SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed Tech Tax

first_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • ed lee • Elections • Google • tech • twitter • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only companies with payrolls in San Francisco.“So many [tech employees] commute south for work, yet they live in the city and contribute to the issues that we are dealing with here,” said Blakey. “I just feel like it doesn’t completely tackle the issue.”Added another tech worker who asked that his name not be used, “Any well-established company that claims they want to be a part of the community should be held accountable when that community is suffering. These companies make huge profits for the most part. Asking them for a small percentage to invest in issues such as homelessness now, it feels like a little too late.” 0%center_img Others said that tech companies should not be singled out. “I don’t think you should blame only the tech companies because they are successful right now, but all big companies in San Francisco,” said tech worker Sam Cebo. “There are plenty of tech companies that are making an effort to do good by their communities.”Housing advocates have long called on wealthy tech companies to “pay their fair share” by investing in the communities in which they operate. Last month, three city supervisors launched an effort to turn that call into city policy by introducing an initiative that would impose a 1.5 percent payroll tax on tech employers that make at least $1 million a year in gross income.If approved by at least six supervisors next month, the proposal will move to the November ballot.  Already, Mayor Ed Lee and others are campaigning against such a measure, which they call a “job-killing” ballot initiative. Nick Pagoulatos, legislative aide to Supervisor Eric Mar, who introduced the the measure in late June, said that the well-being of all in San Francisco,  “shouldn’t just fall on the government sector.”Mar’s office estimates that the tax would generate some $120 million annually to be allocated towards the city’s housing and homeless needs. “Is $120 million even enough?” Another tech worker, who gave his name as Tim C., wanted to know. “I am not sure that money is the right way to solve the problem of homelessness or the city’s housing shortage.”  He suggested that instead the government come up with ways to “incentivise tech companies to invest in their communities locally.”Others interviewed wondered how far tech dollars would go in solving the city’s long-festering problems, such as homelessness.“The issue is incredibly complex and it’s hard to believe that more money has been the only missing ingredient for all these years,” said Nipul Patel, COO of the Mission-based company Townsquared. “Businesses of all sizes and industries are eager to do their part, and there is so much more that compassionate people can do than merely contribute money.”But proponents of the tax say that past incentives, such as tax breaks that have allowed tech giants such as Twitter to get breaks by setting up in the city have not necessarily inspired the companies to mitigate the impacts that their presence has had on the city’s poor and working class communities. Pagoulatos agreed that the tax is “no magic solution” to the city’s deep rooted problems, but rather an attempt to “level the playing field” by focusing on companies “who have had tax breaks and tremendous success.”Billy Leet, a Google employee, also agreed that “good citizenship” must sometimes be mandated.“A tax is a more mandated way to part with your money voluntarily,” he said. Keren Flavell, the CEO of a Mission-based app startup, said that it was about time for wealthy companies to pay up, given the state of the city’s affairs.“This mind blowing disparity between wealth and poverty is a freakish situation that the city is dealing with,” said Flavell. “The companies with their names on buildings, they really run the city now. They should take more pride in it.”A mandated tax, she said, would help flip “tech’s focus on internal culture” outwards and in the long-run benefit those companies banking on continued success in San Francisco. “The tax could work in favor of these tech companies as well, by allowing the city to clean up the streets and making it more enjoyable for [their employees].” last_img read more

Proposal from Supervisor Ahsha Safaí would deny potential challenger John Avalos city

