WRITE A LETTER

Let the Planning Commission know that there is no need or desire for Healthy Spot in Noe Valley. 

One of the most effective ways to get this message across is to send an email directly to the Planning Commission. 

The more letters they receive, the better. 

SEND YOUR LETTER To:

TO: Rich Hillis, Planning Commission President

richhillissf@gmail.com

CC: Jeffrey Horn, City Planner

jeffrey.horn@sfgov.org

CC: Jeff Sheehy, District 8 Supervisor

jeff.sheehy@sfgov.org

CC: My Local Pet Shop

mylocalpetshop@gmail.com


SAMPLE LETTER ONE

SEND TO:

richhillissf@gmail.com

CC: jeffrey.horn@sfgov.orgjeff.sheehy@sfgov.org, mylocalpetshop@gmail.com

Case #2017-015611CUA

 

Dear Rich Hillis, Planning Commission President,

I am writing to you today to ask for your help to keep our neighborhood unique and economically healthy. The way to maintain the special atmosphere of our neighborhood, that so many of us have come to love and appreciate is to firmly stand behind and support our small businesses and foster a well balanced community. We entreat you to not allow our neighborhood to fall victim, as others have, to the devastating effects of Formula Retail businesses that force out our beloved and unique small business and then proceed to drive up prices, neighboring leases and our cost of living.  

Please preserve the balance that currently exists among animal supply and service business in Noe Valley and all of district 8. Currently there are 10 pet stores and another 10 grooming shops (which employ around 20 groomers) within 1.5 miles of the proposed formula retail location. These current businesses provide for the needed goods and services desired by pet owners in our community.

The formula retail store from Los Angeles, Healthy Spot, is now attempting to upset this balance. Clearly there is no need for their products or services. There is nothing necessary or desirable this company will provide to the community. Since the current customer base is already being satisfactorily served, it is clear that the only way for them to profit is through predatory means and this will harm the current businesses that we have come to love. I am sure you are aware of the unfair advantages that formula retail stores have over small businesses which is specifically why they need a Conditional Use Permit.

Not only are we concerned for our small local pet shops, but also for our neighborhood overall. allowing Healthy Spot access to Noe Valley would set a devastating precedent. There clearly is no need or desire for this business. Please do not let this be the case that allows DSW, Gap Kids, The Olive Garden, or even Burger King and Taco Bell to get their permits passed. These may seem like far fetched examples, but once you are on that slippery slope it doesn’t take long to get to the bottom.

Please keep Noe unique, support our small businesses, preserve the character and charm of our city.

Please deny the Conditional Use Permit to Healthy Spot.

 

Sincerely,

 

YOUR NAME HERE


SAMPLE LETTER TWO

SEND TO:

richhillissf@gmail.com

CC: jeffrey.horn@sfgov.org, jeff.sheehy@sfgov.org, mylocalpetshop@gmail.com

Case #2017-015611CUA

 

Dear Rich Hillis, Planning Commission President

 

I am writing today to ask for your help in keeping our Noe Valley neighborhood unique and economically healthy. The way to maintain the special atmosphere of our commercial neighborhood, that so many of us have come to love and appreciate, is to stand behind and support our small businesses. We entreat you to not allow our neighborhood to fall victim, as others have, to the devastating effects of Formula Retail businesses that force our beloved and unique small businesses out and then proceed to drive up prices, leases, and our overall cost of living.

Please preserve the balance that currently exists among local small pet shops and groomers in Noe Valley and District 8. Currently there are 10 pet shops and another 10 grooming shops within 1.5 miles of the proposed formula retail location at 4049 24th Street.

Healthy Spot is A formula retail chain store from Los Angeles, now attempting to upset this balance. There is not a community need or desire for their products or services. The neighborhood is already well served by existing pet-related businesses in an already crowded and competitive market. It would be tempting for a chain store to use predatory means that would harm the current businesses that we have come to love. Retail formula chain stores have unfair advantages over small businesses, which is specifically why they are required to seek a Conditional Use Permit.

We believe that allowing Healthy Spot access to Noe Valley would set a devastating precedent for san francisco, one that threatens the unique culture of our commercial districts and neighborhoods. 

Please keep Noe unique, support our small businesses, preserve the character and charm of our city.

Please deny the Conditional Use Permit to Healthy Spot.

 

Sincerely,

 

YOUR NAME HERE


SAMPLE LETTER THREE

SEND TO:

richhillissf@gmail.com

CC: jeffrey.horn@sfgov.org, jeff.sheehy@sfgov.org, mylocalpetshop@gmail.com

Case #2017-015611CUA

 

Dear Rich Hillis, Planning Commission President,

Please preserve the local businesses that provide the personal attention that we, as animal lovers, have come to rely on for our pets here in Noe Valley. We know and trust the owners of our neighborhood shops.  We know they have our pets best interest at heart, and that we can always come to them personally with any concerns we might have. We also know that their existence has already been made more difficult by online markets and encroaching big box and chain stores.  

The idea of one of these chain store moving into our neighborhood is truly upsetting. A chain store can not provide the personal care nor contribute to the community in the same way as our local shops can. They will most certainly threaten their very existence. Finding loving and reliable care for our pets is difficult, and the existing businesses are part of what has made Noe Valley so appealing for our family, friends, and larger community.  Please do not allow the chain store from LA, Healthy Spot, to harm this pet loving community and the small businesses that serve it.

Deny the Conditional Use permit to Healthy Spot.

 

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME HERE