Ike's Place - What's Wrong with SF
Trying to operate a business in SF is hard work. Many business owners complain about the endless redtape and obstacles to running a successful business in our City. Having spent time studying the environment in other major cities - Boston, LA, San Diego, and New York I'd have to agree.
Small business owners in SF have to receive endless permits, are subject to endless review by multiple departments, and ultimately get many different answers and obstacles to opening and then ultimately running their business. In the City's above the remove all obstacles to running a business - and in fact give fast-tracked permitting and exemptions from certain taxes to encourage growth.
Ike's Place is a perfect example of what is wrong with SF. This business, perhaps didn't have the exact paper work in order to operate in the location it grew its cult following. But instead of facilitating this business, SF sent multiple health inspectors to put pressure on, created multiple hoops for Ike to jump through at the Planning Department, and ultimately let 4 neighbors decide the fate of 50 employees.
So what happened, nothing. His business shut down. Small business make up 85% of our job market in the City, but yet we do little or anything to help them thrive. Sure, we have the small business assistance center, but its more of an information booth, tucked into the Teasurer's Office.
We need a dedicated team of committed staffers that will traverse the bureaucracy and fight to help small business expand. It is the only way we'll create more jobs in this City quickly and begin to thrive again as a local economy.