Thursday, June 9, 2011
Property Owners take to the streets to protest against the Chinatown BID
Bethany Li, attorney at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) speaking on behalf of AALDEF, who recently made a request of small business services to deliver documents pertaining to the BID, and The Coalition To Protect Chinatown and The Lower East Side.
Yi Tao speaking on behalf of the Lin Ze Xu foundation, (bronze statue at Kim Lau Square
)Song Mei Rong, flower stall owner (left) and Stephen Cheung, Chinatown real estate broker
Councilmember Margaret Chin's support for the BID was highly criticized at the rally today.
volunteers, many of whom are property owners themselves helping to fill out objection forms
Volunteers helped property owners sign objection forms today at the anti-BID rally
Chinatown resident and former small business owner Paul J. Q. Lee
Coalition Against The Chinatown B.I.D. representative, Jan Lee with members of the Chinese media
Property owner Raymon Mak with fellow property owners
property owner Raymond Mak
property owner David Ng
"You can't tax us into prosperity"
Chintown real estate professional Stephen Cheung (hand raised)
Property owners, small business owners, residents and real estate professionals took to the streets today in blistering 95 degree heat to protest against the formation of a Chinatown Business Improvement District. Of particular emphasis at the rally was the unified opinion of the property and small business owners who declared over and over again they will not support Margaret Chin because she supports the BID.
While the rally was going on volunteers provided help in English and Chinese for property owners unfamiliar with the process of how to fill out the official BID objection form.
Dozens at a time were signing objection forms with a notary public on site to stamp each form. Yet more volunteers were on hand to provide computer help in obtaining the deed necessary by law to accompany each form for each property wishing to object.