The City Administrator oversees the Department of Public Works and appoints its director with the Mayor’s approval. The City’s Department of Public Works, which was created by the City Charter, has four divisions:
- Operations, which maintains City buildings, streets, sewers, street trees, sidewalk trash cans and sidewalks, and removes graffiti;
- Building Design and Construction, which designs, builds and renovates City buildings and structures;
- Infrastructure Design and Construction, which maintains City streets, sidewalks, curb ramps, plazas, bridges, tunnels and stairways; and
- Finance and Administration.
Proposition B Proposal
Proposition B would create a Department of Sanitation and Streets, which would take over some of the duties of the Department of Public Works. The new Department of Sanitation and Streets would be responsible for the following, with the Department of Public Works continuing to provide all other services required by law:
- Sweeping streets and cleaning sidewalks
- Providing and maintaining sidewalk trash cans
- Removing graffiti and illegally dumped waste
- Maintaining City buildings, public restrooms, and street trees
Proposition B would also remove the Department of Public Works from the purview of the City Administrator and create a new five-member Public Works Commission which would have oversight over the Department of Public Works. It would also create a new five-member Sanitation and Streets Commission to oversee the new Department of Sanitation and Streets.
Members of the new five-member Commissions would be appointed as follows, with the Director of each being chosen by the Mayor from candidates selected by the Commissions: The Board of Supervisors would appoint two members, the Mayor would appoint two, and the City Controller would appoint one. Lastly, Proposition B would require the Services Audit Unit to evaluate whether there are inefficiencies or waste in the administration, operations, and spending of both departments each year.
Source: Legal Text of Proposition B and League of Women Voters of San Francisco Nonpartisan Analysis of Proposition B