Sometimes it unavoidable but if my wife and I are contemplating where to have dinner next Saturday it certainly will not be in SF. Why? Because between the hassles of parking, traffic, and panhandlers, I now often have to deal with already too expensive restaurants nickle-and-diming me to cover their SF mandated living wage, healthcare, paid time off, and other social initiatives that really don’t get paid for by businesses but are directly passed on to consumers. And if the Board of Dupes has their way, it will only get worse.
Businesses with more than 20 employees working in San Francisco would be required to help their workers ditch their cars and commute to work on transit or in vanpools under a proposal being considered by city officials.
[From PLAN AFOOT TO GET S.F. WORKERS OUT OF CARS / BUSINESS' OBLIGATION: Firms would have to provide transit passes or shuttle service or help employees set up pretax accounts]
There are some fantastic restaurants in SF but it’s simply not worth the hassle and now additional costs. For every Michael Mina in SF there is a Village Pub on the Peninsula where I can still get overcharged for the food and wine but at least I don’t have to pay surcharges for the non-food part of the experience.