first_imgTucked away in a single paragraph within a 30-page agenda for Friday’s Ethics Commission meeting is a proposal from District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safaí that, while eminently sensible on its face, would effectively hamstring and financially starve a potential political opponent. Safaí’s proposal would amend the city’s Campaign and Governmental Conduct code, restricting public funding for any candidate who, having received public funding in an earlier campaign, “failed to maintain complete campaign records … where the amount of expenditures for which there was incomplete records totaled $10,000 or more.”This would, neatly, cut the public spigot for former Supervisor John Avalos, who hasn’t ruled out running for his old job in 2020. Three years ago, an Ethics Commission audit revealed that, during his 2011 run for mayor, Avalos “failed to maintain complete campaign records for expenditures made, totaling $391,594.” Over the past three years, Avalos has gone through old records and reduced that figure to $103,154 in unaccounted-for expenditures. That is, for the record, more than $10,000. Email Address Avalos served as District 11 supe from 2009 to 2017. He beat Safaí in 2008, and ran largely unopposed in 2012 after would-be challenger Leon Chow was outed for not living in the district and for using his work address to register to vote. Safaí bested Kim Alvarenga by several hundred votes in 2016 and took office the following year.Safaí said the proposal was “something spurred out of a conversation with ethics commissioner Quentin Kopp. He wanted to run with it and asked me for my thoughts.” Safaí denied this was an attempt to undermine his frequent critic and once and potentially future competitor Avalos. “Oh, I have no idea who this particularly hits or not. I’m not focused on anything other than leading my district and focusing on the issues at hand.”Kopp told Mission Local, however, that that it was Safaí who came up with the initial idea. “He mentioned it to me a couple years ago and I became interested,” Kopp said. “I said ‘provide me with a draft of the concept and I’ll give it to Ethics Commission staff.’ … I can tell you this: It was not directed at any person who had received public financing and violated some law or regulation. It was purely a concept.”  The rule change is referred to within Ethics Commission documentation as  “a proposal made by Supervisor Safaí that would bar certain candidates from participating in the public financing program.” Kopp felt this to be “a good rule — they are using taxpayer money. And misusing it.” Asked about how it would affect a potential run for Avalos, he replied, “I don’t care.” Avalos says he is “not certain he is going to run” in 2020, and is “looking at other people who would consider running.” With regard to public financing, “the public needs to know their funds are being used right. I understand that,” he says. “But there are also notions in this country that we don’t do double jeopardy. As a candidate, I am accountable and I have been working with the Ethics Commission on what my penalty should be. When you commit an error, you should be held accountable for it. But not twice.”The former supe stressed that while he didn’t have receipts at hand for all of his expenditures, he did have canceled checks.In order to be ratified, Safaí’s proposal would need to meet the approval of four of the five ethics commissioners and two-thirds of the Board of Supervisors — and, considering the minimum 30-day wait between Friday’s Ethics hearing and when this could be put before the Board, it’s possible that the new supes being sworn in in January would have to approve this, not the current board. Seemingly innocuous — but, in practice, consequential — changes to the law do slip through with some regularity, especially when they constitute a few words of text attached to vast amounts of documentation. This occurs less frequently after such would-be changes have been covered in the media. Avalos accepts responsibility for the accusations leveled against him, and remains in negotiations with the Ethics Commission with regard to a future settlement.“I am responsible. I know we fucked up,” Avalos told Mission Local. “My treasurers were all volunteers and we lost track of stuff. I will take full responsibility and I do apologize.” Even still, Avalos continued, “it looks like [Safaí] is targeting me. That is pretty desperate.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturdays S

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Super League XVIII Round 4 match at Bradford Bulls.As reported earlier in the week, Paul Wellens will miss out and that means Gary Wheeler has been drafted into the ‘19′.The squad is:2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Josh Jones, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 27. Anthony Walker.Francis Cummins will select his Bradford team from:1. Brett Kearney, 3. Keith Lulia, 4. Matty Blythe, 5. Elliot Kear, 6. Jarrod Sammut, 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Heath L’Estrange, 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 12. Elliot Whitehead, 13. Jamie Langley, 14. Matt Diskin, 15. Chev Walker, 16. Tom Olbison, 17. Jamie Foster, 19. Danny Addy, 20. Adam O’Brien, 21. James Donaldson, 22. Jobe Murphy, 27. Adam Sidlow.The game kicks off at 2pm and the referee is Tim Roby.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Super League Summary:Bradford won 21 (includes wins in 1999, 2002 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens won 25 (includes wins in 1999 and 2002 Grand Finals & 1998 play-offs)1 drawUps and Downs:Bradford highest score: 64-24 (H, 2004) (Widest margin. 54-8, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 66-4 (A, 2005) (also widest margin)last_img read more

