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Funding the Community Justice Center
City of San Francisco
Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 132,097 / 42.54% Yes votes ...... 178,440 / 57.46% No votes
Index of all Propositions
|Results as of Jan 24 10:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (580/580)
|Information shown below: Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Arguments |
Shall the City guarantee that the City provide first-year funding for the Community Justice Center, authorize the Director of Property to lease space for the CJC, and define the CJC's scope and operations?
The ordinance specifies a budget of $2,754,000 for the CJC, however the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor have already included $2,624,823 of that amount in the City's annual budget and in approved federal grant appropriations. Should the ordinance be approved by the voters, the Controller would use the already appropriated $2,624,823 and an additional $129,177 to fund the total budget amount for the CJC.
The annual operating costs of the CJC are estimated to be approximately $2.4 million after the first year. Note that an ordinance cannot bind future Mayors and Boards of Supervisors to provide funding for this or any other purpose. In future budget years, the ultimate cost of the proposal would depend on how the City implements the ordinance and on decisions made in the City's annual budget process.
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition L
|Arguments Against Proposition L
|Help is on the way for San Francisco neighborhoods plagued by
auto break-ins, aggressive panhandling, drugs and theft. The
Community Justice Court is a collaborative, problem-solving services
center with a court onsite that provides long-term solutions
for frequent offenders who commit misdemeanors and nonviolent
Vote YES for a safer and more livable city.
Vote YES to help offenders break the cycle of crime.
Vote YES to stop politicians from playing politics with community
The Community Justice Court is a proven solution.
Please join us in voting YES for this proven solution to break the cycle of crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Gavin Newsom, Mayor
|Vote no on L.
It is unnecessary for this measure to be on the ballot.
The Community Justice Center has ALREADY BEEN FUNDED by the Board of Supervisors. This ballot measure professes to create what has already been created, appropriating funds that have already been appropriated.
The Community Justice Center is a new project, introduced to the Board of Supervisors during a time when the city was facing a $350 million deficit. Vital health and social services provided to our most needy residents, programs that served the elderly, the disabled, those living with AIDS, survivors of domestic violence, and other vulnerable populations were being decimated in the Mayor's proposed budget. The budgets of many city departments were facing drastic cuts.
Through hard work and many long nights, the Board of Supervisors restored tens of millions of dollars to cuts that served the people of San Francisco and passed a compassionate, fiscally prudent budget at the end of July. Only then did the Board deem it suitable to fund new programs. The Board of Supervisors passed legislation that fully funded the start up costs, the lease costs, and other personnel costs of the Community Justice Center in July.
It is wasteful to place this measure on the ballot, knowing that the Justice Center is fully funded.
Please do not support this unnecessary measure. Don't fall for the gimmick.
Vote No on L.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, Chair of Budget and Finance
That's why I have been working in partnership with the courts, the District Attorney, community leaders and many others to open the Community Justice Court.
Unfortunately, politics is getting in the way of this proven policy.
Winning start-up funds from the Board of Supervisors has been an ongoing struggle. After funds were approved last year, the Board later put a hold on the money for what appeared to be political reasons.
When we finally won approval for the second time this year, Supervisor Chris Daly vowed he would work to elect candidates to the Board of Supervisors in the November election to stop the funding of this new program.
The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Daly as promising, "I can't wait until we have a new Board of Supervisors next year that can eliminate the Community Justice Center."
The opponents say they have other priorities. I respectfully disagree with their assessment. Proven and cost-effective safety programs such as the Community Justice Court should be one of our very highest priorities. Courts like this are already being used in other cities to help dramatically decrease crime.
This program will help reduce homelessness and crime. By working in tandem with other proven programs it will encourage those suffering from addictions to find the help they need.
Please find out more about how the Community Justice Court will work to reduce crime and help San Franciscans at http://www.CommunityJusticeCourt.com.
Mayor Gavin Newsom