Corporations

Koch brothers and other right-wing outsiders challenge Bay Area minimum wage measures

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In recent months, San Francisco and Oakland have unveiled ballot measures that would raise minimum wage for workers currently struggling with the Bay Area’s rising cost of living. Read more »

SEIU-backed initiatives seek to cap healthcare costs and executive pay

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Health care costs are skyrocketing across the country, but two proposed ballot initiatives in California are aiming to rein in health care spending, which the Centers for Disease Control estimates at $2.6 trillion annually nationwide. Both measures are currently gathering signatures to be placed on the November ballot.  Read more »

Will Airbnb pay its accumulated tax debt to SF?

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So now that Airbnb has agreed to start collecting and paying the transient occupany tax in San Francisco sometime this summer — finally acknowledging that’s the only workable way to meet the tax obligation it shares with its hosts — that leaves open the question of whether this $10 billion corporation intends to pay the tax debt it has accumulated for years while trying to duck its respon Read more »

Is Airbnb's day of reckoning in SF on its way?

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The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is finally preparing to take action against the illegal short-term housing rentals facilitated by Airbnb, something we’ve been hearing that the Examiner also reports in today’s issue, an action that would address the company’s apparent stall tactics.Read more »

Local residents demand that Twitter pay it forward

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When the Bay Area’s techie-elite got richer yesterday, its poor refused to get poorer.

San Francisco-based technology company Twitter went public. By the time the New York Stock Exchange closed yesterday, more than 13 million shares of the online social networking and microblogging company had been traded, bringing Twitter’s value up to $31 billion.Read more »

Activists score big victory as Jack Spade gives up on the Mission

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Score one for people power. Anti-gentrification activists in the Mission scored a major victory last night in their months-long battle to keep Jack Spade, an upscale men’s clothing chain, from opening a store on 16th Street — first by winning over the Board of Appeals, then by convincing the company to just give up.Read more »

Activists try again to stop Jack Spade

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The fight to keep suspected formula retailer Jack Spade out of the Mission resumes this evening (Wed/9) when The Stop Jack Spade Coalition lays out it's case against the men’s clothing chain before the Board of Appeals in an attempt to force the business to go through a conditional use permit hearing. [UPDATE: Activists say they won a big victory last night, not just winning that vote but maybe convincing Jack Spade to withdraw its application completely. Read more »

Mayor Lee supports PG&E's monopoly

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After watching Mayor Ed Lee and his appointees subvert the launch of CleanPowerSF and support PG&E's illegal monopoly control of local energy users -- and PG&E's regular attempts to greenwash its dirty power portfolio -- artist Michael Ortlieb developed and submitted this editorial cartoon. Enjoy. 

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Expand protections for small businesses

Jake Spade controversy shows need for more reforms

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EDITORIAL Corporations and chain stores are crafty, and they can always find creative ways to get around whatever barriers that cities and counties erect to protect their local small businesses. And such barriers are important because most large corporations enjoy economies of scale, the ability to absorb sustained losses while gaining market share, and other unfair competitive advantages.Read more »

Chronicle: Don't question the City College takeover, just submit to the flawed ACCJC

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I have very low expectations from editorials in the San Francisco Chronicle, which generally share a worldview with the Chamber of Commerce and carry water for some powerful Establishment figure or another. Read more »