JUNE 2011 VOLUME 6 SUMMER
A quarterly publication of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
CityTrip Seattle Brings Fresh Ideas to San Francisco
Community Benefits Districts (CBD), transit- participant Michael Nerney, Maritime Marketing
oriented residential infill projects and city per- Manager, Port of San Francisco.
formance management programs like CityStat More than a decade ago, Seattle launched a
are just some of the concepts the Chamber has concerted effort to boost its cruise industry by
helped bring to life in San Francisco from its past redeveloping an aging pier into one of the most
CityTrip events. Designed to study the best prac- vibrant and environmentally-friendly cruise fa-
tices of other cities, the Chamber’s annual trips cilities in the nation. In 2008, the city opened the
have become an important vehicle in developing Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, a two berth facility
and advancing innovative new ideas and pro- including electric shore power and an adjacent
grams at the local level. 143,000-square-foot passenger complex packed Seattle’s Smith Cove Cruise Terminal fuels the city’s
“While other cities can learn a lot from us, with retail, baggage services, Customs and other burgeoning cruise industry, which attracts 900,000
we have learned something of value on every amenities. passengers annually and supports over 4,000 jobs.
CityTrip, and this year’s trip to Seattle is no ex- “There is no doubt that Seattle’s investment has
ception,” said Chamber Board Member and vet- paid off,” said Chamber Senior Vice President
eran CityTrip participant Mary Huss, Publisher, Jim Lazarus of the $72 million project now home
San Francisco Business Times. to four leading cruise lines and a national model
A 30-member delegation of business, govern- for “green cruising.”
ment and nonprofit leaders visited the emerald Since the opening of Smith Cove, Seattle has
city last month to examine several successful seen its cruise ship dockings increase from 190 in
economic, workforce and community develop- 2007 to 223 in 2010 – well ahead of San Francisco,
ment initiatives. During the three-day trip, a few Long Beach and Los Angeles. Today, Seattle’s
promising themes emerged. cruise industry brings more than 900,000 pas-
Top among them is the possibility of enhancing sengers to the city each year and supports over Seattle’s multi-purpose Qwest Field has become an
San Francisco’s passenger cruise ship industry. 4,000 jobs. Every home port ship that docks in economic asset for the region hosting the National
the city delivers $1.9 million in economic benefits Football League’s (NFL) Seahawks, Major League
“San Francisco makes an ideal port-of-call Soccer’s (MLS) Sounders and over 400 events per year.
for ships when they are repositioning to and to the local economy.
from Alaska in the spring and fall,” said CityTrip (continued on p.5)
Business Climate in the Spotlight
San Francisco is continuing to take steps to percent payroll tax is levied on all San Francisco- “There is no doubt that the biotech payroll tax
become more business friendly. Over the past headquarter businesses with a total payroll in ex- exemption has been a major economic driver for
decade, the city has implemented several incen- cess of $250,000, and applies to salaries, wages, San Francisco,” said Chamber President & CEO
tives to attract new businesses from emerging bonuses, stock options and all other forms of Steve Falk. “The results speak for themselves.”
industries. Now, Mayor Ed Lee and the Board compensation. In 2004, San Francisco did not have a single bio-
of Supervisors are attempting to go even further One key incentive has been the Biotech Payroll tech company operating within city limits. Today,
by re-examining the city’s overall business tax Tax Exemption. Approved by the Board of the city is home to over 74 biotech companies
structure. Supervisors in 2004 and extended in 2010, the and nearly 3,000 life science jobs. According to
For many employers, it’s about time the city incentive provides a seven and one-half year pay- estimates from the Controller’s Office, these bio-
put its business climate in the spotlight. San roll tax exemption for biotechnology companies tech employees generate $7.6 million annually for
Francisco is the only California city that taxes locating in the city, with an emphasis on Mission the General Fund – approximately 20 times the
payroll and one of only few cities in America that Bay. amount the exemption costs the city.
taxes employee stock options. The current 1.5
(continued on p.4)
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Dear Chamber Members, Calendar of Events
Two major developments are now Want to know what’s coming up at the Chamber?
