San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Outlines Extensive Jobs Plan

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Calling it a “roadmap to good jobs and opportunity,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has unveiled a 17-point economic plan to keep the city on the right track.

Calling small businesses the heart of San Francisco’s economy, Lee outlined the growth plan at Rickshaw Bagworks on Tuesday.

It includes connecting small businesses in every neighborhood with the Board of Supervisors to develop a business tax structure that rewards job creation.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“We’re going to have a job squad that goes out there and works with the landlords and small business associations and links them up with the $5 million Small Business Revolving Loans Fund,” said Lee.

Also part of Mayor Lee’s plan are programs to link people with local colleges so they can get new skills sets and to aggressively implement San Francisco’s local hire ordinance.

University of San Francisco Political Science Professor Corey Cook said he believes the plan is to assuage voters who may have been concerned that he hadn’t presented a specific jobs proposal.

“It’s not a two point plan. It’s not something that is really meant to be dissected and digested,” Cook said. “But really this move is meant to show that this needs to be tackled on multiple fronts and the mayor is engaged in it, looking at it and talking about it.”

Lee’s plan also points to strengthening partnerships with public schools and improving blighted areas as major needs as well.

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