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bond measure. we helped the rail multiple harmful measures from appearing on the ballot so revenue generation opportunities will stay in place, and we champion who economy-boosting infrastructure that creates jobs including park merced, treasure island, the central subway expansion, a california pacific medical center, a california high-speed rail, and certainly, america's cup. just like the chamber did 75 years ago at this meeting, we advocated for the building of a world-class sprinter -- bridge. in recent months the foundation program helped launch bio sf, to
attract science to the city. goothey have now recruited 13 chinese companies since its debut. thank you to the entire staff. the chamber supported small business growth for our members and provided 250 opportunities for member companies to connect, build relationships, and transact business. our community partners are collaborating more affectively today than ever before to help and build a vibrant economy for 2012 and for decades to come. today at the annual meeting, we are proud to present our new directors for 2012 and recognize
the leadership and contributions of the board. let's recognize all of the board directors that have joined us today. please them for a round of applause -- please stand for a round of applause. thanks again to our diverse and talented board that makes the good work of the chamber possible. good at the helm, driving our achievements has been the vice president and group manager and the 2011 chamber board share. please join me in welcoming john. [applause]
weed rows is going to help me do the honors, and i will introduce him to you in just a couple minutes. on behalf of the entire board and the entire business community, please except this in grave cable car bell in recognition of your service and leadership for 2011 as our share of the board. -- share of the board. congratulations. >> let's ring that bell. >> what a year we have had. all i can say is the most touching saying is to see all of you here ready to do it again,
and i will hand it back around, but i am so pleased about being able to help the city of san francisco thank you so much for >> john was instrumental in helping the chamber of commerce sites more than one battle last year, and now all of us are helping fight a battle of his own. now it is my pleasure to introduce the vice president's for dignity house and the 2012 chair of the chamber of commerce. please welcome wade rose. [applause] >> good morning. it is amazing how you get
habituated after years. i have gone from a tactical named to of metaphor, and it is hard to keep alive in mind. i would like to recognize you note for your exceptional leadership of our chamber. now i am going to get a horse going through the list of names of our friends from the key civic organizations but are with us today, so please hold your applause, because we will never get through breakfast. i want to start with our fantastic mayor, mayor ed lee.
willie was supposed to be with us today. the supervisors got wiener. you have been rated as the number one person for commerce, the chamber of commerce scorecard, which is a great accomplishment. supervisor david campos, supervisor david chu, a supervisor carmen shochu, superintendent garcia, and general manager of rec and park , and greg, your department is rated as high as in san francisco for public approval --
a high as -- the highest in san francisco for public approval. congratulations. the city attorney, the director of the mayor's office of economic development, the executive director of the san francisco county transportation authority, chief of staff, nancy pelosi . director of transportation, director of parks, the board of education director, vince
courtney, who jim paulsen. we would also like to welcome our business associates and colleagues today. of course art swanson from the small business network. thank you for your commitment and for working with us to events are common goals. -- to advance our common goals. we could not sponsored today's key events without sponsors, so i would like to start by recognizing our presenting sponsor, j. p. morgan chase. we want to thank our host sponsor, pacific gas and electric.
