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As cost of living soars, SF program to help struggling airport workers pay bills
In one of the most expensive cities in the world, plenty of fully employed people are one emergency away from a financial catastrophe. And in a region with almost no unemployment, bosses are constantly scrambling to keep their businesses fully staffed.
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PolicyLink, The San Francisco Financial Justice Project, and the Fines and Fees Justice Center Launch $50,000 Competition for Cities and Counties Committed to Fine and Fee Justice
Governments across the country assess a variety of fees and fines to raise revenue and sanction unlawful conduct. In recent years, however, a growing number of policymakers and courts have realized that, for low-income people, particularly people of color, fines and fees often result in a cascade of consequences that takes generations to reverse.
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Treasurer Cisneros Named Finalist in National Ideas Challenge
The NewDEAL announced today that Treasurer José Cisneros’ efforts to reduce the impact government fines and fees have on San Francisco’s at-risk populations have made him a finalist in the 2019 New Ideas Challenge – a competition among rising and innovative state and local policymakers to propose the most effective solutions to an array of challenges.
Photo of Jessica, a SaverLife member, who pledged to save her tax return, and was selected as SaverLife’s Grand Prize Winner. Photo Courtesy of SaverLife
An Equitable Approach to Debt Collection
It’s happened to most of us — you get a bill you can’t pay, and you shove it to the bottom of the mail stack. Then the phone calls start. This is stressful enough when you owe the debt, but imagine getting harassed by debt collectors for a bill that isn’t even yours, or was issued by mistake. In San Francisco, we’ve been busy making sure our families have the best resources possible when it comes to managing their debts.
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Free Financial Advice at the SF Public Library
Here at KQED Arts, we think a lot about how artists manage their money. Working in notoriously underpaid fields in one of the most expensive regions of the country, artists have to get (even more) creative.
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City Visions: SF's Money Man: Treasurer José Cisneros
September 23, 2019: If you live or work in San Francisco, chances are you have received mail from José Cisneros, the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco. Cisneros oversees over $5.2 billion in revenue for the city and county. But did you know the Treasurer's office also has a division devoted to financial equity issues?
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed to Eliminate Jail Phone Call Fees
San Francisco will stop charging jail inmates for phone calls and stop marking up the cost of items in the jail store, Mayor London Breed and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told KQED, a change that will save inmates and their families about $1.7 million a year and, city officials hope, make it easier for them to keep in touch with their families.
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San Francisco supes moving to eliminate library overdue fines
It’s a day of forgiveness for San Franciscans: The Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would eliminate late fees for all overdue public library materials, and ameliorate all outstanding fines.
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Meet the 2019 Business of Pride OUTstanding Voices - José Cisneros
Every year, The San Francisco Business Times highlights about a dozen out business leaders as notable contributors and vanguards in the cause for equal rights. This year's subjects spoke to the Business Times about their personal experiences, the challenges they face and what they are doing to make a difference.
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SF Treasurer: CRE Plays Significant Role in Funding City’s Work
Local commercial real estate owners are expected to contribute more than $146 million to the City of San Francisco under a new Commercial Rents tax.