The initiative comes on the heels of a Chronicle article last weekend describing a spate of letters notifying businesses in Noe Valley and the Mission of their non-compliance with disability access laws.
Since November, several Noe Valley shop owners have received letters from people with disabilities suggesting that their stores may be violating state laws or federal access standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those notices coincided with a rash of civil rights lawsuits in the Richmond District in late November that led some businesses to close. That followed similar suits in the Mission District in the fall. Letters commonly precede such legal action.
Among those contacted was Bill Hoover, who has owned Gallery of Jewels on 24th Street for 21 years.
The SF Weekly also covered this issue in August and as far back as 2007, when it ran a critical profile of San Francisco ADA lawyer Tom Frankovich. The Chronicle ran an article in 2002 about another prolific ADA lawyer, Ted Omholt.
We've got a call out now to Frankovich in hopes of hearing what he thinks about the characterization of some ADA suits as "frivolous."