Chamber Happenings September 2017

Chamber Happenings
By Victor Spano, President, Pacifica Chamber of Commerce.
Subtitle:  Cannabis Set to Make a Big Splash in Pacifica.
Pacifica Chamber warmly welcomes new members Cannabis Wellness Center and West Manor Wellness.  In November, Pacifica voters will decide on an initiative, Measure G, unanimously supported by the entire Pacifica City Council, to Marijuana Operations at a rate between 6% to 10%.  The Pacifica Planning Commission studied the issue of marijuana sales, and determined there would be a maximum of 6 dispensaries throughout the city, with ample distance from schools and child care.  The Pacifica Police contributed to the dialogue about these proposals, as did many other stakeholders. There is no organized opposition, thus, I will be willing to bet that Measure G will pass.  It is anticipated this may create $360,000 or more annually for the city’s General Fund.
I’ve met two of the four dispensary owners who operate currently.  They are knowledgeable business people, wanting to contribute their profits to the community and community organizations, such as Beach Coalition and Fog Fest, and challenge misconceptions some may have about the Cannabis industry.  We hope to reach out to the other and future dispensaries in town.  Whereas old time “Mom and Pop” owned businesses have been replaced by corporate owned chains in this town, the dispensaries signal a space for “Mom and Pop” entrepreneurs to return to and occupy storefronts.  Pacifica will be the only city on the Coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz to have dispensaries.   We will attract people from Daly City and other San Mateo County cities who will patronize our other businesses….it goes without saying, that those who have “the munchies”, with or without cannabis, have plenty of fine dining opportunities here in Pacifica at our many great restaurants.
On September 16, CEO Jamie Monozon was busy entertaining the travel writers who promote Pacifica and write about us in travel blogs and magazines.  Meanwhile,  I attended the Pacifica Beach Coalition’s Cleanup at Linda Mar Beach, where Lynn Adams festively cut the ribbon on Beach Coalition’s new program to recycle rigid plastics.  On September 18th, we had an Eggs and Issues with our new member Ron Coverson of Barrett Business Services on the topic of Workers Comp and other employment issues.  We also welcome back returning member Donna Blethen, MFT
Reminders:  On September 22nd, we’ll have a Ribbon Cutting at Sean’s Quality Floors on Palmetto, 3pm.  The next day, come join us at Fog Fest and see our float, visit our booth by Dial Window and Glass.  Our Oktoberfest will be at Sharp Park Golf Course on September 30th.  On October 5th, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center will be at our office 6:30-8:30 to present for aspiring entrepreneurs, “Kickstart Your Business”.  Our Bootleggers Boogie Golf Tournament with the San Bruno Chamber happens on October 14th.  Call our office at 650-355-4122, or surf to pacificachamber.com for ticket information.
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