Visit sfchamber.com to view and register for upcoming events.
underway which will have a profound Below are some key events you won’t want to miss.
impact on San Francisco businesses
for years to come. small TUES | JULY 19
First and foremost is the city’s BUSINESS Natural Networking,
business tax. After years of discussion programs How to Connect Authentically
and Build Your Business
and attempts to alter the city’s payroll tax, city officials are now
getting serious about business tax reform. While a comprehensive
Join master networker and WholeSpeak founder Jonathan Bender
reform measure will likely not appear until the November 2012 ballot, to gain practical tools to transform your networking skills.
research, analysis and discussion are now shaping potential future
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Secondly, the outcome of the upcoming Mayoral race will set the tone
THUR | JULY 28
at City Hall for years to come. While the Chamber does not endorse 2011 CityGolf Classic
candidates, we will be working to inform our members about the key C L A S S I C
issues facing the next Mayor through our Political Action Committee
Join the Chamber and leading San Francisco executives for a day of
(PAC), SF Forward. Together with the Alliance for Jobs & Sustainable business and pleasure at the 2011 Annual CityGolf Classic at Harding
Growth – a newly formed business-labor-civic partnership – we will Park - Home of The 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
also host a Candidate’s Forum to shed light on the most qualified
individuals for continuing San Francisco’s economic growth and job
creation. WED | SEPTEMBER 7
The Chamber encourages our members to get engaged in these CitySummit
– and other – important developments to our city. We hope you will CITY SUMMIT
contact any member of our staff to learn more about upcoming events
Join the Chamber for CitySummit 2011. This year’s half-day symposium
and how you can participate in the Chamber’s public policy process.
will focus on San Francisco’s economic landscape and the innovative
Major changes are ahead for San Francisco business, and with your industries and developments driving and job and economic growth.
help, the Chamber is working to ensure the business voice is heard.
Steven B. Falk, President & CEO
THUR | NOVEMBER 10
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Ebbies Awards
Don’t miss the 2011 Excellence in Business Awards, San Francisco’s preeminent
2011 Executive Committee celebration of the Bay Area’s visionary entrepreneurs, business leaders and
exemplary corporate citizens.
John Legnitto, 2011 Chair, Recology
L. Wade Rose, Immediate Past-Chair, Catholic Healthcare West
James Woolwine, Immediate Past Chair, Presidio Bank
Mario Alioto, San Francisco Giants
Pamela Brewster, Charles Schwab
Jeff Campbell, McKesson
Claudio Cipollina, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Greg Cosko, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction
Mariann Costello, Scoma’s Restaurant
Michael Dunne, San Francisco Hilton
Sandra Edwards, Farella Braun & Martel
Steven Falk, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Tom Hart , Shorenstein Realty Services L.P.
Mary Huss, San Francisco Business Times
Travis Kiyota, Pacific Gas & Electric
Steve Mayer, Burr, Pilger & Mayer
Louis Meunier, Macy’s
Chris Poland, Degenkolb Engineers
Jerry Simmons, Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Loretta Walker, AT&T California
The Chamber congratulates and thanks the following companies
that as of this quarter have been Chamber members for…
50 Years 15 Years
Global Merchandising InfoCenter Systems, Inc.
Corporation / Mark Ross & Co. King George Hotel
35 Years Paramedic Association
25 Years City CarShare
The Exploratorium Lennar
GLS Research 5 Years
JVS Mary Alam
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, American Heart Association
San Francisco Café de la Presse
San Francisco Hispanic Digital Pickle
Chamber of Commerce Mission Bay Conference
Shwiff, Levy & Polo, LLP Center @UCSF
SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS THIS QUARTER Page 3 June 2011
10 Ways the Chamber Helped SAVE THE DATE
your Business this Quarter CitySummit 2011
Your investment in the Chamber helps us build a vibrant economy where businesses can grow
and prosper. Here are a few ways we’ve helped improve San Francisco business this quarter. Join the Chamber September 7 for
CitySummit 2011 – San Francisco’s
annual symposium presenting an in-depth
look at the local economic landscape and
This year’s half-day morning conference
at the Mission Bay Conference Center
will focus on the San Francisco economy,
The Chamber helped pass The Chamber led a delegation The Chamber helped gain leading knowledge-based industries and
the Mid-Market Payroll Tax of two dozen business, approval for the $7 billion development and job growth initiatives
Exemption, which is helping to civic and labor leaders to Parkmerced redevelopment, such as Treasure Island, California Pacific
keep growing businesses – and Washington, D.C. to advocate which will create 35,000 jobs.
jobs – in San Francisco. for San Francisco.
Medical Center, Mission Bay expansion
1 4 8
and other projects.
Past CitySummits have featured House
Helped Pass Helped Gain Approval Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former
Mid-Market Payroll for Parkmerced Advocated for San Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tax Exemption Francisco in Sacramento and many other leading officials and
The Chamber actively
The Chamber actively supported the redevelopment The Chamber led a visionaries. This year’s event will
supported the Mid-Market of Parkmerced, which was delegation of business leaders convene thought leaders from business,
Payroll Tax Exemption passed green-lighted by the Board of to Sacramento to advocate
government, labor and the media to
by the Board of Supervisors Supervisors in May. The $7 on state issues important
providing a six-year payroll billion project will revitalize to San Francisco business. collaborate and rally around economic
tax exclusion on net new aging housing infrastructure Meeting with lawmakers development and job growth opportunities
jobs for businesses locating and create a cleaner, safer, including California Business, for San Francisco.
