monopoly_money.jpgAs reported last week, Mayor Lee has appointed Bevan Dufty to a newly created position in the Mayor’s office, “Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement.” It’s apparently a nice financial step up for Dufty, as the newly created position reportedly pays nearly $60,000 more than his previous one as Supervisor for the Castro district.

Dufty, who ran for mayor last year after completing his second term as a Supe in January 2011, said in an email to supporters, “As a City, we need better outcomes for all areas of city-funded housing, including shelters, supportive housing, public and affordable housing. I will also seek new partnerships, building upon the success of Project Homeless Connect.”

“I am very happy to be back with our City Family working with Mayor Lee to improve outcomes for at-risk individuals and families.” Dufty said.

It’s not surprising that Dufty’s happy — according to the Chron, the newly-minted job pays $156,000-a-year, compared to his $98,469 salary as Supe or “the $75-an-hour temporary gig he had landed with SamTrans.”

In a statement sent to announce the appointment, Mayor Lee said that “Bevan shares my commitment to making a real difference in people’s lives and tackling the very real problem of homelessness in our city.”

And when Lee says Dufty shares his values, he must really mean it — according to the Chron, Dufty, who they note refrained from attacking Lee throughout the Mayor’s race, was the only person interviewed for the job.

“We can work together to improve the outcomes for homeless individuals and families — but we must also keep faith with the taxpayers who are entitled to approaches that are fiscally responsible and effective,” Dufty said. “I look forward to working for Mayor Lee to meet this challenge.”

Dufty spent five years as director of neighborhood services under Mayor Willie Brown, where he helped connect neighborhood residents and merchants with city services, and eight years on the board of supervisors before running for Mayor last year.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • suburbanite

    So, you’re saying that he’s finally making Muni Driver money?

  • suburbanite

    So, you’re saying that he’s finally making Muni Driver money?

  • LibertyHiller

    Bevan, like any puppet, performs best when someone else is calling the shots.

  • LibertyHiller

    Bevan, like any puppet, performs best when someone else is calling the shots.

  • Sebra

    Suggestion for Dufty and others trying to help the homeless, especially those living in vehicles on the street: The fastest, cheapest solution to housing is to establish some trailer/car parks with shared community amenities. That would involve taking possession of empty lots and installing utilities in where none exists, but no extensive building plans, permits, studies and construction, Once the economy improves to the point where they are no longer needed, these trailer/car parks can easily be transformed into other uses.

  • Sebra

    Suggestion for Dufty and others trying to help the homeless, especially those living in vehicles on the street: The fastest, cheapest solution to housing is to establish some trailer/car parks with shared community amenities. That would involve taking possession of empty lots and installing utilities in where none exists, but no extensive building plans, permits, studies and construction, Once the economy improves to the point where they are no longer needed, these trailer/car parks can easily be transformed into other uses.

  • LibertyHiller

    Ooooh, and we can give it a catchy name. How about “Leeville”? “Edopolis”?

    Let’s come up with something good that will define the mayor’s re-election campaign, which appears to be well underway.

  • LibertyHiller

    Ooooh, and we can give it a catchy name. How about “Leeville”? “Edopolis”?

    Let’s come up with something good that will define the mayor’s re-election campaign, which appears to be well underway.