Supes on: the budget — ‘Our side allowed the mayor to get what they wanted,’ says Mirkarimi

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi recently spoke with The Public Press about government waste and the need for budget process reform.

While “delighted” that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was able to “extract” $45 million from Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget, Mirkarimi said he was still unhappy with the budget process as a whole. He said he would like to see the budget changed to a two-year cycle from the current one-year cycle or at least have the budget submitted before June 1.

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

‘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.

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

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.”


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

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.

Thanks for making the City Budget Watchdog project a success!

We did it! Thanks to your help, The Public Press and Spot.Us raised $5,000 to support our City Budget Watchdog series. Over the course of three months, our team produced 18 articles and 13 videos, accompanied by numerous photos and information graphics, and co-produced with KALW (91.7 FM) a budget roundtable that aired Aug. 17 on the "Crosscurrents" news program. Our reporters uncovered so many stories that we’ll continue to publish new reports and videos as they are completed in coming weeks.