Commission Meetings - November 27, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
November 27, 2017 - 2:00pm
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SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

2:00 P.M.

City Hall, Room 400

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSIONERS

Mark Dwight, President
Stephen Adams, Vice President

Kathleen Dooley, William Ortiz-Cartagena

Irene Yee Riley, Paul Tour-Sarkissian, Miriam Zouzounis

 

1.                Call to order and roll call.

The meeting was called to order at 2:02 PM.

Commissioners Adams, Dooley, Dwight, Ortiz-Cartagena, Tour-Sarkissian, and Yee Riley were present. Commissioner Zouzounis was absent.

Staff in attendance: Regina Dick-Endrizzi (Executive Director), Menaka Mahajan (Senior Policy Analyst), and Richard Kurylo (Legacy Business Program Manager).

 

2.                General Public Comment. (Discussion Item)

Bill Pierce commented about the Legacy Business Program.

 

3.                Approval of Legacy Business Registry Applications and Resolutions. (Discussion and Action Item)

a.       Cliff’s Variety (Application No.: LBR-2017-18-019)

b.      Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano (Application No.: LBR-2017-18-008)

 

Richard Kurylo (Program Manager, Legacy Business Program) informed the Commission that the applications met the criteria for the Legacy Business Registry, and both of the applications received positive recommendations from the Historic Preservation Commission. Mr. Kurylo recommended that the Small Business Commission adopt two resolutions to include the following two applicants in the Legacy Business Registry as Legacy Businesses under Administrative Code Section 2A.242: Cliff’s Variety and Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano.

 

Public Comment:

Terry Asten Bennett spoke in support of Cliff’s Variety.

Margi Rudnick spoke in support of Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano.

 

Commissioner Adams and Commissioner Dooley both spoke in support of Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano and Cliff’s Variety.

 

Motion: Commissioner Adams motioned to adopt two resolutions to include the following two applicants in the Legacy Business Registry as Legacy Businesses under Administrative Code Section 2A.242: Cliff’s Variety and Tommaso's Ristorante Italiano.

2nd: Commissioner Dooley.

Aye: Commissioners Adams, Dooley, Dwight, Ortiz-Cartagena, Tour-Sarkissian and Yee Riley.

Nay: None.

Absent: Commissioner Zouzounis.

Motion passed 6-0, 1 absent.

 

4.                Board of Supervisors File No. 171133 - Business and Tax Regulations Code - Minimum Filing Thresholds for Gross Receipts Tax and Payroll Expense Tax. (Discussion and Possible Action Item)

 

Amanda Fried (Policy & Legislative Manager, Treasurer & Tax Collector) summarized the purpose and main effects of the legislation. She thanked Marianne Thompson for outreach efforts.

Commissioner Adams expressed appreciation for the outreach and the good cleanup legislation. Commissioners Dooley and Yee Riley also commended the legislation. Commissioner Tour-Sarkissian asked a clarifying question about threshold.

 

Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

 

Motion: Commissioner Adams motioned to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve BOS File No. 171133.

2nd: Commissioner Yee Riley.

Aye: Commissioners Adams, Dooley, Dwight, Ortiz-Cartagena, Tour-Sarkissian, and Yee Riley.

Nay: None.

Absent: Commissioner Zouzounis.

Motion passed, 6-0, 1 absent.

 

5.                Board of Supervisors File No. 171153 - Business and Tax Regulations, Health Codes - Permit, License and Inspection Fees for Cannabis Businesses. (Discussion and Possible Action Item)

            Director Dick-Endrizzi summarized the legislation.

Commissioner Yee Riley asked whether fees might be reevaluated in the future. Commissioner Dwight noted that the fees are high.

            Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

            The Commission did not take action on this item.

 

6.                Presentation on the 2017 Shop and Dine in the 49/ Shop Small Program. (Discussion Item)

Marianne Thompson (Office of Economic and Workforce Development) provided Shop and Dine in the 49 updates and noted upcoming initiatives, and thanked Women Impacting Public Policy, Jason Lalak, Office of Small Business, the Council of District Merchants, and SFGTV.

Commissioner Adams commented about the significant growth. Commissioner Tour-Sarkissian clarified the selection process and limits. Commissioner Yee Riley asked about the December merchant walk.

            Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

 

Note: Items 7 and 8 were called together.

 

7.                Update on Board of Supervisors File No. 171042 - Various Codes - Regulation of Cannabis Businesses.

8.                Update on Board of Supervisors File No. 171041 - Planning Code - Cannabis Regulation.

 

Director Dick-Endrizzi provided an update on the status of the legislation and notable amendments, including pre-packaging, local hire requirements, the 600-ft. radius, consumption, and shared spaces for manufacturers.

Commissioner Yee Riley inquired about radius requirements for tobacco retailers. Commissioner Dwight expressed dismay that the local hire provision is still in the legislation and noted that City Hall’s workforce would not comply. In his research, this type of provision is project-based when publicly financed. Commissioners Tour-Sarkissian and Yee Riley echoed concern about the local hire requirement, questioning its practicality and asking why the cannabis industry is being burdened more than other industries. Commissioner Ortiz-Cartagena agreed that the local hire requirement does not make sense and noted that the 600-foot requirement is too long (equivalent to the length of two football fields long).

Commissioner Dwight, Tour-Sarkissian, and Adams asked staff to inquire with the City Attorney about the legality of the local hire requirement.

Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

The Commission did not take action on this item.

 

9.                Director’s Report. (Discussion Item)

Director Dick-Endrizzi wished Commissioner Adams a happy birthday and provided updates on the Legacy Business Program, Business Portal, the Assistance Center, and legislation.

Commissioner Tour-Sarkissian discussed outreach relating to disability access compliance.

Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

 

10.              Commissioners’ Reports. (Discussion Item)

Commissioner Dwight attended the launch event at the Museum of Ice Cream and announced the Dogpatch tree lighting ceremony. Commissioner Adams announced a tree lighting ceremony in the Castro district. Commissioner Dooley mentioned press about the impact of Whole Foods’ new purchasing practices on local producers and Commissioner Dwight added additional information.

Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

 

11.              New Business. (Discussion Item)

Commissioner Adams asked staff to schedule a hearing on problems with the soft story retrofit.

Public Comment: No members of the public requested to speak.

 

12.             Adjournment. (Action Item)
Motion: Commissioner Ortiz-Cartagena.

2nd: Commissioner Adams.

Aye: All in favor.

Nay: None.

Absent: Commissioner Zouzounis.

Motion passed, 6-0, 1 absent.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:27 PM.