Update: Villaraigosa/Garcetti/Englander Plan Would NOT Apply to Used Car Dealers

I just received an update from the Mayor’s Office on the proposal to eliminate business taxes for car dealerships.

The motion submitted by Councilmen Eric Garcetti and Mitch Englander for city staff to draft a motion that would exempt car dealerships from city business taxes applies only to new car dealerships, so our concerns about providing incentives for “Buy Here Pay Here” car dealerships to move to the city are alleviated.  Streetsblog still has some concerns with the proposal, but it’s good to know that one unintended consequence that we raised yesterday is off the table.

  • any word on bike shops? shoe stores? car share?

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