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San Francisco, Cal., Charter Sec. 16-107 (Nov. 2016)
Brief Summary
This section created the Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund, which is funded through a set aside from the annual tax levy, to be used to support various open-space activities (including community gardens).
Legal Strategies
Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow, Get
State: California
Jurisdiction Type: City, County
Jurisdiction Name: San Francisco
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. "The Department embraces socio-economic and geographic equity as a guiding principle and commits to expending the funds across its open space and recreational programs to provide park and recreational access to all of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods and communities." (Sec. 16.107(a).) Also requires the Recreation and Park Department to adopt "equity metrics to be used to establish a baseline of existing Recreation and Park services and resources in low-income neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities, compared to services and resources available in the City as a whole." (Sec. 16.107(h)(1).).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Refers to urban forestry, and a significant natural area management program (Sec. 16.107(g)(1)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. Funding program to provide enhanced park and recreational services and facilities (Sec. 16.107(a)).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. There is hereby established the Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund ("Fund") to be administered by the Recreation and Park Department ("Department") as directed by the Recreation and Park Commission ("Commission"). Monies in the Fund shall be expended or used solely by the Department, subject to the budgetary and fiscal provisions of the Charter, to provide park and recreational services and facilities. The Department embraces socio-economic and geographic equity as a guiding principle and commits to expending the funds across its open space and recreational programs to provide park and recreational access to all of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods and communities. Sec. 16.107(a).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. Requires maintenance of baseline funding, adoption of a budget, adoption of planning and reporting measures, development of an operational plan etc. The entire section is almost entirely about implementation.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Yes. The section provides detailed reporting requirements for the Recreation and Park Department relating to progress on its strategic plan, capital expenditure plan, and operational plan, including reporting on progress with equity metrics (Sec. 16.107(h)(2-4)).
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Yes. To provide funding for various projects.
Code context and ordinance history
"Article XVI of the San Francisco Charter Code, titled “Miscellaneous Provisions, Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund"" (§ 16.107.). Amended March 2000 by San Francisco, Cal. Community Garden Funding, Proposition C – Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund, Charter Amendment (2000) and again in June 2016. ".