San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón visited Chinese-language daily World Journal for the first time on June 16 to discuss the importance of the role of Chinese media in the aftermath of several incidents of black-Asian violence in the Bay Area. In a meeting with the World Journal's editorial staff, Gascón outlined a plan for a security escort program in which young people from Bayview Hunters Point would accompany older residents on their errands in the neighborhood. The security escort program, which is launching this summer and will continue through the fall, is part of Jobs Now, a stimulus-funded employment program. It will bring jobs to unemployed youth in Bayview and Visitacion Valley, Gascón said, and provide a sense of security to those who feel vulnerable.

Since the violent attacks involved young people attacking elderly Chinese, it may sound strange to turn around and hire young people to protect them. But Gascón told the newspaper's editors that he believes more community participation, particularly by young people, is vital to a long-term strategy against crime.

"As long as more people participate in community activities, this community will be more secure," Gascón told the World Journal. "Culprits will have a very difficult time committing a crime because there are so many eyes watching them."

In another article in World Journal, Supervisor Carman Chu said the participants in the security escort program should not be limited to a certain ethnicity. Chu said the young people hired to be security escorts should be from Bayview and Visitacion Valley because they will be more familiar with the neighborhood; they should wear some kind of uniform or badge indicating that they are at work and are responsible for bringing the elders home safely; and they should come from different ethnic groups, so the job can help build up inter-ethnic communication and respect.