Mayor Lee would like to hear directly from San Francisco residents about the issues that matter to them most and how government runs. Balancing the City's budget ensures that San Franciscans get the City services they need and set a steady course to fiscal solvency. Our goal is to stimulate the local economy, create good jobs, and encourage innovative efficiencies within City departments and programs, and Mayor Lee is eager to share these principles with the public and hear from them directly.
So as Mayor Lee moves forward with balancing the City's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013/2013-2014, please join Mayor Lee in a number of Community Engagement events that include District-based Budget Town Halls with the Board of Supervisors and a series of Citywide Community Coffees with San Francisco residents.
The District-based Budget Town Halls will educate and further involve the public in the Mayor’s budget principles in crafting a balanced budget and provide a forum to hear directly from San Franciscans about their budget priorities and ideas, issues and concerns as the City balances its first ever two-year budget to achieve long-term financial stability. He will also begin a series of Community Coffees that will last throughout the year where the public can call in and schedule an appointment to discuss specific topics with the mayor in their neighborhood.
In the coming weeks, Mayor Lee will launch a new and innovative series of budget outreach efforts to engage San Francisco residents around the budget and introduce a suite of technologies to support these efforts including a more robust City employee driven ideas portal called ideas.sfgov. In coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, Mayor Lee will engage a wide audience in ways that can create exciting avenues for members of the public to participate in the budget process. Social media tools like Twitter and Facebook, ideation platforms and live streaming will make it possible to dialogue with the City in this important process that affects us as we continue to deliver vital City services.
As part of the goal to create an inclusive budget process, Mayor Lee will also hold a lunchtime digital townhall on Google+ following the success of the White House Google+ Hangout with President Obama. Recognizing that it is sometimes difficult to make it to the traditional community townhall meetings, Mayor Lee is creating an alternate mode to get the public engaged in the process. Mayor Lee will be the first Mayor of a large city to engage residents using the Google+ Hangout platform. The Mayor will sit at the Hub San Francisco, a co-working space where he will field live questions during the Google+ Budget Hangout. More details to come.
This community engagement series of events will ensure that the voices, perspectives, and needs of our residents continues to shape how we invest and engage in areas that make San Francisco safe, solvent, and successful.
District Based Budget Town Halls
Citywide Community Coffees with Mayor Ed Lee