San Francisco Debates Contracting Hospital Security to Save $4M

SAN FRANCISCO — A provision in the proposed San Francisco budget would contract out security for the city’s hospitals, saving the city an estimated $4 million annually. Police officers stationed at those hospitals would be moved to positions at clinics, jails, courts and City Hall.

The change is being fought by Service Employees International Local 1021, the largest city employees union in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Board of Supervisors’ Budget Committee could decide today whether to include the proposal in the final budget package submitted to the full board for consideration.

San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital are the facilities that would be affected by the change.

San Francisco Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and John Avalos joined members of the union at a news conference today to denounce the proposal, Bay City News reports. Opponents say the plan would jeopardize the safety of patients, their families and hospital staff.

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