Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi failed on Tuesday to expand his plastic bag ban law and build on his legacy as a legislator.
Five years ago, Mirkarimi gained national attention for banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores and pharmacies. San Francisco was the first city in the nation to do so, but other cities have since followed suit and gone much further. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee has signaled his opposition to a proposal to offer tax breaks to businesses hiring ex-felons.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the sheriff-elect, introduced legislation that would offer a $10,000 tax break per ex-felon hired by a business as a way to prevent crime, but the proposal has generated opposition from those who say many people are struggling to obtain jobs and ex-felons should not be the priority. Read More
A plan to offer businesses a $10,000 tax break per ex-offender they hire during the next two years was sent out of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting Wednesday in a 2-1 vote. Read More
On Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors will take up a bill that would give a payroll tax credit to local employers who hire ex-felons. I imagine this new law, if enacted, would lead to lots of employment rejection letters for nonfelonious citizens. Letters like this:
Click on the photo at right to see a chart of current hiring-based payroll tax breaks available to businesses.
Dear Mr. Morgan, Read More
In recent years, The City has created payroll tax breaks for biotech companies, businesses that move to the mid-Market area and stock options of companies that go public.
Next up: a tax break for hiring ex-offenders.
Ensuring that people coming out of jail can obtain jobs is one way to keep these ex-offenders from ending up right back behind bars. That’s why Supervisor and Sheriff-elect Ross Mirkarimi wants to offer a tax break to businesses that hire them. Read More
As San Francisco looks to build on its green image, Asian-American merchants are worried about the potential impacts of charging shoppers up to 25 cents per bag provided.News of the proposal, which is before the Board of Supervisors, is only now reaching the ethnic merchant communities, according to David Lee, a San Francisco State University political science professor who runs a nonprofit to increase civic engagement of the Asian-American community. Read More
Shoppers in San Francisco will spend more than $10 million in bag fees next year if the Board of Supervisors approves legislation today imposing a charge on any bags provided to consumers by all businesses, according to the Controller’s Office.
Under a proposal by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, consumers will have to pay a 10-cent fee for every shopping bag provided by grocery stores, restaurants or retail outlets. That amount could increase to 25 cents per bag in July 2014. Read More
The Thanksgiving holiday is here. It has been a tough year for most everyone I know. Luckily, San Francisco politics never cease to entertain even in the worst of times. Let’s consider what some of our local politicos are probably thankful for this year: Read More
The progressive influence on the Board of Supervisors could continue to wane with Mayor Ed Lee’s appointment of someone to fill the District 5 seat being vacated by Ross Mirkarimi, who was chosen to be San Francisco’s next sheriff in last week’s election. Read More
Updated election results Thursday gave Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi a victory in the San Francisco sheriff race, becoming the first new face to lead the department in more than 30 years.“Our position of victory is quite secure,” Mirkarimi told reporters. Read More