Questions for the next mayor - Page 2

It's entirely appropriate for progressive board members to set some standards


That's just the beginning of a long list of questions — but the progressives on the board should make sure they have answers before agreeing to support anyone, as a caretaker or interim mayor.


Tough choices, given the fact that "fees" now need a 2/3 vote to implement. It's doubtful that will happen in most cases.

Several programs that need to be cut by 90% or so: "Homeless services" and Healthy SF. To be blunt, SF can no longer afford "the homeless". I'm not talking about the severely mentally ill, but rather the rabble of transients, drifters, dealers, con-artists, and petty criminals. SF can no longer afford to pay for rent, therapists, drug "counseling" and social workers for every misfit in town. Time to go.

As for Healthy SF, Medi-Cal is for the poor. At best, Healthy SF should ASSIST the working poor by directing them toward the new Obamacare low cost coverage. And we shouldn't be insuring illegals or people who could choose to buy coverage through work. We simply can't afford it.

General Assistance. We are the only county in the Bay Area that lets people stay on GA all year, forever, with essentially no requirement to do anything in exchange. Other counties allow 90 days in any 12 month period. We should do the same. SF is too broke to continue to subsidize able-bodies people who simply choose not to work. If they are disabled, they can get SSI.

Shopworn city agencies and departments. Why, in 2011, do we need a Department on the Status of Women? Why do we need a Human Rights Commission when the state and feds have these functions? Why do we need an Immigrants Rights Commission? Why do we need a Depart of Youth, Children, and Families when we have a Human Services Department? Many of these agencies were born in the booming 1990s during the dot com boom when there was money for fluff. That money is gone, and these needless entities should be as well.

Why is SF funding some 8000 non-profits to perform "services" that are not required by state or federal law? The Human Services Department alone contract some $200,000,000 for "services" outside the mandates of Food Stamps, Medi-Cal and CalWORKs. Sorry, we can't afford all this anymore. Cut back on at least 4000 non-profits who will have to find something else to do and someone else to pay for it.

Why is SF spending hundreds of millions on a needless Central Subway? For four stops?!

These are just a start. I'm sure others can come up with many, many more ways to cut $500,000,000 out of the budget permanently.

Posted by Scott on Nov. 17, 2010 @ 9:30 am

Keep asking these questions and keep losing elections. Richard

Posted by Richard on Nov. 17, 2010 @ 11:47 am

Revenue? To be clear, raising taxes is not "revenue"... Revenue is what a business makes when they sell a customer something they want. Tax"revenue" taken by the City from SF residents & families for services they may not even get to use. If your a homeowner or landlord, that means increased property tax rates... and if your a renter, it's increased rents each year (within rent control laws) or when you change apartments (rent control can't help there) and forget about upgrades by landlords... and if you're a small business, it's increased fees to do if you're a consumer (we all are), that's increased prices at your favorite restaurant or bar, groceries, goods & services, etc. Who gets the money instead...? Multi-billion budget for 800,000 people?!?.

Mayors and Supervisors beware... We're watching and we'll vote the "big spenders" out of office next chance we get.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 19, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

Forgot one thing... If you're an employee at a small business, that means you can forget about a raise this year, or maybe worse. Seriously, the City is spending our money... and what are you getting for it?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 19, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

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