Good times budget brings more cops,
cleaner streets, and increased public health service
Mayor delivers 2006-07 City budget
Mayor Newsom delivers 89 minute City budget summary to officials
and community leaders gathered in San Francisco's Police Academy
By Pat Murphy
May 31, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
San Franciscans will see 250 newly hired police officers, no
service cuts to public health, and more street cleaners at work
under a $5.73 billion budget unveiled today by Mayor Newsom.
A recovering economy permitted the $390 million budget increase
over the current year, Newsom told community leaders gathered
at the San Francisco Police Academy.
The site was selected to emphasize the importance the Newsom
administration places on public safety, his office reported.
Newest police cadets undergo training march as the mayor reports
in the coming year will graduate with a total of 250 police officers
to San Francisco streets.
"This budget provides for the needs of San Franciscans for
healthcare, safer neighborhoods and cleaner streets," said
The audience included members of the Board of Supervisors, other
elected officials, commissioners, the San Francisco Police Cadet
Class 210, and alert residents.
In addition to bolstered police services, the proposed budget
will add more public health workers who check the wellbeing of
seniors and the disabled.
Funding for new health care workers is provided in the Department
of Public Health (DPH) budget hike to $1.2 billion.
DPH receives the single largest budget allocation with costs
steadily increasing do to an aging population and labor costs.
Newsom pledged no DPH service cuts while insisting "we must
get our arms around" DPH spiking costs.
Even so, the mayor praised labor unions for sharing the pain
in past budget reductions.
Health care workers gave back more than $300 million in contracted
City pension contributions over the last three years, Newsom said
in thanking unions.
The budge provides for a Community Living Trust to fund long
term care costs for patients unable to get a bed in the proposed
1200-bed long term care Laguna Honda facility.
And a 60-bed Respite Center will be built for frail patients
released from hospital care not in need of long term care hospitalization,
A one-time use of $180 million in one-time City revenues will
be used for street repairs, purchase of 12 new street cleaners
assigned to 100 blocks of heavily traveled streets, and greening
of the City with 5,000 new trees.
Frank Chiu, ubiquitous clarion of 12 Galaxies threat to this planet's
way of life,
darts across young centurion march on earthbound troublemakers.