No more ‘Jazz’ for the Fillmore Community Benefit District 

The City’s effort that began in 2006 to revitalize the Lower Fillmore by focusing on the area’s rich jazz history isn’t cutting it.

So, the Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday eliminating “Jazz” from the name of the community benefit district and renaming it just the “Fillmore Community Benefit District.” Benefit districts are established by votes of property owners who agree to be assessed annual fees that are then used to pay for services beyond what The City offers, as well as such things as marketing.

City officials and those working in the district had said last year “jazz” was not enough to get the job done for the area, especially as other areas in San Francisco were attracting jazz-focused venues.

But The City said the benefit district is having a positive impact, nevertheless, even without using “jazz” as its top selling point.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district includes the Fillmore, called the benefit district “effective.”

“Residents, merchants and visitors to the area have noticed a visible difference in the cleanliness, safety and overall friendliness of this area,” he said.

Tuesday’s vote also schedules July 26 for those impacted by the fee to vote on whether to extend the benefit district for seven years.

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