Lee Heidhues 3.1.2023
Why is it that so many people, even in San Francisco, believe the nonsense that lower taxes on big business and more cops make for a healthier City?
Mayor Breed and her @StopCrimeSF cadres are reaping the Whirlwind of their lies which drove Chesa Boudin from office.
1. Crime, which was generally in decline during Chesa’s tenure has ramped up. Typically the MSM (including The Chronicle) is reporting the crime but not holding Breed’s handpicked crony DA accountable like it did Chesa.
2. People were scared off from downtown by all the rhetoric about rampant crime. All in the interest in deposing someone who was not part of the City Hall gang.
Like, those of us who opposed the Recall and tried in vein to debunk the Mayor’s lies, the credulous San Francisco public can reap the whirlwind of a tanking economy and rampant crime.
Excerpted from The San Francisco Chronicle 3.1.2023
Mayor London Breed’s plan to use tax breaks to attract new companies to downtown San Francisco is facing early pushback from an influential critic on the Board of Supervisors.
Chan said her approach to any structural tax reform would be more about making sure that everyone is “paying their fair share.”
Supervisor Connie Chan, the board’s budget chair, on Wednesday questioned whether the mayor’s proposal could have unintended consequences, particularly in light of the city’s projected $728 million two-year deficit caused largely by reduced expectations from business and commercial property tax revenues.
“We’re not going to sacrifice these things at the expense of, if I may be frank, downtown interests,” Chan said. “We have to think of the city as a whole and not just one area. We have to take a step back and hold ourselves accountable.”
Chan said she also wants to advocate for more ambitious proposals such as securing state and regional funding that could help make Muni free, first for low-income residents and eventually for the city’s entire population. Her office said free public transit could boost the city’s economic recovery by improving ridership. Breed previously vetoed legislation that would have made Muni free for a three-month pilot program.
Chan also hopes to advocate for a more regional approach to reducing homelessness, as well as expanded child care services for working families.
Top photo: Mayor Breed casts a glance at the homeless on the streets of San Francisco