Small businesses are key to the economic health of San Francisco, California and our nation. Their entrepreneurship fuels the innovation economy. Their agility spurs creativity across industries. And their uniqueness truly shapes the character of our communities. Read More
San Francisco’s planning approval process is notoriously difficult, often taking months — and sometimes a decade or more — to approve a project. The City’s lengthy process can add significantly to a developer’s costs. These costs are impacting the pace of development and the type of projects that get built in The City. Read More
Improving the economy may not earn any politician a trophy, but Mayor Ed Lee, standing on a stage in front of the San Francisco Giants' two World Series awards Wednesday, said it does take teamwork. Read More
San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses. Read More
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declined to eliminate the nonprofit exemption for Muni’s impact fee charged on development, stalled a proposal for a seafood restaurant to open in Marina Green and allocated $2.2 million to help high school students graduate on time. Read More
Despite lingering concerns from business and church groups, a plan to enforce parking meters on Sundays is set to make its debut next month.
Starting Jan. 6, The City’s 29,233 parking meters will be operational from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, providing $1.9 million annually for the perennially cash-strapped San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read More
No contest saw a greater rush of money into San Francisco politics this year than the race for the District 1 Board of Supervisors seat. But results from that election suggest that money’s impact on local politics may not be as clear-cut as some imagine.
The way that triumphant Supervisor Eric Mar and his backers tell it, it was financial power versus people power — and the people triumphed decisively. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown met with business leaders in San Francisco on Thursday to advocate for Proposition 30, the tax measure on the November ballot that has recently slipped in the polls just weeks before the election. Read More
There are rumblings around town about a tech bubble like the one that burst following the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. Yet while tech growth in San Francisco has unquestionably fueled the economic recovery here, there is insufficient evidence to make the case for a bubble. Nonetheless, it is not too early to start thinking about what a bust could mean for the economy. Read More