Programmers from a group known as “the Peace Corps for geeks” will soon begin building a $360,000 app intended to help connect low-income San Franciscans to unused public assistance benefits.
The City was one of nine American municipalities to win a fellowship from Code for America Labs, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that sends programmers on computer service projects intended to “connect citizens to their governments.”
Riding the wave of an improving economy, Mayor Ed Lee rolled out a $7.3 billion city and county budget proposal Thursday that includes nearly 700 new government jobs, no cuts to health services and a likelihood of no political drama.
Lee presented a two-year budget — it will increase to $7.6 billion in the subsequent fiscal year — in a 14-minute speech at City Hall in the Board of Supervisors chamber filled with department heads and elected officials. Read More
A former employee of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that she stole the personal information of more than 3,000 Medi-Cal applicants, prosecutors said.
Shawn Williams was fired from her job as an eligibility worker for the agency’s Medi-Cal program in March 2009, according to District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman.
In 2006, Williams allegedly began emailing the applicants’ confid Read More
Amid reports of the increasing number of homeless families living on the streets, Supervisor John Avalos has called for a hearing Monday to get a handle on what’s going on. Read More
San Francisco spends about a half-billion dollars every year on a group of nonprofits handling an array of services, but the system has faced criticism for lack of accountability. Read More
There’s been a lot of talk about the $380 million deficit and now city officials are diving into the details. On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors five-member Budget and Finance Committee meets to discuss the large cost of San Francisco’s workforce: fringe benefits, including pension and health care provided. Read More
San Mateo County officials are scrambling to prevent about 500 low-income children from losing their state-funded subsidized child care at the end of the year.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto to cut the CalWORKS Stage 3 Child Care program’s $256 million in funding from the state budget, which faces an estimated $25 billion shortfall during the next 18 months. Read More