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Supes preview: San Francisco’s budget battles begin

Hillary Ronen speaks with reporters in San Francisco, Calif. on Monday, June 10, 2019. Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Juneteenth week begins with the full Board of Supervisors on holiday, but returning for a very brief business session Wednesday. But the real action will be at the Budget Committee, where Departments are promised a dressing-down, as Chair Hillary Ronen is determined to shift priorities in Mayor London Breed’s proposed spending plan. 

Late Labor Business

The board will have a special meeting Wednesday morning mainly to approve the memorandum of understanding with the Registered Nurses Unit of SEIU Local 1021, which represents nurses working for the Department of Public Health. Members ratified the contract on June 15. Most labor agreements were approved by the Board on June 14. 

Battle Lines Form

At last week’s full board meeting, budget chair and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen let slip the news that the budget committee had gathered over $1.5 billion in so-called addback requests—the costliest in city history—from various groups. Ronen expanded further on the budget requests during a committee meeting on June 15. 

          Challenges to Breed’s Spending Plan

          San Francisco Supervisors Dean Preston, right, and Connie Chan, left, at the Board of Supervisors meeting on May 2, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

          Mayor Breed’s budget is also under attack from more visible fronts.