The city’s godawful computer problem

Pub date July 8, 2011
WriterTim Redmond
SectionPolitics Blog

Mission Local has a stunning report on a Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting, at which the supes tried to sort out the mess that is the city’s 14-year project to combine all public safety computer systems. Check it out:

Fourteen years later, there are still no answers as to when the project will be completed. And there’s no answer to another big question, as well: At a meeting of the city’s Public Safety Committee on Thursday, Deputy City Administrator Linda Young told Supervisor David Chiu that she is not even sure what the project’s current budget is.

“This is unacceptable,” said Chiu.


Supervisor David Campos, also on the committee, chimed in, asking if Young had a timeline for the project’s completion.

Young looked beseechingly at the group of JUSTIS staff members standing behind her. None of them spoke.

“No,” she said, finally.

Not a pretty picture.