With some support from Mayor Lee and marathon negotiations at the SF Board of Supervisors, The City budget now includes a big increase in staffing to keep parks safe, with 17 out of the 25 staff requested for Park Patrol, plus $100,000 more for tree maintenance. This is not everything asked for in Scott Wiener’s Safe, Clean, Green and Safe Budget enhancement package, but it goes a long way and we are declaring victory. After years of budget cuts and stagnation for the Parks Department this is a breath of fresh air.
“Keeping our parks and public spaces clean, green, and safe is a basic municipal responsibility, yet City Hall hasn’t prioritized this need in the city budget,” said Supervisor Wiener.
The final budget also includes $750,000 more for doubling Dept. of Public Works staffing to clean public space, adding another crew to keep transit stations and surrounding areas free of debris, waste, and graffiti. Thanks to Supervisor Wiener for the original proposal – and thank you for all your calls and emails to support a cleaner, greener, safer San Francisco!