City Fund Reallocation

Reinvestment of City Funding to Support the Black Community

 

On June 4, 2020, Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Shamann Walton announced they would redirect funding from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to the African American community by the close of the 2019/2020 budget cycle on August 1, 2020. This effort is part of an ongoing, multi-year strategy to decrease over- policing of the Black community and repair the legacy of racially disparate policies on health, housing, and economic outcomes for African American/Black people in San Francisco. Mayor Breed and Supervisor Walton invited community members to share their ideas and input on the redistribution of budget dollars to ensure a collaborative process that was both data-driven and informed by lived experiences. In addition to circulating a survey citywide and accepting comments emailed to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) Roundtable, the HRC hosted and facilitated thirteen meetings between June 23 and July 16, 2020.

The below report highlights recommendations, research and data relevant to the community input process to prioritize resources from SFPD to the African American community. Although across the nation people are requesting, and in many instances demanding that police departments be defunded1 this process did not look at what resources, jobs or functions to eliminate or redirect in the SFPD. The intent of this report is to document the process, acknowledge and deliver the recommendations from a diverse group of stakeholders, while centering Black voices and experiences.

 

Background

There is no shortage of reports or data on African American people and their outcomes in San Francisco, the articles and reports highlight wealth and income inequalities.

Mayor Breed often talks about being a native and the inequity she has witnessed as a Black woman growing up in poverty in the City of San Francisco. Mayor Breed is motivated by the data reports, her lived experience merely confirms the data, and demonstrates there are structural inequities in San Francisco that continue to impact the African American community each and every day and should be addressed.

In January 2020, Supervisor Walton introduced a resolution calling for reparations, with plans to create legislation creating a task force Supervisor Walton believes the redirection of SFPD dollars to the African American community helps advance reparations and notes, “This is a concrete, bold and immediate step towards true reparations for Black people.”

 

Participate in the Process

 

Throughout September there will be meetings focused on the allocations within the various departments. Each Department has funds to support areas outlined in the initial outreach phase. 

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Tuesday, September 22

Tuesday, September 29

 

Previous Meetings

 

Tuesday, September 8

Wednesday, September 9

  • 1:00pm, Office of Economic and Workforce Development Register here

Tuesday, September 15

 

 

Questions?  Want more information?  Email HRC-Roundtable@sfgov.org.