His side led 82 at the break but went down 1614

first_imgHis side led 8-2 at the break but went down 16-14.“We didn’t get the opportunity to try and win it,” he said. ”I thought it was a really good and tough first half and then we just couldn’t get going for one reason or another in the second and that made it really tough.“When you look at all those six against (repeat sets) and I’m still amazed at five of them, it made it hard as we were camped on our tryline for the whole second half. Credit to Leeds, they kept us down there and played really well.“I don’t think we played poorly and I feel similar to the last time we played here. It is a tough place to come and I am really proud of the team. We had 33 per cent possession in the second half and got to within two of a dangerous Leeds side who came off the back of a defeat last week, the events around the South Stand and who are hard to beat.“That said I don’t think we got a chance in the second half for some reason.“Our defence took it out of us but I thought we started the second half well. Then came an obstruction penalty and that was a big call, and then there were a few last tackle calls that made it really hard. We didn’t get much ball and that took our juice.”He continued: “I’m proud of how we hung on in there and played but unfortunately for us, it’s two weeks in a row now where we have been beaten by two points.“We’re still a point outside the top four – an ounce of luck would be nice but you also have to make your own. Leeds did that and took their chances and that is what we have to do. We’re in a similar position to last time we came here – we have to put some wins together.“The derby game is big now and it will be one we will look forward to. We got a good result last time and we’ll need that again after tonight and last week.“Ben Barba will come in too. He has been training really well and is a quality player. It will be good to get him in there.”Tickets for the derby are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

First Team

first_imgThe boss has made just one change to his squad with Aaron Smith retaining his place in the squad after impressing in the win over London on Friday. James Bentley drops out.Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote. Huddersfield Giants’ 19-man squad is:1. Darnell McIntosh, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 4. Jordan Turner, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Matt Frawley, 9. Kruise Leeming, 10. Suaia Matagi, 12. Alex Mellor, 13. Michael Lawrence, 15. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 19. Matty English, 20. Jake Wardle, 25. Colton Roche, 26. Sebastine Ikahihifo, 29. Sam Hewitt, 32. Innes Senior, 35. Joe Wardle.————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————The next home game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Hull KR and kicks off at 7:45 pm on Friday 29th March. Tickets are available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.,Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 23. Lachlan Coote. Huddersfield Giants’ 19-man squad is:1. Darnell McIntosh, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 4. Jordan Turner, 5. Akuila Uate, 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Matt Frawley, 9. Kruise Leeming, 10. Suaia Matagi, 12. Alex Mellor, 13. Michael Lawrence, 15. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 19. Matty English, 20. Jake Wardle, 25. Colton Roche, 26. Sebastine Ikahihifo, 29. Sam Hewitt, 32. Innes Senior, 35. Joe Wardle.————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————The next home game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Hull KR and kicks off at 7:45 pm on Friday 29th March. Tickets are available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

NHSO Two busted for delivering drugs across state lines

first_img During the delivery, Spann was armed with a 9mm pistol concealed in his waistband.Spann was charged with PWIMSD heroin, conspire to traffic cocaine, conspire to traffic heroin, possess drug paraphernalia, carrying concealed weapon, PWISD cocaine, three counts of trafficking in cocaine and three counts of trafficking heroin.Evans was charged with possess drug paraphernalia, two counts trafficking heroin, two counts of trafficking in cocaine, possess heroin, maintain vehicle for controlled substance, conspire traffic heroin and conspire traffic in cocaine. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two people were arrested Friday after New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office they traveled to the Port City from South Carolina to deliver heroin and crack cocaine.Marcus Abdul Spann Jr., 18, and Mary Kristina Evans, 24, were arrested after they delivered 56 grams of raw heroin (capable of more than 5,000 bags) and 28 grams of crack cocaine near Harris Road in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Freeman Park reopens town issues own violation to land owners

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Less than a week after the town closed it to traffic, Freeman Park is back open although not the way the town would like.Land owners planted sea oats and the town said the posts made travel along the historic public access unsafe.- Advertisement – The town issued a violation to the land owners in addition to the one issued by the State Division of Coastal Management demanding the fence be removed Monday.Town leaders say they hope to hear from the state Tuesday on moving forward.They urge visitors to drive with caution on Freeman Park.last_img read more

