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Balance Don’t Ban Formula Retail

August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
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How to best balance formula retail with non-formula retail, including small locally owned business, is a pressing question facing San Francisco. We are a city that values small business and we want to protect the independent character of our neighborhoods.

A Solution in Search of a Problem

July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
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At a time when two-income households are the norm and women make up more than half the workforce, no one disagrees that adopting family-friendly policies for parents and caregivers is important. However, defining what “family friendly” means, how policies should be administered and how they will be enforced has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks.

No Time for Scapegoating

July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the impact on tech workers on our city. Many people are concerned about the availability and rising costs of housing, the displacement of minority and low-income residents and the gentrification of neighborhoods.

Making Mobile Business Work in S.F.

June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Mobile Retail Trucks provide an exciting alternative for businesses seeking to establish themselves and expand their presence in San Francisco. They boast lower start up costs, lower annual operating expenses and provide significant flexibility for innovating entrepreneurs. Mobile businesses can also benefit the city by providing access to unique products and help to fill gaps in services in neighborhoods where they are needed.

Sustainable Funding for Transportation

June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
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A safe, reliable and efficient public transportation system is critical to the economic vitality of our city.  San Francisco is a leading urban center and our regional economy is the 19th largest in the world.  Our city’s residents,

Chambers Catalyzing the Clean Energy Economy

May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
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While the national clean energy economy continues to develop at a relatively slow-pace, local chambers of commerce have emerged as a key catalyst for clean energy in communities across America. According to a new report from Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy,

Celebrate Small Business

May 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Small businesses are key to the economic health of San Francisco, California and our nation. Their entrepreneurship fuels the innovation economy. Their agility spurs creativity across industries. And their uniqueness truly shapes the character of our communities.San Francisco is fortunate to have so many small businesses.

Immigration Reform for the 21st Century Global Economy

April 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Congress is busy working on an immigration overhaul that, if passed, will usher in the most dramatic changes to the nation’s immigration system in more than two decades. While much of the focus and attention is on issues of border security,

Time to Act on CEQA Reform

April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s planning approvals process is notoriously difficult, often taking months – and sometimes a decade or more – to approve a project. The city’s lengthy process can add significantly to a developer’s costs. These costs are impacting both the pace of development and the type of projects that get built in the city.

Advocating for San Francisco

March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Last week, over two dozen Bay Area business and civic leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to make their voices heard on issues important to jobs and commerce in our region. This year’s CityTrip DC delegation met with more than 15 top lawmakers and administration officials to express support for critical infrastructure projects,

More Optimism for San Francisco

March 7, 2013 | 0 Comments
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San Franciscans are optimistic about the future and they should be. Unemployment is down to 6.5 percent. The local economy is growing. And the World Series Champion Giants are gearing up for another exciting season. As a newcomer to this great city,

SFO Should Not Be Named for Anyone

February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The last thing San Francisco needs this November is an expensive, divisive and inappropriate Charter amendment to rename the city’s airport. But that’s exactly what is going to happen unless the Board of Supervisors backs away from a well-intentioned but ill-conceived plan being pushed by Supervisor David Campos to rename San Francisco International Airport (SFO) after civil rights pioneer Harvey Milk.

Read the Fine Print on CleanPowerSF

February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s public power plans appear to be going from bad to worse. Originally promising to provide competitively priced green energy alternatives for local residents, the program has ballooned into a $19.5 million city contract with Houston-based Shell Energy that is poised to double residential utility bills and put jobs at risk – all without any guarantee of a greener future.

Message to the Legislature: Keep in the spirit of fiscal discipline

January 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
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California took a big step forward last week when Governor Jerry Brown proposed a $96.7 billion balanced budget for 2013-2014. After a decade of accounting gimmicks and deficit spending that have masked our states financial problems, the proposed budget requires us to live within our means,

New Year, New Opportunities for Success

January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront Exploratorium and several other events and developments will give further boost to the local economy as the year progresses.

Happy Holidays from the Chamber

December 21, 2012 | 0 Comments
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2012 has been a milestone year for San Francisco. We celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and the 100th anniversary of Muni. We kicked-off the first series of America’s cup races.

Economic Recovery is no Accident

December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Jobs. Tourism. Commercial office space. By almost any measure, San Francisco is outpacing much of the state and the nation when it comes to economic recovery.  But our city’s economic turnaround is no accident.  Key actions from our city’s business and elected officials have put our city on sound economic footing and a continued path for growth.

