San Francisco district supervisor Hillary Ronen is pleading with the city to increase the number of police officers in the Mission District. However, three years ago, she voted in favor of defunding the police.
Hillary Ronen, a Democrat, represents District 9 on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. On Wednesday, during a Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting, she begged for more officers to be added to the Mission District, which is the district she represents.
In her comments, Ronen also slammed San Francisco’s police chief for spending a large amount on anti-retail theft programs instead of helping increase police presence in places like her district where they are badly needed. She has stated specifically that she had been asking for Mission to receive the police presence that it would need “all year long,” and yet she had been repeatedly told that there were no officers that could be sent to Mission.
Ronen stated that this situation has left her feeling “betrayed” by the “department,” “the mayor,” and “the priorities of the city.” However, these requests mark a stark difference from her stance in 2020, when Ronen – following the death of George Floyd – had called for the police force to be defunded and their presence reduced. At the time, she had stated that there was a huge imbalance between the city’s budget and the mission of dollars spent on SPFD “to have them do work they are not qualified to do.”