or expanding to targeted healthier community – all Transportation & Housing
areas of Market Street and while delivering 35,000 Secretary Traci Stevens; Labor Sponsorship opportunities are available.
the Tenderloin. The incentive construction jobs, economic and Workforce Development Contact Nicole Lange at
is helping to keep growing growth and new transit in Secretary Marty Morgenstern; email@example.com.
businesses – and jobs – southwestern San Francisco. Senator Mark Leno and others
in San Francisco, while helps to support Bay Area Stay tuned for more information about
jumpstarting the revitalization priorities such as economic CitySummit 2011 and how you can be
of the long-blighted Helped Bolster development, High-Speed part of the city’s growth plans!
Mid-Market area. Rail (HSR) and other issues.
The Chamber supported
International Pow Wow, the
Helped Gain Approval largest travel industry trade Supported
for Treasure Island show in North America Small Business
The Chamber actively bringing 5,000 international The Chamber helped present
supported the Treasure Island and domestic tour operators the 2011 San Francisco
redevelopment approved by to San Francisco. The U.S. Small Business Week, which
the Board of Supervisors in Travel Association estimates connected
June. The environmentally San Francisco will realize more than 4,000 small
sustainable project will create $350 million in international business owners through
8,000 new units of housing, travel business over the events, workshops and
450,000 square feet of retail next 2-4 years as a result seminars designed specifically
space, and over 2,500 new of hosting the event. for small businesses. The
permanent jobs from island Chamber-supported annual Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
businesses, recreational celebration spotlights discussed the state budget at CitySummit 2010.
Supported Tax Exclusion
and commercial uses. the contributions of small [From Left: SFCED Executive Director Dennis
for Pre-IPO Tech Companies businesses on the city’s Conaghan; 2011 Chamber Board Chair and
The Chamber supported the economy and communities. Recology Vice President & Group Manger John
Advocated for six-year payroll tax exclusion Legnitto; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger;
San Francisco in and $750,000 tax cap on California Pacific Medical Center CEO
Washington, D.C. employee stock options Strengthened Dr. Warren S. Browner MD, MPH]
for pre-IPO technology Business Ties in District 10
The Chamber led a
delegation of two dozen companies passed by the The Chamber helped
business, civic and labor Board of Supervisors in May. strengthen business ties in
leaders to Washington, D.C. The Chamber continues to District 10 by connecting
to advocate for advocate for permanent and more than 75 merchants and
San Francisco. Meeting broader incentives that will business people from the city’s
with top lawmakers including apply to private and public southeast neighborhoods
Secretary of Commerce companies from all sectors with Supervisor Malia Cohen
Gary Locke, Secretary of and areas of the city. and other city officials and
Labor Hilda Solis, House service providers. The
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Chamber’s Neighborhood
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Urged State Business Summits are helping
Representative Jackie Speier Budget Reforms to connect local businesses
and others helps to ensure that The Chamber and other and bring more city Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
San Francisco leading business groups called resources to neighborhood discussed federal healthcare reform at CitySummit
gets its fair share of for a five-point “financial merchant corridors. 2009. [From Left: Immediate Past Chamber Board
federal funding to support workout plan” for California to Chair and Catholic Healthcare West Vice President
transportation, economic extend temporary taxes and / External & Government Relations Wade Rose;
development and priorities. move forward needed pension, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Chamber
regulatory and other reforms. President & CEO Steve Falk.]
Continued focus on the key
issues keeping the state in
fiscal turmoil is helping to
re-start budget negotiations
and ensure long-term fiscal 2ANNUAL RECOLOGY
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Boosting Your Business’ Visibility
Top Ways to Get Visibility through the Chamber
A primary reason that every member joins the Try It Local – Special offers are a valuable Event Sponsorships – Chamber sponsors
Chamber is to raise their visibility within San opportunity for local businesses to gain new cus- are literally put in the spotlight at signature events
Francisco. This issue, we spotlight ten ways tomers. Participate in the Chamber’s exclusive and programs throughout the year. Contact the
every member can gain exposure through the online discount program to make your special of- Chamber to learn more about the sponsorship
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Members Making News – Thousands of [Contact email@example.com] [Contact firstname.lastname@example.org]
subscribers read the Chamber’s newsletters. Lobby Materials – The Chamber hosts Engage! – Chamber members who partici-
Send your press releases and announcements more than 200 events and programs a year in pate are the most visible among fellow members
to the Chamber for possible inclusion in news- the Chamber’s offices. Provide the Chamber and the broader San Francisco business com-
letters and other communications [Send to with your company materials and we will munity. Make the most of your membership by
email@example.com] proudly display them in our lobby. [Contact attending Chamber events and programs and
Get Social – Post your company’s news firstname.lastname@example.org] staying abreast of Chamber activities [Contact
to the Chamber’s Facebook discussion page Ebbies – The Chamber’s Excellence in email@example.com]
or LinkedIn Group. Use the Chamber’s Twitter Business Awards are the city’s preeminent an- There are many more ways to engage and gain
handle (@SF_Chamber) in your tweets about the nual event honoring excellence in business. visibility through the Chamber. For more informa-
Chamber. [Link directly to the Chamber’s social Nominate your business for one of six presti- tion, visit www.sfchamber.com or contact your
media pages from www.sfchamber.com] gious awards that are highly-recognized and Chamber representative.
