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.
Housing is expensive because there isn’t enough supply.
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.
Developers are building high-end housing because it’s expensive to build housing in San Francisco.
Even if building costs are lower, developers will build expensive housing, as long as there’s enough demand for it.
Let developers build taller buildings. Then prices will go down.
Upzoning won’t solve the housing problem for many reasons.
As long as you can upzone and deregulate, you can build and build to the point where prices will go down.
That’s not the way that housing development works. Housing finance has limits.
Rethinking private and public sectors roles in a new economy
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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
Positions to date: 1 full-time, 5 summer interns
from the CENTRAL CITY EXTRA
When the Twitter tax break was signed, the mayor’s office had high hopes that the expanding technology boom would explode with local hiring and that the incoming Internet companies could help make his dream of 2,500 new tech jobs come true.
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by JIM MEKO
[Update: “With recycling centers dwindling in SF, one operator plans to bring the people to his business,” September 19, 2014, San Francisco Examiner]
Is this the last we’re going to hear about the recycling center at 10th and Harrison Street?
The available sign went back up yesterday. Ors Csaszar from Our Planet Recycling has cleared the lot over the last few weeks and it looks like he’s taking his bottles and cans and going away. Continue reading
The sign outside SO on Thursday. Photo via Eater
from BRIAN WALLACE
A chef at popular Asian wings spot SO (1010 Bryant Street at 8th) apparently stormed out and forced the closure of the restaurant after getting one too many whiny customers Thursday night. Somebody clearly asked about gluten-free items, because one of the angry things the chef put in his “we’re closed” sign on the door was “[we] don’t give a shit about gluten free.”
Customers also probably ask whether SO uses MSG (they do) a little too often, because that was front and center on the sign, right after, “We are closed because of YOU … (customers).”
Also, according to an employee who spoke to Eater, there was an incident involving a party who refused to pay their bill because their food was too spicy. Anyway, the chef just “needed to cool off” and they’re back open today.
Sidenote: MSG is delicious.
The League of Women Voters of San Francisco has announced a Board of Supervisors District 6 Forum on Friday, September 19, 6:00 pm at Golden Gate University School of Law, 536 Mission Street, Room 2201. The declared candidates include incumbent Jane Kim, Jamie Whitaker, Michael Nulty and David Carlos Salaverry. A reception hosted by the student association in partnership with Golden Gate University follows.