New York's Alphonse D'Amato was once known as "Senator Pothole" for his attention to constituent minutiae. But we wonder whether his attentiveness ever earned a reward like this one: San Francisco has marked a 200 percent improvement when it comes to filling potholes on time.
In other government measurement news, crime is down. No, really, it's down. According to the latest report:
Incidents of serious violent and property crimes showed strong improvement in February 2011 from the
previous period (December 2011). Serious violent crimes declined by 19.7 percent to 44.1 per 100,000
population; serious property crimes declined by 13.5 percent to 290.5 per 100,000 population.
Average wait time at the Department of Public Health's (DPH) clinics for routine new patient primary care
appointments increased to 38 days, compared to 13 days in Dec. 2010 and 25 days last February. These
wait times are well within the 60-day maximum wait time goal set by Healthy San Francisco. In part due
to the economy, DPH's clinics have seen an increase in different types of new patients, including Healthy
San Francisco, Healthy Workers, and Medi-Cal enrollees. DPH's continued efforts to reduce wait times
include: increasing available exam room space, hiring new providers and expanding clinic hours.
Current active Non-Assistance Food Stamps (NAFS) caseload increased by 22.6 percent from the prior year.
This is due, in part, to continued outreach to eligible participants, with most growth coming from families
and children, and the rollout of Benefits SF, a 24/7 online-application process. NAFS is supported at 85 percent
to 100 percent with State/Fed revenues; participants are means and asset tested prior to entry.
Average daily number of Muni customer complaints regarding safety, negligence, discourtesy, and
service delivery increased by 6.1 percent from the prior period, but decreased by 36.1 percent from February 2010.
Value (estimated cost, in millions) of construction projects for which new building permits were issued
declined 63.8 percent from December 2010, but increased by 54.2 percent from the prior year. This measure is highly
variable due, in part, to seasonal fluctuations and lumpiness of high-dollar value permits.