San Francisco supervisor wants to ‘resurrect’ 1984 law, here’s why


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston is promoting a 1984 law that never ever entered into result since it was banned by then-mayor Dianne Feinstein.

On Tuesday, Preston presented the Neighborhood Grocery Protection Act. The regulation looks for to “resurrect” a law that was gone by the Board of Supervisors in 1984 and quickly banned by Feinstein, according to Preston’s workplace.

The act would certainly need area participation prior to a supermarket can enclose a community. Grocery shops would certainly additionally be needed to provide six-months observe prior to closing.

“It was a good idea in 1984, and it’s an even better idea now,” Preston stated. “Our communities need notice, an opportunity to be heard, and a transition plan when major neighborhood grocery stores plan to shut their doors. Meeting the food security needs of our seniors and families cannot be left to unilateral backroom decisions by massive corporate entities.”

Preston’s strategy was prepared after a Safeway shop in the Fillmore community quickly introduced its strategy to enclose very early March. The shop situated at 1335 Webster Street had actually offered the community for years.

A public objection from citizens adhered to, and after some political wrangling with city leaders, Safeway later on concurred to maintain the shop open up until January 2025.

San Francisco persuades Safeway to maintain shop in Fillmore open

Preston’s workplace created, “After doing extensive research to help push back on the imminent closure, Supervisor Preston’s team found a 1984 law written in response to an abrupt closure of a Safeway at Bush and Larkin Streets, where residents were given only one week’s notice of the closure.”

The brand-new Grocery Protection Act mirrors previous initiatives from 40 years back to need the following: 

  • Six-months observe prior to close of a neighborhood-serving supermarket
  • Requirement to consult with area participants prior to closure
  • Requirement to check out a substitute grocery store

“Food insecurity is on the rise, especially for seniors and families, as food prices skyrocket and food programs face major cuts,” Preston stated. “We need to be doing everything in our power to maintain access to groceries in our neighborhoods.”

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