Bay Area Mayors Address Business Leaders
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums (D) on Wednesday discussed the economies of both cities, among other issues, at an annual breakfast in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Dellums called for business leaders to work with him to expand health insurance coverage to Oakland residents, while Newsom outlined economic prosperity in the city, including an increase in major companies moving to the city, a prosperous tourism industry and more than six million square feet of office space dedicated to life sciences.
However, the Chronicle notes that Newsom's positive outlook contrasts with small-business owners who have criticized city legislation, including a measure to require all businesses to offer paid sick leave for all employees and the Health Access Plan, which would provide access to health care services for all city residents.
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association is suing the city over the plan's employer-contribution mandate (Heredia/Vega, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/18).