San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Releases Economic Scorecard, Signals Expanded Advocacy Agenda in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce today released its annual economic scorecard – the Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard – revealing the Board of Supervisors’ continued progress growing the economy, creating jobs and improving government efficiency in San Francisco.

Voting in favor of the economy, jobs and government efficiency on 10 out of the 12 most significant business issues in 2013, the Chamber’s latest scorecard gives the Board of Supervisors an overall score of 83 percent (equivalent to a B grade), up two percentage points from 2012. Out of all 11 Supervisors, five increased their scores in 2013, with Supervisors Mark Farrell (D2) and Katy Tang (D4) receiving the highest positive economic ranking of 100 percent.

“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors continues to encourage economic growth and jobs, voting unanimously in favor of job-creating policies on all but a few issues last year,” said Bob Linscheid, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Our city has benefited tremendously from these actions. Many of them have laid the groundwork for today’s success. The Chamber applauds the Board for its leadership in accelerating San Francisco’s economic recovery.”

“The Dignity Health City Beat Poll, released by the Chamber in February, 2013, showed that voters’ top concerns were jobs and the economy, homelessness and panhandling, homeownership and transportation,” said Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Seventy-three percent of voters supported rebuilding the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). The Chamber’s latest scorecard shows that the Board of Supervisors got the message loud and clear.”

Also today, the Chamber signaled that it will expand its 2014 agenda to include affordability, mobility and other quality of life issues impacting job creators, as well as the workforce, residents and visitors to the city. The Chamber will soon unveil the new agenda and will expand the 2014 economic scorecard to include all Board actions related to these priorities.

“Now that employment has finally reached levels we had before the recession, it’s time to focus on the issues of success,” said Wade Rose, Co-chair of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. “This is a much better situation than we’ve been facing for the last six years, but comes with its own set of priority issues such as the cost of living, mobility and overall quality of life.”

The 2013 Year-End Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard contains lawmakers’ votes on the top legislative actions impacting economic growth, job creation and government efficiency from January 1 to December 31, 2013 including: the Pier 70 Revitalization and Mission Rock developments; the Central Subway Expansion project; CEQA reform; health care funding; and many others. The complete scorecard is available at http://www.sfchamber.com/newspolicy/news/2013_Year_End_Scorecard_FINAL.pdf

Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recognized as the pre-eminent business organization for advocacy, networking and economic growth. The Chamber  delivers on its mission to attract, develop and retain business in San Francisco by representing companies and organizations that make San Francisco a preferred destination for businesses and visitors – a great place to live and work.