Restore Fiscal Accountability
San Francisco’s expenditures outpace its revenues. This is a structural problem that must take into account a number of systemic problems including financial forecasting, better planning with regard to overtime expenses, and pension and healthcare reform to get costs under control.
From a historical perspective, San Francisco has seen phenomenal growth. In the year 2000, San Francisco’s budget stood at $4.2 billion. Our current budget now stands at $7.2 billion.
But the dramatic increase in revenues does not tell the whole story. In fact, our city’s expenses are slated to grow at an alarmingly fast rate compared to current revenue projections. In the next fiscal year, there is already an anticipated $375 million funding gap.
We must work actively to engage every department and interest group to work toward a plan that aligns our city with stronger longtime solvency.
Cut Wasteful City Spending
Inefficiencies in government are a frustrating reality. City departments should be required to operate within specified parameters that direct all efforts towards meeting certain goals. These goals include how effective the department: 1) fulfills its mission; 2) serves the public; 3) stays within its budget.
In addition, a firsthand evaluation of programs by an independent auditor should be conducted to ascertain the level of efficacy that each program provides. The city ought to be investing in those programs that have a proven record and add value to our social fabric.
There is no room to support programs that don’t work, and we should not tolerate it.
Delivering a Fair Share to the West Side
For far too long, the city’s resources have been neglected the needs of the west side. This uneven distribution of resources must be recalibrated to take into account the neighborhood needs of our district.
Our community needs attention paid to basic services, like re-paving our roads, installing more street lighting in certain neighborhoods to increase public safety, and fixing MUNI.
As Supervisor, Norman Yee will fight for a more fair so that a more equitable allocation of city resources are dedicated to improving the neighborhoods of District 7.