The San Francisco Board of Supervisors failed to move a charter amendment to the November ballot that would have established a Homelessness Oversight Commission.

Supervisor Matt Haney introduced the amendment that would have been comprised of a seven-member commission tasked with Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing oversight.

Mayor London Breed argued against the proposal, saying it would result in more bureaucracy and hinder The City’s ability to fight the growing homelessness problem.

Ching Wong/SFBay San Francisco Mayor London Breed, left, tours the newly renovated homeless rooms at the Bristol Hotel in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Although the charter amendment did not make it to the November ballot, supervisors approved an amendment by board President Norman Yee to consider it again for the March 2020 ballot.

Haney said the oversight commission would be created similarly to how commissions have been established for other city departments.

The charter amendment would give the controller one appointment seat on the commission. The remaining six seats would be split evenly between the mayor and supervisors.

The measure heads back to the Rules Committee at a later date for March 2020 ballot consideration.

Lyft allows people to request to be picked up by one of the service's drivers via a smartphone app
Godofredo Vasquez/SFBay San Francisco voters in November will decide on a surcharge for rides through Transportation Network Companies.

Voters will see a ballot measure in November that if passed will add a surcharge for rides through Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft.

The tax is estimated to generate $35 million per year to be used transit and street safety improvements.

The City would impose a 3.25 percent surcharge on individual rides and a 1.5 percent surcharge on shared rides that begin in San Francisco.

In a statement, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the proposal’s sponsor, said:

“We all know congestion in San Francisco is terrible and everyone needs to be a part of the solution, including the TNC companies, users and The City. This requires strategic investment from all of us to prioritize solutions that get people out of their cars, onto public transportation and safely walking and biking.”

Both Uber and Lyft have previously shown support for the measure, which would require two-thirds of the vote to pass.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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