San Francisco approves tax to help homeless

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FILE – This July 11, 2017, file photo, shows the skyline beyond a row of Victorian houses in San Francisco. A San Francisco couple has agreed to a $2.25 million legal settlement to the city for illegally renting out 14 apartments as Airbnb units. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, that a […]

Voters in San Francisco have approved a measure to tax some of the city’s wealthiest companies to provide services for the homeless.

Proposition C has divided the city’s elite tech titans, with Salesforce founder Marc Benioff supporting it and Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey among those opposed.

Benioff has donated at least $8 million from company and personal resources.

The measure would generate up to $300 million a year, nearly doubling what the city already spends on people who are homeless or at risk of being so.

Seattle city leaders pulled back a measure to tax businesses for homelessness after Amazon and Starbucks complained.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed opposed Proposition C, saying the city needs to do a better job accounting for the money it has already spent.

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