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Keep the Momentum for Paychecks Going

July 8, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Half way through the year and leading up to the November Election, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is not doing so badly when it comes to jobs and the economy. According to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Mid-Year Paychecks &

Out of Step on Health Care

June 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
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At a time when American employers are preparing to extend health care access and affordability under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), San Francisco may be forcing its employers to move in exactly the opposite direction. A newly proposed amendment to the city’s health care mandate – the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) – would limit health care options for employers,

BayWEB Network Will Benefit Region

June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The Bay Area is beginning to recover from the economic recession, but still faces high unemployment, depressed real estate values and other challenges in returning to long-term prosperity. During difficult economic times like these, it is hard to get business and labor to agree on anything.

A Week in the Spotlight

May 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
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A Week in the Spotlight

As San Francisco Small Business Week culminates with Shop Your Neighborhood on Saturday, International Pow Wow will kick-off and continue through Wednesday. Hosted by the U.S. Travel Association in partnership with the San Francisco Travel Association and with support from the Chamber and other organizations,

Business and Labor United Again in Parkmerced

May 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Recently, I wrote about the Treasure Island redevelopment – an important project that business and labor wholeheartedly agree on. Today, the same business-labor alliance is alive and well in Parkmerced. Delivering on a vision to revitalize aging housing infrastructure in the southwest part if the city,

San Francisco Business Tax 2.0

April 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco took one step forward in creating a more business-friendly city this week with the passage of the Mid-Market Payroll Tax Exclusion. The Chamber-supported incentive will help bring growing businesses to one of the city’s most blighted areas by providing a six-year payroll tax exemption for new hires at companies locating in Mid-Market and targeted areas of the Tenderloin.

Business and Labor United on Treasure Island

April 8, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco city leaders have been working for over a decade to develop the former Naval Station Treasure Island. Over the next few weeks, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will have the opportunity to support this project when it comes before them for final approval.

Advancing our Shared Priorities

March 11, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Advancing our Shared Priorities

San Francisco is a city of champions. The World Series Champion Giants will attract large numbers of visitors to the city this baseball season.

Smart Meters: The Internet of Energy

March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The Bay Area has a long history of embracing innovation – and we have reaped substantial economic benefits for our boldness.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and thousands of other Internet-based companies are the engines of our economic prosperity. But they are not here by chance.

Right Measure at the Right Time

February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
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In January, I blogged about the city’s safe drug disposal ordinance and called it the wrong measure at the wrong time. The Chamber is pleased that the Board of Supervisors shared some of our concerns and unanimously voted to send the item back to committee to allow for a pilot project to move forward.

Opportunity for Pension Reform

February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco’s public pension system is in dire need of reform, according to both city insiders and economic observers. The ongoing recession has caused the city’s once robust pension plan to become seriously underfunded. San Francisco simply cannot afford to ignore the pension crisis any longer.

Wrong Measure at the Wrong Time

January 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco is poised to pass yet another “first in the nation” – and potentially illegal – mandate that may threaten the city’s access to medical treatment.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will take a final vote on the “San Francisco Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.”  While we can all agree that keeping drugs out of the nation’s waste stream,

New Year. New Opportunity.

January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The New Year brings new opportunity for San Francisco. Opportunity to create jobs, grow the economy and accelerate economic resurgence. Only seven days into 2011, our city is off to a good start. But if we are to achieve sustained economic recovery,

2010 Paycheck Makers and Pink Slip Creators

December 20, 2010 | 0 Comments
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If there was a theme in 2010, it was jobs, jobs, jobs! Early in the year, voters ranked jobs and the economy as the city’s top issue in the Chamber’s annual CityBeat poll. Jobs and the economy continued to poll well during the year’s Congressional and Gubernatorial races.

The America’s Cup is a Worthwhile Investment

December 3, 2010 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco has an unprecedented opportunity in hosting the 34th America’s Cup.

The America’s Cup is the third largest sporting competition in the world – behind only the Olympics and the World Cup. In total, the series of sailing races is expected to generate $1.4 billion in economic activity – three times the estimated impact of the Super Bowl.

Take the Politics out of Appointing the Next Mayor

November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Mayor Newsom won’t be sworn in as Lieutenant Governor until January 3, but politics surrounding the process for appointing the city’s next mayor are already well underway. Speculation about possible candidates interested in the city’s highest post has been raging for weeks,

Taking Pause to Honor Business Success

November 5, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Tuesday’s election should be a wake up call when it comes to the economy and government. Still feeling the squeeze of the economic recession, voters rejected measures that would have hurt job growth with the defeat of Propositions J, the local hotel tax increase;

Reclaim our Sidewalks – Vote Yes on L and No on M

October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments
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In just over a week, San Franciscans will head to the polls to vote on 15 local ballot measures targeting everything from our economy, to public transit, to city elections. While all the measures on the local ballot are important to the city’s future,

November Initiatives Carry Big Impact

October 8, 2010 | 0 Comments
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The November 2 General Election is now underway. City Hall opened for early voting on Monday and permanent absentee voters are starting to receive ballots in the mail this week. While some residents are busy casting their votes, others are just starting to examine the more than 25 state and local ballot measures they will face on voting day.

