San Franciscans are optimistic about the future, and they should be. Unemployment is down to 6.5 percent. The local economy is growing. And the World Series champion Giants are gearing up for another exciting season. As a newcomer to this great city, I am energized and honored to be able to play a role in helping to keep San Francisco on a continued path to economic success. Read More
San Francisco wants to take away your paycheck.Not your pay, just the paper part. The Treasurer’s Office wants printed paychecks to become a thing of the past in The City with a new program unveiled Wednesday encouraging businesses to go completely electronic on their payroll systems. The so-called CurrenC SF effort would connect businesses, nonprofits and financial service firms. 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
After months of debate, a change to how hundreds of businesses must provide health benefits for employees was approved Tuesday despite sharp criticism it did not go far enough for workers. Opponents of the compromise measure passed by the Board of Supervisors vowed to take the fight to the ballot box. Read More
U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas J. Donohue is not known for mincing his words, so it’s no surprise to find some rather pointed suggestions in his recent letter to President Barack Obama and Congress concerning the urgent need to create new jobs: “Americans aren’t interested in empty promises or temporary, artificial government jobs that won’t last, but will add to the deficit. Read More
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is taking sides on two dueling pieces of legislation that address The City’s business tax on employee stock options. Read More
It’s not often you hear about the Chamber of Commerce supporting a tax, but that’s just what San Francisco’s local chapter did last week.At issue is a an assembly bill from East Bay Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner that would require out-of-state online-only retailers to collect the same sales tax California businesses are required to collect. Read More
What a difference a year makes for San Franciscans, who rank quality of life better than in 2010 and who increasingly believe The City is headed in the right direction.
Those are just a couple of results of the latest CityBeat poll by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, which surveyed 500 San Francisco voters in February and found a much rosier outlook on everything from jobs and the economy to city government than they did a year ago. Read More
As makeup sessions go, President Obama's short stroll across Lafayette Square Monday to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce left ample room for progress on both sides.
"I'm here in the interest of being more neighborly," Obama told the business lobby. Read More
The new year brings new opportunities for San Francisco — opportunities to create jobs, grow the economy and accelerate fiscal resurgence. Only six days into 2011, our city is off to a good start. But if we are to achieve sustained economic recovery, we must continue to prioritize job creation and economic growth throughout the year ahead. Read More