Labor negotiations between Mayor Ed Lee and about 18,000 nurses, dentists, lawyers, managers, and other city and county workers resulted in the employees’ compensation increasing by a combined $41 million during the next two years, according to an analysis by the City Controller’s Office. Read More
San Francisco’s convoluted system of business taxation includes one levy unlike any other among the state’s large cities. To attract more companies to San Francisco and encourage existing employers to hire more employees, it is past time to do away with this tax.
This outlier is The City’s payroll tax, which imposes a 1.5 percent levy on business labor costs. Read More
As the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lurch forward next week, The City’s legal bills are beginning to pile up.
The bulk of the public cost comes from the City Attorney’s Office case to uphold Mayor Ed Lee’s March suspension of the sheriff, but a final price tag for the process won’t be released until the saga is over. Read More
With the overwhelming voter endorsement of pension reforms in San Jose and San Diego, folks here in San Francisco might be thinking, “Thank goodness we passed our own reform — Proposition C — last November.” Well, as was pointed out in this column and in public statements by Jeff Adachi and even mayoral candidate Joanna Rees, Prop. C was founded on the fanciful notion that we could continue to assume a 7.75 percent return on pension fund investments. Read More
Even as negotiations with business leaders are ongoing, Mayor Ed Lee will introduce a proposed November ballot measure today that would replace San Francisco’s payroll tax with a tax on businesses’ gross receipts. Read More
The City’s transformation of the mid-Market Street area has begun after Twitter’s weekend move into a historic Market Square building.
The microblogging company said Monday it had begun occupying its “new nest” at 1355 Market St., where about 800 employees are expected to fill at least three of the 11 floors of the formerly vacant building. Constructed in 1937, the art deco palace is being renovated by the firm Shorenstein, which purchased it last year. Read More
Sparks continue to fly in the ongoing official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, with his wife now accusing her husband’s accusers of their own brand of official misconduct. Read More
As attorneys for The City press their official misconduct case against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, he’s looking to an odd source to pay his legal bills — The City.
Mirkarimi argued in a letter to the City Attorney’s Office that as an elected official, he’s just as entitled to be provided legal counsel as Mayor Ed Lee, who suspended the newly elected sheriff in March after he pleaded guilty in a highly publicized domestic violence case involving his wife. Read More
A landmark agreement between The City and unions helped finalize Mayor Ed Lee’s $7 billion budget plan, but it punched a new $14.6 million hole in Muni.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, passed a two-year balanced budget in April, contingent on the agency realizing $7 million in annual savings from labor concessions from its union.
However, citywide labor pacts unveiled in Lee’s budget changed that. Read More
When I cast my vote about 6 p.m. Tuesday, I was only the 62nd person to do so at my precinct. Less than 10 percent of registered voters in our fair city actually went to the polls. Combined with the vote-by-mail ballots, that brings us to a total 23 percent voter turnout. The last time participation was that low was November 2009, when City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Treasurer Jose Cisneros each ran unopposed for re-election. Read More