Help Us Save Outdoor Dining in SF by Making Shared Spaces Permanent!

San Francisco’s outdoor dining spaces that popped-up during the COVID-19 pandemic were permitted through the city’s Shared Spaces program. We at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association are advocating for this successful outdoor dining and retail program to continue beyond the pandemic. All outdoor dining permits through the Shared Spaces program are set to expire December 31, 2021 or 60 days after the current Emergency Order is terminated. This includes the new dining on sidewalks, along curbsides, in roadways and open lots. 

Your voice matters. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and city departments need to hear about the positive impact Shared Spaces has had on our city from residents, small business owners, small business staff members, and small business supporters. If they do not hear enough support from the public, we will no longer have outdoor dining in the capacity we are seeing now. Make your voice heard and show your support! 

On March 12, 2021, Mayor London Breed announced legislation to make the Shared Spaces program permanent in San Francisco. This legislation would make permanent changes to streamline curbside, sidewalk, roadway and other permitting processes for San Francisco businesses and organizations. We strongly support the Mayor’s effort to make this program permanent and are so thankful for the Mayor driving this forward.

This program enables more than 1,700+ restaurants and bars to seat and serve customers outdoors on sidewalks, along curbsides, in roadways and open lots. It is a lifeline for these brick-and-mortar businesses during the pandemic when indoor service is prohibited or greatly reduced. In a recent survey we conducted, over 84% of operators stated continuation of the program is critical to the survival of their restaurant. These outdoor spaces also allow operators to bring back more staff

We now know that it will take years for our local businesses to recover from the economic impact the pandemic brought. Shared Spaces gives them an opportunity to not only survive in the near future, but to also thrive in the long term. The additional sales tax revenue that will come from this program will also be critical for the city of San Francisco.

Shared Spaces activates our streets and brings life back to our city. We’ve seen neighborhoods and commercial corridors embrace the way this program has benefited their communities. Not only will Shared Spaces enhance the resident experience, but it will also encourage tourism for years to come.

Click the drop downs below to learn how you can help:

We’ve partnered with Grow SF and San Francisco Small Business on this initiative.

Here’s how you can support making San Francisco’s Shared Spaces program permanent:

1. Call in for Public Comment at an Upcoming Board of Supervisors Meeting and Other Public Hearings

Calling in to provide public comment is necessary to make the Shared Spaces program permanent. It is critical that our City Supervisors understand how vital the continuation of the Shared Spaces program is to the recovery of our industry and city. 

Upcoming Opportunities for Public Comment:

A permanent Shared Spaces program will be discussed at the Land Use and Transportation Committee on Monday, June 3rd at 1:30pm. This is your opportunity to call in and give public comment to tell the Board of Supervisors why you need and want this program to stay! Call in details are below

NOTE: The meeting starts at 1:30pm BUT Shared Spaces is Item #3 on the agenda

We are expecting a large turnout for this Agenda Item, it will be a long meeting.

What you should do for now:

You can find our suggested talking points for your public comment here.

Meeting Access:

Watch the Board meeting online here.

Public Comment Call-In: 
1 (415) 655-0001 / Meeting ID: 187 714 5745 #, #

  • When the Shared Spaces Item begins, dial * 3 to be added to the speaker line.
  • When you dial * 3, you will hear ‘You have raised your hand to ask a question. Please wait to speak until the host calls on you.’ – WAIT for your turn to speak.
    • Do not take any other calls while you are holding and stay on the line until it is your turn to give public comment.
  • When you hear ‘Your line has been unmuted.’ – THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT after the Beep.

Find full Public Comment call in instructions here.

2. Send a Pre-Written Email to Our City Officials

Emails matter! They are direct and personal. In less than a minute, you can show your support by sending Grow SF’s pre-filled email.

We encourage you to personalize your email and mention the following:

  • Your name, the name of your business and where it is located. 
  • The positive impact Shared Spaces has already had on your business, your staff, and your community. 
  • How Shared Spaces will be needed even after the COVID-19 pandemic emergency order has ended.

If you use Gmail, you can send a pre-filled email here (you will be able  view it and edit it before sending).

If you use another email service, you can copy and paste the information from the  template below into your email or visit Grow SF’s website here to easily send a pre-written email through their webpage.

