Nine months after voters passed Prop J, the city has conferred the special laurel of Legacy Business onto nine classic San Francisco joints.
If a landlord agrees to give his or her resident Legacy Business a ten year lease with no rent hikes, the city will award grants to both landlord and business.
While almost everyone wants to keep longtime small businesses doing their small business, not everyone is a fan of the fund. Because politicians handle the nominations and approval, critics allege that it’s a tool for elected officials to play favorites.
But voters approved the idea by nearly 57 percent, so apparently the fear of losing the Roxie outweighed the fear that political bosses might abuse the system.