By: Administrator | 04-09-2024 | Opinion, Studio
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San Francisco Proposal Requires Six Months Notice to Close Businesses

San Francisco is hemorrhaging businesses. Soaring crime and homelessness have forced long-time businesses to close up shop for good. Some of those businesses are grocery stores, leaving many residents in the neighborhood without a place to buy food. But now, a city official may have found a way to make those businesses stick around a while longer, even if it is not financially feasible for them to do so.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Dean Preston introduced what he is calling the "Grocery Protection Act." It is based on a similar proposal in 1984 and was wisely vetoed by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. It would require grocery store owners to give a written six-month notice of their intent to close to the Board of Supervisors, as well as the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), and as if that weren't enough, the stores would also be required to "meet and work in good faith with neighborhood residents," and the OEWD. this could mean anything from finding ways to keep the business open, or essentially to find their replacement. Failure to comply with this new set of regulations could result in legal proceedings, including damages, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, or a writ of mandate to rectify the violation.


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