSTINTIME
04-08-2008, 11:27 AM
Jim Marin is closer enough, LOL

49erJim
04-08-2008, 11:32 AM
JUSTINTIME - 4/8/2008 11:27 AM

Jim Marin is closer enough, LOL LOL! Yeah it is, but its still not in SF! What the hell happened to my once great city? ;?

JUSTINTIME
04-08-2008, 11:44 AM
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