Tuesday, January 10, 2006

DCA Warning

In today's new electronic edition of Crain's Insider the newsletter reports on the Alliance's dissatisfaction with the speculation that Jonathan Mintz will replace the departed Gretchen Dykstra as commissioner of DCA. We have felt all along that the agency needs to be less confrontational when it comes to regulating the small business community and there is a good indication that Mintz, instead of pursuing a more collaborative relationship, would continue on Dykstra's unfortunate path.

The speculation that Simcha Felder would perhaps be considered for the post was good news to our ears since the council member has been sensitive to the needs of neighborhood retailers. The mayor needs to begin to develop a more small business friendly agenda and appointing Mr. Mintz is not the way to do it.