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."


The MTA’s Lack of Transparency Over a Worsening Budget Deficit

MTA Chief Nat Ford should come clean about the budget deficit. Listed under the MTA Board’s agenda, on the agency’s antiquated website, is a link titled "Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance." "Government’s duty is to serve the public," it says, "reaching its decision in full view of the public." It’s an ironic juxtaposition […]

MTA Budget Shortfall Could Seriously Impact Muni Service

The previous budget crisis, in May, brought Muni fare hikes and service cuts. Flickr photo: Steve Rhodes With memories of last spring’s budget battle still fresh in mind, the MTA announced in a mid-year budget presentation [PDF] today that it now faces a $45.1 million deficit and plans to cut 250 positions across the agency […]

Can the Board of Supes Still Force a Better MTA Budget?

Budget and Finance Committee file photo by Bryan Goebel The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee voted for a second time Wednesday to reject the MTA budget and send it back to the full Board. It followed a narrow vote by the full Board Tuesday to table BOS Prez David Chiu’s original rejection motion, […]

This Week: Another Chance to Speak Against a Muni Fare Hike

This Thursday, the SFMTA holds the second of five town hall budget meetings, where riders can speak up for measures like extending parking meter hours, enforcing existing garage regulations, and other ways to address the agency’s shortfall without imposing a fare hike on Muni riders. There’s also plenty in store for the weekend, including the […]