Welcome to the Chronicle’s first D.A. Tuesday. Never heard of it? Well that’s because we just made it up. Now that the long days of summer are giving way to fall, it’s time to start paying attention to San Francisco’s November ballot — and the first district attorney’s race without an incumbent in more than a century.
The Davis Vanguard, August 8, 2019
“’It is outrageous in San Francisco, at the height of the me-too movement, that we are not doing right by the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence,’ Leif Dautch stated. He pointed out that out of 757 reported sexual assaults last year in the city, the DA’s office only got nine convictions after trial. ‘We wonder why reporting rates are so low,’ he said.”
San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2019
“Lt. Ron Terry, one of just two candidates running to replace outgoing Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, dropped out of the race late Tuesday. That leaves Chief Deputy Paul Miyamoto without any competition — for now. …He said Miyamoto is “definitely equipped” to take over for Hennessy, and he said he would “assist him in any way possible” as sheriff.”
48 Hills, June 25, 2019
“Lief Dautch proposed last week that the city provide a tracking system for rape kits – an online way for survivors to monitor what’s happened to the evidence that may be critical to their case.. A simple tracking system would allow survivors real-time access to their case files – and would make it easy for them to follow the case without having to reach out to the cops or prosecutors. “Picking up the phone and making that call can be triggering,” he said. His is the most specific of any of the recent proposals.”
San Francisco Examiner, June 18, 2019
“…Dautch, meanwhile, would work with police to implement an online tracking system for providing survivors with up-to-date information on whether their rape kit has been tested or their case has been charged. “This is really about empowering survivors of sexual assault with the information they need both for their own healing process and for them to be able to hold police officers and prosecutors accountable,” Dautch said. Dautch said San Francisco has fallen behind when it comes to keeping survivors informed.”
Mission Local, May 16, 2019
Dautch, a prosecutor with the California Attorney General’s office, told the Mission crowd about his plan to be tougher on fraudulent landlords, particularly those improperly using owner-move-in evictions — when a landlord says they or a relative will be moving into a property but in actuality rent it to another tenant at a higher price. Dautch charged that the current DA’s office has hardly prosecuted these kinds of cases. “That stops with me,” he said.
SFBay, April 9, 2019
“San Francisco Chief Deputy Sheriff Paul Miyamoto is officially part of the race to become The City’s next sheriff after he filed papers at City Hall on Monday in front of family, friends and supporters. …The chief deputy sheriff has been with the Sheriff’s Department for more than 20 years, working under former sheriffs Mike Hennessey and Ross Mirkarimi.”
San Francisco Examiner, April 8, 2019
“The first major candidate in the running to succeed retiring Sheriff Vicki Hennessy officially entered the race on Monday. Joined by family and supporters, Miyamoto said he would focus on rebuilding trust with the community if elected in November. …Among the supporters in attendance at the press conference was the police sergeant who trained him two decades ago at the San Francisco Police Department Academy.”