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San Francisco Voter Information Pamphlet
November 4, 2008
Proposition As Blank Check
San Franciscos Civil Grand Jury released its report, Accountability in San Francisco Government, on 6/26/2008; a footnote indicated a newspaper reported a current City Supervisor acknowledges nobody has been minding the Citys information technology expenditures store, including himself. So, too, with bond measures.
The Jury concluded the Citizens Obligation Bond Oversight Committee cant utilize its experience to improve projects prior to ballot bond measures, including the proposed rebuilding of SFGH. The Jury is concerned key lessons werent learned from the Branch Library Improvement, and Laguna Honda Hospital, bond fiascos.
San Franciscos elections code requires the Controller estimate increases to City government costs from ballot measures. The Bay Guardians 8/13/2008 editorial And now, the controllers big lie, exposes Controller Rosenfield vastly overestimated by billions this years Clean Energy Act. Rosenfields 8/11/2008 Proposition A statement vastly underestimates City government cost increases, neglecting mentioning the $36 million annual operating cost increase from adding 212 SFGH employees, and neglecting mentioning this $887.4 million bond may underfund the project $55.6 million, if the Citys estimate construction costs may reach $943 million proves accurate.
Among findings, the Jury recommended increasing Bond Oversight Committee responsibilities, and conducting pre- and post-election independent analyses of the Controllers voter guide estimates to test Controller accuracy both laudable goals. The Jury noted private-sector projects experiencing significant cost overruns and delays would likely replace project managers.
The City failed implementing Jury accountability recommendations before placing the SFGH bond measure on the ballot.
We need both our County hospitals. But we shouldnt sacrifice increasing government accountability and project oversight to rebuild them.
Renters facing landlords 50% pass-through: Demand greater accountability! Send City Hall a message it must implement Grand Jury recommendations before well pass bond measures.
Patrick Monette-Shaw, Accountability Advocate
The true source of funds for the
printing fee of this argument is Patrick Monette-Shaw.
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