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Push for private security at S.F.-run hospitals
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco General Hospital officials tried for three years to replace sheriff’s deputies and institutional police officers with what they hoped would be a less costly and more effective private security force – but at every turn, they hit a wall with the powerful Service Employees International Union and the labor-friendly Board of Supervisors.

Now, however, in the wake of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s admission that his deputies failed to search the locked stairwell where a missing patient was ultimately found dead, the privatization fight is certain to be revived at both San Francisco General and Laguna Honda Hospital.