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Ross Mirkarimi creates new permit for live performance in San Francisco

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Hundreds of cafes, restaurants, bars and other small businesses could soon be in luck with a new San Francisco permit that would allow them to have live performances.

Currently, if a cafe wants to have something like a solo guitar player perform, the cafe must obtain the same kind of entertainment permit that a nightclub would have to obtain, which costs $1,700 just to apply.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced legislation Tuesday that would create this special permit for businesses who's “primarily function is not the presentation of live performances.”

The proposal so far has the support of Supervisors David Campos, Scott Wiener and Eric Mar.

“There are hundreds of cafes, restaurants and other small businesses across San Francisco that have been looking for an opportunity to enhance their business structure,” Mirkarimi said. “We want San Francisco cafes to have some modest amount of life performance, whether it’s a guitar player, small band or singer.”

The current situation is “inconsistent with San Francisco’s reputation as being a center for the arts,” he said.