Bad faith - Page 4

Newsom and his business allies work to kill proposed revenue measures by any means necessary

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Board of Supervisors President David Chiu speaks at a July 6 rally for labor unions seeking an increase in the hotel tax

SFMTA supports the measure, with board member Cameron Beach testifying that the money will be used to subsidize Muni and "it links the use of private automobiles and is consistent with the city's transit-first policy." Mirkarimi, who chairs the Transportation Authority, also has proposed a $10 local vehicle license fee surcharge that would bring in another $5 million per year for Muni.

All the revenue measures require six votes by the full Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to consider them July 20, after which they would need a simple majority approval by voters in November to take effect.

The mayor has the authority to directly place measures on the ballot, so the committee hearing on his hotel tax loophole measure and a $39 million general obligation bond that he's proposing to create a revolving loan fund for private sector seismic improvements were mere formalities, so supervisors criticized aspects of each but were unable to make changes.

Avalos even grudgingly acknowledged the hotel tax poison pill was an effective way to kill that revenue source, saying at the hearing, "This is very smart. I don't agree with it, but it's very smart."

Haaland was less charitable, criticizing a provision designed to confuse voters. "This kind of move means both measures won't pass because now we have to oppose [Newsom's measure]," he said, criticizing the mayor for running away from the hard decisions facing the city. "He won't be around next year, when we have an even bigger structural budget deficit, to clean up this mess. Absent new revenue sources, this city starts to fall apart."