Summer of Protest Kicks Off in San Francisco
May 23, 2002
More than 1,000 social service providers and their clients filled San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza yesterday to protest expected cuts in programs for the elderly, mentally ill, people with HIV/AIDS, the homeless and substance abusers. The noontime rally was the first in what is expected to be a series of demonstrations at City Hall through early summer as Mayor Willie Brown and the Board of Supervisors work out a new spending plan for the city. The mayor is scheduled to submit his $5 billion budget proposal to the board June 3. City officials were already grappling with a $174 million deficit before Gov. Gray Davis unveiled a state plan that could mean at least another $25 million decrease. This is the bleakest budget scenario the city has faced since the early 1990s.
San Francisco Chronicle
05.23.02; Rachel Gordon
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