San Francisco’s hipster Mayor, Gavin Newson, is taking aim at city spending. He’s targeting things like cars, cell phones and copiers:
“It makes some of the Republican administrations across the country look bad, if the bastion of liberalness is taking the lead on this,” [David Williams of Citizens Against Government Waste] said with a laugh.
[C]opying costs alone more than doubled from 2001 to 2002 from $7.4 million to $15.1 million. Under the Newsom administration, San Francisco has trimmed its car fleet by 370 vehicles saving taxpayers $2.2 million, while cell phone use is $1.9 million under budget and copier- and print-related expenditures are down $1.8 million over last year, according to the Department of Administrative Services.
Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.