San Francisco tax to help homeless likely headed to court

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Voters approved a tax on San Francisco’s wealthiest companies to fund homelessness services, but the measure is falling short of a two-thirds majority to ward off litigation.

Proposition C had about 60 percent of the vote Wednesday, but critics say it needs to reach 67 percent because it is a “special tax” and not a general tax.

San Francisco’s largest private employer, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, donated at least $8 million to the cause, and called out Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and others for their opposition.

Zynga chairman Mark Pincus tweeted that Prop. C “is the dumbest, least thought out prop ever.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed opposed the measure but said that voters “sent a clear message” for more money.

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