The San Francisco Unified School District will plan for a worst-case scenario after Gov. Jerry Brown issued a budget proposal that makes school funding contingent upon voters’ approval of a tax increase.“How could we plan on what we don’t know?” Superintendent Carlos Garcia asked at the school board’s first official meeting of 2012 on Tuesday. “We have to make plans, and the only thing we can plan for is the worst-case scenario.” Read More
A long-planned police substation in the mid-Market Street area hit a financial snag after the California Supreme Court recently upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies statewide.
The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency was set to provide $500,000 for upgrades to the Baldwin House at 72 Sixth St., where the substation would be located in June when microblogging service Twitter is expected to move to 10th and Market streets. Read More
We all have New Year’s resolutions, but for The City, we say 2012 is the year of dreams. As corny as it sounds, we have big possibilities: a newly elected mayor and his administration, a winning football team and a horde of sailors heading our way. Here’s a short but sweet list of what we want in 2012! Read More
Future funding for revitalizing blighted areas in San Francisco hinges on the results of a California Supreme Court ruling expected in the coming weeks.Gov. Jerry Brown pointed to city redevelopment agencies as cash-wasting bureaucracies when he took office in January, and he signed a pair of bills last summer that allow them two options: Go away completely or rely much more heavily on financing from local governments. Read More
California’s public schools received a rare bit of good news Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown largely exempted them from automatic reductions in state aid, citing improvements in the economy.However, Brown’s declaration that the economy is getting better and he doesn’t have to squeeze all automatic spending-cut “triggers” also lessened the air of crisis and therefore complicated Brown’s efforts to persuade voters to raise taxes next year. Read More
Jerry Brown made a rare gubernatorial appearance this month before a joint legislative committee that was delving — with obvious reluctance — into whether California’s public employee pension benefits should be overhauled.While seeking his second stint as governor last year, Brown had pledged pension reform and has since offered a 12-point overhaul that attempts to strike a middle ground between the defenders of the status quo and the radical changes that outside groups want. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown has formally proposed a $7-billion-a-year increase in sales and income taxes to close the state’s chronic budget deficit.
Whether it will be the only tax increase on the November ballot is uncertain. Several others are in the works, and if they reach the ballot as well, voter confusion could doom all. But assuming that Brown’s stands alone, how would the campaign shape up? Read More
California’s political dysfunction has evolved from a theory first advanced by a few jaundiced observers a generation ago — including yours truly — to a widely embraced axiom that has spawned endless journalistic, academic and civic discourse.While there’s broad agreement on symptoms of California’s malaise, such as chronic budget deficits, there’s wide disagreement on its causes and what might be done to correct it. Read More
Jerry Brown sought his second stint as governor last year by promising to balance California’s deficit-riddled budget without gimmicks.
“Our state is in a real mess, and I’m not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don’t go anywhere,” Brown said in one ad. “We have to make some tough decisions.” Read More
School and college officials across California are bracing themselves for bad news about state revenue, which could mean deep midyear cuts to education. Read More