About the Office of Economic Analysis

The Office of Economic Analysis was established pursuant to San Francisco voters' passage of Proposition I in November 2004. This voter ordinance created the Office of Economic Analysis (the 'Office') under the Controller and required the Office to report on all pending City legislation having a potential material economic impact on the City.

The Office of Economic Analysis identifies and reports on all legislation introduced at the Board of Supervisors that might have a material economic impact on the City, as determined by the Office. It analyzes the likely impacts of legislation on business attraction and retention, job creation, tax and fee revenues to the City, and other matters relating to the overall economic health of the City.

The Office will address whether proposed legislation promotes or impedes the policies contained in the most recent Economic Development Plan or Survey on Barriers to Employment Retention and Attraction. The Office is also charged with assisting the Economic and Workforce Development Department with preparation of the Economic Development Plan and periodic updates to that Plan.

The Office is part of the Controller's Budget and Analysis Division and is to be staffed with economists or other staff needed to fulfill the voter proposition's mandate, subject to budgetary and fiscal constraints and Charter provisions. You may contact the Office by calling 415.554.7500 or through e-mail.

Procedures

The Controller shall undertake the following actions with regard to compliance with Sections 10.31 and 10.32 of the San Francisco Administrative Code:

1. Promptly review all proposed legislation (ordinances, resolutions, and charter amendments) introduced before the Board of Supervisors to determine whether it might have a material economic impact on the City.

2. For each such item of proposed legislation, determine which one of the following three categories shall apply to it:

(a)Legislation as to which the Controller will provide an economic analysis to the Board of Supervisors. The analysis shall be submitted to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days of receiving the subject legislation from the Clerk of the Board, unless the President of the Board grants an extension for legislation of unusual scope or complexity; in the event of such an extension, the analysis shall be submitted prior to the legislation being heard in committee.

(b)Legislation as to which the Controller intends to conduct a full review resulting in the issuance of an economic analysis report once legislation incorporates adequate information to generate said report. The analysis of such legislation shall be submitted prior to the legislation being substantively heard in committee.

(c)Legislation as to which the Controller will not provide an economic analysis to the Board of Supervisors.

3. Within 10 days after each such item of proposed legislation is introduced, post information on the Controller's website indicating which one of the above three categories the Controller has determined applies to such item.