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Thousands of people rely on the Chamber’s [Contact firstname.lastname@example.org]
print and online business directory to find San Business After Hours Grand Expo – As
Francisco businesses, products and services the Chamber’s largest networking event of the
each year. All members receive a free listing, but year, the Grand Expo, held at AT&T Park, pro-
you can make yours stand out with an enhanced vides one of the best opportunities to showcase
listing or by advertising online or in Chamber’s an- your company and make new contacts. Attend
nual print directory and resource guide. [Contact to meet and mingle with nearly 1,000 Bay Area
email@example.com] business people. Exhibit to showcase your com-
pany and its products and services. [Contact
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honor award-winning member businesses
Business Climate (continued from p.1)
“Had the city not been proactive in courting expressed interested in taking advantage of the Chiu recently told Chamber members about cur-
these fast-growing companies, these jobs would incentive according to city officials. rent efforts to overhaul the city’s business tax
have been created just a few miles down the “This [incentive] could tip the balance,” said structure, likely through a 2012 ballot measure.
road,” said Falk. Jennifer Matz, director of the San Francisco “I’d like to move to a system that does not
More recently, the Board of Supervisors passed Office of Economic and Workforce Development. tax payroll – period,” said Chiu. “This probably
the Mid-Market Payroll Tax Exclusion. Modeled “It was not just a mechanism to get Twitter to stay. means some form of gross receipts tax and I
after the bio-tech exemption, this incentive pro- It is a vital tool for central Market revitalization.” want to have a conversation with the business
vides a six-year payroll tax exemption for new Efforts are now underway to expand the payroll community about how to make this happen.”
hires at companies located in or relocating to spe- tax incentive to businesses beyond Mid-Market. As the debate over San Francisco’s business
cific areas of Market Street and the Tenderloin. In May, the Board of Supervisors gave approval tax continues in the months ahead, the Chamber
Designed to help revitalize a long-blighted stretch to a six-year payroll tax exclusion and $750,000 is actively working with members and city offi-
of Mid-Market, this new payroll tax incentive al- tax cap on employee stock options for private cials to dialogue about various reforms and po-
ready appears to be paying off. startup companies. Additional legislation to per- tential impacts on the city’s business community.
Leading social media company Twitter an- manently exempt stock options from the payroll Chamber members are encouraged to share your
nounced it would stay in the city and move to the tax for both public and private companies is still thoughts and engage on this issue by contact-
historic Market Square building. Black Rock LLC, being discussed. ing Jim Lazarus at email@example.com or
which operates Burning Man, also plans to move “These are all steps towards broader business 415.891.8810.
to the area. And several other companies have tax reform,” Board of Supervisors President David
For 160 years, the Chamber’s
Board of Directors has Bert Polacci
championed the needs of Director of
Mary Huss Community Outreach
business and advocated for Publisher and Government Rob Tibbetts
San Francisco Relations Marketing Director
the city’s economic vitality and
Business Times Stellar Management HOK San Francisco
quality of life. Each quarter, we
“Seattle has a great model we can “The latest trip to Seattle “Seattle has shown that
ask members of the Board to
draw from in forming a downtown presented new ideas about conserving resources, preserving
share their perspectives on a
business improvement district. The neighborhood redevelopment, the environment and renewing
thought-provoking issue facing financial model has a broad scope growth and maximization of Port infrastructure is feasible. What
San Francisco. of stake holders which benefit properties and, most comforting they’ve proven is that giving
from safety, security and clean for this San Franciscan, that the opportunities to the least among us
This quarter we ask… streets and sidewalks, and job challenges posed by bureaucratic so they can remake their lives is both
training for the group you want to impediments to progress are not sustainable and inspiring. Seattle’s
“What can get off the streets. This is a great success is in viewing commerce, the
limited to our home town.”
San Francisco learn example of what is possible when environment and social programs
from Seattle and the business community works through the same sustainable lens.”
together on a common goal.”
SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS THIS QUARTER Page 5 June 2011
CityTrip Seattle Brings Fresh Ideas to San Francisco (continued from p.1)
Another area in which San Francisco can learn tion and hospitality programs collected more “When Washington voters approved the sta-
from Seattle is its Metropolitan Improvement than 10,000 bags of trash, removed 17,740 graf- dium referendum in 1997, some questioned
District (MID). Launched in 1999, Seattle’s MID fiti tags, provided 161,000 people with directions the public’s investment in the project,” said
is more than a traditional Business Improvement and information and connected 3,364 people to Ann Kawasaki Romero, Executive Director for
District (BID). It is a proactive, private-sector housing and other services. The organization’s the Washington State Public Stadium Authority.
initiative to improve the vitality of a 225 square business development program helped educate “But today, Qwest Field and Event Center is an
block area in the city’s downtown core. Like other 10,000 commuters on transit alternatives and established economic asset for the region that
BIDs, the MID is funded by downtown property provided more than 400 businesses with per- also generates ongoing revenue for Washington’s
owners and businesses through a self-imposed sonalized commuter and transportation analy- Common School Fund.”
and self-governed assessment. sis. The MID’s destination marketing program The Stadium and Event Center host over
“What makes Seattle’s MID different is the wide delivered more than 20 concerts and events 400 event days attracting 2 million customers
variety of services it provides and the significant bringing more than 70,000 people to the area. annually. Professional Soccer now enjoys the
economic benefit it delivers through special As Santa Clara continues to court the 49ers, most season ticket holders of any major league
events, promotions and workforce development,” CityTrip delegates also took note of Seattle’s sport in Seattle. And the Stadium’s construction
said Chamber President & CEO Steve Falk. successful multi-purpose professional sports delivered $81 million in contracts to businesses,
In addition to public safety and beautification stadium. In 2002, the city built what is now 200 jobs and millions of dollars to schools, youth
services, Seattle’s MID provides street concierge known as Qwest Field – a 67,000 seat stadium athletic fields and public arts programs.
services for pedestrians, market research and home to both the National Football League’s “Like Seattle has done with Qwest Field,
analysis for participating businesses, and desti- (NFL) Seahawks and Major League Soccer’s San Francisco should be looking at single-
nation marketing for the entire area. All services (MLS) Sounders. stadium solutions to meet the needs of mul-
are provided leveraging MID staff and ambas- The $430 million project – funded by a voter- tiple sports teams in ways that best bring eco-
sadors, many of whom come through the city’s approved Public Stadium Authority – was a risk nomic and community benefits to our region,”
Second Chance employment program providing according to stadium officials. While the stadium said Lazarus.
training and jobs for ex-offenders. was designed from its inception as a venue for More information on CityTrip and
The numbers speak for themselves according football, soccer and special events, the revenue the Chamber’s annual events is available at
to Falk. Last year alone, the MID’s beautifica- potential from professional soccer was uncertain. www.sfchamber.com.
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Q&A with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce speaks the city at District Budget Town Hall meet-
with elected and appointed officials on issues ings. While we are having healthy conversa-
affecting the business community. tions about protecting certain services, more
and more we are hearing about the need for
This quarter, we speak with San Francisco Mayor
revenue generating ideas. Residents also ac-
Edwin Lee. Former City Administrator Lee was ap-
knowledge that had we been solvent in our
pointed unanimously as successor mayor by the
pension system, we would not be paying so
Board of Supervisors on January 11, 2011 to fill the
much out of the General Fund.
remaining year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s
term, who was sworn in as California’s Lieutenant What progress is being made on pension
Governor on January 10, 2011. reform?
A City Hall veteran, Lee first began working for the I, along with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd in-
city in 1989 as the Investigator for the first Whistle troduced a proposed Charter amendment
Blower Ordinance. Since then, he has served for pension and health benefits reform for San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee
as the Executive Director of the Human Rights the November 2011 ballot on May 24th.
Commission, Director of City Purchasing, Director After months of working with labor leaders, issue or confused. The stakes are too high.
of the Department of Public Works and as City business leaders, community-based orga- We must unite the city over how we do this.
Administrator. Mayor Lee is the first Asian-American nizations and the city family, the consensus What can the city do to create more jobs?
mayor in San Francisco history. reform measure is meant to restructure San
Francisco’s pension and health benefits. I The issue of jobs has a lot to do with the
The city faces a $306 million budget deficit. question of where do we believe we can cre-
was fortunate enough to have Mr. Falk there
What are your priorities for addressing this ate jobs? And how do we go about doing it?
that day representing the Chamber and our
shortfall? The Mid-Market Payroll Tax Exemption has
work together on this very important issue.