Grow SF Email Template:

Send To: Board.of.Supervisors@sfgov.org, connie.chan@sfgov.org, catherine.stefani@sfgov.org, aaron.peskin@sfgov.org, gordon.mar@sfgov.org, dean.preston@sfgov.org, matt.haney@sfgov.org, myrna.melgar@sfgov.org, rafael.mandelman@sfgov.org, hillary.ronen@sfgov.org, shamann.walton@sfgov.org, ahsha.safai@sfgov.org

CC: chanstaff@sfgov.org, stefanistaff@sfgov.org, peskinstaff@sfgov.org, marstaff@sfgov.org, prestonstaff@sfgov.org, haneystaff@sfgov.org, melgarstaff@sfgov.org, mandelmanstaff@sfgov.org, ronenstaff@sfgov.org, waltonstaff@sfgov.org, safaistaff@sfgov.org, savesharedspaces@growsf.org, ggra@ggra.org 

Subject: I’m a business owner. Please make Shared Spaces permanent!

Body Text:

Hi,

I am emailing you in support of the Mayor’s legislation to make the Shared Spaces program permanent.

This past year was hard on my business. We are looking forward to reopening for indoor seating soon, but that’s not enough. We need outdoor dining so we can recover some of our losses.

Outdoor dining has given our neighborhoods a new energy, and has transformed our streets into communities.

Let’s not go back. Please make outdoor dining permanent so we can continue to enjoy great food outdoors.

Thank you,

3. Sign up to get “Save Outdoor Dining” materials for your business

Grow SF is distributing 8.5×11 and 5×7 window signs, vinyl residue-free stickers, and business cards for your business! Fill out Grow SF’s form and they’ll reach out to arrange getting some delivered to you!

Sign up to get campaign materials here.

4. Sign these Petitions
5. Encourage your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to show their support as well!

We’ve partnered with Grow SF and San Francisco Small Business on this initiative.

Here’s how you can support making San Francisco’s Shared Spaces program permanent:

1. Send a Pre-Written Email to Our City Officials

Emails matter! They are direct and personal. In less than a minute, you can show your support by sending Grow SF’s pre-filled email.

If you use Gmail, you can send a pre-filled email here (you will be able  view it and edit it before sending).

If you use another email service, you can copy and paste the information from the  template below into your email or visit Grow SF’s website here to easily send a pre-written email through their webpage.

Grow SF Email Template:

Send To: Board.of.Supervisors@sfgov.org, MayorLondonBreed@sfgov.org, Connie.Chan@sfgov.org, Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org, Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org, Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org, Dean.Preston@sfgov.org, Matt.Haney@sfgov.org, Myrna.Melgar@sfgov.org, Rafael.Mandelman@sfgov.org, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org, Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org, Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org, ggra@ggra.org 

Subject: Please make Shared Spaces permanent!

Body Text:

Dear Mayor Breed and SF Supervisors,

I’m writing to share my support to make the Shared Spaces program permanent in San Francisco. Our small businesses have been severely impacted by the pandemic, with many closing across the city.

Allowing the program to be permanent will help our restaurants and bars get back on their feet, create many jobs, and generate tax revenue for the city. Also, outdoor dining is fun and will help bring tourists back to San Francisco.

We’re lucky to live in a city that has incredible food and incredible weather. Let’s celebrate that by making outdoor dining permanent.

Thank you!

2. Call in for Public Comment at an Upcoming Board of Supervisors Meeting and Other Public Hearings

Upcoming Opportunities for Public Comment:

A permanent Shared Spaces program will be discussed at the Land Use and Transportation Committee on Monday, June 3rd at 1:30pm. This is your opportunity to call in and give public comment to tell the Board of Supervisors why you need and want this program to stay! Call in details are below

NOTE: The meeting starts at 1:30pm BUT Shared Spaces is Item #3 on the agenda

We are expecting a large turnout for this Agenda Item, it will be a long meeting.

Watch the Board meeting online here.

Public Comment Call-In: 
1 (415) 655-0001 / Meeting ID: 187 714 5745 #, #

  • When the Shared Spaces Item begins, dial * 3 to be added to the speaker line.
  • When you dial * 3, you will hear ‘You have raised your hand to ask a question. Please wait to speak until the host calls on you.’ – WAIT for your turn to speak.
  • When you hear ‘Your line has been unmuted.’ – THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT after the Beep.

Find full Public Comment call in instructions here.

3. Sign these Petitions
4. Encourage your Friends, Family, and Neighbors to Show Their Support as Well!

 Thank you to our Community Partners for supporting a permanent Shared Spaces program! 

        

Want to learn more about how you can get involved in GGRA’s advocacy efforts to support our local restaurant community? Please reach out to Chhavi Sahni at chhavi@ggra.org.