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San Francisco Hayes Valley Residents To Meet With Police Over Growing Crime Problem

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s Hayes Valley is home to trendy restaurants and boutiques, but is also where an increasing amount of drug and gun violence is taking place.

Some residents will meet Thursday night with the captain of the Northern Station to talk about what to do about the crime.

“There’s been a drug dealer on the corner of Hayes and Webster for 10 years. I see him every day,” said Aida Jones, who has lived on Hayes Street for 19 years..

However, it was a recent shooting she could see from her front steps that has left her shaken.

Neighbor Jaime White points out there were three shootings in a three week period within blocks of each other.

“Literally a gauntlet of crime and mayhem,” said White.

A quick walk down the block, White points out a man wearing an aqua-colored sweater he recognizes.

“He usually walks around with two guys younger than he. They do a lot of muggings,” he said.

Supervisor London Breed, who grew up in public housing in the Western Addition, said she knows too well the problems of drug and gun violence.

“Unfortunately the limited number of police officers in the district makes it almost impossible for them to aggressively police public housing developments and the entire areas,” said Breed.

She advocates for more police resources as well as social services for young people who lack opportunities and may be at risk for crossing the line for pocket money. She said those types of crimes escalate into something else.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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