Mayor Ed Lee will put his stamp on the largest component of San Francisco’s budget next year when most of The City’s labor contracts come up for renegotiation.
When unions representing nurses, gardeners, engineers, lawyers, deputy sheriffs, public works employees and others sit down for contract talks, the bottom line will affect city finances for years to come. Read More
San Franciscans can be a cranky brood. That’s why it’s been fairly well-documented that about one-third of The City’s populace will be against anything.
That includes sun, fog, rain, workforce housing, new stadium bonds and even the Giants (but only during years they don’t win the World Series).
I rarely side with their ranks, but this year, folks, you can save me a seat in the bleachers. Read More
Each year, San Franciscans are bombarded with reports of budget cuts that will close recreation centers, cut homeless programs, reduce library hours and place fewer police officers on the streets.
For the 2011-12 fiscal year, which began July 1, $173 million was cut from the general fund — the portion of the city and county budget that pays for basic services such police, fire, libraries, parks and street maintenance. Read More
In an 11-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed $6.8 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. The vote came with heaps of praise about how the process was different than other years. “We worked through very difficult issues, but we showed that we can come together to get things done without enormous drama,” Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said. Read More
The annual, high-drama budget process known as “add-backs” could come to an end if Mayor Ed Lee has his way. Every year, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee makes cuts to the mayor’s proposed budget and ends up with a pot of money.
Committee members then reallocate the money to nonprofits in their districts, often in response to intense lobbying efforts. Read More