San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is planning on holding town hall meetings, “Coffee with Mayor Lee” events and utilizing social media to help reach out to voters to balance the city’s budget and establish priorities that are most important to residents.
Last week, California’s Democratic leaders sent Governor Jerry Brown a majority-vote budget plan, beating a mandated June 15 deadline to have a balanced budget in place. Less than 24 hours later, Brown vetoed the plan and said “he wouldn’t sign a budget filled with gimmicks.”
And not for the public schools they are (supposedly) working for, but for themselves. At the moment, members get $500/month (this amount was set in 1972) and they are proposing to increase it to roughly $40,000 annually, about what a first-year teacher makes.
SF State has a $32 million deficit and with state and education funding quickly drying up, the university is facing a monetary crisis. To this end, the school created the 12-member University Planning Advisory Council [UPAC], who released a report today detailing the possible steps SF State would need to take to ease their financial woes.
Trying to manage the state deficit, Governor Jerry Brown issued his very first executive order – stripping state employees of their cell phones. The move will save us $20 million a year. I guess the state of California needs to now get its own “Friends and Family Plan”. Jerry ain’t messin’ around.