140114_Meeting notes

NCPC Coordination Collective

January 14, 2014 Minutes


Attending: Rik Belew, Alissa Black, Jim Dexter, Jose Dorado, Hastings Hart, Nicolas Heidorn, Ralph Santos, Lirio Zepeda (scribe)


  1. Measure Y

    1. Successor? - Increase parcel taxes? Poll indicates citizens unwilling. Voters do not trust city hall. Renewal important as funds 60 OPD cops.

    2. not supported by OPD even if publicly stated by Chief.

    3. City council drafting Measure Y successor. Not likely to pass.

    4. MakeOaklandBetterNow.org was thinking of drafting something; poll made them decide not to

  2. PSOs Problem

    1. - OPD management. PSO in name only. “Jerked” and understaffed.

  3. NSC's – Neighborhood Services Coordinators – are the critical “pivots”

  4. Rik’s visual

    1. Rows = Beats, Columns = major crime categories

      Beats X Crimes

    2. Punchline: Highlights beats sharing same crime patterns. Often not geographically adjacent. These represent NCPC's that have esp. good reasons to communicate with one another.

  5. SARA Database - Not collecting correct data. Not in OPD’s best interest to have a working database? According to Jim (who spoke with IT folks at RDS who built it), it is technically well-built. The issue is training of PSO’s & command staff at OPD (perhaps actively sabotaging?).

    1. OPD public relations is its largest problem.

    2. Public access to SARA database easiest way to publicize status (good or bad). Unwilling to make public even with immense public pressure.

    3. Steps in making SARA database public? -

      1. Currently used only to capture free-form, ad hoc case notes of PSO's

      2. Have mayoral candidates publicly stand behind effort?

      3. SARA states completed tasks. A baby step can include only make inactive cases public. However, might still face same issues due to personal information ex. name of johns.

      4. Have credible volunteers enter data.

  6. What to learn from the UNCO history

    1. Need to make our organization robust to individual's attempts to derail progress

  7. January 25th NCPC Chair Summit - Tentative date. Unlikely as no public announcement.

    1. Goals - 1. Strengthen relationships/physical presence of NCPC chairs; 2. Discussion on what needs to happen.

    2. City request for NCPC Chair contact information - Due to Occupy. Email sent to some. Possible OPD breaching of security/accidently sharing unwanted data can create unwanted consequences.

  8. Proposals -

    1. Have Mayoral candidates support Measure Y to increase public trust?

    2. Have NCPCs endorse Measure Y successor?

    3. Build/crowdsource a competing copy of SARA? -

      1. Use SARA database as a template.

      2. PSO's do/should/are committed to making regualur, individual presentations to their respective NCPC

      3. Develop mechanisms to capture these and

      4. Share data across NCPCs.

      5. PSOs are supposed to output powerpoints on SARA project statues (accomplished/unaccomplished).

      6. Most valuable info. can be the absense of info.

      7. Various versions of database. Not worth the money if not implemented correctly.

    4. Bundle NCPC-networking with Measure Y aspirations?

      1. ie, should we use the same conversations trying to engage all the beats' neighborhood structures into political support for MY successor?

  9. Action Items

    1. Contact Don Ling (Beat ??), a successful NCPC organizer re: his best practices

    2. Jose: Find out if NCPC Chair Summit will occur

    3. Jose: See how much of existing NCPC chairs' contact info can be shared with us

    4. Research to start a SARA database alternative

      1. Elements to include for statistical analysis (including dates).


Next meeting - Monday, February 10th 2014 7PM at Nama Japanese Restaurant.



Subject: 	RE: a great start
Date: 	Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:13:01 +0000
From: 	Alissa Black 

...I've been thinking more about my 
feelings on crime prevention and the value of data in reducing crime. 
I'm not entirely sold on more data available to residents will make our 
streets safer. I think the data could be useful for NCPCs and other 
crime prevention groups but, as stated last night, it's possible that 
the highest crime areas might not have those groups or not be connected 
to the NCPCs.

I would like to continue to participate in this group because I think 
there are other questions/ideas discussed last night that interest me, 
for example:

- what neighborhoods/ beats don't have NCPCs and can/should our group 
facilitate getting them started in those areas?
- could a networked group of NCPCs effect policy better? If so, 
can/should this group work on that project?
- are there resources for residents, beyond crime maps, that can help 
orient people to a neighborhood, connect them with neighbors, provide 
public safety tips, and get them involved? If not, can/should our team 
work on that?