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City Budget Watchdog

City finds millions to rehire laid-off nurses, clerical workers

Kevin Stark, The Public Press — Nov 4 2009 - 10:14pm

San Francisco city leaders have found an extra pot of $8 million they hope to use as a patch on the summer’s tattered budget, potentially rescuing more than 500 frontline workers already given pink slips or downgraded to lower-paying jobs.

SF leaders float drink fee to help balance budget

Bethany Fleishman and Michael Pistorio, The Public Press — Sep 18 2009 - 11:22am

San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos is crafting a proposal that would place a fee on alcohol sold in the city, potentially raising $25 million to $35 million annually to help pay for alcohol-related public health and criminal justice costs.

San Francisco layoffs disproportionately hit women and minorities, workers assert

Kevin Stark, The Public Press — Sep 17 2009 - 2:39pm

As the city shrinks its payroll, sending layoff notices to certified nursing assistants and clerical staff, it is touching off accusations from organized labor that officials are discriminating against women and minority workers.

State cuts set to slam San Francisco's seniors, poor

Christopher D. Cook, The Public Press — Sep 16 2009 - 5:53pm

Already reeling from a deep recession and massive cuts to staff and services in this year’s budget, San Francisco is being hammered by a new tidal wave of state cuts -- estimated at $26.5 million -- which could put low-income seniors and others on the brink of homelessness and hunger, many advocates say.

Supes on: the budget -- Mar advocates ‘a people’s budget’

Patricia Decker, The Public Press — Sep 10 2009 - 3:40pm
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Although San Francisco’s city budget was passed in July, District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar says he believes taking a more fundamental process to passing it is in order.

He advocates having "a people's budget," in which the process would solicit more grassroots involvement at "the early levels as opposed to where you have people rallying and begging at the last minute ... when they can't have as much of an impact on the budget."

Public Press/KALW budget roundtable examines city’s fiscal crisis

Christopher D. Cook, The Public Press — Aug 24 2009 - 10:04pm

The Public Press and KALW (91.7 FM) teamed up for a budget roundtable that aired Aug. 17 on the “Crosscurrents” news program. A panel of local experts offered a lively and informative on-the-air discussion about San Francisco’s budget crisis and its impacts on residents and communities.

SF supes skirt law in restoring funds to service providers

Kevin Stark, The Public Press — Aug 20 2009 - 4:48pm

Amid intense lobbying to restore social-service funding to this year’s budget, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors earmarked $1 million for specific organizations, flouting the city charter.

Mission Neighborhood Resource Center's 'Ladies’ Night' saved by supervisors

Monica Jensen, The Public Press — Aug 20 2009 - 4:20pm
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Supes on: the budget -- 'There needs to be more dialogue,' says Maxwell

Kevin Stark, The Public Press — Aug 13 2009 - 2:42pm
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Sophie Maxwell praises the health department for efficiency and calls the budget policy debate "healthy."

“The police, that's the end. Public safety starts in the middle. Public safety starts with education. Public safety starts with health ... by the time they get to the police we have failed them."

Supes on: the budget -- 'The lowest-income workers took the greatest hit in this budget,' Dist. 11 Supervisor John Avalos says

Hank Drew, The Public Press — Aug 4 2009 - 12:07pm
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‘We wanted to make sure there was equity in how the budget was approved.’

Supervisor John Avalos, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, addresses coalition building, community organizing, his fight to save key social services, his closed-door agreement with Mayor Gavin Newsom and his frustrations with the budget process.

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