San Francisco Costs of Protecting Dignitaries, Proposition E (June 2010)
The ballot proposition will allow voters to decide whether the San Francisco Police Department will be required to provide a line item in every annual budget that shows how much the police department spends to protect city officials and so-called dignitaries.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi sponsored the ballot measure, and supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Chris Daly, Eric Mar and Sophie Maxwell joined with him in voting to put it on the June 2010 ballot.
The San Francisco Democratic Party and Richard Knee of the Sunshine Task Force support Proposition E.
Police Chief George Gascon is opposed to Proposition E. He says, "It is going to handcuff the police department on a very important safety issue that has to do with the security of elected officials and other city officials."
Supervisors Carmen Chu, Bevan Dufty and Sean Elsbernd voted against putting Proposition E on the ballot.
- Legal text of Proposition E
- Official ballot proposition list for San Francisco's June 8, 2010 election
- San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. ballot measure would save pension costs", March 3, 2010
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Dignitary protection plan headed to the ballot", March 2, 2010
- Beyond Chron, "June Ballot Measures Reflect City’s Political Fault Lines", March 24, 2010
- KCBS, "SFPD forced to disclose bodyguard budget", February 18, 2010