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Housing ballot measures would weaken city policy

With market-rate housing construction booming, Kim abandons effort to balance it with affordability

from THE BAY GUARDIAN

Under the misleading guise of encouraging the development of more affordable housing in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and Sup. Jane Kim have sponsored a pair of fall ballot measures that actually weaken existing housing policy in San Francisco. It’s a ruse that shouldn’t fool politically savvy San Franciscans. Continue reading →

 

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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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Can Supe Cohen stem the tide of PDR to office conversions that 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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Report from SoMa neighbors regarding the 10th and Harrison recycling center

from SF SoMa Neighbors:

Last week approximately 70 residents and local business owners attended a neighborhood meeting concerning the proposed recycling/buyback center at 10th and Harrison Streets. Almost everyone in the audience was opposed.

Sunny Angulo, an aide in Supervisor Kim’s office moderated the meeting. She stated that Our Planet Recycling was issued a permit in error, and that they would be required, per a letter from the City Zoning Administrator, to re-apply for permits. This will require neighborhood notification, and the neighbors can then file appeals to block or modify the permit. Neighbors could also file with the Planning Department for a Discretionary Review (DR).  
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Will David Chiu nominate Michael Theriault to Planning Commission?

David Chiu, running for the State Assembly, consults with members of the building trades.

David Chiu, running for the State Assembly, consults with members of the building trades.

 

by JIM MEKO

Word is spreading that Board of Supervisors President David Chiu may nominate Michael Theriault to one of the two seats on the Planning Commission currently occupied by either Commissioners Kathrin Moore or Bill Sugaya.  Continue reading

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Why so hesitant to plan?

by JIM MEKO

Last fall, voters rejected 8 Washington, an over-sized condo project on the waterfront that would rise to 136 feet in an area zoned for 84 feet. The Planning Department didn’t get the message. They’re still supporting a large housing and retail project proposed by the San Francisco Giants at Pier 48/Seawall Lot 337 and a sprawling office, residential, and retail project that Forest City wants to build at Pier 70. Each project violates parts of the Waterfront Land Use Plan, which just so happens to be the law.

I dislike ballot box planning as much as anyone but Prop B is an effective response to a Planning Department that doesn’t respect its own rules.  Continue reading

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Please sign the petition urging the reappointment of Planning Commissioners Moore and Sugaya

by JIM MEKO

I’m part of a coalition that is petitioning Board of Supervisors President David Chiu to go on the record, prior to the end of his State Assembly race, to announce the reappointment of Kathrin Moore and Hishashi (Bill) Sugaya to the San Francisco Planning Commission. Let’s get the politics out of planning. Sign here. Continue reading

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Time to Demolish Piers 30-32

Real estate blog “Linked-in” graphically illustrates the Warriors petulant surrender to community concerns by switching the location of their new arena from prime waterfront property to the backwaters of Mission Bay. ”Move along, move along now. No story here.”

Real estate blog “Linked-in” graphically illustrates the Warriors curt surrender to community concerns by switching the location of their new arena from prime waterfront property to the backwaters of Mission Bay. ”Move along, move along now. No story here.”

by JAMIE WHITAKER
SoMa activist and 2014 D6 candidate for Supervisor

I believe that we should take the success of the Brannan Street Wharf’s demolition of Piers 34 and 36 and creation of more seating and open space, and continue the design northward by demolishing Piers 30-32 and building out a continuation of the open space with proceeds from the sale and development of Seawall Lot 330 across the street. Brannan Street Wharf’s demolition of Piers 34 and 36 plus the development of the park itself cost $26.1 million. Even if it costs twice as much to demolish Piers 30-32, the value of the land across the street and what could be developed within 105′ should be able to pay for it.  Continue reading

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Rally at City Hall today to celebrate judge’s decision upholding Prop B

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Judge Marla Miller has issued a ruling rejecting a lawsuit brought by real estate development interests who were attempting to prevent San Francisco voters from having their say on Proposition B (No Wall on the Waterfront).

This is a major win that will allow San Francisco voters to decide whether our beautiful waterfront should remain open and accessible to all or become a wall of tall towers like Miami Beach. Opponents of Prop B describe the waterfront as “an accident of history” and would like to leave its future in the hands of city planners.

Join supporters on Wednesday, March 19 at 11:00 AM on the Polk Street Steps of City Hall to hear more about the judge’s ruling and to celebrate with supporters of Prop. B.

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Why does the Planning Department like to crap on our alleys so much?

by JIM MEKO

When planners set out their guiding principles for a community planning effort, their first thought is always GROWTH. When the neighbors get to participate in a real community planning process, their standard always tends to be something more nuanced, something like “to preserve and enhance.”

This dichotomy explains why we hate the Planning Department so much.  Continue reading

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