Richmond Review

City Hall: Community updates

by Supervisor Eric Mar

Legacy business Town Hall Meeting

For many years, I have worked on protecting and empowering our district’s numerous and unique small businesses. From revamping and strengthening our citywide chain store controls, to advocating for the Invest in Neighborhoods program to focus on Geary Boulevard, to setting aside money to fund the creation of the murals and parklets that now enliven our commercial corridors, I have worked hard to make sure that our special neighborhood retains the character that our residents love.

This is why I was a strong proponent of last year’s Prop. J, the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund, which provides grants to both legacy business owners and property owners who agree to lease extensions with legacy business tenants.

The legacy business fund can become a powerful tool that our communities can use to preserve their beloved businesses and community institutions in the face of San Francisco’s runaway

gentrification and displacement crisis.

A legacy business is any commercial business or non-profit organization that’s been open for at least 30 years, which is nominated by the mayor or SF Board of Supervisors, and proves that it has made a significant impact on the history or culture of its neighborhood in a hearing before the SF Small Business Commission.

Almost a year after San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed Prop. J, the City has begun to officially confer the benefits of the program to some of our finest small businesses.

Among the first nine businesses to get this prized designation are the Richmond’s own Toy Boat Dessert Café and the Pacific Café. In the pipeline is Green Apple Books and my office is also in contact with other potential designees. It is my goal to identify all of the businesses in the Richmond that are worthy of this designation and give them the opportunity to benefit from the legacy business fund.

In early October, I am hosting a Town Hall Meeting around the Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund. I hope to raise our district’s awareness about the treasures that are our business corridors, with a goal of engaging neighbors and merchants in a conversation to learn more about potential legacy businesses and to build pride in the fabric of the Richmond!

For more information, please contact my aide Angelina Yu at: angelina.yu@sfgov.org or (415) 554-7411.

The second annual BalBOOa Fright Fest is coming!

On Saturday, Oct. 29, join neighbors and local merchants as we trick or treat down Balboa Street, between 35th and 39th avenues.

All are welcome to the St. Thomas the Apostle school yard to enjoy festivities, including a petting zoo (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.), games, bouncy things, food and more. Last year’s Fright Fest was terrifyingly successful and fun!

For more information, please send an e-mail to Balbooa.Fest@gmail.com.

Community meeting regarding litter, dumping and graffiti
In response to community

concerns, my office, the Richmond Community Police Advisory Board, SF Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Richmond District Neighborhood Center will hold a meeting on Oct. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., to discuss how to best deal with the

growing litter, graffiti and dumping problems in District 1.

The location will be announced shortly. Please save-thedate for now.

This is a great opportunity to learn how you can work with DPW and your neighbors to keep the Richmond clean.

For more information, please contact my aide Angelina Yu.

Coffee with Eric!

Join me for an opportunity to discuss community issues in the Richmond at Cafe Muse, 785 Eighth Ave., at Fulton Street, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information please contact my side Angelina Yu.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar represents District 1.

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