The city needs to be safe, solvent and success- sparked a larger conversation about whether
Our consensus pension reform measure is or not the city’s current payroll tax is an incen-
ful. But, we are not going to come up $306 million
comprehensive, balanced, and responsible. tive or disincentive to create jobs. There is
overnight. To make up for this shortfall, we need
It will realize the savings we need so that going to be a good challenge about what can
to do more than just cut or tax. We also need to
we can protect vital City services now and replace this archaic payroll tax. I will continue
look at how to generate revenue. This is a good
in the future. It is an important part of our pushing this conversation. Board President
time to explore things we have not done before –
overall strategy to bring structural reforms to David Chiu and other Supervisors want to be
creative, long-term solutions to sustain city
San Francisco’s long term financial planning part of developing solutions, and I’m going
services. We also need to start thinking about five-
and budgeting and ensures that we have a to ask for the business community’s help as
year financial planning. When you think long-term,
system that San Francisco can afford, while well. We need to reform the payroll tax, but
you start having a different conversation about how
providing pension and health care to our we need to do it the right way. This is the right
your programs could and should grow or contract.
employees. time to have this conversation.
When you look at a five year horizon, you can begin
to see where resources should be shifted in order to How does your pension reform proposal What role will Public-Private Partnerships
meet the longer terms needs of our city. Budgeting differ from Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s? play in the future of city services?
year to year does not allow us to do this. While Mr. Adachi’s intentions are good, it is We find the best answers in forming partner-
What are you hearing in the budget town hall the way he went about this that reflects a ships with the private sector. Public-Private
meetings? non-comprehensive proposal. Ours is better Partnerships is a term that has been used in
because it comes from the city family, it is a City Hall for years. But it’s no longer about
Our budget will be a reflection of our values, so it is
consensus proposal and it is comprehensive. how business can raise money for the city, it’s
critical that we engage the public. We are out talking
I can’t afford to have the city divided on this about a partnership. There are good things
to residents about their budget priorities throughout
that can happen when it’s not “us vs. them.”
makingnews recently won the 2011 Gies Award for Outstanding international tour operators to the city in May.
Heller Manus Architects is expanding its Vision from the American Dental Education According to the U.S. Travel Association, the
sustainable-based design services across China Association. Virgin America launched Elevate, Inc., a event is expected to generate $350 million in
winning a design competition for the Xiangyun corporate rewards program designed to reward international travel business for San Francisco over
Island International Cruise Terminal in Tangshan companies that spend a minimum of $20,000 per the next 2-4 years. Chamber members supporting
Bay and significant major architectural design year on travel with Virgin America with a generous Pow Wow include: Beach Blanket Babylon, Boudin
projects in Shanghai and Guangzhou. The firm’s program ensuring future travel discounts [for San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, de
president and founder Jeffrey Heller, FAIA, was more information call 1.800.823.0820]. Chamber Young Museum, The Exploratorium, Fairmont San
also appointed to the Green Growth Leaders’ members Yelp!, Salesforce.com, Riverbed Technology Francisco, Hilton San Francisco Financial District,
Council, an international alliance of leaders and Advent Software are participating in a Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Hornblower
dedicated to accelerating the green economy. technology advisory council advising Mayor Ed Lee Cruises & Events, Hotel Whitcomb, Hyatt Hotels
and the Board of Supervisors on city tax policies. San Francisco, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Levi
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) relocated its branch
Chamber members helped boost future tourism Strauss & Co., Macy’s, San Francisco Marriott
on Van Ness Avenue to 1390 Market Street in
by participating in International Pow Wow, Marquis, PIER 39, Port of San Francisco,
San Francisco and announced plans to open a new
North America’s largest travel industry trade San Francisco International Airport (SFO),
full-service branch in Sebastopol. University of
show drawing more than 5,000 domestic and Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf and
the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Westfield San Francisco Centre.
Bain & Co. promoted Neil Cherry to managing Anne Rohosy as Dockers brand president and hired operations. RMW Architecture & Interiors hired
partner. Chevron Corp. promoted Paul Benett to Laurie Etheridge as senior vice president of women’s Steve Worthington, AIA, LEED AP as director of
vice president and treasurer. City National Bank merchandising and design. M Squared Consulting architectural design for the San Francisco Studio.
