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SF Chamber doles out ‘grades’ to supervisors

Thursday, July 5, 2012

As predictable as “summer fog” is how Supervisor John Avalos describes his near bottom ranking in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s twice-annual “Paychecks and Pink Slips Scorecard.” And he also takes a tongue-in-cheek poke at the business group’s giving fellow supe David Campos its lowest mark, at 56 percent, narrowly edging his 60 percent score.

Overall the chamber gives this crop of supervisors a B- grade on the issues it holds dear, with three moderates getting perfect scores: Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd and Mark Farrell.

You can view its mid-year report here.

As for Avalos, who is often at odds with the chamber, he tells the Chronicle that he’s “offended the chamber didn’t put me last. There must be some kind of fault in their assumptions.” An excerpt:

But Avalos, who long has favored tax and land-use policy opposed by the city’s business establishment, didn’t stop there.

“The chamber’s agenda and report card is as predictable as San Francisco summer fog and will be relevant when the chamber focuses on job creation and business development in neighborhoods like the Excelsior, Visitacion Valley and the Sunset,” said Avalos, who fought to have money in included in the city’s new budget for workforce development in the southern District 11 neighborhoods he represents.


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