About 200 souls rallied on the steps of City Hall this A.M. to support the “Charge for Harm” alcohol mitiation fee program.
The mise-en-scene this morning at City Hall. Can you see all the “Charge for Harm” baseball caps?
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George Clooney-esque District 11 Supervisor John Avalos was the star of the event. He said he was “close” to getting a veto-proof majority for this legislation.
But what’s this? There was a whole crew on hand, people like Guy Carson of Cafe du Nord…
…talking to TV reporters about how the whole idea is a “job killer.”
Get all the deets on this controversy at the Uptown Almanac.
Anyway, the Marin Institute is pushing for a similar plan for all of California. Count them in the “pro-fee” camp.
And now, see what the anti-fee people, the California Alliance for Hospitality Jobs, have to say about all this, after the jump.
Hospitality Workers “Eighty Six” Charge for Harm Ordinance
Representatives of local businesses rally in opposition of SF’s proposed alcohol mitigation fee
SAN FRANCISCO (August 3, 2010)
County of San Francisco; local restaurant owners, bartenders and retail outlets are coming together for
tomorrow’s rally and the Budget & Finance Committee meeting to voice their opposition to the City’s proposed
alcohol mitigation fee.
San Francisco small business owners already pay more than their fair share to help fund San Francisco’s
generous public health and employment benefits – with sick leave requirements, Healthy San Francisco levies
and a higher minimum wage than surrounding counties. If this fee is passed, local hospitality jobs will be
impacted. This proposal is being made at a time when San Francisco’s restaurant and hospitality industries are
already reeling from declining sales and the number of vacant storefronts continues to rise.
– Already nickeled and dimed by countless fees assessed by the City and
public service infrastructure and would receive no services…Supervisor Avalos’ “mitigation fee” is really
Since more than 90% of adults who drink do not abuse alcohol, they impose no cost on San Francisco’s
more than double the tax rate than the rest of California.
While $0.076 per ounce does not sound like much, in reality it will mean that San Franciscans will pay
customer level. As the tax migrates through distribution channels, the extra cost is passed on and
marked-up at each level. Ultimately, consumers will pay significantly more than a “nickel-a-drink” with
this new “fee.”
A “nickel-a-drink” at the wholesale level does not translate to the same amount at the consumer or
has merit. Unfortunately, it fails to credit the monetary benefits to San Francisco that alcohol sales have
on the City’s finances and the impact that San Francisco’s restaurants, bars and hotels have on
attracting out-of-City individuals to spend their money in San Francisco.
Representatives from the California Alliance for Hospitality Jobs (CAHJ) will be available for comment
immediately following the Pro-Tax rally supporting this questionable proposal:
The Nexus Study is supposed to analyze the proposed “fee” to determine if Supervisor Avalos’ proposal
WHEN: Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Immediately Following Scheduled 10:00 am Rally
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall -
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Polk Street Steps
WHO: Peter DeMarco, California Alliance for Hospitality Jobs
, Thirsty Bear, Brewmaster-Managing Member Roger Cline, Deco Lounge, Manager Tom Coulter, Glen Park Station, Owner Craig Wathen, City Beer Store
Colin O’Malley, John Colins *invited to attendSilberstein*RonMembers of the media not attending the event may also call Kassy Perry at (916) 296-8303 or Peter
DeMarco at (916) 600-2244 for comment.
About the CAHJ
The California Alliance for Hospitality Jobs (CAHJ) is a coalition of employers, suppliers, restaurateurs, business
owners, trade associations and citizens who work in and with the hospitality industry and are concerned about
proposals at the federal, state and local levels to raise alcohol taxes and fees. The alliance is supported by
www.savemycajob.com to learn more.
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