Chamber and Voters United on Economy

November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Franciscans stood up for the economy in last week’s election, voting in key reforms to boost job creation and making important investments in our city’s schools, parks and housing stock. In fact, voters agreed with the Chamber on nine out of the 12 state and local measures we weighed-in on.

Together S.F. Is Giant

November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s tech sector received a lot of attention last month – and for good reason. The State of California announced the expansion of the city’s Innovation Hub (iHub) in Mission Bay to include the entire City and County of San Francisco.

San Francisco is on a Roll

October 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is on a roll when it comes to jobs and economic growth. While California and the rest of the nation continue on a slow path of recovery, San Francisco is setting new records. And with several exciting developments and world-class events still ahead,

Taxing Choices on the November Ballot

October 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Franciscans will start weighing in on education, taxes and other critical issues next week when absentee and vote-by-mail ballots start arriving in mailboxes across the city. And with 18 state and local measures on the ballot, this year’s election presents a lengthy list of complex – and significant – choices that will have a lasting impact on the economy and the quality of life for city residents for years to come.

Invest in our Parks to Invest in the Future

September 21, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s park system is a critical city asset benefiting our quality of life and contributing to our economy. Encompassing over 400 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, our urban park system was ranked number one in the nation by the Trust for Public Land and has become an envy of municipalities across the nation and the world.

Save Hetch Hetchy – Vote No on Prop F

September 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Earlier this week, the Superior Court confirmed the ballot summary language used to describe Proposition F. While there was much debate over the measure’s wording, its underlining purpose remains abundantly clear. If passed, Prop F will require the city to prepare a costly plan that,

A Great Place for Business

August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco often gets a bad rap when it comes to our business climate. Far too often we are known as a city with many costly mandates, taxes and fees. This may be true. But San Francisco is a great place for business.

One-Stop-Shop of Opportunity

August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
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As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games start off with much fanfare in London, San Francisco is preparing for its own world-class sporting event – the 34th America’s Cup. In less than three weeks, the first sailing races will commence on the Bay,

Right Plan, Right Time

July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Earlier this month, the state Legislature passed SB 1029 authorizing the issuance of $2.7 billion in state bonds to begin construction of the nation’s largest transportation project – California High-Speed Rail – as well as authorizing an additional $2 billion in bonds to match local and federal funds for related projects.

Keep the Focus on Jobs and the Economy

July 5, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Halfway through 2012, things are still looking bright for San Francisco. Key economic indicators, such as employment and commercial real estate, continue on an upward trend. According to a recent survey, Bay Area business executives remain relatively optimistic about the regional economy,

Time to Set the Record Straight

June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is closer than ever to reforming its business tax code to better encourage job growth. Today’s system, which levies a 1.5 percent payroll tax on all businesses with a total payroll in excess of $250,000, has been scrutinized,

Message to the Board of Supervisors: Don’t Stand in the Way of Progress

June 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is close to moving the city’s healthcare system into the 21st century.  The city has completed the rebuild of Laguna Honda Hospital and has begun construction of a new General Hospital. Construction of the new Chinese Hospital has been approved.

Paperless Payday for San Francisco

May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
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In today’s digital world, it might surprise you to learn that a large number of businesses – and their employees – still rely on paper paychecks. Even in San Francisco, nearly 30 percent of local businesses and more than 67,000 workers do not use direct deposit.

Don’t be Fooled by the June Ballot

May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco voters will soon start receiving their ballots in the mail for the June 5 Presidential Primary Election. Containing only two local measures, the ballot should come as a relief to the many San Franciscans who are still fatigued from the lengthy and complicated November Mayoral Election.

Chambers of Commerce Leading the Way on Cleantech

April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Franciscans have another reason to celebrate. Our city was recently named the Cleantech Capital of North America. According to the Cleantech Group, which awarded the designation, San Francisco is now home to 208 cleantech companies which have raised $12 billion in venture capital over the last five years.

Time to Green Light California Pacific Medical Center

April 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco took one giant step forward last week moving the city’s healthcare system into the 21st century. After nearly a decade of planning and months of negotiations, Mayor Ed Lee introduced a development agreement that will enable the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) to build two new state-of-the art hospitals at St.

SFO, Airline Carriers Key to Economic Growth

March 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
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In today’s global economy, economic growth depends on successful and robust air transit that can effectively move residents, visitors and cargo in and out of our region and state. That is why the Bay Area is so fortunate that the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and its airline partners have planned and invested in infrastructure and service expansions that are allowing for continued passenger growth and enhanced trade and commerce across the region.

