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File #: 120765    Version: 1 Name: Formal Policy Discussions - July 17, 2012
Type: Hearing Status: Filed
Introduced: 7/10/2012 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/17/2012 Final action: 7/17/2012
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, 9, 11. The Mayor may address the Board initially for up to five minutes. Discussion shall not exceed five minutes per Supervisor. 1. Statewide budget cuts to California’s education system have been catastrophic. The San Francisco School District faces up to $83.8 million in cuts over the next two years, representing a 20% overall decrease in its operating budget. Upcoming summer school offerings are nearly non-existent and class sizes will increase significantly once again next year. 210 layoff notices have been sent to our teachers. We are truly facing a crisis for families with school age children living in San Francisco. Can you tell me what steps your office is taking to help fund San Francisco public schools? (Supervisor Mar, District 1) 2. Four years ago, when I came into office, San Francisco city government had seven email systems when we should have one, three dozen data centers when we should have a handful, and dozens of contracts with the same information technology (IT) vendors when we should have master enterprise agreements. Major IT projects such as JUSTIS, e-Merge, and DBI/Planning permit tracking have been years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget. Today, the situation has not changed much. At a time when we spend over $200M a year on IT across dozens of decentralized departments, best practices and numerous city reports have repeatedly confirmed the need to centralize and consolidate IT spending and management. Despite our proximity to Silicon Valley, our city's IT system is stuck in the 1990s. What can we do to bring our city's information technology into the 21st century? (President Chiu, District 3) 3. At the Land Use & Economic Development Hearing on July 9, 2012, the Director of the Health Services System (HSS), Catherine Dodd, explained that California Pacific Medical Center's (CPMC) refusal to charge HSS out of network patients the same rate as HSS in network patients will undermine the competing Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that she is trying to build. Director Dodd also explained that building the competing ACOs are one of her main strategies to control Health Care Costs for the City. What is your strategy for controlling Health Care Costs given CPMC's unwillingness to follow other San Francisco non-profit hospitals like Dignity Health and UCSF, and charge the same rate for in and out of network HSS patients? (Supervisor Campos, District 9) 4. Since the beginning of the year, the Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside (OMI) neighborhoods in District 11 have experienced a spike in homicides, starting with the brutal murder of a family of five on Howth Street in March. Since that time there have been another four homicides, impacting the African American community. In addition to these murders, there have been accounts of increased violence and shootings throughout the OMI. Not since 2008 has District 11 suffered from this level of violence. In 2009, my office initiated a process to bring together residents, City agencies, youth, and local organizations to foster community development efforts. These have led to better relationships between these sometimes disparate groups, which allowed us to work cooperatively on community grant-making, community driven neighborhood beautification, youth development opportunities, and senior support services. I am interested in working with you collaboratively. What are you doing to immediately address violence in the OMI and what is your vision in the long term to develop the OMI's and especially the African American community's resilience and capacity to address these concerns? Specifically, I am interested in working with you on proposals that do not violate people's 4th Amendment rights as a stop and frisk policy will very likely to do. I will be scheduling a hearing in the Public Safety Committee to discuss the spike in homicides, and I hope that you, your public safety staff, relevant City agencies, and the Police Department will participate and offer ideas for collaborative solutions to the violence. (Supervisor Avalos, District 11)
Attachments: 1. Board_Packet_071712
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