In San Francisco budget battle, a small win for climate action

6/29/2022 5:00:00 AM

A $2.6 million for environmental groups, though far from the $11 million requested

This is only the second time in two decades that the Department of the Environment has received money from the general fund. But while the $2.6 million represents a win for environmental groups, the amount is well below the $11 million many had hoped for.

A $2.6 million for environmental groups, though far from the $11 million requested

The allocation represents only the second time in two decades that the department has received money from The City’s general fund, though it was awarded a little over a million dollars in the add-back process during last budget cycle.While the $2.6 million represents a win for environmental groups that have been lobbying for months to get supervisors on their side, the final amount fell well short of the $11 million many had hoped for.

“We appreciate this first step toward what needs to be done,” said Sara Greenwald, an organizer with the environmental nonprofit 350 San Francisco, “but The City is starting late, and much more is needed.”Still, any amount far exceeds what was included in Mayor London Breed’s initial budget, which allocated zero dollars to the Department. Instead, The City said it was focusing funding on other departments and projects, including the expansion of SFMTA's public transit system and the availability of EV charging infrastructure.

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