With the proliferation of Antique Stores in the Ocean Beach business district and in the greater San Diego area, I believe it is high time the City Council formed a task force to create regulations for these types of businesses. After all, they are popping up all over and as a homegrown problem the police need tools to oversee the manner in which these places do business.
If in fact this is not the first robbery of Antique’s Mall, clearly there is a danger of increased criminal activity in the neighborhood, and it is clearly a result of the presence of antiques. And this is something we, as a community must do something about.
I have some suggestions:
First, have these sorts of businesses restricted to only commercial areas off the beaten track…at least 600 feet from any school, playground or church, and at least 100o feet between each store .
Second, have them go through a very stringent and expensive licensing process. In that way we can weed out these fly by night ne’er do wells who are taking advantage of the current lax climate without regulation.
Third, all of them should have full time security personnel. All employees must go through a thorough background check, and no criminal history will be allowed.
Fourth, no “antiquing” should be allowed on site, and certainly no expert consultation should be allowed either.
Fifth, strict regulations for the packaging and transportation of antiques, including licensing which will help recoup the cost of regulation.
Finally, all the antique stores should be operated as non-profits.
I was thinking of sending these ideas to the City’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee and Land Use and Housing Committee. Thoughts?
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