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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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“Pre-apping” Western SoMa (for those of you who didn’t get your fill of community meetings yet)

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by JIM MEKO

Since we put the Western SoMa Community Plan to bed (it’s just about a year since it passed!), you may find yourself all alone with nothing to do at night.  Awww … are you yearning for another community meeting? After the thousand-plus ones that we sat through for the neighborhood planning effort, finally, here’s an opportunity to attend more meetings! Pre-application meetings! Continue reading

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Jazzie Collins, Rest in Peace

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Jazzie Collins, Activist
1958-2013

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S.F. approves condo conversion deal despite objections

by JOSHUA SABATINI
San Francisco Examiner

Thousands of tenancy-in-common owners will be able to convert their units into condominiums by paying a fee under legislation approved Tuesday that ended a bitter political debate that dragged on for years.

The approval comes after complaints from tenancy-in-common owners about the higher-than-normal mortgage rates they have to pay and the years of having to wait in The City’s annual lottery process. That lottery selects just 200 units for conversion each year. More than 2,000 units were in the recent lottery.

A proposal to address these concerns was introduced a year ago by Supervisor Mark Farrell. But Board of Supervisors President David Chiu then amended it while working with tenant advocates and put in provisions Farrell opposed. On Tuesday, Farrell said his proposal had “become a mess” and that he was no longer supporting it.

Exhibiting the strength tenant advocates maintain in San Francisco politics, the board approved the legislation in an 8-3 vote Tuesday, making it able to withstand a mayoral veto, which takes eight votes to override. Supervisors Farrell, Scott Wiener and Katy Tang opposed it. Read more →

 

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Competing condo conversion measures go to full Board tomorrow

Legislation to ban condo conversions for at least the next decade and to then prohibit conversions of 5+ unit buildings seemed headed for passage by the full Board of Supervisors tomorrow but just days before the vote Supervisor Scott Wiener used a parliamentary maneuver in a last ditch effort to stop it.  Continue reading

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It was quite a party

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More than a hundred Western SoMa neighbors (and plenty of friends from around the city) showed up last week at the celebration of the adoption of the Western SoMa Community Plan. After eight grueling years of work (and more than a little controversy) it was a lovefest for the neighbors, activists, entertainment industry advocates and small business owners who gathered to hear from Supervisor Jane Kim, former Senior Planner Paul Lord, Planning Department rep Corey Teague and myself.

Michael Nulty sent along a link to his photos of the event.

The Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force ceased to exist upon adoption of the Plan. I sent my last email out to the surviving members of the Task Force and in particular to those who helped to get us over the finish line. The message read:  Continue reading

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Join with the Sierra Club to stop attacks on our Environmental Bill of Rights

OPPOSE:  Supervisor Wiener’s CEQA Legislation, which curtails public participation and the ability of public officials to make well-informed decisions. 
SUPPORT:  bringing Supervisor Kim’s alternative CEQA Legislation to completion—before any legislative action is taken.
TESTIFY:  Land-Use Committee, Monday, April 8, 1:30 PM, City Hall Room 263
Agenda: http://sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=44999
EMAIL:  Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org, Jane.Kim@sfgov.org, David.Chiu@sfgov.org
ADD:  Your Organization’s Name: Along with the Sierra Club and others, add your organization’s name in opposing the Wiener CEQA Legislation—by emailing brookse32@earthlink.net . Continue reading

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WSoMa Plan passes on final vote

This afternoon, without any further discussion, the Board of Supervisors passed the Western SoMa Community Plan. With Supervisors Mark Farrell and Norman Yee absent, the vote was 8-1. Supervisor Scott Wiener voted against the Plan again. It now goes to Mayor Ed Lee for his signature.

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We won!!!

The Board of Supervisors  voted 10-1 today to adopt the Western SoMa Community Plan, with Supervisor Scott Wiener dissenting. One more vote next week and then the Plan goes to the Mayor for his signature.

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