Municipal Reform Recommendations
- Consolidate and restructure the City’s various economic development activities under one city department of Community-based Economic Development.
- Develop enforceable Priority Policies and a Community Economic Development Strategy, that put community-based initiatives and racial and economic justice at the center, to guide the City’s economic development activities.
- Create a Community Economic Development Commission, accountable to the people, to oversee the City’s economic development activities.
- Create local community councils from the most affected communities, constituencies, and economic sectors, to ensure democratic participation in the direction of the City’s economic development activities.
- Create a municipal credit union with a portion of the $2.8 Billion in City assets.
- Expand alternatives to check cashing, pay-day loans, and other predatory lending practices.
- Invest in socially responsible enterprises, including those with a maximum local multiplier, labor standards, and community-ownership models, through the municipal credit union.
- Explore the development of City-run enterprises that provide a sustainable income stream to support other economic development goals.
Revenue and Expenditure Recommendations
- Develop a progressive revenue strategy to ensure long-term sustainability of the city’s physical and social infrastructure.
- Implement a local Carbon Tax / Carbon Off-Set Mechanism.
- Establish an enforceable mechanism so that expenditure reforms and budget cuts always prioritize savings in upper management salaries and preserve frontline services.
- Work to address revenue problems at the State level.
Workforce Development Recommendations
- Link workforce development to existing demand in Public Sector jobs, especially in education and health.
- Make our schools a critical component of workforce development.
- Link workforce development to investments in childcare and in-home health services.
- Link workforce development to existing and emerging Back Streets Businesses, which typically pay more for lower educational levels.
- Reframe “Green Jobs” to include the social infrastructure of a green economy.
- Tie all large development projects, through community benefit agreements, to supporting the employment needs of current and future generations.
Labor Standards & Local Hire Recommendations
- Strengthen enforcement of San Francisco’s labor laws.
- Support workers’ right to organize and wage campaigns by worker centers and unions.
- Create a coordinated jobs program for local hiring.
- Unbundle city contracts to provide pathways for local hires.
Responsible Development Standards
- The City shall support and enforce Community Benefits Agreements for all large development projects.
- Large development projects shall commit to permanent living wage jobs, in addition to construction jobs.
- Large development projects shall commit to local hiring and jobs training programs.
- Large development projects shall commit to affordable housing beyond the minimum requirements in existence for smaller developers.
- Large development projects shall commit to support local economic development, including support for locally-owned and neighborhood-serving businesses.
- Large development projects shall provide additional community benefits in partnership with the communities they locate in, including support for neighborhood health care, schools and child care, parks and recreation, and the local environment.
Corporate Responsibility Recommendations
- Enforce local hiring policies
- Create “clawback” regulations for any corporation receiving City subsidy
- Create Layoff and Closure Mitigations
- Explore City-funded buyout policies
- Prioritize investments in San Francisco’s transportation infrastructure, with the goal of making public transit accessible to all.
- Prioritize investment in San Francisco’s utility infrastructure.
Community Jobs Recommendations
- Community jobs programs shall have minimum livable wage rates, support and benefits
- The city shall have minimum recruitment goals for community jobs program participants
- Community jobs programs shall design length of placement and work week to meet participant’s needs
- Fair Hearing and Grievance Procedures shall apply to community jobs programs
- Community jobs shall meet employment experience and training criteria for entry-level City jobs
- Develop a plan for community service jobs with organized labor, community-based organizations and CalWORKs recipients
- Create new forms of community jobs programs to expand participation by those most vulnerable
- Create a Green New Deal works program, prioritizing development of the City’s sustainability infrastructure, including urban agriculture and food security, restoration programs, stormwater retention, and building retrofits
Socially Responsible Procurement
- Create a point system for city procurement that incentivizes contracting with businesses that meet the City’s economic development goals of maximum local multiplier, living wages, local ownership, and/or community and worker control.
Neighborhood-Serving Business Recommendations
- Create a commission to set the city’s economic development policy, including linking neighborhood economic development with other economic development endeavors
- Ensure that neighborhood economic development entities and CBDs truly represent resident, worker, and small business interests
- Develop a comprehensive and robust commercial corridor program
- Link neighborhood economic development to job training and placement
- Link neighborhood corridor development horizontally and vertically with other economic development sectors
- Make local culture, the arts, and public services an integral part of neighborhood economic development
- Support micro-enterprises and informal businesses
Back Street Business Recommendations
- Create a comprehensive Back Street Business
- Assistance, Retention, and Attraction Program
- Establish “Buy Local” Procurement Policies
- Strengthen Back Streets Land Use Controls and Infrastructure
- Improve workforce development and employer assistance programs targeted to Back Streets Businesses
- Support development of an inclusive Back Streets Business advocacy voice
- Create a green business incubator with a focus on R&D and Manufacturing of Appropriate Technologies
Green Retrofit Recommendations
- Implement an ambitious citywide retrofit program to provide seismic and energy efficiency retrofits of 100% of San Francisco’s existing multifamily and rental housing units within the next decade.
- Retrofit programs must prioritize San Francisco residents most affected by energy costs, in particular renters and low-income homeowners.
- Retrofit programs must prioritize low-income communities and communities which have the greatest health disparities, particularly San Francisco’s southeast neighborhoods.
- Greening programs must ensure jobs and other economic benefits that benefit low-income San Francisco residents in targeted environmental justice communities.
- Retrofit programs must have a comprehensive scope, interdepartmental coordination, and evaluation criteria to achieve maximum impact.
- The City’s retrofit programs should work at community and neighborhood levels to achieve economies of scale.
Recycling & Reuse Recommendations
- Provide City-owned land to support community-based recycling programs, including collection, “buy-back,” and environmental educational centers.
- Create community-based composting and urban agriculture sites.
- Require a competitive bidding process for garbage collection and require the successful bidder to pay a franchise fee.
- Dedicate Port sites for affordable recycling and remanufacture centers.
- Create a San Francisco Carbon Off-set requirement for new development
Food and Urban Agriculture Recommendations
- Create a Department of Food to coordinate food security and urban agriculture efforts
- Expand workforce development in urban agriculture and food production, linked to local and regional networks of organic farmers.
- Create a network of neighborhood materials depots.
- Support programs that grow and sell food in low-income neighborhoods
- Mandate public purchasing of local, healthy, living-wage foods.
- Support private purchasing of local, healthy, and living-wage foods.
- Institute a tax on fast food sales to help pay for local food programs, urban ag workforce development, and local purchasing.
- Develop a program of City farms and orchards on City-owned property.
- Create zoning incentives, urban ag zoning designations, and urban agricultural land trusts, to increase land availability and tenure
- Invest in innovative technologies such as “living machines,” vertical farming, and aquaculture to boost local food production.
Cultural Economy Recommendations
- Consolidate the City’s arts programs into a Cultural Economic Development Department
- Increase the Hotel Tax, with dedicated arts funding
- Dedicate “percent for the arts” funding in Downtown and Eastern Neighborhoods development to community-based public art
- Invest in a creative spaces loan fund
- Provide space support through rent subsidies
- Create a municipal cultural works program
- Focus arts funding on San Francisco’s Neighborhood-based Cultural Economy
- Support basic healthcare for cultural workers
- Develop workforce training programs for cultural work
- Support culturally-based traditional arts industries
- Develop arts industry incubators
Solidarity Economy Recommendations
- Create a Worker Cooperative Technical Assistance Center
- Create a Cooperative Loan Fund
- Create a Cooperative Business Incubator
- Support plant buyouts by workers
- Develop Cooperative procurement policies
- Explore development of Community-owned corporations