SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The City Budget: Dealing with the deficit

"San Francisco faces yet another budget deficit in the hundreds of millions of dollars. What will we do to close that gap? What services will be cut and what new revenues could be found? Are there any opportunities for savings by restructuring the way our local government works? Join us for a sneak preview of the key issues in the upcoming budget discussion. We will be joined by Greg Wagner, the Mayor’s Office Budget Director and Ben Rosenfield, City Controller."

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