Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting was the last for Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who is sadly termed out. The party for him that night at the Irish Cultural Center was packed with elected leaders and City Hall staffers wishing him well and thanking him for 12 years of service as the voice of reason at the board.
Here are some juicy tidbits of gossip I picked up while mingling at the shindig. Read More
In November 2007, voters passed Proposition I, creating the Office of Small Business and directing it to issue, by April 2008, a report that recommended possible streamlining and consolidation of regulatory functions supervised by that agency. The idea was to make life easier for The City’s often-beleaguered small business. Read More
Well-documented turmoil at The City’s Arts Commission appears to be smoothing itself out with new leaders at the helm, the Board of Supervisors essentially ruled Thursday.
The commission has been marred in recent years by reports of mismanagement of funds, personnel resignations and even hubbub around a sizable city contract it approved for an artist who once shot a dog and filmed it. Read More
New and expanding businesses would have to pay more for the transit impacts they have on The City under new legislation proposed by Mayor Ed Lee’s administration, but the Planning Commission agreed Thursday to spare some small businesses from the brunt of the charges. 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
For years, Rosanne worked for a restaurant that charged its customers extra for employee medical care. But employees never saw any of the money for this coverage, she says. Last October, they began asking questions. Read More
The storefront across from Dan Macchiarini’s business in North Beach has been vacant for years.
In response, the owner of Macchiarini’s Creative Designs said he and other merchants in the neighborhood are banding together to change that by pushing for a fee for landlords the longer a store remains unoccupied.
“They have no incentive to have a real market system,” Macchiarini said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has reappointed Richard Ventura and Luke O’Brien to the Small Business Commission for four-year terms ending Jan 6, 2014.
Ventura currently serves as the president and CEO of the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and O’Brien is the vice president of the Murphy O’Brien Real Estate Investments firm. Read More