My office is gearing up to protect our social safety net and infrastructure improvements needed in Distrct 9 as the city seeks to balance the 2012-2013 budget. We look forward to working with you and the Mayor's office between now and June when the Mayor presents his budget to the Board of Supervisors.
The San Francisco annual budget is the most important policy document that comes out of city hall. How we spend and prioritize $6.6 billion each year determines everything from the services we can offer in our health clinics, to how many pot holes we fill, to the number of officers we assign to foot patrol beats in our neighborhoods. Our city is organized into nearly 60 departments. Some of those departments like the Airport and the Public Utilities Commission, are enterprise departments that fund their services almost exclusively from the fees charged to customers. Other departments, like the Department of Public Health and Fire Department, rely heavily on the city's general fund to run their programs and operations. When we face deficits in the city, cuts are made primary to general fund departments including those departments that create and manage San Francisco's social safety net.
For the last decade, San Francisco, similar to cities all over the United States, has faced record deficits. In San Francisco, the deficit peaked in Fiscal Year 2009-2010 at $576 million. This year, we confront a deficit of $262.7 million and are looking ahead to another deficit of $375.3 million in Fiscal Year 2013-2014. A decade of program cuts to fill these enormous deficits has been devastating to city funded community groups that serve lower income San Francisco residents. While it continues to be difficult, I am proud of the way my office has worked with residents and community groups in District 9 to preserve the core components of our social safety net as we struggle to balance the budget each year.
Last year, we organized early and effectively as a district and we intend to do the same this year. We had several meetings with dozens of community groups to develop a set of budget principles that the group delivered to the mayor. The mayor formed a CBO advisory committee and we were honored to have District 9 represented by Ana Perez, Executive Director of CARECEN, Mario Paz, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, and Estela Garcia, Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza. Ana, Mario, and Estela were extremely effective in advocating on behalf of all District 9 organizations and in preventing many cuts to crucial after school youth programs, activities for seniors, homeless services, and violence prevention programs.
We intend to help facilitate a similar community process this year. The mayor releases the budget on June 1st. In January, the mayor released his budget directives to city departments asking all general fund departments to decrease their total budgets by 5% and to develop a set of contingency reductions at the level of 2.5%. This is an improvement from the last few years, when departments were told to reduce their budgets by 10% with a 10% contingency reduction plan. However, the cumulative impact of decades of program reductions is a challenge - to say the least. In the next few months, I will be holding a series of meetings to organize our collective voice so we make sure that District 9 remains safe, healthy, and vibrant for everyone. If you are interested in participating in this process, please contact Hillary Ronen in my office at 415-554-7729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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REDISTRICTING: Make Sure to Include Your Voice in this Important Process
On March 8, 2011, the US Census Bureau released its 2010 decennial census data for California. According to this data, San Francisco's population is 805,235, an increase of 28,502 people (3.7%) from the 2000 census count of 776,733 people. Because this population growth was uneven across the City's supervisorial districts, this required that the district lines would need to be redrawn based upon the Charter. The Board of Supervisors convened a Task Force to carry out the required redistricting with members appointed by the Elections Commission, the Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor. The Charter vests the Task Force with the responsibility of redrawing supervisorial district boundaries by April 15, 2012. The Task Force is also charged with educating the community about the redistricting process and receiving community input regarding how district lines should change.
The redistricting Task Force holds regular community outreach meetings. To see the meeting schedule, click here.
The next meeting to specifically address District 9, will be February 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Mission Neighborhood Center, 362 Capp Street.
ReDrawSF is a free, user-friendly redistricting website for San Francisco. On this website, you can view and analyze existing and newly proposed district maps, map your own district proposals, or draw the boundaries of your Community of Interest. ReDrawSF is a wonderful tool for San Franciscans as they advocate around redistricting. Click here to visit the website.
There will be an upcoming training on how to use ReDrawSF in our own District 9 Just Cause / Causa Justa offices on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 2-4pm, at 2301 Mission Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room.
It's Never Too Early to Prepare for CARNAVAL - Join Loco Bloco
Join Loco Bloco's Carnaval Rehearsals for the whole family. Loco Bloco's Carnaval Classes 2012 for kids, teens and adults beginning on Saturday February 25 at Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street, from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
For additional class schedules, events and more info check out Loco Bloco's website.
Soul of the City 2012 - Support the San Francisco Organizing Project
2011 has been a year of many changes for SFOP. The organization is proud to be part of the movement that is sweeping the country; for nearly 30 years, SFOP has been part of the 99%, working to obtain affordable housing, accessible health care, safe communities, economic opportunities, and civil rights for all.
Join SFOP as the Organization presents the 2012 COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD HONOREES:
- The San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network, and the work of Mission neigborhood organizer Eric Quezada
- The Richard and Rhonda Goldman Fund
- Sherri Sawyer, SFOP Education Leader
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Location: Mission Cultural Center, 2nd Floor Gallery
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
To purchase tickets: click here
Join Me at the 2012 Chinese New Year Parade
Named one of the world's top ten parades, Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Over 100 units will participate in the parade, many of the floats and specialty units will feature the theme of this year's Chinese zodiac sign. Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 5:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Starts at Market & 2nd Streets
|Community Office Hours in Portola
Please join us for our next community office hours. It's an opportunity to bring your ideas, concerns and comments directly to Supervisor Campos, while supporting a local business. Thanks to those of you that joined us at our last community office hours in the Bernal Heights neighborhood.
Date: Friday, February 17th
Location: Fat Beli Deli, 2598 San Bruno Ave. (between Burrows St & Felton St)