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What We Learned: SF's Finances w/ Controller Rosenfield & Economist Egan

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What effect did the pandemic have on the City's finances, budget, and economy?The City Controller and Chief Economist are coming to discuss!

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As we all know the pandemic threw everything for a whirl.

How did the nosedive in activity affect City coffers? Tax revenue? Our City budget? Projections for the future?

How are we recovering? And how is that recovery compared to other Cities?

What are the possible short-term financial issues? Long-term?

Which policy options do we have to help address any financial issues on the horizon?

Does a supposed exodus raise concerns about tax revenue to the city?

To answer all of these important questions about San Francisco's finances and economy, Manny's is proud to host a panel of the San Francisco City Controller Ben Rosenfield and the City's Chief Economist Ted Egan.

The structure of this event will be about 45 minutes of discussion with Ben Rosenfield and Ted Egan following by small break out groups where YOU can meet some new folks and discuss what you just heard. We hope to help solicit a more collaborative discussion and hear the diverse stories in our city.

Manny's never turns away anyone for lack of funds. To receive a complementary ticket just email the word "grapefruit" and the title of this event to tomas@welcometomannys.com.

This event will be in person at Manny's but there will also be a Zoom link ticket for those who'd like to tune in digitally from the comfort of their home.

About Ben Rosenfield:

Ben Rosenfield is in his 13th year serving as City Controller. He was initially appointed to a 10-year term in 2008 and re-appointed to a second term in 2018.

Ben began his career with the City in 1997—fresh out of university—as an analyst in the Mayor's Budget Office and project leader in the Controller's Office. For the next four years, he was the Budget Director for Mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom. Just before being appointed as Controller, Ben served as the Deputy City Administrator and was charged with the preparation of the City’s first 10-year capital plan and oversight of the implementation of the City’s 311 non-emergency customer service center.

Now, as the City's chief financial officer and auditor, Controller Rosenfield, with the support of his team, is responsible for governance and conduct of key aspects of the City's financial operations, including processing payroll for all City employees, managing the City's bonds and debt portfolio, and processing and monitoring the City's current $13.7 billion budget. His office is also responsible for providing policy and economic analyses, estimating the cost of ballot measures, administering the City’s Whistleblower Program, and directing performance and financial audits of City activities.

In his time as Controller, Ben has worked with policymakers on a number of initiatives. 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 updated the City’s legacy payroll and benefits systems, modernized the City’s financial and procurement systems, and implemented a new property tax system.

More recently, he and his office have been key to the City’s response to the public health emergency, including supporting the development of budgets during economically challenging times; managing the City’s emergency financial and cost recovery operations; and providing consulting and staffing to support emergency planning, housing, testing, and other emergency services. And, together with the City Attorney’s office, he is leading a series of public integrity reviews and helping to reform inadequate policies and procedures that were exposed by the federal criminal charges against Mohammed Nuru.

Ben lives in the City with his wife Vivien and two young daughters, Sofia and Lilah.

About Ted Egan:

Dr. Ted Egan is the Chief Economist of the City and County of San Francisco, and directs the Office of Economic Analysis in the City Controller's Office. The office prepares independent economic analysis of major City legislation. Since he joined in 2007, his office has published over 100 economic impact reports on policy issues like the minimum wage, affordable housing, taxes and fees, land use planning, sporting events, labor regulation, and short-term rentals. During this time at the City, he has served as an expert witness on the economics of same-sex marriage, and won a Good Government award for his work redesigning the City's business tax. He currently serves on the Data Users Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before joining the City, he spent ten years working for ICF International, managing economic development strategy projects across North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and lectured in the Economics and City Planning departments at Berkeley for more than ten years.

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