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    San Francisco residents are outraged over a proposal for a sex offender clinic to set up shop near Duboce Park. Jean Elle reports. (Published Monday, Feb. 8, 2016)

    San Francisco residents are outraged over a proposal for a sex offender clinic to set up shop near Duboce Park.

    The operators of Sharper Future, a rehab facility for sex offenders,  want to move into a building at 100 Church Street, a residential area near public transit.

    Opponents have missed the appeal window on the proposal, but said late Monday the fight is not over.

    "There's enough going on in the neighborhood," resident Jeanette Dupas-Walker said at a meeting regarding the proposal late Monday. "We don't need anything else."

    An angry crowd at the meeting also told operators of Sharper Future they are not welcome in the Duboce Triangle.

    Sharper Future is relocating because its office at Market and Van Ness is being demolished. Operators have received a permit to move into the building on Church Street.

    Nearly 100 paroled sex offenders who live in San Francisco would attend court-mandated counseling at Sharper Future.

    "We know where they are and coming and going," said Mary-Perry Miller with Sharper Future. "They are engaging in a therapeutic relationship, which makes them safer."

    Neighbors, however, are not buying the plan. Many feel the clinic tried to set up shop without letting the community know sex offenders would be coming and going.

    Residents are also pointing an angry finger at the property owner Maitri, a well known care facility for AIDS patients.

    A board member told the crowd it planned to replace one medical tenant with another.

    "The former tenant was in medical," said Michael Smithwick with Maitri. "We assumed it was a clean process."

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