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News, The Snitch Would Shortened Work Week Turn S.F. Into France? No. Into Oakland? Maybe.

Would Shortened Work Week Turn S.F. Into France? No. Into Oakland? Maybe.

When Mayor Gavin Newsom last week leaked to the press a tentative plan to cut tens of thousands of city workers' weeks from 40 to 37.5 hours, many observers must have felt like Rocky standing alongside Bullwinkle the Magician. Again?…
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News, The Snitch Controller Confirms Amendment to Pension 'Reform' Plan Would *Cost* City Millions

Controller Confirms Amendment to Pension 'Reform' Plan Would *Cost* City Millions

We've written a bit about Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's proposed Charter Amendment, which would save the city a modest bundle by altering San Francisco's pension system. We couldn't help but notice, however, that an amendment Supervisor Eric Mar last week attempted…
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News, The Snitch City Enters Era of 'Year-Round Budgeting'

City Enters Era of 'Year-Round Budgeting'

There used to be a time when the city hammered out a tentative budget, politicians and others duked it out regarding the allocations for their pet causes and agencies, and, eventually, everyone got on with running the city. Well, those…
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News, The Snitch Controller: Dire Financial Warning Is No Political Ploy

Controller: Dire Financial Warning Is No Political Ploy

Yesterday, SF Weekly broke the news that the city's finances are in such bad shape that the controller has forbidden the mayor or supes from making any expenditures not previously budgeted; the controller cannot guarantee the money is there. Yes,…
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News, The Snitch Breaking: Controller Reveals City Has No Money for Additional Expenditures -- City 'Cannot' Spend More Without Cutting

Breaking: Controller Reveals City Has No Money for Additional Expenditures -- City 'Cannot' Spend More Without Cutting

In a chilling move, the city controller's office announced it will formally rescind its certification of any supplemental expenditures by the city -- in plain English, there's no money and the Board of Supervisors can't spend any more unless more…
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News, The Snitch 'Squishy Numbers' Be Damned, Controller to Give Mayor City's Financial Report Today

'Squishy Numbers' Be Damned, Controller to Give Mayor City's Financial Report Today

Can you see Gavin Newsom as a game show host? He's got the hair, he's telegenic, and if we sweet-talk Gene Rayburn's relatives, maybe he can even get the long microphone. Between internecine struggles and, now, the looming question of…
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News, The Snitch How Much City Will Bleed Following State's Budget Grab Still Unclear -- But It Certainly Won't Be Good Times

How Much City Will Bleed Following State's Budget Grab Still Unclear -- But It Certainly Won't Be Good Times

With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to sign a somewhat modified state budget today, just how badly San Francisco will make out is still as clear as a pint of Guinness. But there'll be no good news delivered today and for…
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