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Head Of San Francisco Pride Steps Down

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Thousands of people fill Market Street during the 39th annual San Francisco Pride parade June 28, 2009 in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Thousands of people fill Market Street during the 39th annual San Francisco Pride parade June 28, 2009 in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The head of the nonprofit that runs San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade has resigned amid criticism that her organization failed to pay groups that helped with the event.

San Francisco Pride Executive Director Amy Andre announced she was stepping down this week. Twenty nonprofits hired to work beverage booths at this year’s event say San Francisco Pride owes them a total of $46,000.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Andre, who was working her first pride event, wrongly thought the groups were responsible for certain costs.

She has apologized and said they will be paid.

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The accusations come as San Francisco Pride faces a $99,000 operating debt.

San Francisco Supervisors Bevan Dufty and David Campos have asked the city controller’s office to assess the organization’s needs.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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