Officials still lag on economy 

Some city supervisors continue to stall on job creation and government efficiency, according to the latest scorecard by the Chamber of Commerce set to be released today.

In the midyear report “Paychecks and Pink Slips,” the Chamber of Commerce — The City’s largest pro-business organization — ranked supervisors based on how they voted since January on 10 pieces of legislation.

It’s the second time the chamber issued such a report. The first scorecard came in April, ranking supervisors based on how they voted on certain legislation in 2009.

Generally, supervisors fared much better this time around, with Chris Daly and John Avalos scoring the lowest at 50 percent, in part because they did not support the biotech payroll tax break extension and legislation to reduce retirement benefit costs.

In the previous scorecard, Daly came in last at 13 percent.

“Going from 13 percent to 50 percent is a meteoric rise, so maybe that means next year I’ll join the pasture of burned-out politicians that is the Chamber of Commerce,” Daly said.

Supervisors David Campos, Eric Mar and Ross Mirkarimi also ranked higher this time around, at 60 percent. But Campos still defended his voting record, explaining that the chamber’s report card is only a narrow view of what happens at City Hall.

“I think that this scorecard just provides one perspective of what it means to be business-friendly,” Campos said.

Supervisor David Chiu, who scored 70 percent, said he thinks the Board of Supervisors is doing everything it can to create jobs at a time when San Francisco’s unemployment rate is still hovering around 10 percent.

But Steve Falk, president and CEO of the chamber, said the board has a long way to go when it comes to drafting more job-creating policies.

“We are encouraged that our supervisors are paying more attention to jobs and economic issues in 2010 than they did in 2009, but scores of 50 percent and 60 percent are not acceptable when we have 50,000 San Franciscans out of work,” Falk said.

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