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San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Releases Annual Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard

Year-end scorecard ranks Board of Supervisor's votes on key legislative actions impacting jobs and the economy in 2011

San Francisco – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce today released its award-winning annual year-end Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard ranking the performance of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on its actions to create jobs and grow the economy in 2011. The scorecard is the third annual report from the Chamber spotlighting the year’s top economic issues and the Supervisors who are doing the most – and the least – to spur employment, stimulate the economy and improve government efficiency in San Francisco.

The 2011 year-end scorecard reveals marked improvement in city’s efforts to create jobs and grow the economy. Overall, the Board of Supervisors received a score of 82 percent (equivalent to a B - grade), up from 60 percent (or a D - grade) in 2010. Individual rankings also improved, with five supervisors increasing their scores by at least 15 percent since last year. In 2011, a solid majority of supervisors voted in favor of jobs, the economy and government efficiency more than 75 percent of the time.

“Though the city saw some economic progress in 2011, the ongoing recession is clearly having an impact on our elected leaders,” said Steve Falk, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is encouraged to see the board prioritize jobs and the economy and we hope this focus will sharpen and continue in 2012 as the city prepares to address many new and significant challenges including reforming the business tax and re-negotiating labor contracts with nearly every city union.”

In the 2011 year-end scorecard, Supervisor Scott Wiener (D8) received the highest score of 88 percent, followed by Supervisors David Chiu (D3), Carmen Chu (D4), Sean Elsbernd (D7) and Malia Cohen (D10) all receiving a score of 82 percent. Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi (D5) and John Avalos (D11) received the lowest rankings of 59 and 56 percent respectively. Supervisor David Campos had the most improved score of 69 percent, up from 42 percent in 2010.

“The Chamber applauds Supervisors Wiener, Chiu, Chu, Elsbernd and Cohen for their leadership on job-boosting legislation and their willingness to collaborate with the Mayor and small businesses on issues that critically impact employers like the Health Care Security Ordinance amendment,” said Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Employers are vital to job creation and we look forward to continuing in the collaborative and productive dialogue that has helped shape many of the year’s successful policies.”

The 2011 year-end Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard includes lawmakers’ votes on the top 17 legislative actions impacting job creation, economic growth and government efficiency from January 1 - December 30, 2011. The Chamber’s Paychecks & Pink Slips Scorecard was recently honored with a Bronze Award for Communications Excellence from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for its success in increasing community awareness of local legislation. The 2011 year-end scorecard is available at http://www.sfchamber.com/11-scorecard_endyear.pdf. More information on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is available at www.sfchamber.com.

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