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					How Can the City Save
      Money?
Can the District Attorney
         Help?
       MISDMEANORS
               QUESTIONS
   Can the transfer of the Misdemeanor
    prosecution save money?

   Will the District Attorney provide the same
    level of service?

   Why transfer now?
       District Attorney’s Office
   Approximately 900 Employees
   5 Office locations Countywide
   300 Deputy District Attorneys
   120 Sworn District Attorney Investigators
   18 Divisions
   Community Outreach
   2004 Budget $98 Million
                              History
   1994 - SANDAG and San Diego Municipal Court completed a report.

   1995 – A study was completed by District Attorney Paul Pfingst.
           1.3 to 2.3 million dollar savings.

   1998 – Consolidation of Courts.

   In the years 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2005, the San Diego Taxpayers
    Association requested the city to review the prospect of transferring
    responsibility of prosecuting Misdemeanors to the District Attorney.

   1999 – A study was completed by District Attorney Paul Pfingst.

   2004 – Two Performance Institute Reports.

   2005 - Analysis by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
                Is It Legal?
In 1995, former City Attorney John Witt requested an opinion
     from the State Attorney General on the question of
 transferring the responsibility of prosecuting Misdemeanor
               crimes to the District Attorney.

The written opinion of the Attorney General was that upon a
 vote of the City Council, transfer of the duties could take
                            place.

 The opinion also stated that the County of San Diego could
 recover costs from the City of San Diego for such service by
  contract and resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the
                    County of San Diego.
                    California
   There are 15 counties in California with
    populations over 500,000 citizens.
   13 county District Attorney’s offices prosecute
    State Misdemeanor crimes.
   The District Attorney of Orange County
    prosecutes State Misdemeanor crimes in all cities
    in their county except the city of Anaheim.
   The 15 county, the District Attorney of Los
    Angeles declined to prosecute Misdemeanors.
 The transfer will save
        money?
       $2,000,000

GOOD GOVERNMENT
                    Budget
   The first year’s budget will be
    approximately $10.8 million, beginning in
    FY 2005-2006.

   This amount includes full salary and
    benefits for a staff of 92.

   The budget includes $639,103 in one-time
    start up costs.
Benefits to the citizens of the City of
              San Diego
   Cost savings in the millions of dollars by implementing an
    efficient and effective system that will reduce redundancies.
   Reduce overtime cost to the SDPD by combining multiple
    crime cases. Keeping police officers on the beat and not in the
    courtroom.
   SDPD to work with one agency to facilitate the prosecution of
    suspects.
   Ability to complete analysis of prosecution data for each
    SDPD command.
   Streamlined process to evaluate each case for appropriate
    prosecution.
   Ability for the mayor and council members to work with one
    agency on all prosecution-related issues.
      Benefits to the Criminal Justice
                   System
   Reduced transportation costs to the Sheriff’s Department
   Elimination of duplicate work by court personnel in
    scheduling proceedings
   Attorneys would benefit from the consolidation because
    prosecutors and defense attorneys would save time by not
    having to appear at separate hearings.
   The District Attorney, as the sole prosecuting agency,
    could resolve many of the misdemeanors simultaneously
    with the felonies.
   Support staff workload would be streamlined by reducing
    the numbers of times files must be retrieved and re-filed.
  The District Attorney will
provide the same or better level
          of service.



 GOOD GOVERNMENT
                    Service
   The District Attorney is committed to
    excellence in all prosecutions.

   The District Attorney prosecutes
    Misdemeanor crimes for all other San Diego
    county jurisdictions including 17 cities.
DA MISDEMEANOR PROSECUTIONS 2004
         91% Conviction Rate
                  OTHER MISD    VANDALISM
                     9%            2%
      BURGLARY/TOOL
           3%
                                              DUI
     TRAFFIC-
                                              34%
     RELATED
        9%

  DISORDERLY
   CONDUCT
      1%


     THEFT
      9%                                       CONTEMPT OF
                                                  COURT
                                                   2%
   WEAPONS
   OFFENSES
      2%                                   DRUG-RELATED
                                               15%
         DV     ASSAULT (NON-
                                 HIT AND RUN
         6%         DV)
                                      2%
                     6%
                              Service
   Accountable to the Mayor and City Council for costs and services they
    provide.

   Community Liaisons to work with the Mayor and Council members to
    be accountable to the citizens of San Diego.

   Comprehensive case management system.

   Economy of scale of services already in place.

   Participates with the Family Justice Center.

   The District Attorney’s Office maintains a conviction rate of 95% for
    Felonies and 91% for Misdemeanors.
                   Service
   The District Attorney’s Office maintains a
    conviction rate of 95% for Felonies and 91%
    for Misdemeanors.
The District Attorney is
       Willing.


GOOD GOVERNMENT
                 District Attorney
                 Bonnie Dumanis
   Municipal Court Judge
   Arraignment Court handling all cases filed as misdemeanors
   Trial Setting Department handling all misdemeanor cases
    settled before trial
   Lead Judge in the Domestic Violence Court
   Created the Central San Diego Superior Court Drug Court,
    specializing in misdemeanors
   Handled Homeless Court and participated in Stand Down
   Judicial Liaison to the Community Court Committee
   Superior Court Judge
   Juvenile Court Judge
                 Willingness
   Cost neutral
   With a contract for services
   Minimal disruption of service to the citizens
   Neighborhood Prosecution Unit
   Domestic Violence and Child Abuse cases
    would continue to be handled in the Family
    Justice Center
              Responsibility
   Screening and Arraignment Unit
   Criminal Trial Unit
   Appellate Unit
   Code Enforcement Unit
   Consumer and Environmental Protection
    Unit
   Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit
                    Staffing
   35 attorneys

   8 sworn peace officer investigators

   49 support personnel

                   92 Attorney’s and Staff
          Now is the Right Time!
   Current Budget cycle for FY2005/2006.

   Savings to the City of San Diego of millions of
    dollars without a reduction of service.

   Reorganization of the City Attorney’s office.

   Outstanding working relation with the staff of the
    City Attorney.
                    Conclusion
   The District Attorney can assume the duties of
    prosecuting Misdemeanor crimes from the City of
    San Diego as effectively and for less cost than the
    City Attorney’s Office.

   Working with the City Attorney, the transfer can
    take place during the FY 2005/2006 budget year.

   No only is this Good Government it also is Good
    Business for the City of San Diego and it’s citizens.
                   REQUEST

   Refer to the City manager for further study and
    inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2005/2006 budget
    discussions.
   The District Attorney and the staff of the District
    Attorney will be available at any time to answer
    any questions the Mayor, City Council, City
    Attorney, City Manager or their staffs may have.

            We stand ready to assist the City

				
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