baby_crying.jpgA San Francisco supervisor wants to hold a hearing on why families with children appear to be fleeing the city.

Supervisor Mark Farrell on Tuesday proposed holding a hearing to bring together several different city agencies to discuss why the number of children living in San Francisco is decreasing.

Farrell said the hearing is in response to recent media reports about the latest census figures, which showed less than 5,000 kids living in San Francisco in 2010 compared to 2000, despite the city’s total population going up over the course of the decade.

The hearing will call on representatives from the San Francisco Unified School District, the city’s Department of Children, Youth and Families, the Recreation and Park Department, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs to come and speak about the issue.

“Let’s dig in and really see what’s happening … and see what proposals we can push forward legislatively,” Farrell said.

The supervisor, who has two small children of his own, said he has many childhood friends who are among those leaving San Francisco after having kids.

“What we want to do is understand” the reasons for the family flight, Farrell said, whether it is the cost of living, the lack of open space and parks compared to other cities, or issues with the schools or other youth programs.

Farrell said the hearing would probably not be held until after the August recess when negotiations over the city’s budget are completed.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • James D

    Is this hearing going to consist of different people saying “it’s too expensive,” over and over for 3 hours? Sounds like a good use of city resources.

  • James D

    Is this hearing going to consist of different people saying “it’s too expensive,” over and over for 3 hours? Sounds like a good use of city resources.

  • erkki

    Aaaannnnddd this is a problem why?

  • erkki

    Aaaannnnddd this is a problem why?

  • 9-5plus4pennies

    erkki>

    I think it is an issue because it is not a positive move for population/economic/tax demographics. When children leave the city, it usually means parent(s) leave as well. Since the vast majority of parents work, the city is losing a valuable base of spending consumers as well as a good portion of the tax base. This will end up impacting businesses all over the city if left unchecked.

    Try to think of the bigger picture when address population demographics and the impact it will have on your community.

  • 9-5plus4pennies

    erkki>

    I think it is an issue because it is not a positive move for population/economic/tax demographics. When children leave the city, it usually means parent(s) leave as well. Since the vast majority of parents work, the city is losing a valuable base of spending consumers as well as a good portion of the tax base. This will end up impacting businesses all over the city if left unchecked.

    Try to think of the bigger picture when address population demographics and the impact it will have on your community.

  • Al

    Well, presumably they’re being replaced by others, so it’s not a net loss.

    Apart from the expense, though, there are some other things. Safety, school assignment. There are savings, too, like not having to get every teenager a car and insurance.

  • Al

    Well, presumably they’re being replaced by others, so it’s not a net loss.

    Apart from the expense, though, there are some other things. Safety, school assignment. There are savings, too, like not having to get every teenager a car and insurance.

  • DT

    The answer to this question is obvious.

    Stop attracting and welcoming those who are a net drain on taxpayers with free services.

    Law-abiding families do not want to live among the insane, street addicts, foreigners that will not assimilate, winos, and thugs.

  • DT

    The answer to this question is obvious.

    Stop attracting and welcoming those who are a net drain on taxpayers with free services.

    Law-abiding families do not want to live among the insane, street addicts, foreigners that will not assimilate, winos, and thugs.

  • Sean

    Agree!

  • Sean

    Agree!

  • Sean

    A waste of time.

    Schools are the issue. Political correctness is crushing our school system. School board members are made up of members whose sole purpose is to achieve loftier political goals.

    Stirring the pot in terms of the overwhelming cost of educating illegal aliens and or offspring thereof in an untouchable agenda item that no one dare take on if you ever hope to be elected to the BOS.

    Most people with kids would stay in San Francisco if they knew there would be consistency in our school placement system. But instead, political gerrymandering to balance the achievement gap of which upon closer look translates into dumbing down the top performers. PC run amok

    If you are a parent and I am. You won’t take chances with you child’s education.

    While SFUSD continues the struggle to teach illegal aliens and or offspring English, the rest of us will move to a school or school district that teaches science, math and offers PE.

  • Sean

    A waste of time.

    Schools are the issue. Political correctness is crushing our school system. School board members are made up of members whose sole purpose is to achieve loftier political goals.

    Stirring the pot in terms of the overwhelming cost of educating illegal aliens and or offspring thereof in an untouchable agenda item that no one dare take on if you ever hope to be elected to the BOS.

    Most people with kids would stay in San Francisco if they knew there would be consistency in our school placement system. But instead, political gerrymandering to balance the achievement gap of which upon closer look translates into dumbing down the top performers. PC run amok

    If you are a parent and I am. You won’t take chances with you child’s education.

    While SFUSD continues the struggle to teach illegal aliens and or offspring English, the rest of us will move to a school or school district that teaches science, math and offers PE.

  • Mo Chin

    Is it not obvious, this city is a mess. Bums everywhere u turn screaming at you to give them money, potholes, no parking. And if you manage to find a space and run to your house without getting mugged odds are your car will be broken into and when you go to report it you will probabilty get hit and killed by a muni bus. All this while the Board of Stups is passing a declaration or worldwide proclamation or taking toys out of Happy meals. Are you kidding why would anyone stay here.even the craziest of the crazy. CHRIS Daly left. The City that once knew how. Now hasn’t got a clue.

  • Mo Chin

    Is it not obvious, this city is a mess. Bums everywhere u turn screaming at you to give them money, potholes, no parking. And if you manage to find a space and run to your house without getting mugged odds are your car will be broken into and when you go to report it you will probabilty get hit and killed by a muni bus. All this while the Board of Stups is passing a declaration or worldwide proclamation or taking toys out of Happy meals. Are you kidding why would anyone stay here.even the craziest of the crazy. CHRIS Daly left. The City that once knew how. Now hasn’t got a clue.