Breed puts her stamp on bud­get com­mit­tee

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Board of Su­per­vi­sors Pres­i­dent London Breed re­leased com­mit­tee as­sign­ments this week and an­nounced the cre­ation of a spe­cial com­mit­tee to look into how the city can deal with po­ten­tially se­vere fed­eral fund­ing cuts un­der Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

The big­gest shakeup was on the Bud­get and Fi­nance Com­mit­tee. Breed named Su­per­vi­sor Malia Cohen chair of the com­mit­tee, re­plac­ing Su­per­vi­sor Mark Far­rell, who chaired the com­mit­tee for the past four years.

Cohen will also serve as chair of a Bud­get and Fi­nance Fed­eral Se­lect Com­mit­tee to ad­dress po­ten­tial fed­eral fund­ing cuts, along­side new su­per­vi­sors San­dra Fewer and Jeff Sheehy. Breed

sors San­dra Fewer and Jeff Sheehy. Breed said she ex­pected the com­mit­tee to “help plan San Fran­cisco’s de­fense of our val­ues, di­verse com­mu­ni­ties and fund­ing pri­or­i­ties.”

“The city of St. Fran­cis has never sac­ri­ficed our val­ues or our peo­ple, and we will not start now. Not on my watch,” Breed said in a state­ment.

Far­rell will take Cohen’s spot as head of the Land Use and Trans­porta­tion Com­mit­tee. That could pro­vide some in­ter­est­ing dy­nam­ics, as he will serve on the three-mem­ber com­mit­tee with Su­per­vi­sor Aaron Pe­skin. There is no love lost be­tween the two su­per­vi­sors. Round­ing out the com­mit­tee will be Katy Tang ,a calm pres­ence.

Su­per­vi­sor Jane Kim was named chair of the Gov­ern­ment Au­dit and Over­sight Com­mit­tee, along with Pe­skin and Breed. That com­mit­tee has taken the lead on in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Mil­len­nium Tower, which has made na­tional head­lines for sink­ing and tilt­ing. New su­per­vi­sors Hil­lary Ro­nen and Ahsha Safai were named chairs of the Pub­lic Safety and Neigh­bor­hood Ser­vices and the Rules Com­mit­tee, re­spec­tively. Board ap­pointees to city com­mis­sions first have to go through the Rules Com­mit­tee.

“I worked hard to cre­ate bal­anced as­sign­ments — po­lit­i­cally, de­mo­graph­i­cally, and in terms of se­nior­ity,” Breed said in a state­ment. “I sought to re­spect se­nior su­per­vi­sors’ wishes while pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for newer su­per­vi­sors.”

— Emily Green Home­less help: San Fran­cisco is set to re­ceive $2.9 mil­lion from the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment to help end youth home­less­ness.

The money will go to fund rapid re­hous­ing, per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing, tran­si­tional hous­ing and in­no­va­tive pro­grams such as host homes, ac­cord­ing to HUD.

San Fran­cisco ap­plied was one of 10 cities and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties se­lected from 130 ap­pli­cants.

There are an es­ti­mated 1,600 home­less youths liv­ing in San Fran­cisco, ac­cord­ing to the city’s 2015 home­less count. That refers to youths 24 and younger who are liv­ing on their own.

“We are def­i­nitely com­mit­ted to find­ing in­no­va­tive en­deav­ors and ways to end­ing home­less­ness for our most vul­ner­a­ble youth,” said Ali Sch­lageter, youth pro­gram man­ager for the Depart­ment of Home­less­ness and Sup­port­ive Hous­ing.

— Emily Green


Amy Os­borne / Spe­cial to The Chron­i­cle 2016

Malia Cohen now leads the bud­get com­mit­tee.

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