On Tuesday, the full Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution opposing Proposition 16, an industry-sponsored ballot initiative that would make it more difficult for cities to form public-power agencies. The initiative, which would require a two-thirds popular vote to establish such municipal electricity providers, is aimed squarely at efforts in several California cities and counties -- including San Francisco and Marin County -- to create "community choice aggregation" (CCA) programs that circumvent existing corporate utilities. Sponsored by tireless public-power advocate Ross Mirkarimi, this resolution could draw some interesting comments from supervisors and the public on the city's CCA program, which has been controversial.
The board will also look at repealing a number of specially dedicated funds, including
bus drivers' "lounge
facilities fund" -- Don't you wish your office had one of those? --
to scrape together cash at the financially troubled Municipal Transportation
On Tuesday night, the city's school board will consider how to deal with a budget deficit north of $100 million over the next two years. While no particularly promising ideas for coping with the local education system's financial crisis have emerged yet, it's clear that something needs to be done. The city can't simply continue sending pink slips to hundreds of teachers and administrators, as it did this month. Some ecologically minded legislator would eventually object to the waste of paper.
Are those gunshots you hear outside your apartment at 21st Street. and Alabama, or just illegal fireworks? On Wednesday the Police Commission will decide whether to approve a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that would expand the city's high-tech gunshot detection machines. It's unclear how effective these things are, but they're certainly catching on, with police departments around the country trying to implement or expand their own gunshot-locating systems.
Cell-phone health scares, socialized electricity, angry teachers, and more: San Francisco's public officials have it all, and we hear they buy gold, too. Enjoy.
Photo | Jim Herd