How COVID-19 will Affect City Finances w/ City Controller Ben Rosenfield
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Mayor London Breed announced a $12.26 billion city budget for 2020. How will COVID-19 affect where the city resources go?
Join us for a virtual conversation with San Francisco City Controller Ben Rosenfield on how this pandemic will influence the city's spending.
More about Ben Rosenfield:
Ben Rosenfield serves as the City Controller. Mr. Rosenfield was initially appointed to a 10-year term as Controller by Mayor Gavin Newsom in Spring 2008 and re-appointed to a second term by Mayor Mark Farrell in Spring 2018. Each appointment was confirmed by the Board of Supervisors, as required by the Charter. Mr. Rosenfield succeeded Edward Harrington as the Controller, following Mr. Harrington’s appointment to the position of General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in 2008.
During his time as Controller, Mr. Rosenfield has worked with policymakers on a number of initiatives to improve management of the City’s finances. He has supported the development of voter-approved ballot measures to revise the City’s financial planning processes, shift the City to a two-year budget, and better manage retiree pension and healthcare costs. He supervised the development of complex financings required to expand the City's Moscone Convention Center, complete construction of the Transbay Transit Center, and restructure the Asian Art Museum’s strained debt portfolio. During his term, the Controller’s Office has replaced the City’s legacy payroll & benefits systems and is underway with the replacement and modernization of the City’s financial and procurement systems. He has participated in the preparation and review of the last twenty City operating budgets during his career with the City.
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