Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Special health panel meeting on cuts

The city’s health department is facing $26.7 million in mid-year cuts. Members of the public are encouraged to attend a special meeting of San Francisco’s health commission Tuesday, November 25, to discuss part of the reductions, which would come at the request of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget office.

The cuts could affect areas including HIV prevention and substance abuse treatment.

The commission has already identified $10 million in possible cuts, and will be meeting Tuesday to go over another $16.7 million.

The reductions, many of which would take effect January 1, are part of an effort to close a citywide budget gap that’s expected to be $90 million to $125 million. The city charter requires a balanced budget.

Openly gay commission President Jim Illig said the potential cuts, which he said are unprecedented for mid-year, are “crazy … but that’s the level of desperation we’re at right now.”

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at 101 Grove Street, room 300 (across the street from City Hall).

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– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, November 21, 2008 @ 2:37 pm PST
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