Locals peace further away as US embassy moves to Jerusalem

first_img “For the long haul, it’s not really good for the state of Israel,” said Musa Agil, a Palestinian-American who has called the U.S. home for more than 30 years.“I understand that this is going to be an extremely painful and problematic move,” said Rabbi Julie Kozlow of B’nai Israel adding, “I feel that we absolutely should be in Jerusalem as our capitol. I absolutely wish that the Palestinians would understand that as well. But I understand why the won’t or don’t.”Since the state of Israel’s establishment in 1948 tensions remain between Arab Palestinians and the Jewish-Israeli community.Related Article: U.S. drone shot down: Trump says he believes strike by Iran was not intentionalAgil still has family in the West Bank he says day in day out see a police like state and poverty. He believes the embassy move is a step backwards.“We ought to encourage them to promote more and more peace and stability and peaceful negotiations,” said Agil. “Right now the peaceful negotiations are not going anywhere and will not go anywhere.”CBS new reports more than fifty Palestinians reportedly died in protests along the Gaza strip Monday. It’s violence that troubles Rabbi Kozlow as well.“I don’t know what the answer is, but I do know that the direction we’re all going in is not a direction that is going to help any of us in the long run make peace.”President Trump talking a push for peace in his recorded message at the embassy unveiling. For Agil, the actions by the administration sit louder than words.“How can you bring peace between two parties when you basically put your full weight behind one party and ignore the aspirations of the other party, the other, being the Palestinians?”The U.N. Security Council is set to meet Tuesday to discuss the deadly violence along the Israel-Gaza border. LELAND, NC (WWAY) –  This morning marked history in the Holy Land with the United States establishing its Israel embassy in Jerusalem. The opening came with violent backlash as Palestinian protesters in Gaza clashed with Israeli forces and the death count keeps rising.President Trump announced its move in December. The unveiling comes around the 70th anniversary of establishing Israel as a Jewish state. WWAY’s Andrew James spoke with those locally in the Jewish and Palestinian communities. Each shared concerns about the move.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Roy Cooper talks grant program Confederate statues and more

first_img He says he wants to bring awareness to the facility, and make sure people know how to apply for hurricane relief.He met with workers and also toured the new Emergency Management facility, formerly the Bladen County Correctional Center, and says he’s happy with the progress so far.While there, he addressed accusations by state lawmakers yesterday saying Hurricane Matthew aid money has not been properly distributed to North Carolinians.Related Article: Gov. Roy Cooper talks climate change on Capitol Hill“We’re ahead of schedule in a number of areas. The one that’s slower than we want it to be is the community development block grant disaster relief. A lot of red tape that’s been involved at the federal level. The general assembly moved it from the department of commerce to emergency management so now they’re having to rebuild it,” said Gov. Cooper.After he was finished in Bladen County, the governor went to Brunswick Community College.He met with students, took pictures, and spoke about his Finish Line Grants program.“Hearing college instructors saying some of their best students had to drop out because of expenses, I think this can help that situation,” said Cooper.The grant is aimed at helping students finish school when they are faced with unexpected financial problems.“We’re hoping this is something that all of our community colleges take advantage of,” he said.While there, the governor also addressed some issues at the top of peoples minds, including the future of Confederate statues in our state.“I think that we can learn from and document our history without idolizing painful symbols in our most public places,” said Cooper.Cooper says he believes the monuments should be placed in battlefields and museums.he also addressed his efforts to block constitutional amendments from being put before voters this fall.Amendments that would take away some of the governor’s powers and give them to the legislature.“This republican leadership has a history of passing laws that are declared unconstitutional, they come back and tweak them, they’re declared unconstitutional again, and then they try to run out the clock,” he said.North Carolina’s five living former governors came together on August 13 to criticize the proposed amendments.The first hearing for Cooper’s new case against the amendments is Friday at 11 a.m. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper was in our area Thursday, heading from Bladen to Brunswick county. During his visit, he addressed some hot button issues.The governor was in Elizabethtown around 1 p.m. He visited the Bladen County Rebuild NC Application Center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police investigate shooting death in Hillcrest

first_img Police ask anyone with information to use Text-a-Tip or call (910) 343-3609 with information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after they say a man was found shot to death this evening.A WPD spokeswoman says it happened just before 6 p.m. in the Hillcrest Housing Community. Officers responded to the 1000 block of S. 13th Street and found an unidentified male shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.- Advertisement – last_img