For Immediate Release
Michelle Parker, President, SF Parent PAC
San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee Endorses June 2016’s Prop B: Increasing Funding for San Francisco Parks, Playgrounds, and Open Space.
April 8, 2016 (San Francisco, CA) – The San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (SF Parent PAC) is proud to announce its support of Proposition B, a charter amendment on the June 2016 ballot that provides new, sustainable funding for our parks, playgrounds and open space for the next 30 years.
“This measure attempts to right-size the long underfunded Recreation and Parks Department to both align with the intentions of the Open Space Fund that was established in in 2002, and to better serve the families and citizens of San Francisco,” said Michelle Parker, President of the SF Parent PAC. “Families all over the city rely on the parks and incredible programs our parks department provide every day of the year. Prop B will allow the department to focus on maintaining and improving those spaces and recreation centers, and allow the Department to more quickly address the backlog of deferred maintenance across the city’s park system.”
Prop B would provide new funds to the Recreation and Parks Department by gradually increasing the 2015-2016 established baseline allocation from San Francisco’s general fund, and continuing to increase the baseline over the next 10 years, without raising taxes. This will provide predictable and sustainable funding for the remaining 20 years of the fund’s duration.
Additionally, for the first time ever, the measure would require that the Recreation and Parks Department’s Strategic, Capital Expenditure, and Operational Plans include an equity analysis based on metrics comparing existing Recreation and Park services and resources in underserved communities with services and resources in the City as a whole. The plans would have to include strategies to address the findings of the analysis. These annual plans, including the equity report, would be presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission and Board of Supervisors. The SF Parent PAC encourages transparency and accountability measures such as these and looks forward to learning about the findings each year.
“As a father of three, I appreciate and applaud the Parent PAC’s tireless advocacy to make San Francisco a better place for all families and children. Proposition B will improve all parks in every neighborhood for all of San Francisco children and families – I am honored to have the Parent PAC’s support of Proposition B,” stated Supervisor Mark Farrell, sponsor of the measure.
About the San Francisco Parent PAC
Founded by and for San Francisco parents in 2010, San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (PAC) is committed to giving parents a voice in the political process to positively impact the lives of all San Francisco families. San Francisco Parent PAC supports and promotes city candidates, measures and policies that will most effectively:
- Ensure high quality education for every child in every neighborhood;
- Increase access to affordable youth programs that support working families and enrich the lives of our children; and
- Sustain healthy, safe and vibrant communities citywide.