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In the absence of city or regional plans to address the growing homelessness crisis, business districts are stepping up with their own initiatives. Some groups have taken steps that do more to displace homeless folks than help them get off the street.

Nonprofits typically rely on donors and grants, which keeps them busy sustaining what they’re already doing rather than trying out new tacks. But a growing movement wants to see more nonprofits pitching ideas to potential backers, pursuing money-making ventures aimed at addressing social problems and seeking investment in ways a startup might.

Jerry Williams self-reported stormwater pollution from his business to the state, as required by law. Environmental groups sued over the reports, and as the legal fight dragged on, Williams closed shop. Meanwhile, other businesses flout the law, don’t do the monitoring and likely make more in profit.

In the last few years, San Diego’s seen a craft coffee explosion, and two local roasters recently landed on a prominent list of the best coffees of 2015. We gathered a handful of folks steeped in the local craft coffee scene to talk about where local government falls short in helping them get off the ground, whether San Diegans care more about beer than they ever will about coffee and more.