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    S.F. supervisors approve ID cards for residents
    Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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    (11-13) 15:56 PST San Francisco - -- The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to issue municipal identification cards to city residents - regardless of whether they are in the country legally - and to double the amount of public money available to candidates running for supervisor.

    Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who authored the ID card legislation, said the program is a smart public safety measure because it would make residents living on the social margins of San Francisco more likely to seek the help of police and could give them more access to banking services.

    "People are afraid to report crimes," Ammiano said, referring to illegal immigrants who avoid local law enforcement authorities over fear of being arrested or deported by federal immigration officials.

    The legislation would require companies holding city contracts to accept the municipal card as a legitimate form of identification - except in cases where other state and federal laws require other forms of proof of age, name and residence.

    Under San Francisco's sanctuary ordinance, it is city policy that no municipal government personnel or resources be used to assist federal immigration officials in the arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants.

    Ammiano said banking institutions in San Francisco have signaled their willingness to accept the municipal ID card for the purpose of setting up accounts. He noted that people without bank accounts are frequently more vulnerable to theft and robbery.

    Officials with the city's Bank on San Francisco program, which helps people obtain bank accounts, said institutions such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Washington Mutual and US Bank had expressed interest in accepting the ID cards.

    Bank on San Francisco is a city partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank. Although criteria for opening bank accounts are set in part through the USA Patriot Act, "to our knowledge that law is not a bar to a municipal ID," said David Augustine, spokesman for the city treasurer's office, which oversees the program.

    The ID legislation, which was approved 10-1 on the first of two readings, has the support of Mayor Gavin Newsom and would make San Francisco the largest city in the country to issue municipal identification. The city of New Haven, Conn., began issuing cards earlier this year.

    Ammiano said he hopes the card could eventually be used at city libraries and become compatible with the regional TransLink transit card system.

    Supervisor Sean Elsbernd voted against the measure, saying his opposition was primarily financial because the city doesn't know how much implementing the program will cost. "Next year's budget is not going to be pretty," Elsbernd said. "With all the services included, this could shortchange our budget discussion."

    The San Francisco County Clerk has estimated the cost of the program could range between $1.07 million and $2.86 million in the first three years, much of that for staff to process the cards.

    Supporters of tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration laws argue that local identification card programs have the effect of legitimizing the decisions of people who entered or have remained in the country illegally and making it more difficult for the federal government to enforce those laws.

    The supervisors also gave final approval to a measure that would nearly double - to $88,000 - the amount of public money available to people running for seats on the Board of Supervisor.

    To qualify for public financing under the measure, a candidate must raise at least $52,500 in private funds and cannot spend more than $140,000 on the campaign.

    Elsbernd objected, noting that he and two other supervisors would be seeking re-election next year and essentially were being put in a position to vote to be able to spend more taxpayer dollars on their campaigns.

    Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, one of the other incumbents up for re-election, attempted to amend the legislation so it wouldn't apply next year in supervisorial districts where sitting supervisors were seeking a new term.

    But the supervisors voted down that amendment, and the board eventually passed the measure 8-3, with Supervisors Carmen Chu, Elsbernd and Michela Alioto-Pier voting against it.

    In other action:
    -- The supervisors unanimously gave initial approval to consolidating all of the city's workforce development programs under a new Department of Economic and Workforce Development. The measure is intended to allow the city to account for the tens of millions of dollars it currently spends on the programs.

    -- In an 8-3 vote, the supervisors gave initial approval to an ordinance barring vehicles from some portions of roads in Golden Gate Park for the next five years. After five years, the supervisors would have to revisit the closure to make changes or lift the ban. Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Michela Alioto-Pier and Carmen Chu voted against it.

    -- The supervisors gave final approval to a requirement that petition circulators identify themselves as paid workers or volunteers and to another measure that would require people conducting persuasion polls over the phone to identify the call as such.
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    "People are afraid to report crimes," Ammiano said, referring to illegal immigrants who avoid local law enforcement authorities over fear of being arrested or deported by federal immigration officials.
    These people were afraid to report crime in their own cesspool countries which is why they have fled here. Are they really naive enought that they honestly think these illegal aliens are going to trust them? I doubt that rolling out the red carpet will make a difference. The fact that they can now identify these illegal invaders will make no difference, living with crime and criminals (which all of them are) is culturally invaded. Leopards do not change their spots.
    It's Time to Rescind the 14th Amendment

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