San Francisco is poised for success in 2013 

San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses.

Continued economic growth requires that we keep our focus on jobs and The City’s business climate. This year, our elected leaders will have opportunities to do just that.

Approval of the California Pacific Medical Center rebuild, reforming San Francisco’s California Environmental Quality Act appeals process, and rule-making for the upcoming gross-receipts tax are just a few of the top issues that will come before the Board of Supervisors this year.

The Chamber of Commerce is optimistic. According to our 2012 Year-End Paychecks and Pink Slips Scorecard released this week, a solid majority of the Board of Supervisors continues to vote in favor of jobs on the issues most critical to the local economy.

Overall, the chamber gave the board a year-end ranking of 81 percent, down just 1 percentage point from the previous year.

While two new members of the Board of Supervisors will be sworn into office next week, the chamber anticipates that the new board will continue to govern for jobs and growth. Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener, and board President David Chiu, are champions for many issues important to our business community. Supervisors Jane Kim and Malia Cohen are highly engaged on economic development and quality-of-life issues.

District 5 Supervisor-elect London Breed has stated that employment and small businesses are among her top priorities.

As we prepare to face the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, the chamber will keep its focus on jobs and the economy.

Working together with our members from every industry, our partners in labor, and through the Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth, and with our elected and appointed leaders, we are energized and ready to help keep our city on a path toward economic success in 2013.

Jim Lazarus is the senior vice president of public policy at the Chamber of Commerce.

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