We are excited to expand in San Francisco, and we will continue to work hard to be a good neighbor in the communities where we work and live,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
San Francisco officials welcomed the news. Google has “demonstrated that they really have the San Francisco values that the mayor has been trying to impart to other companies,” said Christine Falvey in Mayor Ed Lee’s office.
She was referring to Google’s recent donations to local charities and a $6.8 million grant from the company that will provide free transit passes for low-income youth in the city. Google announced the grant after critics complained its private buses were blocking access to public transit stops.
As a long-time San Francisco resident, allow me to translate: “We like Google because they’re willing and able to pay whatever vote-buying boodle we demand.”