San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Quotes

We want to take the message to the public and the San Francisco residents to let them know how close to the tipping point the restaurant industry is.

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Kevin Westlye, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. San Francisco Chronicle

I’m going to have to raise prices for all my drinks and appetizers a dollar and entrees two dollars. I don’t know how else to do it. We are known as the best restaurant city in the world, but we are going to start lagging because there will be a lack of service, a lack of staff in the dining hall. Something has to give.

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Dave Stanton, managing partner of Tres Agaves a the Mexican restaurant near AT&T Park. The San Francisco Chronicle.

I can tell you that as of right now, we are not looking to expand in San Francisco. It’s a labor-intensive industry, and the last thing we need is to get dinged for it.

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Eric Rubin, a managing partner in the restaurant Tres Agaves, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Where we are headed for, you are not going to see those cool, little local restaurants. You are going to see a bunch of corporate restaurants, and the rest of the city is going to look like the restaurant dynamic on Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Eric Rubin, a managing partner in the restaurant Tres Agaves, The San Francisco Chronicle.

How can we afford this? You can only charge so much for a hamburger, and then people will stop coming. I'm 52 and was hoping to do this until I retire, but the city is going to force me out of business.

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Richard Crain, owner of the Village Grill, a San Francisco restaurant, The San Francisco Chronicle.

'San Franciscans have a history of voting their social conscience as long as someone else writes the check.’… He said consumers would be hurt, predicting that restaurants would raise prices… The higher prices, he said, might cause some restaurants to lose business — and perhaps close. ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch on something like this.’

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Kevin Westlye, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. The New York Times.

The Controller estimates that this bad idea will cost taxpayers up to $1 million to implement, not including lost welfare recipient work hours, and an unknown amount for city workers not currently eligible for sick time. Add to that the hundreds of jobs and the millions of dollars in sales taxes that will be lost to surrounding cities when diners and shoppers go elsewhere to save money.

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San Francisco Republican Party Chairman Mike DeNunzio.

San Francisco Supervisors never tire of over-regulating small businesses, and then cry over the intrusion of national chains that can financially absorb their absurd labor regulations. The Supervisors are not helping workers, they are writing a recipe for empty storefronts.

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San Francisco Republican Party Chairman Mike DeNunzio.

The majority of San Francisco's Supervisors have no management experience or experience running large or small businesses. They have no concept of what it takes to manage and finance a business. They obviously think that money grows on trees and profit is sinful.

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San Francisco Republican Party Chairman Mike DeNunzio.

Proposition F Sticks it to Neighborhood Businesses….Like kids in a candy store, our Supervisors never tire of gobbling up every bad idea that some special interest group dangles before them, particularly when it means hurting productive people who pay taxes.

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San Francisco Republican Party Chairman Mike DeNunzio.

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