Lee flashing winning grin as local propositions pass

Getty Images File PhotoMayor Ed Lee said the outcome of the San Francisco propositions was “like a second World Series win.”

Mayor Ed Lee batted .1000 when it came to local propositions on Tuesday’s San Francisco ballot, calling his sweep “like a second World Series win.”

Along with the passage of a statewide tax measure destined primarily for schools, the success of several local measures put San Francisco on a stronger economic foundation, Lee said in an interview.

The mayor praised San Franciscans on Wednesday for their support of the local revenue measures that passed, including a parks bond and an affordable-housing trust fund. He also lauded their opposition to Proposition F, which would have set in motion a study about draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

Among the seven measures on the ballot was Proposition E, which will replace The City’s payroll tax, a levy based on the amount companies spend on their workers, with a gross-receipts system, which will tax business revenues.

The measure passed with 70.6 percent of the vote, according to the Department of Elections.

Lee called the measure a job creator, since it will not penalize companies for growing their workforces. The new tax system will invite more business here, he said.

“We are into job creation because it is a necessity,” Lee said.

Meanwhile, he said the passage of Proposition 30, a statewide tax measure pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will keep The City from having to dip into its reserves to shore up funding for the San Francisco Unified School District and other agencies that would have been hit by $6 billion in cuts had the measure failed.

Lee said he had already told city officials to stop considering other uses for San Francisco’s reserves so they would be available “in case of a fiscal disaster,” such as the failure of Prop. 30. The SFUSD would have lost $24 million if the state measure had failed.

mbillings@sfexaminer.com

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