A Moderate Move: S.F. Supervisors Try to Lure Twitter with Tax Breaks

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Yesterday was the first real showing of how the political pendulum on the Board of Supervisors has swung the other way — toward the moderates. Supervisor Jane Kim rolled out business-friendly legislation, which sparked criticism from progressives; even former Supervisor Chris Daly noted on his Facebook page late last night: “Jane Kim thinks being Progressive is attending three banquets in one night.”

Kim, who was elected in November as a progressive, stepped out from the progressive mold and put forward legislation to try to save the city from losing the microblogging giant, Twitter, to San Mateo County. Under her proposed bill, Twitter could move to the less desirable Mid-Market neighborhood, where crime and liquor stores are rampant, and get steep tax breaks — a proposal reminiscent of the Newsom administration.

There is good reason why it smelled like Newsom: The proposal was cobbled together in a last-minute effort with Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Chiu, both moderates.

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