San Francisco, We Have a Budget: $6.5 Billion
Part of what makes passing a budget in San Francisco a process that takes longer than the World Cup is a somewhat problematic little clause of the City Charter. While the Board of Supervisors can allot money, the mayor is under no obligation to spend it. So when the board fights for "give-backs" to its favorite causes and nonprofits, it's all for naught unless a specific deal is worked out with the mayor assuring he will, indeed, spend the money.
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The supes' charter amendment attempting to break the mayor's monopoly on making appointments to Muni's board -- and, in general, gain more oversight of Muni, which essentially reports solely to the mayor -- was held over until next week. So were the trio of progressive-backed tax measures.
If you think all of this looks like odious, back-room dealmaking -- well, then you agree with Chris Daly. He was, after all, the lone vote against this budget.
The budget comes up for a final vote next week. Expect Daly to vote against it then, too.
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