Board approves $17.9 million
for social programs
John Swett Elementary saved
from chopping block
By Aldrich M. Tan
April 18, 2006
The Board of Supervisors swiftly passed ordinances that allocates
$17.9 million for various social programs.
"Same house, same call, the ordinance is passed," Supervisor
Aaron Peskin said multiple times during the Tuesday's meeting.
An ordinance appropriating $6.4 million to violence prevention
programs in communities impacted by violence passed on first reading.
Representatives from various domestic violence organizations expressed
gratitude and enthusiasm over the ordinance's passing.
"We feel great about the funding," said Beverly Upton,
executive director of Partners Ending Domestic Violence and the
San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium. "We came late
into the game but the Supervisors understand the impact of domestic
violence in our city."
A variety of violence protection programs will receive funding
from the ordinance. The Gum Moon Residence of the Asian Women's
Resource Center, which shelters women affected by domestic violence,
will use the funds to expand its housing program and provide emergency
money for residents, executive director Gloria Tan said.
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc., a community
based agency that assists battered women and their children, will
use its funds to maintain a telephone support hotline, spokeswoman
Roberta Tomer said.
"I am thankful that the Supervisors are taking the opportunity
to use the budget surplus to bring the city's social justice organizations
into the 21st Century," said Emberly Cross, coordinating
attorney for the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic.
The violence prevention program ordinance was not the only ordinance
that passed with little protest. An ordinance to allocate $660,000
to support the John Swett Alternative School also passed
"This ordinance was a very reasonable response to an illogical
decision by the school district to close a good school,"
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said. "This mistake needs to be
The Board also passed ordinances that appropriates $250,000 to
the Arts Commission, Cultural Equity Endowment Grants, and $10.4
million for Recreation and Parks capital projects.