Mayor Lee & Supervisors Announce Series to Engage Residents in City Budget

Google+, Facebook & Twitter to Create Greater Community Engagement to Balance City Budget

3/8/12—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a number of Community Engagement events to get the public more involved in the budget process and educate residents about the Mayor’s budget principles as he builds a balanced two-year budget. The Mayor will co-host District Based Budget Town Halls with the Board of Supervisors and will also provide online forums to hear directly from San Franciscans about their budget priorities and ideas; and their issues and concerns as the City balances its first ever two-year budget.

“We need to hear directly from our residents about the issues that matter most to them,” said Mayor Lee. “We must build a balanced budget that not only ensures that San Franciscans get the city services they need, but one that will set the City on a steady course to fiscal solvency. My goal is to stimulate the local economy, create good jobs, and encourage innovative efficiencies within City departments and programs, and I am eager to share these principles with the public and hear directly from them.”

As part of the budget process, Mayor Lee will continue to meet with the Board of Supervisors, community based organizations and advocacy groups, neighborhood leaders, labor representatives, representatives of City Commissions, and Department Heads to discuss budget priorities and innovative cost savings ideas. He will also begin a series of Community Coffees that will last throughout the year where the public can call in and schedule an appointment to discuss specific topics with the mayor in their neighborhood.

Schedule of Town Halls with District Supervisors

Districts 5 & 6 with Supervisors Christina Olague & Jane Kim
Thursday, March 29, 2012 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street

Districts 8 & 9 with Supervisors Scott Wiener & David Campos
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd Street

Districts 2 & 3 with Supervisors Mark Farrell & David Chiu
Monday, April 9, 2012 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.)
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street

Districts 4 & 7 with Supervisors Carmen Chu & Sean Elsbernd
Saturday, April 14, 2012 (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road

Districts 1 & 5 with Supervisors Eric Mar & Christina Olague
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (6 – 7:30 p.m.)
County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park

District 10 & 11 with Supervisors Malia Cohen & John Avalos
Saturday, April 28, 2012 (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
City Arts and Technology High School, 325 La Grande Avenue

To join Mayor Lee for Citywide Community Coffees, residents are invited to call 311, where they can leave their name, contact information, and brief details about the issue they would like to discuss with the Mayor. Participants in the community coffee with Mayor Lee will be selected at random. Residents will be notified of their appointment the Thursday prior to the meeting.

Schedule of Community Coffees with Mayor Lee
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - District 11
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - District 6
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - District 1
Saturday, June 9, 2012 - District 8 & 9
Saturday, July 14, 2012 - District 10
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Districts 4 & 7
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - District 5

In the coming weeks, Mayor Lee will launch a new and innovative series of budget outreach efforts to engage San Francisco residents around the budget and introduce a suite of technologies to support these efforts including a more robust City employee driven ideas portal called ideas.sfgov. In coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, Mayor Lee will engage a wide audience in ways that can create exciting avenues for members of the public to participate in the budget process. Social media tools like Twitter and Facebook, ideation platforms and live streaming will make it possible to dialogue with the City in this important process that affects us as we continue to deliver vital City services.

As part of the goal to create an inclusive budget process, Mayor Lee will also hold a lunchtime digital townhall on Google+ following the success of the White House Google+ Hangout with President Obama. Recognizing that it is sometimes difficult to make it to the traditional community townhall meetings, Mayor Lee is creating an alternate mode to get the public engaged in the process. Mayor Lee will be the first Mayor of a large city to engage residents using the Google+ Hangout platform. The Mayor will sit at the Hub, a San Francisco co-working space, where he will field live questions during the Google+ Budget Hangout. More details to come.

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