Economic Growth

We believe job-creation, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit is the best way to fund our shared social goals. A robust economy will pay for the parks, roads, police and fire protection, healthcare and programs for the less fortunate that we care about.

March 15, 2015  |  Fixing the Fear Factor

By Joel P. Engardio

In San Francisco’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods, longtime residents don’t fear social media because it merely wastes time or reduces privacy. They’re scared of being pushed out by highly paid tech workers who move in, drive up prices and alter the community’s character.

As long as these fears persist, there will be voters in San Francisco to fight against market forces and politicians to cater to them.

When developers proposed building 290 market-rate units above the 16th and Mission BART station, they offered to also build 41 below-market-rate units ... | Read More >

February 15, 2015  |  A Monster Mash to Shock SF Out of Housing Crisis

By Joel P. Engardio

Monsters are becoming as ubiquitous as Democrats in San Francisco. Like the million shades of blue that define our Democratic spectrum, multiple monster images now illustrate our housing crisis.

First, there’s the “Monster in the Mission” named by low-income housing activists and artists who fear 10 stories of market-rate housing proposed above the 16th and Mission BART station.

The development is opposed — despite offering some below-market-rate units — because it will mostly house tech workers and encourage further gentrification of the neighborhood.

Then there’s the “NIMBY ... | Read More >

February 1, 2015  |  Julie Christensen Is Designer of Change at City Hall

By Joel P. Engardio

When you think about the ways government touches our lives – through public transportation, its tax and license bureaucracy, how it regulates what our streets and cityscape look like — the concepts of good form, function and design probably don’t come to mind.

We marvel at the beautiful aesthetic and flawless execution of our privately made smartphones while cursing the line at a government office that still uses paper files. Then we curse again, waiting for a public ... | Read More >

January 15, 2015  |  Hack the Pipeline for Quicker Tech Diversity

By Alex Teu

The statistics are out at all the big tech companies, and it’s not a pretty picture. Overwhelmingly White and Asian, and Male.

The numbers are actually worse as many of the Blacks and Latinos represented by the numbers are from within the “Invisible Workforce.” These are the low-wage workers cleaning your floors and guarding your doors.

Some may dispute that even Asians have “made it,” as the numbers are not favorable in the management ranks. In effect, White males lead, ... | Read More >

January 12, 2015  |  Myth-Busting Supply and Demand in San Francisco

By Mike Sullivan

San Francisco is in the middle of a housing crunch. Nearly every week there’s another media story about housing prices going up, whether it’s for-sale housing or spiraling rents.

The reason for spiraling prices is plain to anyone who’s ever taken an economics class. Demand for San Francisco housing is exploding, and supply isn’t keeping up. It’s simple supply and demand. The reasons behind why supply and demand are out of whack are complex, but the explanation for high ... | Read More >

January 7, 2015  |  Just Say Yes to Progress: SF Olympics 2024

By Lee Hsu

If you’re a Giants fan like me, you’ve had the incredible experience of three world championships in less than a decade. Now imagine the inspiration and thrill of seeing the world’s best athletes, including many locals, compete for gold on San Francisco soil.

San Francisco is one of four finalists for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. The others are Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. I’ve spent time in each and think our City by the Bay ... | Read More >

January 5, 2015  |  What’s Your Housing Utopia?

By Sonja Trauss

I don’t want subsidized, supervised affordable housing.

With a salary of $30,000 per year, I am low-income. Shouldn’t I be calling for more Below Market Rate (BMR) units to be built so that I can live in San Francisco? Don’t I appreciate the efforts of affordable housing advocates? They are working tirelessly to hold up and delay the creation of market rate units while negotiating for a higher percentage of units to be set ... | Read More >

December 16, 2014  |  Progressives Are Lost Because Their Policies Never Worked

By Sydney Lee

San Francisco Magazine had an article in the latest issue called Raise Hell in Peace, about the demise of the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the implication that The City is moving rightward. The article is full of the usual presumption that only progressives are compassionate, that everyone who matters is a victim, and that progressivism has always been a struggle and therefore somehow heroic and always under siege.

In the entire article, which initially had promise in observing a possible, ... | Read More >

December 7, 2014  |  What Is the Monster in the Mission?

By Joel P. Engardio

Grandma’s old sayings were riddles I solved while trying to finish a double-scoop ice cream sundae (“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”) or discovering the taxes in my first paycheck as a steakhouse bus boy (“Don’t count your chickens until they’re hatched”).

But there was one idiom I never fully understood until moving to San Francisco: “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.”

We are a famously open-minded city that likes to judge what we can ... | Read More >

November 11, 2014  |  To Be or Not to Airbnb, That Is the SF Question

By Ian Kalin

The American political scene has made its peace with the most recent election. Many politicians have already started to focus on the 2016 Presidential campaigns. But San Francisco has another political challenge coming up sooner and the battle lines are already starting to be drawn.

Mayor Ed Lee will be up for re-election in 2015. One of the most controversial topics associated with Mayor Lee is his support of the technology sector and his October 27th decision to sign ... | Read More >