SF considering fund for businesses displaced by during Super Bowl

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Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim introduced an ordinance that would create the Super Bowl Impact 50 Fund to help vendors with permits who were displaced.

Work to tear down Super Bowl City in San Francisco is making progress.

But now work has begun to help those who were asked to leave when the Big Game came to town, including the street vendors and artists, who lost money after being forced to move from Justin Herman Plaza.

Mauricio Trabuco is a street vendor displaced during the Super Bowl. His regular spot is Justin Herman Plaza where he's used to the tourist dollars.

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In the past, artists and other vendors have been asked to move and compensated $200 a dollars a day, but the Super Bowl Host Committee offered them nothing.

"This time there was no transparency, there was no dialog. They basically said get out," said Michael Addario, a photographer.

As Super Bowl City was being dismantled this week, vendors were told they couldn't move back in until Saturday.

"Three weeks, I mean they're having trouble feeding their families," said Addario.

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Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim introduced an ordinance that would create the Super Bowl Impact 50 Fund to help vendors with permits who were displaced.

The money estimated at $100,000 would come from contributions made by the National Football League and city taxes.

"Hotel tax, sales tax that could be used in the future. But in the end of the day, that's tax payer dollars," said Peskin.

Famous Wayne, a regular at Justin Herman Plaza, was just outside Super Bowl City and didn't have to move, but he says he lost about 20 percent of his business saying there were too many sneakers and few shoes to shine.

"They didn't want to stop, they wanted to go to Super Bowl City and kick off the Super Bowl," said Wayne.

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