dignity howff, kaiser permanente . thank you to all of our sponsors. i am supposed to wait six seconds so everyone can read this list. have we screamed through that? it is quite a long period -- quite long. united airlines, union bank, and our media sponsors, the san francisco examiner and hers media services -- hearst media
sponsors. thank you very much. i could not do it without you, so today we celebrate the successes this chamber has accomplished and the promise of greater successes ahead with our team this morning of prosperity, business, labour, and government united, because that is the key to making the city viable and sustainable, and with our new mayor across more business- friendly, economic-friendly, we are all working together to a common goal with sharon priorities, and that is truly a formula for prosperity and improving the well-being of all san franciscans. the 2012 city beat poll survey of san francisco voters found that some franciscans are very optimistic about the future, but
they remain concerned about homelessness, panhandling, and the economy, and public transportation. the trends are going the right direction. the good news is 58% of voters think san francisco is going in the right direction, and the highest since march, 2007, so we are moving in the right direction. only 28% are pessimistic, compared to 38% concerned last year. quality of life scores are up with 70% of voters saying the quality of life in the city is getting better or the same, but we have a quarter of folks who say quality of life has decreased. jobs and the economy continued to be ranked as the top issue
for the city. about 24% of workers, second only to homelessness. the local economy and quality of life have improved, and we hope that all of you will join the chamber and the center for economic development as we work together to create jobs and create a prosperous future for the city of san francisco, and i want to end by talking about the process of how we elect our leaders, which is an issue that is shared by the majority of folks in the city. the experiment out of maryland is a terrible way to select a leader. no person in san francisco should have any question about
who they are voting for, how their vote will be counted, or whether their vote will be thrown away. it is extraordinary we are faced with such a situation. it should be one person, one vote, one time for a healthy democracy, and i think the people of the city agree with that with over 58% for runoff elections versus 31% for voting, almost a 21 margin, and i think it is time for a change. i want to invite steve and back up to share more of the details, and i will take that. i should have an ipad. >> thank you, wayne. all of these results can be found at your table and on our website. chamber members will also
receive an expanded report later this month in a quarterly print newspaper. although voters are optimistic about the future, they have no appetite for fee increases. good news for everyone in this room. look at these numbers. 75% oppose a congestion pricing feet. 60% oppose an increase in the parking tax, already at 25% sent. 53% oppose a new commercial rent tax. 53% oppose the restoration of the new vehicle license fee, and more than half of the voters opposing the licensee. nonvoters understand the connection between healthy and new businesses and job creation.
if you talk about job creation, 61% to support a two-year payroll tax exemption for any new jobs created in san francisco, and 57% support a lower payroll tax if it creates new jobs. clearly voters get it, and i think we owe those folks are round of applause -- are round of applause. as you will hear, our focus for 2012 continues to be jobs. the same
is working collaborative lead to improve the economic development through good government and a commitment to the future. for 2012 the chamber has an aggressive agenda for jobs. we advocate for creating a favorable business climate and regulatory climate in which all businesses can grow and prosper. here are the priorities. reform the business tax once and for all. reduce panhandling and improving the visitor experience. advanced solutions to create jobs. to continue to attract business to send francisco, our priorities are to invest in vital projects. the central subway and a new community benefit district to improve safety and commerce downtown, and we need to update its long-range economic development plan. the chamber will support initiatives to reform campaign finance and make voting.
we have also joined statewide efforts to bring performance based budgeting and greater transparency to state and local government. sustained transparency depends on investments we make in the future. joining forces to create a city that can withstand a natural disaster and prosper afterwards. government efficiency, and investing in our cities assets. now is the time to plan for the future. in the months ahead we look forward to working with the entire board of supervisors and business leaders across the city to develop more fair and equitable business taxation, which will make it possible for all companies not just to survive but to thrive, and in summary the 2012 agenda will focus on advancing these
priorities, putting job creation first, encouraging government efficiency, and avoiding new burdens, and we will continue to hold our elected officials accountable. everyone is talking about jobs, but the real test is how do they vote to? we invite you to enjoy your breakfast and review the poll results at your table. our program will begin in 10 ministers. now we will turn this over to the great staff at the marietta -- marriott, and who will serve 900 breakfasts in 10 minutes. thank you. [applause]
they have been helping individuals and businesses meet their goals for 200 years while also supporting the growth and vitality of the communities they serve. they raise financing for local government and nonprofit organizations in california provided more than $1 billion in community and development loans and contributed it over $23 million duto california chariti. please welcome maine who -- please join me in welcoming sarah gardner from j.p. morgan chase. welcome, susan. >> i got to put on my glasses. good morning. california is a state with many
