Budget

Who We Are

The City Attorney is the municipal lawyer for the City and County of San Francisco.

In general, our office:

  • represents the City and County in all legal proceedings
  • provides legal guidance to any elected official, officer, department head, board, and commission or other unit of local government
  • makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the settlement or dismissal of legal proceedings
  • examines and approves title to all property to be acquired by the City and County
  • investigates, evaluates and recommends disposition of all claims made against the City and County
  • protects consumers by pursuing allegations of unfair and unlawful competition civilly on behalf of the People of the State of California

Budget Priorities

We invite San Francisco residents and taxpayers to provide input on our office’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget priorities. Here are our planned focus areas for the upcoming budget cycle:

COVID-related Work

Our office has been involved in nearly every aspect of pandemic response. That includes permits and logistics to set up testing systems; securing emergency protective equipment for frontline workers; procuring hotel rooms for homeless residents and others; drafting emergency legislation; contact tracing; drafting all health orders and directives; analyzing and providing guidance on unprecedented legal questions; and securing federal reimbursement for pandemic expenses. As one example, we handled more than 80 different pandemic-response emergency contracts for the Department of Public Health alone. We anticipate the need for COVID-related work will remain through the next budget year, including an increase in vaccine-related work.

Supporting Small Businesses and Economic Recovery

Our office is deeply involved in economic recovery for the City, providing expertise and advice on tenant relief, rent forgiveness, fee waivers, grants and other programs. We also anticipate working on even more legislative assignments to provide more flexibility for retail and other businesses. This work will continue and grow into the next fiscal year as we work together to jumpstart the City’s economy as the vaccine becomes more widely available.

Homelessness/Housing

A core focus of our work is creating more affordable housing while simultaneously addressing the homeless crisis on our streets. This will remain the case in the next budget cycle. We are simultaneously implementing near-term responses and long-term solutions. These include securing legal settlements that fund new housing, finding more housing opportunities for homeless residents through conversion of tourist hotels and other methods to use properties for housing – temporarily and long-term.  Our work with the Planning Department and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is intensifying on a myriad of housing issues – affordable and inclusionary housing, development of housing projects, and implementation of State housing laws as we work to increase housing supply

Emphasis on Equity

Our approach to the law, both inside the courtroom and out, is done with an eye towards equity. We advise City departments on racial equity, including regarding ordinances and ballot initiatives. We also have been deeply involved in sanctuary issues around immigration and fighting to ensure that the 2020 U.S. Census is fair and accurate, both of which disproportionately affect communities of color.  As general counsel to the Human Rights Commission, our office advises the Office of Racial Equity, including on concrete steps to increase equity in the work of every City agency to be implemented in the coming year.

We welcome any feedback you may have on our budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2021-2022. Please use email us your input at: budget@sfcityatty.org

What’s Next?

Our office will be holding a virtual public meeting on February 8, 2021 at 9 a.m. to get input on our budget. To join, please utilize the following link and enter the hearing at least 5 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. start time. Click here to join the meeting.

Join by phone:
+1-415-655-0001 United States
Access code: 146 339 9136

Once the meeting starts, if you have a question, press *3 to raise your hand. Once you have raised your hand, you will hear the prompt, “You have raised your hand to ask a question. Please wait to speak until the host calls on you.”

If you no longer want to ask a question, or the host has already called on you, then press *3 to lower your hand. You will hear a message, “You have lowered your hand”.

Find materials for the budget meeting here.