Stop the Illegal Alcohol Tax

September 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco businesses and residents were dealt another blow this week when the Board of Supervisors voted to impose a new fee on every ounce of beer, wine and spirit sold in San Francisco. As businesses continue to struggle during the down economy,

A New Course for Mid-Market

September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Blight. Neglect. Crime. These are the words that come to mind when you think of San Francisco’s Mid-Market Street area. Once a hub of retail and the arts, Mid-Market has become four blocks of boarded-up storefronts in the middle of our city’s most significant transit corridor.

Three Questions for San Francisco Voters

August 18, 2010 | 0 Comments
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If you live or work in San Francisco, you may be asking yourself whether or not your elected leaders are for paychecks or pink slips?, buses or benefits?, parks or pensions? These are the questions appearing on billboards, at bus shelters,

A Victory for Jobs

August 3, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Our city took an important step forward last week in growing our economy and revitalizing one of its most underserved communities.  After more than a decade of review and debate, the Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to approve the Bayview Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment,

Now is Not the Time for New Taxes

July 21, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Once again, San Francisco voters see eye-to-eye with the Chamber when it comes to the economy. Earlier this year, the Chamber’s CityBeat poll revealed that like the Chamber, voters believe jobs and the economy are the city’s top issues.

A Defining Moment for Jobs

July 7, 2010 | 0 Comments
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The rubber is finally meeting the road for the city’s single largest job-creating project of the decade. Next week, the Board of Supervisors will vote whether or not to approve the Hunters Point Shipyard Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The result will either usher in a new era of jobs and economic growth or kill one of the nation’s largest ongoing development projects.

Average is not good enough in today’s economy

June 16, 2010 | 0 Comments
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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has shown some encouraging progress in addressing jobs and the economy this year. On Monday, the Chamber released a Mid-Year Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard revealing the performance of each Supervisor on his or her voting record on the top 10 legislative actions impacting jobs,

Vote for a Better Economic Future on June 8

June 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
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While the headlines surrounding next week’s California Primary Election are largely focused on the Republican Gubernatorial Candidates, the June 8 ballot contains several measures critical to business and the economic future of our city and state. From open primaries to pension reform,

Making our Voices Heard in Sacramento

May 21, 2010 | 0 Comments
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As Republicans and Democrats in the State Legislature digest the Governor’s proposed $83 billion budget, the Chamber met with lawmakers in Sacramento this week to advocate on issues impacting San Francisco’s business climate. More than two dozen business leaders attended this year’s CityState trip meeting with lawmakers including: Senator Mark Leno,

Let’s Bring Civility Back to Our Sidewalks

May 5, 2010 | 0 Comments
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As San Franciscans we are tolerant. We celebrate diversity and empathize with those less fortunate. But when it comes to bad behavior on our sidewalks, its time to say enough is enough.

Everyone has the right to use the public sidewalk.

Another opportunity this week to create jobs in San Francisco

April 27, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Jobs were dealt a blow last week when the Board of Supervisors voted to reject Planning Commission recommendations that would have approved the environmental documents for the 555 Washington St. residential development at the foot of the Transamerica Pyramid. But after five years and $6 million,

Let’s Refocus on Paychecks

April 12, 2010 | 0 Comments
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For a city facing a 10.3 percent unemployment rate and a $522 million budget deficit, we spent a lot of time last week on seemingly extraneous legislation. From declaring Mondays meat-free to banning Muni window advertising, one has to ask – is the Board of Supervisors focused on the right priorities?

Optimism Drives the Economy in Dubai

March 31, 2010 | 0 Comments
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As nations across the globe contemplate the best actions to compete in tomorrow’s economy, one city is already realizing the benefits of its investments.  I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai earlier this month with 40 other chamber of commerce executives on a trip planned and hosted by the Dubai Chamber and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).  

Advocating for San Francisco

March 20, 2010 | 0 Comments
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This was a busy week on Capitol Hill as groups across the nation – including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce – assembled to advance their causes prior to the upcoming spring legislative hearings and appropriations.

The national League of Cities drew municipal leaders from across the country to highlight the needs of cities and towns.

Business and Voters United

March 3, 2010 | 0 Comments
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San Francisco business and voters see eye to eye when it comes to jobs, the economy, the city budget, and just about every other major issue facing San Francisco. Our shared concerns and priorities were made loud and clear today as we unveiled the Chamber’s annual CityBeat poll at our 2010 meeting and CityBeat Breakfast event at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Countdown to the Census

February 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
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A month from today, people nationwide will start receiving their 2010 Census forms in the mail. As always, you will be asked to answer 10 questions and return your form by Census Day, April 1. This seemingly small task is much more than a mandated statistical exercise – it is a once-a-decade opportunity for every individual to take part in a process which defines who we are as a nation.

Give Business a Reason to Create Jobs

February 3, 2010 | 0 Comments
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As the city moves closer to the end of its fiscal year and a half-a-billion dollar budget deficit, there is one thing everyone agrees on: economic recovery must begin with jobs.  That is why the Board of Supervisors should schedule,

City Rising into a New Decade

January 20, 2010 | 0 Comments
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January 1 marked our passage into 2010, and a new decade.  As economists and pundits continue to debate when we will begin to see signs of true economic recovery, two things are clear.  First, 2010 will be another year of great challenge and opportunity.