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SF supes committee, mayor reach budget deal

June 25, 2015

By  : sfexaminer – excerpt

After three days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, a budget deal was struck Wednesday between the Board of Supervisors and the mayor with $25 million of changes to the $8.9 billion budget proposal for next fiscal year to fund homeless resources, child care and food services.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, led by Supervisor Mark Farrell, came to the agreement Wednesday afternoon, bringing to a close what is among the chief duties of the board each year.

In total, the committee voted on $44 million of funding changes to the mayor’s two-year budget submission comprising some 198 different items, encompassing everything from $300,000 for immigration legal defense to $265,000 for capital needs at the San Francisco Zoo to $1.5 million for child care slots for low-income families.

As the local economy shows little sign of slowing down, there are revenues to make greater investments in city services, like police and Muni. But San Francisco’s income inequality and soaring rents has translated into some deep needs for below-market-rate housing, eviction protections and other services like child care and feeding the hungry. Those needs were reflected in the committee receiving funding requests totaling more than $30 million by one coalition of nonprofits for next year alone…

But while there was much praise of the budget during the committee hearing, there wasn’t lack of controversy swirling around. Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, alleged about $1 million requested for tenant eviction defense was denied because of politics, pointing to November’s District 3 supervisor race between the mayor-appointed Supervisor Julie Christensen and former District Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who is vying to get his seat back.

Tenant advocates have sided with Peskin in the race. The added money, Friedenbach said, would have provided defense for every tenant facing an eviction. “The tenants of San Francisco shouldn’t be held hostage by the petty politics of the Peskin-Christensen race,” Friedenbach said…

To look at the budget’s add-back list, click Addbacks Budget and Finance Committee FY 15-16 and 16-17_FINAL… (more)

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