City and business leaders agree
to craft implementation of voter mandated economic impact studies
June 16, 2006
A lawsuit seeking to compel economic impact studies be completed
prior to legislation affecting the San Francisco economy was put
on hold for 30 days yesterday, under instruction by Superior Court
Judge Ronald Quidachay.
The San Francisco City Attorney's Office and business leaders
who brought the suit agreed to work together to craft implementation
of Proposition I.
Under Proposition I, legislation pending before the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors to determine whether any proposed laws impact
on the City's economy through loss of revenue, job creation or
Proposition I was approved by the voters on November 2, 2004
and passed into law on December 17, 2004. The law requires the
City and County of San Francisco to create an Office of Economic
Analysis (OEA) and for the OEA to analyze any legislation pending
before the Board of Supervisors that might affect the overall
economic health of the City before the Board votes on it.
The board subsequently authorized the board president to waive
economic analysis of any legislation before the board; allow the
Board to vote on a piece of legislation without an economic report;
and exempt certain kinds of legislative documents such as resolutions
from being subject to any analysis under Proposition I.
The lawsuit asks those board rules to be invalidated.
A spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera said disagreement
remains only on how the measure should be implemented.
Plaintiffs, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Committee
on Jobs, cited victory in Quidachay's instruction.
"We see this as a major victory," said Nathan Nayman,
Executive Director of the Committee on Jobs.
"Any movement by the City to create a plan for implementation
of Proposition I represents progress. We look forward to working
with the City."