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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Faulty Study Ignores Small Business Benefits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bogus-chain-store-study-ignores-small-business-benefits/

Last month, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis issued a new study concluding that the city’s policy restricting the spread of chain stores is harming the local economy. But the OEA’s sweeping conclusion rests on bad data and a deeply flawed analysis that misses many of the benefits of independent business. In this article for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, we detail exactly how the study gets it wrong. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2013

San Francisco’s Market Street Now Offering Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/san-franciscos-market-street-now-offering-free-wi-fi

San Francisco now offers free Wi-Fi along Market Street. The city of approximately 825,000 joins a growing number of local municipalities that provide the service in select parts of town or in the entire city limits. The San Francisco Chronicle reports private companies donated hardware and a gigabit of bandwidth. The final cost was $500,000 to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2013

Susan Crawford to Speak in San Francisco May 14th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-speak-san-francisco-may-14th

On May 14th, Susan Crawford will speak at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in San Francisco. The event will be hosted by the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the CPUC, and the theme of the discussion will be “Digital Communications in the United States: Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?” The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2013

Muni Broadband: Why Not in San Francisco?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-broadband-why-not-san-francisco

Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian asks why publicly owned networks have worked in so many places but is not being seriously considered in San Francisco: Then sit back and ask yourself why you’re paying so much money every month for the rotten service you get from Comcast and AT&T. Ask your friends,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 6 Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2012

How San Francisco is Dealing With Chains

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-francisco-dealing-chains/

San Francisco is home to more independent businesses than other big cities, thanks in part to a 2006 law than gives neighborhoods the power to reject “formula” retail stores and restaurants. But the policy has major gaps, which have opened the way for chains to slip into the city. City leaders are now looking to beef up the law. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 30, 2007

San Francisco’s Economy Reaps Big Benefits from Independent Merchants, Study Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-franciscos-economy-reaps-big-benefits-independent-merchants-study-finds/

While many parts of the country are overrun with chain stores, San Francisco remains a stronghold for locally owned businesses, according to a new study, which also found that those local stores generate sizable benefits for the city’s economy.
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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2004

San Francisco Subjects Formula Chains to Added Scrutiny

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-francisco-subjects-formula-chains-added-scrutiny/

Under a city law adopted in March, chains seeking to locate in San Francisco could be required to undergo a public hearing and meet certain conditions before being granted a permit to open. Sponsored by Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, the ordinance passed on an 8-3 vote by the Board of Supervisors. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 1, 2003

San Francisco Weighs Restrictions on ‘Formula’ Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-francisco-weighs-restrictions-formula-businesses/

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez has introduced legislation requiring that neighbors be notified whenever a formula retail store or restaurant seeks to open in their neighborhood. Residents would have the option of requesting a public hearing and formal review by the Planning Commission. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 1, 2003

San Francisco May Notify Neighbors When Chains Try to Move in

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-francisco-may-notify-neighbors-when-chains-try-move/

Under a measure introduced by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez, the city would notify neighbors whenever a pharmacy or coffee shop wants to open nearby. Residents would have 30 days to request that the proposed store be subject to a public hearing and formal review by the Planning Commission. Such reviews are normally required only for major demolition or construction, or when there is a change of use, such as from residential to commercial. Continue reading

Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2002

San Francisco Mayor Vetoes Big Box Law

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/san-francisco-mayor-vetoes-big-box-law/

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown vetoed an ordinance to require greater scrutiny of big box development. The measure passed the Board of Supervisors on a 7-to-4 vote in March. Eight votes are needed to override a mayoral veto.

The citywide ordinance would have required retail development projects larger than 50,000 square feet to undergo an impact review and obtain a conditional use permit before proceeding.

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