Proposed budget includes funding for Supervisor Wiener's Clean, Green & Safe Budget proposal to add cleaning crews, park patrol officers and tree care workers, as well as critical funding for Animal Care & Control and other needs
San Francisco, CA - Tonight, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors finalized the two-year $8.6 billion city budget for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a member of the Committee, secured key funding in the budget for his Clean, Green & Safe budget proposal. These priorities will increase the City's capacity to clean public spaces such as alleys and transit stations, significantly increase the Park Patrol, and increase the Recreation & Park Department's ability to care for its trees. These priorities were supported by various community groups, including San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and Friends of the Urban Forest.
"The people of San Francisco deserve to be able to walk down the street without encountering the stench of urine or vomit, as well as enjoy our parks and public spaces without seeing garbage, graffiti and vandalism," said Supervisor Wiener. "With this new funding, we will bolster our ability to mitigate these basic quality of life issues."
With the approval of the budget, the following Clean, Green & Safe Budget priorities were included:
- The Department of Public Works will add cleaning and landscaping crews to clean alleys, side streets, medians, plazas, transit stations, and other public spaces. (Mayor Lee added a portion of this funding, and Supervisor Wiener secured the remainder, including an additional crew dedicated to cleaning transit stations.)
- Park Patrol will have more officers to provide coverage for the 220 parks overseen by Rec & Park.
- Will add forestry capacity. Rec & Park currently has capacity to perform routine maintenance on its trees.
Supervisor Wiener also addressed a number other key priorities in the budget. In partnership with Supervisor Katy Tang, he secured funding for chronically under-funded Animal Care & Control to enhance shelter capacity and the agency's ability to care for abandoned and neglected animals. Early on in the budget process, he worked with Mayor Lee to backfill the entirety of the federal cuts to HIV prevention and care funding. He also worked to secure funding for the Fire Department to add an arson investigation unit.
Supervisor Wiener also secured funding for other key priorities, including:
- Transportation: Vision Zero pedestrian and bike safety improvements, and funding the Late Night Transit working group's efforts to improve transit access for nighttime workers and nightlife patrons
- Neighborhood Greening: Improvements to Harvey Milk Plaza, Still Street, and Corbett Slope
- LGBT Support: Access to affordable housing for LGBT people, and support for LGBT historical archive work
- HIV/AIDS Services: Capital support and operational funding for HIV/AIDS service providers
- School Projects: Water bottle filling station at Rooftop Elementary, support for the Alvarado Reading Partners Program, and support for anti-bullying initiatives
- Seniors/Disabled: Funding for senior programs and home meal delivery