hired Matt Christensen as senior vice president promoted Dorinda Parker to vice president of sales Russell Reynolds Associates hired Pam Zuercher as
and manager in the commercial banking services programs and hired Kerry Inserra as vice president executive director. San Francisco Planning and Urban
group. CoreMedia Corp. hired Doug Heise as of sales in the technology practice. Mechanics Bank Research Association (SPUR) hired Karen Steen as
product marketing director. Degenkolb Engineers hired Mark Phillips as vice president and senior publications and communications manager. San
named Stacy Bartoletti CEO in addition to his relationship manager in the corporate banking Francisco Symphony hired John Mangum as director
position as president and chief operating officer. group. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management appointed of artistic planning. Seiler LLP promoted Daniel Hall
Del Monte Foods appointed Larry Bodner executive Christopher Dupuy as regional managing director and Fred Rey to partner. Sideman & Bancroft hired
vice president and chief financial officer. Golden of the Pacific West Region. MOC Insurance Services Jim Shore as a partner. Union Bank named Scott
Gate Restaurant Association hired Rob Black promoted Carmina Angka to senior vice president. Camp regional vice president of Northern California
as its executive director. Grubb & Ellis Co. hired New Resource Bank promoted Joseph Anzalone to and the Central Valley for the business banking
James Bohar as a vice president in the industrial executive vice president and chief banking officer. group. University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
group. The firm also hired Dennis Henry as vice Pricewaterhouse Coopers hired Dara Bazzarno-Jones named Jaime Sepulveda as executive director of its
president and senior portfolio manager and Robin as partner in the retail and consumer practice and global health program. University of San Francisco
Newton as vice president in the retail group. Kaiser Dwight Grant as managing director in the firm’s hired Scott Sidwell to be athletic director and
Permanente promoted Cindy Overmyer to senior transaction services practice. Redwood Credit Union promoted Mary Wardell to associate vice provost
vice president of internal audit services. Levi Strauss (RCU) Auto Services welcomed Kevin Shields as for diversity and community engagement. Wells
& Co. appointed Rebecca Van Dyck global chief their new sales advisor serving San Francisco, Marin Fargo Insurance Services hired Michael Landucci as
marketing officer and hired Walker MacWilliam as and Napa counties. Riverbed Technology Inc. hired vice president and senior account executive. WSP
global head of men’s design. The firm also named Rob Booth as vice president of worldwide sales Flack + Kurtz hired Brian Lake as senior associate.
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The Chamber Welcomes the Following New Members
American Laser Centers Cirque Du Soleil Niloufer Hamsayeh, DDS Personality Hotels
Skin Care Theatres - Live Dentists Hotels
2300 Sutter St., Ste. 205 8400 2nd Ave. 500 Sutter St., Ste. 615 440 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94115 Montreal, Quebec H1Z 4M6 San Francisco, CA 94102 San Francisco, CA 94102
Samantha Ung Canada Arlene Burkhart Yvonne Lembi-Detert
www.alcpartner.com Emilie Laberge www.dentist4beautifulsmiles.com www.personalityhotels.com
Hilary Andersen Design Hearst Ranch Winery The Recording Academy
Graphic Designers City Building, Inc. Wineries San Francisco Chapter
396 E. Blithedale Ave. Construction 7310 North River Rd. Arts Organizations
Mill Valley, CA 94941 Pier 26 Annex, The Embarcadero Paso Robles, CA 93452 1702 Union St.
Hilary Andersen San Francisco, CA 94105 Jim Saunders San Francisco, CA 94123
www.hilaryandersen.com Jerry Applegate www.hearstranchwinery.com Kaitlin McGaw
Archimedes Banya SF Holt Graphic Arts, Inc.
Spas City National Bank Printers ReLISTO - Real Estate Leasing
748 Innes St. Banks 800 Kennedy St. Innovations Services & Tools Online
San Francisco, CA 94124 150 California St., 12th Flr. Oakland, CA 94606 Real Estate Rental & Leasing
Paul G. Schreiner San Francisco, CA 94111 Courtney Guidici 1359 Hayes St.
www.banyasf.com Robert H. Brant www.holtgraphicarts.com San Francisco, CA 94117
www.cnb.com Eric Baird
Assist on the Run... Internet Crimes Group www.relisto.com
Personal Assistant Clipper Direct Investigators
San Francisco, CA Transit Benefits 1097 60th St. SF Jazz
Melissa Lamming 1800 Sutter St., Ste. 900 Emeryville, CA 94608 Concert Promoter
www.assistontherun.com Concord, CA 94520 Harris Schwartz Three Embarcadero Center,
Robert Orbe www.ithreat.com Lobby Level
BAC Engineers www.clipperdirectbenefits.com San Francisco, CA 94111
Engineers - Electrical Kennedy Insurance Agency Kevin Causey
311 California St., Ste. 720 Comerica Bank Insurance www.sfjazz.org
San Francisco, CA 94104 Banks 432 23rd Ave.
