Jane Kim withdraws measure changing rules of San Francisco's Care Not Cash program 

It’s been a bit of a wild political ride over a November ballot measure meant to change the rules of Gavin Newsom’s legacy homeless program Care Not Cash.

But in the end Supervisor Jane Kim has withdrawn the measure after she worked out a compromise with Mayor Ed Lee, who was quick to blast it when it was first submitted.

Kim issued a statement following media reports she was going to withdraw the measure “with the understanding that there must be a far more comprehensive solution to the very real problems plaguing our shelter system.”

Kim said the intent of the measure was never to undermine Care Not Cash, as critics of the measure said it would do, but “to increase access to our shelter care system, particularly for the most vulnerable in our homeless population.  This means seniors, veterans and those who do not qualify for Care Not Cash benefits.”

Kim said the compromise includes freeing up more shelter beds for those who are not Care Not Cash recipients and “undertake broader and more comprehensive policy changes” by working with the Human Services Agency, which runs the shelter bed system and community advocates.

Kim had placed the measure on the ballot with signatures from her colleagues: Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi, Eric Mar, John Avalos and David Campos. Both Mirkarimi and Mar issued statements along with Kim saying they withdraw their support of the measure but are committed to changing the system, just not by using this ballot measure.

The withdrawal was expected given the heavy political opposition. Kim had previously said she would withdraw the measure if the problem could be addressed administratively.

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