Ed Lee's "no social service cuts" budget


So Mayor Ed Lee is going to spare social services, and apparently at least part of the Department of Public Heath, from any further budget cuts. That's good. Lives will be saved.

Lee -- like Willie Brown before him -- has the luck of serving as mayor during a period of growth, not recession. We don't know how long the boom is going to last, or what will happen when it ends (as these things always do), but right now, in Sacramento and San Francisco City Hall, there is joy over the fact that revenues are up.

(Lee's supporters on this blog and elsewhere will say it's because of the mayor's "pro-jobs" policies that we have all this new revenue. But remember, he promised tax breaks for Twitter and other tech firms that are moving into mid-Market, so we're not getting much extra payroll tax revenue there. SF is a disgustingly hot real-estate market right now and more people with more money are moving in, so that's absolutely a factor. So is the general California recovery.)

Either way, I'm always happy to hear about "no-cuts" budgets. But I have to keep raising the question:

If you've already cut about a billion dollars worth of services -- which is about what most people on all sides of the political spectrum agree has happened in SF in the past decade -- and now you've agreed not to cut any more, are you really making progress?

At what point do we need to start planning to restore all the services that are gone?



fiscally viable in the first place.

If you were a lobbyist asking for that, I would first ask you to identify other cuts to fund them. Most significantly, I'd expect to see cuts in the insanely generous pension and healthcare benefits for city workers and then, and only then, we'd talk about new services.

Those bloated days you recall are gone forever, and we never could afford them.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

Make all SF non- profits accountable. Cut down on waste in all local agencies, then old programs can be restored.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

Hold up. Many non-profits are leaving the city because of high rent. It's impossible for a non-profit to compete with the likes of twitter.

Posted by mark daniel snyder on Jun. 02, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

provide care to the truly deserving.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 6:42 am

the most pessimistic, glass-half-empty "journalist" out there.

Here Ed Lee is in the position to not make further cuts, and does so despite the fact that the city needs money, and all you can do is whine like a little bitch because previously cut services haven't been restored yet?

get a grip

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 2:03 pm
Posted by guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

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