opportunities for growth. the people, facilities needed to serve to businesses as well. we are creating many jobs, including construction to build a brand shows, vendors to provide services, and employees to help our customers with financial needs. we are honored to sponsor today's event, and it is my pleasure to introduce him. jim is the managing director and chief economist for j.p. morgan chase and works closely with our investment banking and government relations groups. in addition to publishing independent research on the economy and financial markets, his views are widely cited in the media. he is a frequent commentator on economic policy issues. he received his undergraduate
degree from the university of illinois and holds a ph.d. in economics from northwestern university. today he will provide a national overview and update us on what to expect as we go forward in 2012. goo[applause] >> good morning, san francisco. i love visiting san francisco. i get a lot of my ideas from here. not far from here is a place i liked to stay. goothe last time i was there, my door said, people who live within their means have no imagination, and that is not
really responsible, but i liked that idea of imagination, because for people like me, it requires a lot of imagination, and the reason for that is when you are watching the economy, but you do not see is more important than what you do see. the damage is very visible from a recession. what you do not see is the healing that is helping us get back on our feet. of when i think about the stock market, it is the place where the imagination is the lifeblood of voters. as you can tell, we do not need a lot of prompting. the equity market gets what is going on, and this has been going on since the spring of
2009. if you think about the stock market, when market recovers as much as it has, we are not that far from the peak in october, 2007. people say, aren't we getting ahead of things to? the way we normally figure out whether the market is priced properly or not, we think about what is happening to earnings, the fundamental drives, and relative to the earnings from the corporate sector, the value of the stock market is not that expensive. the line is showing you price earnings ratios. good one more housekeeping details. for those of you who find it difficult to follow the
economy, i would say if i am only allowed to look at one thing to figure out what is happening with the economy, i thing many of us would tell you to keep your eyes on jobless claims, a weekly. what you will see is jobless claims laid on top of gdp growth. when you look at weekly jobless claims that come out, they are very noisy, but they echo a lot of the theme's going on in the economy, and if you will watch these carefully you will note it is 90% of the story. the picture is showing year it
is coming down. just to give you a benchmark, 300,000. and we are now at the 350,000 level, so we are getting there. the pace is coming down, and this is why the tone in the economics community has turned more upbeat. we smell something coming. where are we in the rhythm of life? we have a lot of experience stumbling and getting back on our feet. this is trying to give you an idea of where we are. we are kind of in the second inning of an economic recovery. two things i think are useful. last october, our economy recovered to our last speaker. -- our last keepeak.
we are bigger than ever, but we are struggling. it is not sufficient just to get back where we were. our economy needs to grow constantly to keep everyone employed. that gives you an idea of where we need to be, and what it shows you is even though we have gotten back to where we were, we are a long way from our potential, and this is where the job market took a long time to recover. we do not have a jobs problem. we have a growth problem. you cannot force people to hire if they do not have reason to hire, and that is why doing things to get growth going, that is the best way to get a recovery in the job market. if you look back, we are seeing more signs of this. second, our recovery has been very slow.
is it credible to believe the u.s. economy can speed up eventually and get back to full employment, which is around 4 or 5% unemployment rate. in my mind, there are five factors are would like to throw out for you that i think are really driving a lot of what is going on, and i think these are five factors you will be hearing a lot about, and they are what is pushing the economy back to full employment, and it requires you to stretch your imagination to see this. the real estate industry, what is different about today's economy and the past gunman and and home-building is depressed. -- and the past?
home building is the press. -- depressed. we have been under building for several years. when you under build you help clean up the glut of housing that is out there. the inflated conditions in real estate our history. almost everywhere you look, housing is affordable as it ever was, and number three, the job market for young people is beginning to stir. if you asked who suffered the most, the younger you are, the fewer people in your age group are working. on the margin, it is young people who are starting to see some signs of life in the job market, and you are seeing employment ratios by age group.
there are a lot of folks who got out of college, could not get a job, get married, and if you do not have a job, you are probably going to godawful lot of decisions. that is a big impact on home decisions. the demand for housing is beginning to change, and this is why you are starting to see new signs of life. there is the second team. we economists, when we are asked to figure out what is going on, our natural instinct sphene -- in sync is to focus on what is going on in the business sector. we are shareholders. we invest in projects the produce revenue far into the future, so i have always been condition when you arein