File #: 120424    Version: 1 Name: Formal Policy Discussions - May 8, 2012
Type: Hearing Status: Filed
Introduced: 5/1/2012 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 5/8/2012 Final action: 5/8/2012
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 1, 3, 5, and 9. The Mayor may address the Board initially for up to five minutes. Discussion shall not exceed five minutes per Supervisor. 1. At our recent budget town hall with District 1, and 5 residents, a young man eloquently expressed his community’s frustration at the lack of resources allocated to providing quality education and training to our youth to help them enter our growing technology sector. He noted that most of these jobs are going to people from outside the City who have had the benefit of tech training programs. I am working with small businesses, SF Made and others, on ways to bring more manufacturing related businesses into District 1; my hope is that these businesses will bring with them not just manufacturing but also design and other technology based jobs. It would be ideal if we could create technology education programs for our local middle and high schools that would be used as a feeder for emerging technology related jobs both in my District and Citywide. Can you commit to working with my office to develop funding sources and the mechanisms for such an endeavor? (Supervisor Mar, District 1) 2. In the wake of a decade of budget deficits, when city government needs to doing more with less, there are significant duplicative functions between departments with overlapping jurisdictions. At a time when small businesses need help, they are overwhelmed with the regulations of 14 city departments; San Francisco has one of the highest number of pedestrian accidents in California, but 12 city department's responsibility for pedestrian safety; our many residents interested in urban agriculture have to navigate 7 different departments; over half of our working families don't have access to child care, yet 3 agencies compete to set child care policy; our city contracts are managed by myriad agencies, and our City's IT system still includes multiple email platforms and several dozen data centers. What will your Administration do to consolidate duplicative functions and make the delivery of City services more efficient? (Supervisor Chiu, District 3) 3. The San Francisco Housing Authority is one of the largest providers of housing in San Francisco and serves over 20,000 people. With roughly 20% of the City’s public housing stock in District 5, the policy, budgetary, and operational decisions made by the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and staff significantly impact residents of my district. Similar to the Redevelopment Agency or the School District, the Authority is a quasi City department that provides critical public services to thousands of San Franciscans. Given its large footprint in the City, and in the interest of promoting transparency, accountability, and integrity of local government, how can we work together to invite the Authority more closely into the City family by locating its Commission hearings in City Hall and broadcasting them for greater public access? (Supervisor Olague, District 5) 4. The Mission neighborhood serves as one of San Francisco’s rich artistic and cultural centers, highlighting the unique contributions of Latinos, women and local communities. However, some of our local arts organizations are struggling financially given ongoing cuts to arts funding. As we work to preserve and strengthen these important cultural institutions, can we count on your support and engagement? (Supervisor Campos, District 9)
Attachments: 1. Board_Packet_050812
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