If you haven’t heard yet, the city of San Francisco has begun laying off many of it’s Parks and Recreation department employees. This will result in Kezar Track being closed as of May 1 and turned over to a private entity who will then charge for use on a regular basis. Please come out to the Town Hall meeting this Monday, March 2nd to voice your say in this! Our lone San Francisco track is in jeopardy!
Our efforts to defend and save the city’s most vital services has had a great effect. Despite the media’s coverage which wants us to look like we’re failing at our every attempt, we have put the Mayor on the defensive, and forced the business community to the table to negotiate the Coalition To Save Public Health’s agenda of raising revenues and fighting the decimation of our safety net structure. It appears that thousands of service cuts, and thousands of lay-offs is scary to the business community too, if not to all elected officials. Our major question to our Mayor has been:
“Mr. Mayor, we are in a terrible economic crisis,
What’s your plan to save the city’s most vital services?”
To which he answers massive cuts to the social safety net, de-skilling of our public health system, and privatization of our parks. This looks more like a fiscal conservative’s dream, than a plan to keep San Francisco (and San Franciscans) afloat during a fiscal crisis.
Board of Supervisor President David Chiu has brought together business communities and the labor council to negotiate their support for our summer special election. Having the business community and SF Labor Council on board could help us reach 100% of the Board of Supervisors, and therefore get our revenue measures to pass by “50% plus 1? instead of by a 2/3 vote. This is huge, and due primarily to our persistent efforts!
(For more on our strategy to win through this very difficult budget crisis… stay tuned for our strategy update next week.)
Our task now is a gigantic public education effort about the fiscal crisis and the Mayor’s plan, and to increase our capacity:
Please spread far and wide the attached invitation to our Town Hall!
Community Budget Town Hall
Monday, March 2 at 6 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society “Church”
1187 Franklin at Geary Street
Open to the Public!
State of the City: Budget Crisis, and Human-Focused Solutions
John Avalos, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee,
and our ally Supervisors
Mitch Katz, Director of Department of Public Health
Trent Rohr, Director of Human Services Agency
Please spread the word throughout the city. We need to fill this hall-standing room only!
For more information, please come to our planning meeting on Monday, February 23rd at 5:30 PM at 17th and Kansas, or call Alysabeth: 414-759-3977.
Please Spread the Word!
Your Friends at the Coalition to Save Public Health~
Coalition on Homelessness, Gray Panthers, SEIU 1021, OPEIU Local 3, Coalition on Homelessness, St. James Infirmary, St. Anthony’s Foundation, La Voz Latina, Central City SRO Collaborative, Conard House 1021 Chapter, Progress Foundation 1021 Chapter, Tenderloin Housing Clinic 1021 Chapter, Hyde Street Community Clinic, SRO Families United!, ACORN, API Wellness Center, Conard House, HWWA, Planning for Elders, Community Housing Partnership 1021 Chapter, Stop AIDS project, Senior Action Network, Harvey Milk Democratic Club, Queer Youth Organizing Project, Positive Directions Equals Change, members of the SF Unified School District, and more!