Kathrin Moore reappointed to the Planning Commission …

… but unfortunately Hisashi (Bill) Sugaya was not.

President Chiu’s nomination of Kathrin Moore to another term on the San Francisco Planning Commission will be considered by the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee on Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 pm. Letters of support may be sent to Alisa Miller at alisa.miller@sfgov.org prior to the hearing for distribution to the members of the Committee, which includes Supervisor Norman Yee, Chair, Supervisor Katy Tang, Vice Chair and Supervisor David Campos.

Reps from the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Network, SF Tomorrow, Housing Action, Tenants Together, SOMCAN, ArcEology and neighborhood representatives from Cathedral Hill, Duboce Triangle, Eureka Valley, Haight Ashbury, Liberty Hill, Middle Polk, the Mission, North Beach, Pacific Heights, Parkmerced, Potrero Hill, Richmond District, Rincon Hill, Russian Hill, South of Market, Sunset District and Telegraph Hill all assisted in gathering signatures for a petition urging the reappointment of Commissioner Moore and Sugaya.

Commissioner Sugaya will be succeeded by Dennis Richards, former President of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Bill’s expertise and passion for the neighborhoods of San Francisco have been invaluable.

The final petition report is attached.

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Oops! Famed architect designs building too tall for site

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When the Code says the height limit is 300 feet, one would think they’d ask the architect to design a 300 foot tall building. Except, this is San Francisco and the Planning Department rarely adheres to the Code. And, the thing is kinda pretty.

Jeanne Gang, the architect of Chicago’s iconic Aqua building, has designed an unusual residential tower with bays and balconies twisting up its 400 foot height, for the corner of Folsom and Spear Streets. The tower and an adjacent eight story structure will include 139 affordable units among the 390 condos proposed.  Continue reading

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Zoning Administrator asks, What are you?

The proposed recycling center at 10th and Harrison Streets lost round one at the Board of Appeals on Wednesday night when the commission voted unanimously to uphold the suspension of its permit. Scott Sanchez, the city’s Zoning Administrator, suspended it for failure to conduct neighborhood outreach.  Continue reading

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S.F. has new data-driven solution to old S.F. problem: human excrement

by JOHN COTE
San Francisco Chronicle

Today the Department of Public Works will roll out the city’s latest approach: mobile bathroom stations at the three most well-used areas. Each station will include two specially outfitted portable toilets, a sink, a needle disposal bin and a dog waste station, all mounted on a flatbed trailer.

“We’re championing our residents’ right to clean streets and a safe place to do their business with dignity,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the area and has been pursuing a public toilet program since fall of 2012. Continue reading →

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Help improve transit connections in the Rincon Hill neighborhood

by JAMIE WHITAKER
www.RinconHillSF.org

The Rincon Hill neighborhood has an opportunity to get local bus service again. First, the SFMTA and MUNI need to get information from us (residents, workers, or visitors who would maybe use a bus to travel to and from the waterfront along Folsom or Harrison Streets)!

Also, if you work in the neighborhood (South of Market Street, east of 2nd Street), please consider asking your HR Dept. if the survey and informational website links can be sent around the office because the City would like to gather input from commuters who might be potential users of any new local bus service with stops around Folsom Street and/or Harrison Street east of 2nd Street near the waterfront. Go direct to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1718957/Rincon-Hill-Survey

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Fifty new units of housing planned for Folsom Street near 11th

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Plans to largely demolish the auto repair shop at 1465 Folsom Street and construct a five-story vertical addition with between forty and fifty  new dwelling units have been submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department for their preliminary review and reaction. As proposed, the five-story addition would be setback from the existing building’s facades on Folsom and Juniper and the ground floor of the development would become 3,384 square feet of commercial space along Folsom Street, a bit of interior open space and a 28-space garage.

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Can Supe Cohen stem the tide of PDR to office conversions she set loose?

by JIM MEKO

Earlier this year, Supervisor Malia Cohen carried a piece of legislation for the Mayor that would reward high tech companies by allowing them to build offices in zones that were formerly set aside for the protection of production, distribution and repair (PDR) businesses in exchange for setting aside 1/3 of that space for these light industrial jobs. No guarantee that the space would actually be filled, no controls on the rent, and big loopholes that allowed 100% office use under the Small Enterprise Workshop program. The Board of Supervisors passed it unanimously without even considering some thoughtful amendments proposed by the community organizations that were involved in the original rezoning.

When queried about the inconsistency of supporting such a dubious deal while the Planning Department was actually sacrificing so much existing PDR space nearby by recommending PDR to office conversions in every single case that came before the Planning Commission, Cohen “didn’t want to get involved in something outside of her own District.”  Continue reading

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