California progressivism never ceases to amaze. Now San Francisco is trying a weird form of forced capitalism, which is kind of an oxymoron.
As usual, it's all about control.
This time it has to do with the massive campuses of big tech companies, and all of the on-site amenities they provide employees. Too many amenities apparently. So, the city is working on an ordinance to force employees at these big tech firms to go out for lunch.
If it passes, the ordinance will prohibit new campus construction from having a company cafeteria at all. See, the problem according to the city's progressive officials, is that the campuses are too cushy, too convenient, and too insular. They're trying to force employees at these companies away from the free, often gourmet, meals that they're offered as a perk of working at their particular company, and out into the neighborhood to support local restaurants instead.
San Francisco didn't come up with this brilliant plan on its own. Mountain View, California has already banned Facebook from serving free meals at its new campus that opens there this fall.
It gets better. Under the proposed San Francisco law, current employees would be grandfathered-in so they could continue using existing cafeterias, but new employees would be banned from using the company cafeteria. H.R. is going to love explaining that one.
Progressive priorities are weird.
San Francisco is upset that tech companies got tax breaks in 2011 to move into a troubled area of the city called Mid-Market. Several companies, including Twitter, Square, and Uber moved in, but the neighborhood still hasn't taken off like the city hoped.
Aaron Peskin, a city supervisor who is co-sponsoring the bill says, "These tech companies have decided to leave their suburban campuses because their employees want to be in the city, and yet the irony is, they come to the city and are creating isolated, walled-off campuses. This is not against these folks, it's for them. It's to integrate them into the community."
It could be the walled-off campus thing, or it might just be that tech workers prefer not to walk to a local restaurant and risk getting jabbed with heroin needles by San Francisco's estimated 22,000 intravenous drug users.
The city wants to ban company cafeterias, and it just opened two "safe" heroin injection sites for addicts. Progressive priorities are weird.