San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has pledged that one of his main priorities while in office will be to strengthen the city’s police department. In order to do this, the mayor is proposing a new budget that will include an additional $34.2 million in spending for law enforcement.

Most of the money will be spent on hiring additional police officers for the force. $22 million will go to adding 225 officers. The hiring will take place over a four year period. In addition to the new officers on the street, the funds will also pay for 25 civilian employees. These civilians will work in jobs that are now held by officers. By moving civilians into these positions, an additional 25 officers will be back out on patrol.

In addition to spending on new personnel, the budget will allow for the purchase of new police vehicles. $7.5 million will go towards the department obtaining 130 new vehicles over the course of the next two years.

$3 million will be spent on the purchase of tasers. The rest of the funds will go to funding items such as computer database upgrades and additional administrative items.

The mayor is hopeful that more officers on the street will help to reduce crime within San Francisco. In the last year, the city has seen a significant increase the number of crimes committed against property. The main criminal activity has been people breaking into automobiles. There were 30,000 car burglaries last year. Less than two percent of these crimes were ever solved by the police.

The additional officers on the street will also help with homelessness problems within the city. The city runs the Healthy Streets Operations Center. Part of this center’s mission is to respond to complaints that residents have concerning homeless people in a given area. More officers will allow for quicker response times.

Though it isn’t uncommon to see articles detailing the potential health consequences to drinking soda, San Francisco could be the first city to require a warning label on soda and other sugary drink advertisements.

The warnings would be similar to those placed on cigarettes and cigarette advertisements warning of the connection between the consumption of sugary drinks and chronic disease, specifically diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay. In a recent article Sam Tabar suggests the warnings would be required on billboards, vehicles, and stadium advertisements, but would not affect internet, magazine and newspapers.

Lawmakers unanimously passed the measure, along with two related soda proposals. The first would ban the advertisement of the drink on publicly owned property and the second would ban the use of public funds for the purchase of soda.

The proposed measure is not yet law, as it must be approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors and could be vetoed by San Francisco’s mayor. San Francisco’s previous attempts to tax sugary drinks failed to make it into law by ballot initiative last year, receiving 56 percent of votes in favor of the measure but shy the two-thirds required.