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Michael Denny for Mayor Media Release
DENNY WANTS NEIGHBORHOOD ACCOUNTABILITY FOR POLICE AND FIRE
March 11, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christopher R. Maden
Telephone: (415) 845-8202
San Francisco, March 11, 2003 - Libertarian candidate for mayor Michael
Denny yesterday called for a radical restructuring of the San Francisco
Police and Fire Departments, relying on competitive "citizen volunteers"
instead of paid employees.
In an unpublished letter to Savannah Blackwell of the San Francisco Bay
Guardian, Denny lamented the government's detachment from the citizens
residents of San Francisco. "The poor can never beat the rich in City
Hall. So the best thing we can do is dramatically reduce the power of
Mayor's office and the police," he wrote.
While most police officers and firefighters are hard workers and
to public safety, they serve under leadership that is increasingly
to political interests and not the public safety. Denny's friends in
Police and Fire Departments privately say the system has become so
politically influenced that departments can't hire the best people,
puts our community at serious risk. They feel the job would be done
better if the police officers and firefighters had more control at the
Denny proposes a radical solution: "We should be considering a more
'citizen volunteer' approach to our Police and Fire Departments,
their privatization. We should give the police and fire stations to the
officers who currently work out of them, and let them compete with each
other to provide service to the community, their customers."
The police officers and firefighters with whom Denny has spoken
and appreciate that the community benefits from competition among
providers. "They are much more entrepreneurial and confident in their
abilities than the politically connected top brass," he says. "We
be helping these valuable workers build their ability to serve us
of subjecting them to this politically correct nightmare that serves
special interests instead of our neighborhoods."
Denny also called again for abolition of the Vice Squad; "Vices are not
After recounting an encounter with an absurd celebrity motorcade, Denny
concluded, "But of course, it's never been about 'service' or
'protection.' It's about an arrogant display of City Hall and police
at the expense of the citizens and tax payers. In short, it's business
About Michael Denny:
Michael Denny is a husband, a father of four children, a small business
owner, and a Libertarian candidate for mayor of San Francisco. His
campaign Web site is michaeldennyformayor.com. Libertarians believe in
personal freedom, in both social and economic spheres, and in minimal
government to protect those freedoms.
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Denny's letter to Savannah Blackwell
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Your March 5th article, "It's the Corruption Stupid," stated that Tom
Ammiano was the only mayoral candidate who believed the Mayor's control
over the police should be shared. I am also running for Mayor. And I
want to distribute the Mayor's power to the supervisors including
over the police. In this race, it seems both the left and right are
calling for a "strong mayor." I am the only candidate supporting a
managerial rather than imperial role for the Mayor's office. District
elections gave more control to the people, where it belongs. The
office needs to be more respectful of the people and rule of law. And
police department needs to be more responsive to our community. I'm
to tell you a little story.
Last Friday, I was on my motorcycle on the corner of Second and
Mission. All auto and pedestrian traffic was stopped in both
directions. I asked the police officer what was going on. He barked at
"police escort." I asked who it was for. He looked at me with a look
said, "Shut the f--- up," and ignored me. So I waited for about 5-10
minutes and nothing happened while everyone was waiting around wondering
what was happening. Then one motorcycle officer came through with
scanning the crowd for threats to the "parade." He was followed by
motorcycle officers and a squad car with lights and sirens blazing.
him was a small group of cars, most young twenty-somethings in BMWs
cool shades and a couple of larger limos with rich looking "swells" who
were enjoying that they could drive at high speeds through the city
concern for traffic and the people. It was very clear that this police
department and Mayor are in it for themselves. We can't provide
bathrooms so San Franciscans can pee, but we can rudely delay our
citizens while showing off our power to the rich and famous?
The poor can never beat the rich in City Hall. So the best thing we can
is dramatically reduce the power of the Mayor's office and the police.
should be considering a more "citizen volunteer" approach to our Police
Fire Departments, including their privatization. We should give the
and Fire stations to the officers who currently work out of them, and
them compete with each other to provide service to the community, their
customers. With that, Police and Fire Departments not perceived as
citizen needs would soon be out of business. The Vice department should
simply be cut. Vices are not crimes anyway. And these silly and
police escorts should not be performed unless their entire cost is born
the visitor including the lost time of thousands of our citizens. If
true cost was charged, someone would have to feel pretty threatened to
a police escort. And who wants someone like that around here anyway?
of course, it's never been about "service" or "protection." It's about
display of City Hall and Police power at the expense of the citizens and
tax payers. In short, it's business as usual.
Thanks to Tom Ammiano for his position on the police. Please let him
your readers know that he has allies.
Thank you for your excellent article.
Michael F. Denny
Libertarian Candidate for San Francisco Mayor
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