Pro-American Dream in San Francisco
City hall is single handedly destroying the American dream of owning and growing a local business in San Francisco. Having a small to medium sized business is simply becoming unsustainable and putting much pressure on merchants or even native San Franciscans. Being a district 5 resident, I value diversity in all forms: race, religion, culture, architecture, and ECONOMY. We must maintain a variety of jobs and a large span in our San Francisco market; this is why I am dedicated to working with small and local businesses to reaching sustainability. We’re fighting for the American dream, lost and forgotten in the recent decade, back in district 5 of San Francisco.
Stabilizing our Economy for Local Businesses and Merchants
San Francisco has the highest minimum wage in the U.S. While some believe raising this wage to 16 dollars or higher, small and early businesses struggle to hold on to employees leading to unemployment. I truly believe fighting our affordability issue starts with fixing our housing crisis, making our everyday tasks (such as transportation) cheaper and more accessible, improvement in financial education, rather than just the continuation of increasing the minimum wage.
NO to more taxes !
Businesses are the most impacted by any tax we institute in San Francisco. While eating dinner and ordering a bottled water, my reciept said SF Mandate tax, SF Health Initiative, CPV tax, Sales tax, and I’m sure there are many more for other purchases. Small businesses unintentionally suffer the most when a tax is added because both the customers and merchants are paying more in the form of taxes causing the increase of prices. In this era with the internet, people have chosen leisure and cheaper alternative: purchasing online. The city and county of San Francisco has 7 billion to work with every year, some of which is spent secretly or under the table in the form of slush funds. Don’t let these politicians take money out of your pockets every time you eat, and save our struggling businesses in San Francisco.
- What would you do to alleviate the glut of storefronts intentionally kept empty by landlords?
There is a reason landowners intentionally do not rent their spaces and that is because city hall has issued so many restrictions, taxes, lawsuits on renting that it has been more profitable for landowners to not rent for certain years. I have composed a compromising bill for all tenants, merchants, and landowners to find a common ground to do business because 30,000 empty units in San Francisco is unacceptable.