After reading Matt Smith's fantastic article (Nov. 18, "Business Conductor") on how much the San Francisco Symphony gets annually via taxpayers -- Michael Tilson Thomas alone is one of the highest-paid conductors in classical music, with a yearly salary of over $1.5 million -- Aaron Peskin decided to do something about it. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors President told Smith, "I'm cutting the symphony's budget ... starting with $1.8 million, and I'll end up with whatever I end up with." Next Tuesday, Peskin will introduce legislation "freezing out the symphony," making it one of the last acts he'll perform at President. While the majority of the symphony's annual budget is donation-based, Peskin's cuts will snip at the current subsidy city taxpayers contribute yearly. Read more about it, right here.