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Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced legislation yesterday that would create a special permit for businesses who want to have live entertainment, but who's "primary function is not the presentation of live performances." Businesses like cafes, restaurants, tanning salons, you name it! Currently, if a small business wants to have a live performance, it must first obtain an entertainment permit, the same used by nightclubs. It costs $1,700 just to apply. "There are hundreds of cafes, restaurants and other small businesses across San Francisco that have been looking for an opportunity to enhance their business structure," Mirkarimi said. "We want San Francisco cafes to have some modest amount of live performance, whether it's a guitar player, small band or singer." [SF Examiner]