San Francisco, California

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San Francisco, California
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General information
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Mayor:Edwin M. Lee
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
City council seats:11
2012-13 FY Budget:$7.5 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:837,442
Gender:49.3% Female
Race:White 48.5%
African American 6.1%
Hispanic or Latino 15.1%
Asian 33.3%
Native American 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.4%
Two or More 4.7%
Unemployment:11.4%
Median household income:$73,802
High school graduation rate:85.9%
College graduation rate:52.0%
Related San Francisco offices
California's 9th congressional district
California's 13th congressional district
California Legislature
California state executive offices
San Francisco is a consolidated city-county in California. As of 2013, its population was 837,442.[1]

City government

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.[2]

Mayor

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.[2] Edwin M. Lee is the current Mayor of San Francisco.[3]

City council

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.[4]

Membership

The city council consists of eleven members, each of which are elected by one of the city's eleven districts.[4]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Advisory boards

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.[5]

For a full list of San Francisco's commissions, boards and committees, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: San Francisco, California municipal elections, 2015

The city of San Francisco, California will hold elections for mayor on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is not yet announced.[6]

2014

See also: San Francisco, California municipal elections, 2014.

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.[7]

San Francisco utilizes ranked-choice voting for municipal offices, eliminating the need for runoff elections.[8]

Five seats were up for election. These included Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Budget

San Francisco's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2012-13 was $7.5 billion.[9]

Contact

Office of the Mayor
Room 200
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Telephone: (415) 554-6141
Fax: (415) 554-6160
Email: mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot Measures

See also: San Francisco ballot measures

San Francisco is a city-county equivalent. A list of ballot measures in San Francisco is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in California

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 812,826.[1] San Francisco is a charter city.

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.

The San Francisco City Charter

Lobbying

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.[10] The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[11][12] 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
Reports Issues
8 Utilities
7 Transportation
4 Marine, Boats & Fisheries
4 Energy & Nuclear Power
3 Fed Budget & Appropriations
3 Economics & Econ Development
3 Housing
3 Homeland Security
2 Radio & TV Broadcasting
2 Natural Resources
2 Urban Development
1 Science & Technology
1 Defense
1 Health Issues
1 Immigration

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of California city websites
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Administrative Officials Y
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Audits Y
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Public Records Y
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

In 2011 San Francisco earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score. San Francisco has also launched a data transparency portal to help citizens interpret the raw data.[13]

The good

  • Budget
    • Proposed and adopted budgets, as well as budget development information, is available.[14]
    • Budgets are archived to 1996.
  • Audit
    • Audits are posted and archived to 1998.[15]
    • Annual Salary Ordinances are posted and retirement and pension plan information is included in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.[16][17]
  • Meetings
    • Board of Supervisors meeting schedule, agendas, minutes, and video archives are available.[18][19]
    • Agendas and minutes are archived for more than three years.[20]
  • Elected officials
    • Contact information for the Mayor and Board of Supervisors is available.[21][22]
  • Administration
    • Contact information is available for the City Administrator and City Departments.[23][24]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning maps and zoning information are available.[25]
    • Permit information is available.[26]
  • Management and audit reports for various City departments are posted.[27] Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports with Independent Auditor's Reports are also posted.[28]
  • Contracts
    • Vendor contract information is available.[29]
  • Lobbying
    • Information on lobbyists registered with the city is available through the San Francisco Ethic Commission.[30] The information discloses activity expenses, political contributions, contacts of public officials, and payments promised by clients.[31]0
    • Individual filings, including payments received, are available for lobbyists on behalf of the city.[32]
  • Public records
    • A Request Information form[33] is available on the city website along with Sunshine Ordinance information.[34]
  • Tax information is available through the Controller's Office and the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector.[14][35]

The bad

  • Lobbying
    • Membership in taxpayer funded lobbying associations is not disclosed.

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of San Francisco, "Government," accessed on September 3, 2014
  3. City of San Francisco, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 2, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 City of San Francisco, "City Council," accessed on September 3, 2014
  5. City of San Francisco, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
  6. City of San Francisco, "Future Elections," accessed September 19, 2014
  7. City and County of San Francisco, "Calendar for the November 4, 2014 Consolidated General Election," accessed April 2, 2014
  8. City and County of San Francisco, "Future Elections," accessed March 10, 2014
  9. City of San Francisco, "Annual Appropriations Ordinance," accessed on September 8, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "City of San Francisco, CA," accessed on September 8, 2014
  11. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  13. San Francisco Examiner, "New Web tool breaks down San Francisco government data," September 18, 2011
  14. 14.0 14.1 City of San Francisco, "Finance and Budget," accessed on September 8, 2014
  15. City of San Francisco, "Audits," accessed on September 8, 2014
  16. City of San Francisco, "Annual Salary Ordinance
  17. City of San Francisco, "FY 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report," accessed on September 8, 2014
  18. City of San Francisco, "Board of Supervisors Meeting Information," accessed on September 8, 2014
  19. City of San Francisco, "Board of Supervisors Meeting Information," accessed on September 8, 2014
  20. City of San Francisco, "Meeting Archives," accessed on September 8, 2014
  21. City of San Francisco, "Board of Supervisors
  22. City of San Francisco, "Mayor's Office," accessed on September 8, 2014
  23. City of San Francisco, "City Agencies," accessed on September 8, 2014
  24. City of San Francisco, "Office of the City Administrator," accessed on September 8, 2014
  25. City of San Francisco, "Planning," accessed on September 8, 2014
  26. City of San Francisco, "Permits," accessed on September 8, 2014
  27. City of San Francisco, "Budget Analyst
  28. City of San Francisco, "Comprehensive Annual Financial Report," accessed on September 8, 2014
  29. City of San Francisco, "Purchasing," accessed on September 8, 2014
  30. City of San Francisco, "Ethics Commission," accessed on September 8, 2014
  31. City of San Francisco, "Lobbying," accessed on September 8, 2014
  32. City of San Francisco, "Lobbyists on behalf of the city," accessed on September 8, 2014
  33. City of San Francisco, "Public Records Request," accessed on September 8, 2014
  34. City of San Francisco, "Sunshine Ordinance," accessed on September 8, 2014
  35. City of San Francisco, "Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector," accessed on September 8, 2014