Mayor announces cost-saving ideas that came from city employees 

Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the winning ideas from The City’s open innovation campaign, which is designed to encourage cost-saving ideas from The City’s employees. The Mayor’s Office identified four winning ideas for implementation that will generate revenue and save money — $90,000 to be exact.

These included allowing 311 to take credit card payments for selling city and Muni merchandise, auctioning surplus or unwanted property and vehicles, eliminating hold music, and cutback on car washes for city vehicles.

“ tapped into the knowledge and experience of our city employees to help solve some of our most critical financial issues,” Newsom said. “The initiative and the winning ideas are part of a larger story on how government in partnership with its employees can encourage innovation.”

The program served as a tool for The City to encourage and collect ideas from its employees. Within weeks, there were 700 active participants, 4,000 votes and nearly 700 comments, according to the Mayor’s Office.

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