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Y Combinator’s Garry Tan denounces San Francisco lawmakers again; this time over email bills

Y Combinator President Garry Tan Take to social platformX on Tuesday again expressed his dissatisfaction with elected officials representing San Francisco, home to the storied accelerator.

This time, he lashed out at California Assemblyman Matt Haney for authoring a proposed late-night email bill. Haney represents San Francisco in the state’s House of Representatives.

“Legitimate hard work. Haney is spreading nonsense again, coming from the guy who killed algebra and started a fentanyl crisis in the Tenderloin,” the tweet read. He then Posted a topic Asked: “Is this a foreign operation or what?”

Honey is arguably Tan’s “favorite punching bag.” Haney led the San Francisco Public Schools board back in 2016 when the district was discussing moving algebra out of middle schools. The course later resumed in 2024.It’s clear from several tweets that Tan didn’t like this early move, including April 2023, October 2022 and June 2021.

Meanwhile, in 2022, Haney was appointed to lead the California Opioid Commission, Tan Tweet”, “Politics, as usual, put an incompetent super official in charge of the California Opioid Commission who was responsible for thousands of fentanyl-related deaths in the San Francisco area. Matt Haney has done nothing to support recovery and treatment…”

Haney defends his work fighting opioid crisis February LinkedIn Posts. In it, he mentioned AB 1976, which he described as “would build on existing requirements for California employers to provide workers with ‘adequate first aid materials.'” His goal is to create kits containing the life-saving drug naloxone , as a “fire extinguisher”.

What drew Tan’s ire this time was Haney’s proposed bill, AB 2751, which would give employees the “right to disconnect” after agreed work hours. That means they have the legal right to ignore calls, emails, texts or messages sent after that time except in emergencies, and employers who violate the rules could be fined, the San Francisco Standard reported.

Haney told the publication, “If you have a 9-to-5 job, you shouldn’t expect to be at work 24/7. Whether a smartphone exists or not, everyone should have access to it.”

It’s worth pointing out that the purpose of the bill is not to prohibit people from choosing to work long hours, as Tan suggests, but to prohibit companies from imposing an expectation on workers that they will always be available. However, this idea does run counter to the startup boom culture of the Y Combinator world, which prizes dedication to work, especially early on.

Tan’s latest tweet is not unique in its accusations against California lawmakers. In January, he went on The X in a violent rant against seven San Francisco supervisors. He later apologized, explaining that the tweet was apparently a reference to a popular rap song and later deleted the tweet.

But it didn’t end there. In February, threatening letters were sent to the homes of three San Francisco supervisors, which included a photo of Tan and the words: “I hope you and your loved ones die a slow, painful death.”

TechCrunch spoke with director Aaron Peskin about the letter at the time, and Peskin said he did not believe Tan was directly responsible for sending the letter. However, Peskin said the threatening tone of Tam’s tweet was directed at a person, not just rhetoric about a policy, and therefore “undermines democratic discourse.”

Attempts to contact Tan and Haney for comment did not receive a response as of the time of publication. Y Combinator declined to comment.


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