Academy of Arts University sets their sights on more SoMa sites

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AAU expansion plans

 

The Academy of Arts University, much more a real estate consortium than an educational institution, is finally about to release its Institutional Master Plan. A hearing at the Planning Commission is scheduled for December 10. Their current facilities and expansion plans will finally come under the scrutiny of the city. For years the AAU illegally converted office space to institutional facilities and bought up much of the affordable housing supply in low income parts of the city to be used as student housing. The Academy’s own system of mass transit links together their network of facilities throughout the city.  Continue reading

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Denise D’Anne says …

Denise D'Anne

Denise D’Anne

[Every time an important election rolls around, Denise D’Anne, former co-president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, sends out her recommendations. Although I don’t always agree with her (for example, I'm voting yes on E and F on November 4), her analysis of each measure this time around is particularly sound and sane].

from DENISE D’ANNE
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“One wonders who spends their waking hours devising these convoluted ballot measures. And who has the patience and the time to wade into these ballots?” Ms. D’Anne asks. “Where are the jobs, housing, health and transportation measures that support all our citizens not special interests and greedy corporate overlords? Please, spare us your pain!” Her local and statewide ballot initiative recommendations are as follows:

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San Francisco SoMa Residents Frustrated Over Construction Noise

from JAMIE WHITAKER
Candidate for District 6 Supervisor

The City’s leaders are prioritizing the profits of developers yet again (big surprise since they’re major political money contributors, right?). Please watch this news clip about the excessive numbers of nighttime construction noise permits that San Francisco’s Dept. of Building Inspections keeps approving with no regard for the impacts of sleep deprivation on all of our safety (sleepy drivers make for more accidents on the roads) and particularly the health, safety, and well-being of directly affected neighbors: Video | NBC Bay Area

There is an agenda item on this topic on Monday at San Francisco City Hall, Room 263 starting at 1:30pm – see Item 5: Hearing – Night Noise Permits in Residential Areas.

While most of us will be earning our mortgage payment at jobs and unable to attend, if this issue affects you in a major way, you’d better take time off to go testify and make public comment to ask the City to stop harassing and harming your health with the excessive issuance of nighttime noisy construction permits.

Will you sign this petition? Click here. Stop DBI’s Approvals of Harrasment with Excessive Night Construction Noise Permitting.

 

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Cartoon: America of the future

by JEN SORENSEN
from: http://www.dailykos.com

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Free Clinic / Walden House moving to 12th and Mission Street location

“HealthRIGHT 360,” created in 2011 in the merger of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and Walden House, has acquired a five story building sitting atop the northern end of the Lafayette, Minna, Natoma Residential Enclave District at 1563 Mission Street to serve as a healthcare center to provide “primary medical care, mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, and resources for employment, education, and housing assistance – all under one roof,” according to a recent press release.

The nonprofit will hold a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Grandma’s Deli & Cafe, 1551 Mission Street. “We will be converting the building into a modern, integrated healthcare center, continuing our legacy of service in San Francisco that began over 40 years ago.  Continue reading

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Pinterest sets sights on Western SoMa space

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High tech golden child Pinterest triggered holy hell last summer when they announced their intention to move into the Design Center at Showplace Square, displacing dozens of fancy craft businesses and sending shivers throughout the rest of the PDR zoned properties in the area. So much so that Mayoral-loyalist Supervisor Malia Cohen even brandished a set of interim controls that were far from developer-friendly.

Barely a whimper was heard last week when Pinterest redirected their interest to 651 Brannan Street, a former industrial building several blocks away that was given office permissions back in the ‘90s when former Zoning Administrator Larry Badiner was giving away such valuable exemptions as freely as Halloween candy.  Continue reading

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Developers Aren’t Going to Solve the Housing Crisis in San Francisco

by DYAN RUIZ and JOSEPH SMOOKE
from [people. power. media]

[people. power. media] is an independent media channel focused on the perspectives of grassroots organizations and marginalized communities broadcasting on the internet and through social networking. This essay was published by two authors with San Francisco roots who have tired of the so-called conventional wisdom referenced in the following four myths.

Myth 1:
Housing is expensive because there isn’t enough supply.
Fact:
Housing is expensive because so many techies and investors want to rent and buy in San Francisco. Prices are mostly determined by high-end demand.

Myth 2:
Developers are building high-end housing because it’s expensive to build housing in San Francisco.
Fact:
Even if building costs are lower, developers will build expensive housing, as long as there’s enough demand for it.

Myth 3:
Let developers build taller buildings. Then prices will go down.
Fact:
Upzoning won’t solve the housing problem for many reasons.

Myth 4:
As long as you can upzone and deregulate, you can build and build to the point where prices will go down.
Fact:
That’s not the way that housing development works. Housing finance has limits.

Solutions:
Rethinking private and public sectors roles in a new economy

Read the full article at [people. power. media]

 

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