San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance to provide $150,000 in city funds for emergency aid to help communities in the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia that have been devastated by recent natural disasters.

The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Chris Daly, passed 8-2.

Late last month, the Philippines was hit by severe flooding from typhoons; Samoa by a major earthquake and subsequent tsunami; and Indonesia by an earthquake and mudslides.

Daly acknowledged that San Francisco is facing its own financial troubles, but said, “This money will legitimately do good work.”

He said the allocation “is not a bank-breaker. I think it is reasonable.”

If given final approval by the board at a second vote, and signed by the mayor, the money would be split equally among the countries.

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  • bloomsm

    Nice gesture. Probably would fund the salary of at least one staff member who was laid off by Rec and Park, or the Health Department. Guess people in Samoa and the Philippines are more important than locals.

    Priorities and appearances. The Board’s priorities are completely out of whack. The City has 7000 homeless, rampant gang violence, an environmental mess in Hunter’s Point, a permanent underclass, and millions in un-funded infrastructure projects. And we send what little we have overseas.

    Simply stated, the current board lacks the leadership and the vision to make a positive change for the real problems of our city. Instead, the board frets over garbage bins and plastic bags at grocery stores.