JOEL ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
At $9.6 billion, San Francisco’s budget is out of control. It has doubled since 2004 -- and nothing is twice as good. $9.6 billion is larger than the budget of 13 states. Philadelphia has twice as many people as San Francisco — with similar city and county responsibilities — but its budget is $1 billion less. San Francisco has 30,000 city employees, one for every 28 residents. And our unfunded liability to provide healthcare for all those employees is in the billions of dollars. City Hall needs to spend less and save more for down times. We must investigate how our money is being spent, measure programs for results and only pay for what works. Your home is not City Hall’s ATM.