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Daly again bars hearing on violence

Supervisor Chris Daly has for the second time refused to hold a hearing on Mayor Gavin Newsom’s $2.1 million budget supplemental for violence prevention.

Newsom’s proposed supplemental must be heard by the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, which Daly chairs, before being approved. It would ultimately require a vote by the full Board of Supervisors.

Daly contends that Newsom’s office has not been forthcoming in providing details of the supplemental, and refuses to put the supplemental on the committee’s agenda until the information is received.

Peter Ragone, Newsom’s spokesman, said that Daly “could have calendared the item weeks ago,” adding that requests for more details on the supplemental “have come late in the process.”

Ragone said Daly was “playing politics with The City’s public safety.”

Board of Supervisors

Fare increase hinges on health care for cabbies

A Board of Supervisors committee will decide next week whether to raise cab fares by 50 cents beginning Nov. 1.

Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin has proposed an increase in the “flag drop,” so instead of a cabdriver starting the meter at $2.85, the meter would start at $3.60.

The increase would expire on April 1 if the City’s Taxi Commission does not come up with a health care program for taxi drivers.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meets Wednesday, 1 p.m., at City Hall, Room 250.

Transportation Authority

Plaza dedication at 16th Street BART

Representatives from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority will join those from the Bay Area Rapid Transit and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the newly renovated Northeast Plaza at the 16th Street BART station.

The ceremony will include a special dedication of three art pieces that will now decorate the plaza.

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