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. This may sound trivial, but paper paychecks can pose problems for workers and employees alike — problems that can be avoided by switching to an electronic payroll system. Read More
San Francisco remains a national and international tourist destination. Why?
Poll after poll, survey after survey, give you an idea about how others view our city’s allure. It’s simple: They value our rich history, culture, historic architectural resources and natural beauty. Read More
San Francisco is known as the “innovation capital of the world,” partly because of our thriving culture of creative tech companies, but also because San Francisco’s local artisanal manufacturing industry is booming. The thriving local manufacturing sector is making everything from apparel to ceramics, from messenger bags to chocolates and more, all carrying the “Made in S.F.” label. Read More
There has never been a better time to try bicycling in San Francisco. And I’m not just referring to this delightfully warm weather.
Thursday is the Bay Area’s 18th annual Bike to Work Day — a day to celebrate the joys of bicycling and help those new to two wheels give it a whirl. Read More
Thousands of California teachers were given layoff notices a few weeks ago because state law requires the slips to be sent out each spring if administrators and trustees believe cuts are needed to balance their budgets.
This month, the districts must decide whether to continue or rescind those layoffs on the assumption that by then they’ll know the state of their 2012-13 finances. Read More
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. But make no mistake, both measures will have a drastic impact on The City and are worthy of careful consideration before heading to the polls. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency would like to work toward balancing its budget by extending meters on evenings and to Sundays. Not only is this a regressive and backward thought process, it will create collateral consequences for everyone. Policies that are based solely on the idea of creating revenue are always unwise. Read More
San Franciscans last week were reminded of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire that destroyed most of The City and tragically took many lives. We were once again reminded that The City always needs to be prepared.
Seismically safe hospitals are key to our recovery efforts. Not only do we need to keep our hospital patients safe, we need to ensure that San Franciscans have access to medical services. Read More
Ask any student or parent, and they would probably tell you that there are some teachers who they feel shouldn’t be teaching.There is a prevailing myth out there that public schools can’t get rid of “bad” teachers. I want to set the record straight: We can and we do. While the majority of teachers are top-notch professionals who are doing outstanding jobs, there are some teachers who need extra support to do a better job or who may need to move into a different profession. Read More
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 clean-tech companies that have raised $12 billion in venture capital over the past five years. These factors make our city the largest and most concentrated clean-tech cluster in the nation — beating out other clean energy hubs such as Austin, Texas; New York; and Los Angeles. Read More