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City Visions: Mayor Lee's proposed budget is huge, but will it solve problems?

  On June 20, 2016:  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed a budget for the new fiscal year, which starts on July 1.  At a staggering $9.6 billion, it is equal to that of the entire state of Arizona and $2 billion more than the annual budget of Afghanistan.

How can San Francisco be spending this amount of money and still have potholes in the streets, an uptick in property crime, and a large homeless population?  Will this new budget effectively address these problems?

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


Supervisor Mark Farrell - Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  Supervisor Farrell represents District 2, which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street Corridor, Sea Cliff, and parts of Russian Hill.

Lisa Feldstein, JD - Faculty, Master of Public Affairs Program at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, University of San Francisco.  Professor Feldstein has served in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing under two administrations.  She has also served as a San Francisco Planning Commissioner.  Her research focuses on urban politics and land use, urban planning and policy, social equity, and resources in low income communities.

Joe Eskanazi - Senior Editor for Politics and Government, San Francisco Magazine.  Editor of "The City Report Card" feature from the March 17, 2016 issue.