Lito Magbitang P.E. One Embarcadero Center San Francisco, CA 94121 Sea View Partners
www.bacengineers.com San Francisco, CA 94111 Travis Brock Kennedy Accounting Consultants
Aaron Houpis 580 California St., Ste. 1600
BNP Paribas www.comerica.com The Law Office of Cliff Kuehn San Francisco, CA 94104
Investment Bankers Attorneys Rick Brusseau
One Front St., 23rd Flr. Compass Group/Canteen 28 Second St., Ste. 300 www.seaviewpartners.com
San Francisco, CA 94111 Vending Machines San Francisco, CA 94105
Frances Kawaguchi 1962 Republic Ave. Cliff Kuehn Servcorp
www.usa.bnpparibas.com San Leandro, CA 94577 www.cliffkuehn.com Executive Suites
Cheryl Herrera 101 California St., Ste. 2710
Bank of Marin www.canteenrefreshmentservices.com Learn iT! San Francisco, CA 94111
Banks Computer Training Sonia Saverio
253 Pine St., Ste. 1475 Create More, Inc. 33 New Montgomery St., Ste. 300 www.servcorp.com
San Francisco, CA 94104 Computer Sales & Service San Francisco, CA 94105
Sterling Burnett 689 Third St. Matt Murawski Signature Flight Support Corporation
www.bankofmarin.com San Francisco, CA 94107 www.learnit.com Aircraft Servicing
Alberto Palacios Bldg. 1052 North Access Rd.,
Basic Green Cleaning Service www.createmore.com Mina Levi, DDS SF Int'l Airport
Janitorial Services Dentists San Francisco, CA 94128
2130 Fillmore St., Ste. 156 DGN Technologies Inc. 586 Washington St. Kenny Setser
San Francisco, CA 94115 Information Technology Services San Francisco, CA 94111 www.signatureflight.com
Corey Griffin 46500 Fremont Blvd., Ste. 708 Mina Levi
www.basicgreensf.com Fremont, CA 94538 www.minalevidds.com Square, Inc.
Manish Dawar Software
Bell Investment Advisors, Inc. www.dgntechnologies.com Alessandro Macri 901 Mission St., Ste. 210
Investment Management SFSU Graduate Student Membership San Francisco, CA 94103
2097 Stagecoach Rd., Ste. 230 Every Monday Matters - School of Business Vanessa Slavich
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Volunteer Organizations Alessandro Macri www.squareup.com
John R. Tregenza 693 Linley Ln.
www.bellinvest.com Lincoln, CA 95648 McKinsey & Company, Inc. Theatrical Stage
Muguet Cochran Management Consultants Employees Local 16
Beverley Group, Inc. www.everymondaymatters.com 555 California St., Ste. 4700 Labor Organizations
Real Estate Residential San Francisco, CA 94104 240 Second St., 1st Flr.
660 Fourth St., Ste. 116 Family Service Agency of Robert Byrne San Francisco, CA 94105
San Francisco, CA 94107 San Francisco www.mckinsey.com F.X. Crowley
Sunny Thiara Social Service Organizations www.local16.org
www.beverleygrp.com 1010 Gough St. Law Office of Tamiko Moore
San Francisco, CA 94109 Attorneys Sam Tous -
Boys & Girls Clubs of Al Gilbert 870 Market St., Ste. 961 Frank Howard Allen Realtors
San Francisco www.fsasf.org San Francisco, CA 94102 Real Estate
Youth Organizations & Centers Tamiko Moore 3512 Geary Blvd.
55 Hawthorne St., Ste. 600 Five Mountains www.tamikolaw.com San Francisco, CA 94118
San Francisco, CA 94105 Tea - Wholesale Sam Tous
Julie Rickert 1458 San Bruno Ave., Bldg. C Old Faithful Geyser www.samtous.com
www.kidsclub.org San Francisco, CA 94110 Tourist Attractions
Jason Creech 1299 Tubbs Ln. Vintage Coventry
Camelot Private Security Inc. www.five-mountains.com Calistoga, CA 94515-1055 Assisted Living Facilities
Security Services Tim Widoff 1550 Sutter St.
236 West Portal Ave., Ste. 343 Gluten Free Reviewer Store www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com San Francisco, CA 94109
San Francisco, CA 94127 Grocers & Markets Michael Johnson
Eric O'Neal 600 Illinois St. One Workplace L. Ferrari www.vintagesenior.com
www.camelotsecurity.com San Francisco, CA 94107 Office Furniture & Equipment -
Rody Santamarina Dealers Walsworth, Franklin,
Children's Empowerment, Inc. www.glutenfreereviewer.com 475 Brannan St., Ste. 210 Bevins & McCall, LLP
Youth Organizations & Centers San Francisco, CA 94107 Attorneys
480 Collins Ave., Ste. J HMSHost Brian Wilson 601 Montgomery St., 9th Flr.
Colma, CA 94014 Concessionaries www.oneworkplace.com San Francisco, CA 94111
Spencer Holeman 377 Oyster Point Blvd., Ste. 15 Sharon Clisham
www.ceisf.org So. San Francisco, CA 94080 Peter Panos Tailoring www.wfbm.com
Lynn Yazzolino Tailors
www.hmshost.com 107 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
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