Jazzie Collins, Activist
Jazzie Collins, Activist
Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, San Francisco’s top environmental health official, returned from vacation two weeks ago only to find that he’s been put on administrative leave.
Bhatia is well-respected among urban planners as an advocate of “health impact analyses” and a key developer of the “Healthy Development Measurement Tool.” The HDMT provides a range of policy and design strategies that can advance health conditions and resources via the development process. Every policy included in the Western SoMa Community Plan was examined from this perspective. Continue reading
by JIM MEKO
The sea of construction cranes along Market Street can be attributed to the rezoning included in the Market/Octavia Plan, which was signed into law in 2007, and the improving economy. In Western SoMa, the first signs of a similar boom are beginning to appear. Continue reading
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 →
from MATT LASKY
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is proposing the placement of 35 bicycle sharing stations in San Francisco as shown on this map. Please review the map, forward it to other interested parties and respond to me if you wish to receive more details about specific station information including the size and location. Stations shown as green on the map will be presented at an SFMTA public hearing on Friday, 6/14/2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102. Continue reading
The much maligned SoMa Grand, a 22 story glass tower of expensive condos at 1160 Mission Street, was hit with a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court for numerous construction defects and building standard violations. Owners of the luxury units are seeking damages in excess of $4 million as a result of the construction defects.
SoMa Grand was the first “luxury-serviced” condominium project in the Mid-Market neighborhood, offering “visual excitement, rich textures, and a polished sense of design” in a “transitional neighborhood,” according to a brochure promoting the project which sold out all units despite the economic downturn of the housing market. Continue reading