Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Crosses Bay Bridge to Poach from San Francisco
|Says the weather in Oakland is ... magical|
Quan is reportedly crossing over the Bay Bridge to talk to a few San Francisco gems -- Open Table, Yelp, and Zynga.
When San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee caught wind of this trip to San Francisco, he could only laugh.
But maybe Lee shouldn't underestimate Quan: Last week, the newly elected mayor put together a secret sales pitch to try and lure big-name companies across the Bay Bridge. And her selling points were nothing to laugh at -- warmer weather and cheaper rent.
Much, much cheaper rent.
Quan candidly admits she is trying to steal business from the City by the Bay. She told reporters that gaming companies like Zynga could save $35 million in a five-year span if they relocated to Oakland.
"We have better weather, we're closer to downtown San Francisco than even most of San Francisco," Quan says.
Oh, and Oakland has no payroll tax.
So, Lee says, poach away -- he's confident that Twitter and the likes will continue making San Francisco their home.
And if not?
"It goes both ways," Lee told reporters. "If there's something that interests us in Oakland, we might do the same."
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