Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Chamber to participate in new city housing taskforce
The L.A. City's Housing, Community, and Economic Development and Planning and Land Use Management committees voted Wednesday to create a Mixed-Income Housing Technical Advisory Taskforce, as advocated by the Chamber. The Chamber applauds City Councilmember Tony Cardenas for introducing a motion requiring the Planning Department to amend the citys Housing Element to include an analysis on how an inclusionary zoning policy may hinder housing availability and affordability. The Chamber supports the construction of more affordable housing but opposes the implementation of inclusionary zoning unless incentives are developed to offset the additional costs and encourage the production of new housing. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez, 213.580.7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The San Francisco Transit Benefit Ordinance
On August 8th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the most far-reaching transit benefit ordinance in the country. Employers with 20 or more employees have until January 20th to put a transit benefit in place or face fines of up to $800. Click here to read the ordinance text.
This law has strong support in the San Francisco business community
Here is what the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce communicated to its members in its weekly newsletter: 'While the Chamber generally opposes mandates on business, the city's newest requirement that businesses with 20 or more employees working in San Francisco establish a program to promote the use of public transit can be an economic benefit. In addition to helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by getting people out of cars and onto transit, the law can be a money-saver for businesses.'
When the Chamber of Commerce states that Commuter Check is a money saver for businesses, they are referring to the fact that employers do not pay payroll tax on any money that employees set aside. The Chamber should know, they have been offering Commuter Check to their employees for over ten years!