Business group prepares for battle 

Expect the showdown between labor and business interests to be especially spirited this year.

On the first working business day of 2010, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce President Steven Falk sent an “action alert” to the organization’s members urging them to actively support budget cuts and chase away any tax measures.

The letter pointedly criticized a ballot measure proposed by Supervisor John Avalos introduced last month that would limit the mayor’s power to cut funding to certain programs and departments, saying that measure could lead to “Sacramento-style fiscal management.” Meanwhile, it praised ballot measures proposed by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd that would rein in city spending.

“This is just the beginning,” Falk wrote, saying that the business community fought off nine different tax increase measures in 2009 and should expect similar battles this year.

Unless the chamber is active, he said, supervisors won’t approve measures opposed by labor.

“Let City Hall know … that proposals which threaten the city’s economy will be fought and fought hard,” Falk concluded.

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