Mayor Newsom announces second annual 21st Century
budget town hall
- SFListens provides unique venue
for San Franciscans to participate
in a democratic budget process
- City partnering with San Francisco
State University and the Public Research Institute
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
March 15, 2006
San Francisco, CA Mayor Newsom today announced
that the 2006 SFListens will take place on Saturday, April 1,
offering San Franciscans a unique opportunity to participate in
this years budget making process. SFListens is a 21st century
twist on the traditional Town Hall meeting that focuses on discussion
and deliberation among real San Franciscans, utilizing technology
to identify budget priorities and solutions.
This years SFListens is being run in collaboration with
the Public Research Institute (PRI) at San Francisco State University
(SFSU). PRI will facilitate the public meeting and recruit a representative
profile of the Citys population to ensure that San Franciscos
diversity is represented, and heard, at the event.
Mayor Newsom called SFListens participatory budgeting at
its best, saying The budget must reflect the needs
and priorities of all San Franciscans not the lobbyists
and advocates who understand how to work the system. SF Listens
is a chance for real people to exchange information and ideas
with a goal of finding common solutions.
SFListens 2006 will take place at San Francisco State University
on Saturday, April 1. The meeting is an opportunity for residents
from across San Francisco to help establish funding priorities
for this years City budget. The process involves small group
discussions about the citys budget with other San Franciscans
like you, identifying potential solutions to the problems facing
the City; followed by large group voting on potential resolutions.
The meeting outcomes will be used by the Mayor and his staff to
help inform this years budgeting decisions.
Transportation to and from the event will be provided free of