The Sacramento Metro Chamber today joined the voices calling on City Hall to allow a poultry processing plant to open off
After the Sacramento SPCA complained that a plant where chickens are killed would be a bad fit with its shelter near the proposed site, New American Poultry fell one vote shy of the six needed on the city's Planning Commission to get the special-use permit.
Company owner Harry Cheung is appealing to the City Council, saying that unless he can find a suitable site, he'd be forced to close his decade-old business on Broadway because his lease there isn't being renewed.
Metro Chamber CEO Matt Mahood wrote a letter to Mayor Kevin Johnson and other council members urging them to issue the permit. The Bee's editorial board made a similar plea this morning.
"This isn't simply an issue of whether or not 20 new jobs get created; it's also an issue of whether we retain the existing 30," Mahood wrote.
"Your choice is simple. Create up to 20 new jobs; or, lose as many as 50 jobs on net. If you are looking for an opportunity to demonstrate that City Hall's anti-business reputation is overblown, this one is as good as any."