Mayor reiterates stances in online meeting 

Yes, San Francisco has got some serious money trouble.

Yes, Muni has got some serious money trouble.

No, I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to run for lieutenant governor.

And it’s darn tough to be mayor – maybe tougher than being a Muni driver.

Those were some of the sentiments shared by Mayor Gavin Newsom during his online town hall meeting tonight. The video conference, we are told, allowed city residents the opportunity to log-on and ask questions about The City’s fiscal woes.

At points, more than 500 users had been logged into the conference – at least, that’s what the little counter said below the video feed. Questions were filtered through a pair of journalists, as if to say that journalists would be mindful enough to filter out questions that are ridiculous.

There weren’t any never-before-heard solutions to The City’s $522 million budget deficit presented by Newsom.

Quick run-down on some addressed items:

On Muni: He blamed the state for stripping its funding, also said shame on you to Muni drivers who want raises while riders are paying more for less service.

On government waste: He said he’s made a lot of in-house cuts already, is looking to make more.

Schools: Darn state messed this up too, he said.

On legalizing marijuana: He said it’s not an end-all solution to the state’s budget crisis, is not going to have federal support, and we should rather focus the support on pot as a medicine for patients in need.

And so on.

For those who do not follow the local news regularly, Newsom presented a lot of news in his online town hall tonight.


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