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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 15   <>  MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2001

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Tax-free zone

safeway.jpg (18229 bytes)Several hundred companies that do business in San Francisco, including many that do business with the City of San Francisco, have sued, claiming that the city’s business tax is unconstitutional. The challenges involve lawsuits and administrative claims that total approximately $300 million. The city has appealed. If the plaintiffs were to win and all eligible taxpayers filed copycat claims, San Francisco could be liable for a $800 million.

The city attorney has proposed a compromise settlement that would pay the claimants $60–70 million and cut business taxes by about $25 million a year.

The People’s Budget Collaborative wants to stand and fight: “If the corporate raiders are successful, public services will be devastated. Working people and small businesses will be forced to pay to make up for the massive budget deficits that will result.”

The following companies are seeking a refund of their business taxes, levied on earnings reaped in the hospitable Bay Area business climate — earnings that came out of your pocketbook, and mine:

333 Market Street Associates Hellman & Friedman Investors
425 Market Street Associates Hewlett-Packard
50 Fremont Center Partners International Business Machines
555 California Street Partners Interstate Brands West
ABC, Inc. J. N. Zippers and Supplies
ABM Industries Kelly-Moore Paint
ABM Janitorial Services — Northern California KGO-AM
ABM Security Services Lee Electronics
American Commercial Security Services Levi Strauss
American Drugstores Levi Strauss Associates
Atlantic Richfield Littler Mendelson
Baker & McKenzie Lucky Stores
Banana Republic Macy’s West
Bay TV Macy’s.com
BEA Systems Main and Mission Associates
Bea Webxpress McKesson HBOC
Bechtel Construction Co. Neiman Marcus Group
Bechtel Enterprises Nordstrom
Bechtel Environmental One California Street Partners
Bechtel Financial Services Pacific Bell
Bechtel Group Pacific Bell Directory
Bechtel Infrastructure Pacific Bell Information Services
Bechtel National Pacific Bell Internet Services
Bechtel Personnel & Operation Services Pacific Bell Wireless
Bechtel Power Corp. Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Bechtel Software Pacific Telesis Group
Calbody Steel Forming Pacific Telesis Legal Group
Charles Schwab Pacific Union Real Estate Group
Charles Schwab Investment Management Pacific Union Residential Brokerage Co.
Chevron Panther Creek Leasing
China Basin Ballpark Co. Peter A. Casciato
Chronicle Publishing Co. PG&E Corp.
Cost Plus PG&E Energy Services
Costco Wholesale Corp. PG&E Generating Co.
DFS Group Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
DFS Merchandising PMB Engineering
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jen- rette Securities Portco
Dorsett & Jackson Prestige Stations
Eastman Kodak Providian Bankcorp Services
EBS-West Providian Financial Corp.
Edison Brothers Russ Building Partnership
EOP-301 Howard Street Safeway
EOP-580 California Street Salomon Smith Barney
EOP-60 Spear Street San Francisco Baseball Associates
EOP-Maritime Sephora USA
EOP-Mission Street SFO Forecast
EOP-One Market Shorenstein Co.
Federated Systems Group Shorenstein Construction Co.
Federated Western Proper- ties Shorenstein Management
FML Shorenstein Realty Investors
Forty-Five Fremont Associ- ates Shorenstein Realty Services
Fremont Group Signatures Network
Fremont Investment Advisors Southern Wine and Spirits of America
Fremont Investors TECHTV
Fremont Partners Textainer Equipment Mfg.
Fremont Properties Union Pacific Railroad
Fremont Realty Capital Union Trust Mortgage Services
The Gap URS Corp.
General Motors URS Greiner Woodward-Clyde
Genuity Vivande Ristorante
The Good Guys Walgreen Co.
Hearst Communications Whitmire Distribution Corp.
Hearst Corp. Williams-Sonoma
Hellman & Friedman Xerox Corp.
Hellman & Friedman Administration

Betsey Culp


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