China Torching Budgets
A restless, angry Chinatown none too happy about what's going on in the home country, apparently:
San Franciscans, why don't you send the bill to Hu and his men of hench in Beijing? It's their fault, not yours, that people around the globe are appalled that the Olympics are being dragged through the filth of China's pollution -- political, social and environmental.
Two months ago, police brass issued a department-wide bulletin that canceled days off on April 9 for all 2,245 members of the force to ensure a major law enforcement presence along the torch route.
On any given day, as many as 600 patrol officers are off duty - and pulling them back on assignment could translate to upward of $360,000 in police overtime.
Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin said he's been told the department's full overtime costs on torch day could top $400,000. (source)