A recent ordinance submitted to voters with five signatures from members of the Board of Supervisors that would tweak Care Not Cash has whacked the political hornet’s nest.
Supervisor Jane Kim, who has taken the lead on the measure, said Wednesday there is a problem with the shelter system and something needs to be done. But following a few weeks of significant criticism, she said she is working with the Mayor’s Office to see if the problem can be solved administratively instead of with the ballot measure that has been denounced by Mayor Ed Lee and a host of other prominent elected officials since its submission.
Critics of Kim’s measure say it would ruin former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legacy homeless program, which they say is having success and being replicated elsewhere.
Kim’s measure is undergoing a public hearing Thursday before the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee Thursday. The hearing is informational only. The deadline for her to withdraw the measure is Aug. 5.
As if that hearing isn’t going to be enough controversy for the day. Another ballot measure about parks is about as contentious and somehow birthday parties are involved.