For more information on ALL of the ordinances below, go to our Legislation for Small Business Commission Review Page. We appreciate your comments.
THE FULL-TEXT LEGISLATION AND VARIOUS SUMMARIES ARE AVAILABLE ON OSB'S LEGISLATIVE LIAISON PAGE.
Legislation not yet heard by the Commission:
ITEMS IN THIS SECTION WILL BE LISTED BY TITLE ONLY.
• Fee Waiver Program - Small Business Month, May 2014 (File No. 140122); Sponsor(s): Tang
• Initiative Ordinance - Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Food and Health Programs (File No. 140098); Sponsor(s): Mar, Wiener, Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Cohen
• Medical Cannabis Dispensaries - Ocean Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Transit District (File No. 140097); Sponsor(s): Yee
• Broadway Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131120); Sponsor(s): Chiu
• Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA): Equity Analysis, Supplemental Appropriation to the Transportation Fund, MTA Inspector General, Limits on Fare Increases, Free Muni for Youth, Transit Impact Fee (File No. 131117); Sponsor(s): Avalos, Mar, Campos, Kim, Yee
• Definition of Bona Fide Eating Place (File No. 131064); Sponsor(s): Wiener
Heard by the Commission and before the Board of Supervisors:
• Restrictions on Sale and Use of Electronic Cigarettes (File No. 131208)
Introduced December 17, 2013, this legislation would subject electronic cigarette sales and use to the same restrictions currently imposed on tobacco products. Such restrictions would include requiring a Tobacco Sales Permit issued by the Department of Public Health, and prohibiting electronic cigarette use in all locations where smoking of tobacco products is banned.
The Small Business Commission heard this item on February 24, 2014, and voted 6-0 to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors. The Commission encouraged the legislative sponsor to ensure a robust education and outreach campaign for consumers and businesses.
The Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee voted on March 6 to advance this legislation to the full Board. It will be heard at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting (BOS agendas online).
Sponsor(s): Mar, Avalos, Chiu
• Production, Distribution, and Repair Zoning (File No. 131205)
Introduced December 17, 2013, this legislation would amend various development standards to incentivize creation and preservation of light industrial land uses in certain parts of the city.
The Small Business Commission heard this item and recommended approval with modifications by a vote of 6-0 on 2/10/2014. Specifically, the Commission suggested the legislative sponsor consider eliminating the requirement for proportionate allocation of accessory retail space in multi-business PDR buildings.
This legislation was reintroduced on March 4 with the Commission’s recommendation regarding shared PDR space incorporated in the new version. Also incorporated was a staff recommendation to protect the PDR portion of mixed-use developments from complaints arising from trucking and noise generation. The legislation is assigned to the Land Use and Economic Development Committee for further review.
Sponsor(s): Mayor, Cohen, Campos, Chiu
• Amending the Third Street Alcohol Restricted Use District (File No. 131121)
Introduced on November 19, 2013, this legislation would amend the Third Street Alcohol Restricted Use District (RUD) created in 2011 to allow the issuance of Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Type 2 "Winegrower” licenses. Existing provisions in the Third Street Alcohol RUD prohibit new on- and off-sale liquor establishments, with certain exceptions.
Type 2 licenses pertain to wine and brandy production and sales, and grant a number of privileges. Notably, they allow wholesale to licensed wine and brandy retailers; retail sale for off-site consumption; retail sale for on-site consumption in conjunction with a bona fide eating place; and, winetastings. Minors are allowed on the premises.
The Small Business Commission heard this item at a special meeting on 12/20/2013, voting 5-0 to recommend approval with modifications. Specifically, the Commission suggested the legislative sponsor consider the suitability of also including ABC Type 1 "Beer Manufacturer" and Type 4 "Distilled Spirits Manufacturer" licenses in the list of exemptions from RUD provisions. The Commission noted that local, craft production of alcoholic beverages is growing in popularity, and is not often associated with the negative neighborhood effects of other alcohol uses. This legislation will be heard next by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee at a date to be determined.
• Reporting Information About Employees of Private Parking Garages and Parking Lots (File No. 131062)
Introduced October 29, 2013, this legislation would amend the list of information required to be provided on applications by new and renewing commercial parking operators. Commercial parking permits are reviewed and approved by the Chief of Police. A commercial parking permit applicant already must provide a variety of information about its owner(s), facility layout and operating characteristics, and insurance coverage, among other items. Additionally, an applicant must submit a list of all employees or other individuals working or proposed to work at a parking facility, along with their hours and duties of employment, and an owner declaration of whether those employees or individuals have been convicted, pled guilty, or pled no contest to a covered crime within the preceding 10 years. Covered crimes are defined in Police Code Section 1215(a).
To the list of information required to be provided regarding employees or individuals working at a commercial parking facility, this legislation proposes to add the following:
1) How long the individual has been employed by the applicant;
2) A list of the residential ZIP codes of the individuals, along with number of individuals residing within each ZIP code, without identifying by-name an individual’s ZIP code;
3) The total number of males and total number of females working or proposed to work at the parking facility.
The Small Business Commission heard this item on January 27, 2014, and voted 5-0 to recommend approval to the Board of Supervisors. The item was finally passed by the Board of Supervisors on March 4, and is within the 10-day Mayoral review period.
Sponsor(s): Wiener, Cohen, Campos, Mar
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