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.