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San Francisco Monthly Security Costs Skyrocket

A national survey shows San Francisco has spent more on security since the start of the war with Iraq than any U.S. city except for New York. The U.S. Conference of Mayors said yesterday that San Francisco is paying an extra $2.6 million a week on additional security measures. That´s $100,000 a week more than Los Angeles, which has five times the population and covers a much larger area. New York is paying about $5 million a week. The survey is based on figures provided by 145 U.S. cities.

One possible explanation – San Francisco included the cost of policing massive protests which tied up traffic in the downtown area last week. PJ Johnston is Mayor Willie Brown´s spokesman. He says the city included those costs because there´s always a concern that people targeting the city might use the protests as cover.

Riverside was third on the state list with $216,000 a week, with San Jose next at $200,000 and Fremont was fifth — at $103,000 a week.