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The Priesthood

SOMA dies

Photo by Allan Berube, from the collection of Gayle Rubin

by JIM MEKO

In his role as chair of Budget and Finance, former Supervisor Chris Daly was rather blunt when the Planning Department came before his committee looking for money: you’re not gonna see one dime of this funding until you listen to the community and start cooperating with them.

Harsh? They deserved it.  Continue reading

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Jane Kim wins another 4 years

Supervisor Jane Kim

Supervisor Jane Kim

With only a handful of credible opponents, Jane Kim collected the lion’s share of the votes cast to win a second term representing District 6 on the Board of Supervisors. Kim received 6,121 votes to Jamie Whitaker’s 1,049 and Michael Nulty’s 1,032. Topping 50% in the initial count, ranked choice voting was unnecessary.

The race between Supervisors David Chiu and David Campos stands at 51%-48%, far too close to call with tens of thousands of votes uncounted. Department of Elections Director John Arntz said he expects to count all the ballots by next week.

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My take on Prop G

by BRAD PAUL

As you know, I’ve worked on housing issues in SF for almost 40 years and I’ve never seen things this bad, for both low-income and middle class families. That’s why I urge you to Support Prop G, the proposed anti-speculation tax, this November.  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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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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11th Street drag performance space clears last hurdle at city hall

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener dragged out the same mischaracterizations of the Western SoMa Plan he always uses when entertainment folks are present, as the Land Use Committee of the Board considered a zoning amendment to legalize a nightclub in close proximity to the Kissling Alley Residential Enclave District. Relying on industry lobbyist Terrance Alan, the ethically-challenged former Entertainment Commissioner, for his facts, Wiener repeated his claim that the Plan was “unfriendly to entertainment.” He knows better but panders to the entertainment community every chance he gets.

Drag show impresario Heklina, a.k.a. Stefan Grygelko, has bought the building on the northwest corner of Folsom and 11th, formerly home to Caliente, the Oasis and Club VSF.

The committee agreed to send their positive recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors where a yes vote is a sure thing. No one votes against fun.  Continue reading

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