Several years ago, I was on a panel for a community event at which the topic was Healthy San Francisco, our local mandate that forces employers to provide health care or pay The City to do it on the employer’s behalf. When it was time for questions from the audience, one person asked, “Who makes sure those restaurant surcharges are actually going to pay for employee health care?”
I had to answer with the sad truth: “No one.” Read More
Not all middle-class Republicans endorse arrogant and condescending Republican leadership rhetoric that stereotypes modest-income citizens as “freeloaders.” Read More
Employees of a janitorial services firm never received health care benefits required under The City’s Healthy San Francisco program, and now the company must pay $1.3 million to cover the past medical expenses of 275 current and former workers.
Calling the decision by an administrative hearings officer a “groundbreaking case,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office said Friday that the ruling sends a message that the health care policy has teeth. Read More
With the new year comes new laws that Sacramento’s finest spent the year debating, crafting and voting on.
The state’s legislators were busy banning shark fin soup, increasing gun restrictions, advancing gay rights, tackling PG&E’s safety problems and taxing Internet sales. Read More
The Board of Supervisors effort to close a loophole in San Francisco’s landmark universal healthcare law remains the center of debate despite months of discussions and political wrangling over how to fix the problem. Read More
After nearly 10 months in office, Mayor Ed Lee signed his first veto order Tuesday evening on legislation that would have amended five-year-old health care legislation.The mayor vetoed an amendment to Healthy SF, which was approved by the supervisors Oct. 18, stating the legislation “neither improves access to health care services nor does it protect jobs.” Read More
The major players in the San Francisco mayor’s race got a little feisty on the steps of City Hall Wednesday morning, as Supervisor David Campos and the campaign rivals of Mayor Ed Lee came out to discourage his likely veto of local health care legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Read More
Amid a tense political fight, a proposal to close a loophole in San Francisco’s groundbreaking universal health care ordinance was killed Tuesday. 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
Two years after the official end of the Great Recession, San Francisco’s economy remains depressingly sluggish. January’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate, which had slowly headed downward this year to 8.4 percent in May, jumped back up to 9 percent in June. Read More