In the first few weeks of its sordid existence, the Tenderloin Poverty Court has seen an average of just over one case per day.
In addition to half a million bucks spent last year on the facility, the Mayor plus a Board minority approved $1.8 million for the Court, with plans to spend another $1.1 million of Department of Public Health funds on the Court’s “services”—really just a referral system for greatly needed voluntary services that are being cut from the same Department of Public Health’s budget.
And these numbers don’t yet include the cost to the Public Defender’s Office, or in the salary of the Mayor’s Homeless Czar, Dariush Kayhan, who has been appearing almost daily in order to testify for the prosecution. What is this, Czar Kayhan?: a plan to inspire homeless Bolsheviks?