@Working Joe: The article says "bike projects account for only 0.46 percent of (the MTA's) capital budget plan." So according to your logic, they should increase funding for bike projects by about 700% to make it commensurate with the percentage of bike traffic?
@Shawked: Haters gonna hate.
Nice reporting. It would be great to see a $500 limit on these contributions, but I imagine that would have to be done at the state level, and Sacramento doesn't seem to be too interested in turning off the money spigot.
Comparing the two payroll tax holidays is kind of apples to oranges. This proposal is limited to companies with payrolls under $500k, which is maybe 10 employees at the max. Newsom's proposal covered ALL businesses in the City, including big boys like Wells Fargo, the Gap, Salesforce, Twitter, etc. It would've cost the city $75 million over two years.* Avalos was right to question how much economic growth the proposal would generate. When a large corporation like Wells Fargo is deciding whether to hire a new employee, the City's 1.5% payroll tax is decimal dust. Even for a 5-employee company, it's not going to make a huge difference, but it sure seems like it'd be more meaningful than for a billion dollar corporation.* See page 7 of this PDF. http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploa...
Hell yeah! That's my Mayor. Jesse was a great guy. I bet him and Avalos would've gotten along famously.
Nice work on shoe-horning all that legal info into a single column.
Ken, did you seriously just write "Felons canât vote?" And your editors didn't catch that? California law states that in order to register vote you must "Not be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony." That's it. After felons have served their time, they have the right to vote. This article is shamefully perpetuating the myth that disenfranchises tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of Californians. The Examiner needs to publish a correction tomorrow and update this online version ASAP.
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