Since then, with the blessing of the board of supervisors, the blue-ribbon Cordell commission
has been hearing testimony about jail problems. A few hours before the fight, the two had met at Hobee's in Palo Alto, and Smith
tried to persuade Cordell
to moderate the commission
. The blue-ribbon commission
has made 120 recommendations
-- everything from installing an independent auditor to improving the inmate welfare fund. She suspended other guards who had exchanged racist messages.