SF City Hall, use available funds to help wageless workers, unprotected hospital staff and the unhoused survive COVID-19

The people who govern San Francisco, Mayor Breed and the Board of Supervisors inside the city’s palatial City Hall, have plenty of money to cover the coronavirus crisis. Let’s prove San Francisco is really the city that knows how. – Photo: Travis Wise, Flickr

by Sarah Menefee, chair of the San Francisco Area of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America 

Dear Supervisors and Mayor, 

In the wake of COVID19, working class people all across the city are being severely impacted. Their employers are asking them to resign, to use paid time off, to use vacation time, to reduce their hours, to work for less than minimum wage – and there is still no promise of compensation and coverage in sight. 

Health workers and hospital maintenance staff are on the front lines and in danger of contracting the virus due to a lack of protective gear. 

. . . the $12.2 billion city budget has a Health and Neighborhood Development Fund of $1 billion. The 2018 Proposition E was supposed to add a further $600 million in revenue to fight homelessness.

And our unhoused citizens remain on the streets and represent the most vulnerable of our city’s population. 

Meanwhile, the $12.2 billion city budget has a Health and Neighborhood Development Fund of $1 billion. The 2018 Proposition E was supposed to add a further $600 million in revenue to fight homelessness. And the wealthiest corporations and rental organizations owe tens of millions of dollars in property taxes to the city. 

The San Francisco Area League of Revolutionaries for a New America is calling on the mayor and Board of Supervisors with the following demands: 

– ALLOCATE the necessary revenue from the Neighborhood Development Fund to supply hospital workers, janitorial staff and food service workers with proper protective gear and hazard compensation wages. 

– COLLECT the tens of millions in property taxes owed by the city’s largest corporate real estate moguls to provide permanent housing for our unhoused neighbors. 

While the spread of the virus itself will eventually taper off, the effects on the working class will be long lasting. We denounce your inaction on these issues and see it as a violation of the oath you took to serve the people of San Francisco 

Sarah Menefee, chair of the San Francisco Area of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America, can be reached via scott.bird1994@gmail.com