SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Traffic at Market and South Van Ness Streets in San Francisco was a mess in the noon hour on Thursday when hundreds of city employees spent their lunch holding a rally against corporate tax breaks.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 members were among the protesters who also voiced their opinion against tax loopholes and breaks for corporations moving into the Mid-Market area.

Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, who works in the Mayor’s Office of Community Development, could be heard at the rally over a megaphone.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

“San Francisco has been voted one of the most livable cities in the country. For who? Not for me. Not for the working class. Maybe for the one percent,” she said.

Dugan continued that in recent years she’s become a single mother and has had to offer financial support to her family in Nicaragua.

The city’s budget deficit has climbed to $170 million, but these employees may be asked to give back more out of their wages.

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Comments (4)
  1. mike mcadoo says:

    San Francisco City Employees should remember, or have to learn, that commerce is the lifebolld of any community. Commerce creates wealth and produces revenue for the City an County of San Francisco. Thus,
    incentives for corporations and other commercial enitities create wealth
    are necessary for the continued economic viability and well being of the
    City. With no incentives, there is no commerce, and hence no future for
    our children, our neighbors, and ourselves.

    1. Mildred says:

      Nobody is opposed to incentives to create revenues. But if our taxes subsidize business, specifically banks, why can’t the same incentives be utilized to provide health care, and housing for San Franciscans?

  2. unknown says:

    To Mike the store owners should pay taxes like the rest of us,instead of always going over to Hawaii,I have no choice but to side with city workers