UPDATE 3/22/17 8:10 PM: Due to recent ammendments to the agenda item (see post below for new text and details) we are asking supporters to sign up and support but NOT to speak. Thank you all for being in touch with your council people and I hope to see some of you tomorrow morning!
UPDATE 3/21/17 1:00pm: The resolution, Item 53, is to remain on the consent agenda with the EPC recomendation attached to the resolution as an exhibit. Supporters can sign up to speak at City Hall.anytime between now and 10am, when supporters will be given the opportunity to speak.
Very exciting news! This Thursday City Council Member Delia Garza is bringing forward a resolution to support worker cooperatives along with co-sponsors Casar, Flannigan, and Kitchen. The Economic Prosperity Commission is recommending that Council add language to further support worker, housing and consumer cooperatives.
The current resolution proposes to support cooperatives by:
-Increasing their funding to support the needs of low-income citizens and people living in food desrts
-Adding educational materials to the Small Business Program about cooperatives as a business model
-Reaching out to existing local businesses to educate them on converting current businesses to worker co-ops.
-Identifying avenues that city purchasing can work with local cooperatives
Please contact your Council members and tell them why co-ops are important to you and that you want to see both Garza's Co-op resolution and the Economic Prosperity Commission's co-op recommendations.
This is a developing situation so please keep an eye on this event page for updates.