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									JUNE 2011                                                                                                                                 VOLUME 6                 SUMMER

                                                                this Quarter
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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                                                                                                                      What’s Inside
                                                                                                           10 Ways the Chamber Helped Your
                                                                                                           Business This Quarter .................................... 3
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                                                                                                           Boosting your Business’ Visibility ................. 4

                                                                                                           Q&A with San Francisco
                                                                                                           Mayor Edwin Lee ........................................... 6
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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 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,
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   and attempts to alter the city’s payroll tax, city officials are now
   getting serious about business tax reform. While a comprehensive
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   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
                                       San Francisco
  35 Years                               Paramedic Association
  Hoogasian Flowers
                                       10 Years
  25 Years                             City CarShare
  The Exploratorium                    Lennar
                                       TMG Partners
  20 Years
  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
                                       VerticalResponse Inc.
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
                                                                                                         growth horizon.
                                                                                                         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;

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!

                                    Tourism-supported Industries

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
                                    stability for California.

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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
Chamber.                                                   fer visible to fellow members and city residents.          opportunity that best fits your business goals.
  Members Making News – Thousands of                       [Contact]                           [Contact]
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]                                     proudly display them in our lobby. [Contact                attending Chamber events and programs and
  Get Social – Post your company’s news          ]                                      staying abreast of Chamber activities [Contact
to the Chamber’s Facebook discussion page                    Ebbies – The Chamber’s Excellence in           ]
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 or contact your
media pages from]                        gious awards that are highly-recognized and                Chamber representative.
  Directory & Online Advertising –                         publicized by the Chamber throughout the year.
Thousands of people rely on the Chamber’s                  [Contact]
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]                                     business people. Exhibit to showcase your com-
                                                           pany and its products and services. [Contact
                                                 ]                                        More than 1,000 people attended last year’s Ebbies to
                                                                                                                       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 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.”
  other cities?”
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.

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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!,, 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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New Members
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               Emilie Laberge             
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           Jerry Applegate                      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.                  Robert H. Brant                        San Francisco, CA 94117
                                                                                    Eric Baird
Assist on the Run...                                                  Internet Crimes Group    
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           Concord, CA 94520                    Harris Schwartz                    Three Embarcadero Center,
                                 Robert Orbe                                     Lobby Level
BAC Engineers                                                     San Francisco, CA 94111
Engineers - Electrical                                                Kennedy Insurance Agency           Kevin Causey
311 California St., Ste. 720     Comerica Bank                        Insurance                
San Francisco, CA 94104          Banks                                432 23rd Ave.
Lito Magbitang P.E.              One Embarcadero Center               San Francisco, CA 94121            Sea View Partners             San Francisco, CA 94111              Travis Brock Kennedy               Accounting Consultants
                                 Aaron Houpis                                                            580 California St., Ste. 1600
BNP Paribas                                 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  
San Francisco, CA 94111          Vending Machines                     San Francisco, CA 94105
Frances Kawaguchi                1962 Republic Ave.                   Cliff Kuehn                        Servcorp           San Leandro, CA 94577                       Executive Suites
                                 Cheryl Herrera                                                          101 California St., Ste. 2710
Bank of Marin             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
San Francisco, CA 94104          Computer Sales & Service             San Francisco, CA 94105
Sterling Burnett                 689 Third St.                        Matt Murawski                      Signature Flight Support Corporation              San Francisco, CA 94107                        Aircraft Servicing
                                 Alberto Palacios                                                        Bldg. 1052 North Access Rd.,
Basic Green Cleaning Service                   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  
Corey Griffin                    46500 Fremont Blvd., Ste. 708        Mina Levi             Fremont, CA 94538                          Square, Inc.
                                 Manish Dawar                                                            Software
Bell Investment Advisors, Inc.              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         
John R. Tregenza                 693 Linley Ln.               Lincoln, CA 95648                    McKinsey & Company, Inc.           Theatrical Stage
                                 Muguet Cochran                       Management Consultants               Employees Local 16
Beverley Group, Inc.              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                               F.X. Crowley
Sunny Thiara                     Social Service Organizations                                                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                                San Francisco, CA 94102            Real Estate
Youth Organizations & Centers                                         Tamiko Moore                       3512 Geary Blvd.
55 Hawthorne St., Ste. 600       Five Mountains                               San Francisco, CA 94118
San Francisco, CA 94105          Tea - Wholesale                                                         Sam Tous
Julie Rickert                    1458 San Bruno Ave., Bldg. C         Old Faithful Geyser                       San Francisco, CA 94110              Tourist Attractions
                                 Jason Creech                         1299 Tubbs Ln.                     Vintage Coventry
Camelot Private Security Inc.               Calistoga, CA 94515-1055           Assisted Living Facilities
Security Services                                                     Tim Widoff                         1550 Sutter St.
236 West Portal Ave., Ste. 343   Gluten Free Reviewer Store           San Francisco, CA 94109
San Francisco, CA 94127          Grocers & Markets                                                       Michael Johnson
Eric O'Neal                      600 Illinois St.                     One Workplace L. Ferrari           San Francisco, CA 94107              Office Furniture & Equipment -
                                 Rody Santamarina                       Dealers                          Walsworth, Franklin,
Children's Empowerment, Inc.           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                           San Francisco, CA 94111
Spencer Holeman                  377 Oyster Point Blvd., Ste. 15                                         Sharon Clisham                    So. San Francisco, CA 94080          Peter Panos Tailoring    
                                 Lynn Yazzolino                       Tailors
                                             107 Geary St.
                                                                      San Francisco, CA 94108
                                                                      Peter Panos

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