Save Our Small Businesses!
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Recently San Francisco voters passed an increase in minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. We believe that this will be beneficial for many San Franciscans. However, as a result, this coming March, a beloved genre bookstore that has been a part of San Francisco for nearly 18 years will have to close its doors. You may have seen Borderlands Books’ plight featured in recent pieces in the New Yorker, and on ABC news and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Borderlands Books, which specializes in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Mystery, has been an icon and a meeting place for many years.
We believe many San Franciscans will benefit from the minimum wage law that was passed by the voters, but there are many ways the city government could help our small businesses. For example:
· A reduction or exemption on business license fees;
· A business property tax exemption;
· A reduction of San Francisco city sales tax.
There are many more possibilities and we urge the Board of Supervisors to investigate them.
Twitter and other social media and technology companies already receive such benefits. Shouldn’t the places that give San Francisco its unique personality receive them too?
We do not want San Francisco to become nothing but large retailers and tech companies. The longtime residents of San Francisco feel as though you only care about the big tech businesses, and not about the unique small retailers that make San Francisco what it is. We implore you, PLEASE FIND A SOLUTION FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES.
We may not only lose Borderlands, but any number of other small retailers such as Cole Hardware, Cliff’s Hardware, and Amoeba Records are going to face challenges meeting the new wage requirements. What would our city have been without small businesses like San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore? Our rents here have already driven out well-loved small businesses like Nettie’s Crab Shack. We cannot imagine a future where city planning allows only sterile tech giants and anonymous chain retailers, and where the next City Lights is not allowed to grow.
Please help us find a solution before Borderlands closes its doors. And if it’s too late for them, then maybe it won’t be too late to help other small businesses.
Thank you for reading our petition. Please listen to the residents of your city. Small business is just as important as Twitter!
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