Ben Shore's picture

The announcement of an opening of a second ChinaSF office seems like great news. Outreaching to a world superpower that in many ways is alienated and walled off from the rest of the U.S. is a good idea in this world of ever expanding globalization. Working together on solar energy and biotech will serve San Francisco well, bringing new innovations and jobs and business to the City. Do you think, perhaps, there is a drawback in that we are missing an opportunity to focus right here at home? I think in the long run ChinaSF makes sense.

Bernadette's picture

The first thing that popped

The first thing that popped into my head was the green jobs that SF could possibly lose due to outsourcing or work contracts that bring in cheaper labor.  The beautiful thing about the up-and-coming green industry is that it helps our environment while at the same time providing jobs.  Then again, there is always the point of view of finding any way possible to make environmentalism cheaper and cheaper.  As long as the city is not hurt by outsourcing, the connection between that organization and SF could end up very beneficial.

Phil Ting's picture


The whole idea was for companies to hire San Franciscans.  So rather than have jobs go overseas, overseas companies were coming to San Francisco to hire people.  Green jobs are a great example.  Solar panel installations by definition cant leave town since all the buildings are in San Francisco so the jobs are in San Francisco.   Globalization will make environmentalism cheaper as innovation and production occurs in other parts of the world.  The key is continuing innovation here in SF and ensuring we are the green innovation capital of the world.  By attracting Chinese solar companies, we have helped ensure a nexus of green companies in SF.

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