United for San Francisco

March 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
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San Franciscans are united in our optimism and support for economic growth, according to the CityBeat Poll released by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce earlier this week. This united vision bodes well for the city, and gives insight into what we may expect to see at the ballot box this November.

Transportation Bill Should Prioritize Infrastructure Repair

February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
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While we look with wonder as the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge rises, replacing the seismically unsafe span, the majority of Bay Area roads and bridges are in disrepair. According to a recent report by Transportation For America,

8 Washington is good for San Francisco

February 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Since the Embarcadero Freeway was town down in 1991, San Francisco has been working to transform the city’s waterfront into a vibrant urban corridor connecting the city’s downtown core with adjacent neighborhoods, tourist attractions and the Bay. Indeed, developments such as the Ferry Building and Rincon Park have helped bring a new vibrancy to the area.

California Needs High-Speed Rail

January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
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California High-Speed Rail has been under fire following the resignation of the project’s Chief Executive Roelof van Ark and the release of the revised business plan to bring the voter-approved rail system to fruition. While vocal critics continue to condemn High-Speed Rail,

United for Jobs in 2012

January 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
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As we start the New Year, San Francisco appears united for jobs and the economy. Last year’s lingering recession paved the way for a renewed focus on employment and economic development. Alliances between business and labor were strengthened through projects such as Treasure Island and Parkmerced.

Think About the Big Picture in 2012

December 16, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco made headlines and national newscasts this week as the first city in the nation to raise the minimum wage above $10 an hour. Effective January 1, the city’s hourly minimum wage rate will increase from $9.92 per hour to $10.24 per hour in accordance with the local Minimum Wage Ordinance.

Time to Transform Occupy SF

December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Nationwide, Americans are angry about the economy, unemployment and economic inequality. The Occupy demonstrations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many other cities have spotlighted these concerns and sparked heated dialogue about the many economic and social challenges facing our cities and our nation.

S.F. Votes for Economic Prosperity

November 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco voters stood up for economic prosperity in last week’s election, ushering in moderate candidates and policies that will help ensure the city’s long-term fiscal health. Equally notable is the manner in which key measures were developed and supported through partnership and cooperation.

Prop C – The Better Choice for Pension Reform

November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
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All eyes are on San Francisco, and for good reason. On Tuesday, voters will elect the city’s next chief executive in its first competitive mayoral contest to use Rank Choice Voting. The outcome will be significant. The new Mayor will set the tone at City Hall,

Vote with the Chamber on November 8

October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s election season is now in high gear. Across the city, campaign materials are filling up mailboxes, newspapers are making endorsements and early voting has begun. With just over two weeks remaining until Election Day, the Chamber encourages our members – and all city voters – to read up on the issues and consider the economic impacts of the November 8 Local Election.

Setting the Record Straight on the Central Subway

October 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
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As cities across the nation vie for increasingly limited federal investments in transportation, San Francisco is close to securing a $942 million grant to complete one of its most significant transit projects – the T Line Central Subway extension. Unfortunately,

Progress on S.F.’s Economic Strategy

September 16, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is making progress on the economic development plan initiated seven years ago when voters passed Proposition I. Knowledge-based industries are growing. Experience industries continue to benefit from a healthy tourism sector. And investments in infrastructure are helping to drive future economic growth across the city.

S.F. is a Bright Spot in Economic Recovery

September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments
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As the nation’s economic recovery continues at a slow pace, San Francisco is a bright spot in region, the state and beyond. Recent indicators are encouraging, showing strong growth in key industries which are in turn creating jobs and moving the economy forward.

The Mayor’s Job should be about Jobs

August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco mayoral race has gone from dull to dramatic this month with Mayor Ed Lee and Public Defender Jeff Adachi joining the slate of candidates vying to become the city’s next Mayor. Add to this dynamic, the fact that this is our city’s first truly competitive mayoral race to use public financing and Rank Choice Voting (RCV),

Rethinking Professional Sports in the Bay Area

August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Now more than ever, the Bay Area needs a blueprint for a new generation of sports facilities that can meet the needs of all our professional teams and bring economic and community benefits throughout the region. The days of one-team,

No Business on the Ballot

July 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s Mayoral Election is more than thee months away, but politics are already well in play. The latest – and most egregious – maneuvers come from the progressive minority on the Board of Supervisors, which placed three last-minute measures on the November ballot without public notice,