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Important November Ballot Measures in San Francisco
Help Make San Francisco a Better Place To Live and Work – Join the GGRA On These Important November Ballot Measures in San Francisco
The Board of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association has taken positions on the following ballot measures. We encourage members to do all they can through posting signs and communicating to staff and customers how important these measures are for San Francisco.
Proposition B - SUPPORT
Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond
San Francisco's park system is a critical city asset benefiting our quality of life and contributing to our economy by increasing property values, reducing pollution costs and helping to fuel the city's visitor industry. This $195 million in General Obligation Bond will enhance the city's most visited parks and facilities, make seismic improvements to recreation centers and playgrounds, construct new waterfront parks, and help restore the city's shoreline. As part of the city's Ten Year Capital Plan, the measure will not raise property taxes.
Proposition E - SUPPORT
Business Tax Reform to Create Jobs and Grow the Economy
San Francisco is the only city in California with a direct tax on jobs, which disproportionately impacts industries like the restaurant industry with large numbers of employees. This consensus reform measure, developed by business, labor and City Hall, will phase out the city's Payroll Tax and replace it with a progressive Gross Receipts Tax. The measure will raise the same money the city now receives, will broaden the tax base in a fair manner, and give many existing taxpayers a small tax reduction. New revenue will be raised through the first adjustment to the business license fee in over thirty years to support economic development, affordable housing, infrastructure improvements and job creation. Proposition E is an important measure for the restaurant industry – the GGRA Board unanimously endorses Proposition E.
Proposition F - OPPOSE
Save Hetch Hetchy
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir delivers pristine, unfiltered drinking water to 2.6 million Bay Area residents. This initiative will require the city to prepare a costly plan that, if enacted, would drain the reservoir, jeopardize the city's water rights and result in huge water rate increases to construct a new delivery system. This is a misguided and costly attempt to fix a system that isn't broken.