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File #: 111314    Version: 1 Name: Formal Policy Discussions - December 13, 2011
Type: Hearing Status: Filed
Introduced: 12/6/2011 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 12/13/2011 Final action: 12/13/2011
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Pursuant to Charter Sections 2.103 and 3.100(7), and Administrative Code Section 2.11, the Mayor shall answer the following eligible questions submitted from Supervisors representing District's 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. The Mayor may address the Board initially for up to five minutes. Discussion shall not exceed five minutes per Supervisor. 1. The current payroll tax system is detrimental to job growth and is broken. As we have seen over the course of this year at the Board of Supervisors, several attempts have been made to carve out certain classes of people, industries, and sections of the City from the payroll tax. Instead of an ad hoc system of fixes, are you contemplating a more systematic reform of the business tax? (Supervisor Farrell, District 2) 2. As your office works on putting together the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, what can we expect in terms of budget allocations for improving the employment climate in San Francisco? Specifically, what are three concrete policy ideas you have for stimulating job growth? (Supervisor Chu, District 4) 3. The most recent data shows that families with children in San Francisco become homeless at an alarming rate. The wait list for emergency family shelters currently includes 267 families, a historic level, and a 356% increase since the summer of 2007. The data on children in the San Francisco Unified School District that choose to self identify as homeless has also reached alarming levels, 2,200 children up from 1,600 in 2009. What are your office's plan to address this crisis? Would you commit to expanding the City's Rental Subsidy Program for homeless families by 50 slots? Would you commit to keep the emergency winter shelter at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal open and allow families to stay at the Oshun drop in center until this crisis is addressed? (Supervisor Kim, District 6) 4. The Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Board of Directors recently approved an $8,000,000 payment to MUNI drivers from the health care trust fund. The voters specifically abolished this trust fund when they passed Proposition G in November 2010. Although the MTA Board of Directors approved this payment to settle a lawsuit by the Transit Workers Union, the payment is contrary to the spirit and goals of Proposition G and reduces money available for transit service for riders. What do you think about this payment, and what do you think about the implementation of Proposition G generally? (Supervisor Wiener, District 8) 5. The N Judah Express Line has been in service for a number of months and has been very successful in addressing issues of overcrowding and poor on time performance. Municipal Transportation Agency is now proposing to make this express line permanent. The T Third Line continues to have problems with poor on time performance, switch backs, and long wait times on the Embarcadero. Would you be supportive of piloting a T Express Line? (Supervisor Cohen, District 10)
Attachments: 1. Board_Packet_121311
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