Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New San Francisco Charter Amendments Introduced

The San Francisco Examiner reported on the new charter amendments introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. Your BOMA Advocacy Team will be monitoring these suggested changes to the City Charter and reporting any new developments on our blog.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu

Create a two-year budgetary cycle for the city and require the adoption of a five-year financial plan.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd

Eliminates the salary requirement that Muni drivers be paid, at the very least, the second highest salary of public-transit operators in the nation.

Supervisor John Avalos

Increase firefighter work week from 48.7 hours to 52 hours;

Strip the mayor of sole appointing authority for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors; board and mayor would each appoint three directors and one would be elected by voters.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty

Create an office management and budget with a director serving a 10-year term, mandate two-year budget cycle, require adoption of five-year financial plan.

Supervisor Chris Daly

Board of Supervisors would be empowered to force the mayor to spend appropriated money for certain programs or activities.

Permits, or “medallions,” to drive cabs would be prohibited to be auctioned off or sold, keeping intact the city’s current system.

Create a Community Development Commission to oversee community-development efforts.

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