Museums support contracting out security 

It’s not a new proposal and it’s not one members of the Board of Supervisors are likely to approve. Yet, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $6.5 billion city and county budget includes savings from a number of proposals that would contract out services at a lesser cost than having the services done by city and county workers.

Included in those proposals is the estimated $4 million in savings by contracting out the 112 museum guard positions costing about $9.5 million for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Asian Art Museum.

Supervisor John Avalos said Monday that no decision would be made on the proposal, but the supervisors have consistently rejected such proposals, commonly referred to as Prop. Js.

Mark McLoughlin, Asian Art Museum CFO, said the proposal is the only way. “We recognize and we regret the hardship that this measure will create for our security guards but at a time when the museum’s foundation is in grave financial difficulty, outsourcing is the sole means for The City to further reduce museum funding without threatening our very existence,” McLoughlin said.

The committee postponed a decision on the proposal, which was blasted by the labor union representing the guards.

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