Breaking News (TIME): What The Twitter Tax Break Means For San Francisco

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 hold a sign that reads 'We Love Twitter Employees NO Tax Breaks for Twitter CEOs' whiling protesting in front of Twitter Inc. headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 hold a sign that reads ‘We Love Twitter Employees NO Tax Breaks for Twitter CEOs’ whiling protesting in front of Twitter Inc. headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

We got covered by Time! Here’s an excerpt:

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders stood on the third floor of a charity called St. Anthony’s on Friday morning, two stories above a bustling dining room where homeless residents were queuing up for hot meals. “This will be a day where we’re celebrating something,” said St. Anthony’s executive director Barry Stenger. “You won’t have tech companies and activists fighting each other about housing or something like that. Police won’t have to worry about separating somebody in a brawl.”

On the surface, they were all gathered to extoll the launch of a website called Link-SF, a portal that can connect those in need with the closest shelter, food or medical care. But that website was produced pro bono by a software company called Zendesk, in return for the same controversial tax break that inspired about 450 union members to protest outside Twitter’s headquarters earlier this month. That made the meeting a political opportunity for the mayor, a chance to prove that the tax break he brokered was paying off, and to emphasize that the tech companies bolstering the city’s economy aren’t so out-of-touch and navel-gazing as some residents believe—that they care about San Franciscans, not just profits.

Read more here: http://nation.time.com/2014/02/28/twitter-tax-break-san-francisco/#ixzz2uhGpC5pZ

 

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