Business leaders want Newsom to stay put 

San Francisco business leaders are asking Mayor Gavin Newsom not to leave his post as the city’s chief executive to run for lieutenant governor.

Amid all the rumors and talk about Newsom possibly jumping in to the lieutenant governor’s race, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce leaders want to meet with Newsom this week, hoping to sway him.

With The City facing a $522 million budget shortfall and a nearly 10 percent unemployment rate, business leaders say it’s not a good time to change leadership.

“I think a lot of business folks feel in the middle of economic upheaval…we need him here,” said Steve Falk, executive director of The Chamber.

More importantly, there is a fear among businesses that if Newsom starts another statewide campaign, The City will be left with an absentee mayor.

“When you are out of town, things don’t get done,” Falk said. “You can’t be proactive if you are on the road.”

 

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