LIVERMORE, Calif. – An East Bay man is combating to save lots of his garage-based bike restore enterprise after the Metropolis of Livermore cited him for working from dwelling.
“Via this attempting time, we’re requested in the event you can do business from home, do business from home,” mentioned AJ Wright, proprietor of AJ’s Bike Service.
That’s precisely what AJ Wright did when he received furloughed from his job as a contractor at first of the pandemic. He turned his lifelong dream of proudly owning his personal enterprise, a motorcycle restore store, right into a actuality. He received a enterprise license final June and has been understanding of his dwelling storage in Livermore ever since.
“It simply exploded,” mentioned Wright. “Everyone was driving their bike when the pandemic hit and I truthfully could not sustain with the quantity of messages that I used to be getting.”
Wright hit a significant highway block final week when a metropolis employee issued him a quotation over complaints and violating a metropolis code. The code states solely sure companies can have individuals come and go at their houses like music classes, dwelling bakeries, however nothing about bike restore.
“I’m simply attempting to make an sincere dwelling and help the group and it simply feels that’s being attacked,” mentioned Wright.
“That code is decades-old but it surely’s actually vital we help our small companies,” mentioned Livermore Mayor Bob Woerner.
Woerner mentioned he is working with Wright however it would take time, a public listening to after which a metropolis council vote to amend town code.
“We’ll should put guidelines in place to ensure a enterprise akin to his if we determine to allow it that it’s performed in a approach that it doesn’t disturb the neighborhood,” mentioned Woerner.
“If somebody views this as a trouble, I do not perceive why,” mentioned Neighbor Brian Cambra. “It hasn’t been getting in my approach and I reside throughout the road from him.”
Greater than 5,000 individuals have signed a Change.org petition to assist Wright. Wright is usually seen at charity and group occasions and donating bikes to youngsters in want.
Wright hopes he and town can come to a decision encouraging different small enterprise house owners to talk up.
“It’s arduous proper now, every part is troublesome however do not quit,” mentioned Wright. “This can be a excellent instance of not giving up and combating a very good struggle.”
The town informed him he may proceed to work provided that he picks up and drops off the bikes himself. He mentioned it would lower his workload and consumer base considerably.