San Francisco, California
|San Francisco, California|
|Mayor:||Edwin M. Lee|
|Last mayoral election:||2011|
|Next mayoral election:||November 3, 2015|
|Last city council election:||2014|
|Next city council election:||November 3, 2015|
|City council seats:||11|
|2013-15 FY Budget:||$15.8 billion|
|Population in 2013:||837,442|
African American 6.1%
Native American 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.4%
Two or More 4.7%
|Ethnicity:||Hispanic or Latino 15.1%|
|Median household income:||$73,802|
|High school graduation rate:||85.9%|
|College graduation rate:||52.0%|
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California state executive offices
- See also: Mayor-council government
The city of San Francisco utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.
The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also possesses veto powers, and presides over city council meetings. Edwin M. Lee is the current Mayor of San Francisco.
The San Francisco City Council - more commonly known as the Board of Supervisors - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The city council consists of eleven members, each of which are elected by one of the city's eleven districts.
A full list of city council members can be found here.
A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the San Francisco City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.
For a full list of San Francisco's commissions, boards and committees, see here.
The city of San Francisco, California, will hold elections for mayor and board of supervisors on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is June 9, 2015. One of the city's eleven supervisor seats - District 3 - is up for election.
The city of San Francisco, California held nonpartisan elections for the Board of Supervisors on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 10, 2014.
Five seats were up for election. These included Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
The city's budget process operates in bienniums from August 1 to July 31. The City Charter gives responsibility for drafting an expense and capital budget to the Mayor, which must then be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for review and approval. The city is required by state law to maintain a balanced budget.
San Francisco's adopted operating budget for the 2013-2015 biennium is $15.8 billion, or $7.9 billion annually. It includes funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 300 new police and 120 new firefighters, and a new Recreation and Parks clubhouse in each of the city's districts.
Office of the Mayor
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 554-6141
Fax: (415) 554-6160
See here to contact individual council members.
- See also: San Francisco ballot measures
San Francisco is a city-county equivalent. A list of ballot measures in San Francisco is available here.
San Francisco has its own initiative process for ordinances determined by the city charter. The state process (see above for details) is applicable wherever the city is silent. The signature requirements are 5% of the votes cast for all candidates for mayor in the last preceding general municipal election for mayor. Circulators must comply with the relevant code regarding identification. The pre-approval process includes registration and publication of the intention to circulate in a newspaper. Otherwise the process is governed by the California Election Code.
In 2013, San Francisco's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $500,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which San Francisco filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|4||Marine, Boats & Fisheries|
|4||Energy & Nuclear Power|
|3||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|3||Economics & Econ Development|
|2||Radio & TV Broadcasting|
|1||Science & Technology|
- See also: Evaluation of California city websites
|Transparency grading process|
- Proposed and adopted budgets, as well as budget development information, is available.
- Budgets are archived to 1996.
- Elected officials
- Permits and zoning
- Management and audit reports for various City departments are posted. Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports with Independent Auditor's Reports are also posted.
- Vendor contract information is available.
- Information on lobbyists registered with the city is available through the San Francisco Ethic Commission. The information discloses activity expenses, political contributions, contacts of public officials, and payments promised by clients.0
- Individual filings, including payments received, are available for lobbyists on behalf of the city.
- Public records
- Tax information is available through the Controller's Office and the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector.
- Membership in taxpayer funded lobbying associations is not disclosed.
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- City and County of San Francisco Official Website
- Office of the Mayor
- Board of Supervisors
- City Charter and Code
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- City and County of San Francisco, "Future Elections," accessed March 10, 2014
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- City of San Francisco Mayor's Office, "Mayor Lee Signs San Francisco’s Balanced Budget For Fiscal Year 2013-14 & 2014-15," July 24, 2013
- Open Secrets, "City of San Francisco, CA," accessed on September 8, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
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State of California
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