by JIM MEKO
Supervisor London Breed’s legislation that would remove your right to sue noisy nightclubs if you’ve moved into the neighborhood since 2005, easily passed the Board of Supervisors this week. Supervisor Jane Kim was a co-sponsor. Continue reading
The story of 660 Third Street is a sad example of how big commercial property owners can get away with ignoring zoning rules
by ZELDA BRONSTEIN
Last September supporters of PDR (Production, Distribution and Repair) jobs — and the rule of law in San Francisco — thought they’d scored a rare victory, when the Planning Commission told the owners of the PDR-zoned property at 660 Third Street that it would not authorize their illegal conversion of the entire property to office space. But more than seven months later, there are still office tenants in the space that is supposed to be limited to PDR, and the building manager is advertising office space for lease, as Planning officials struggle to get the owner to comply. Visit 48hills.org to read the complete story.
An EIR is currently underway to study whether Folsom Street should be converted to two-way traffic.
by EMILY BADGER
The Washington Post
“Traffic tends to move faster on a wide one-way road than on a comparable two-way city street, and slower traffic means fewer accidents. The rest of these results are theoretically connected to each other in complex ways. To the extent that vice flourishes on neglected high-speed, one-way, getaway roads, two-way streets may be less conducive to certain crimes. If they bring slower traffic and, as a result, more cyclists and pedestrians, that also creates more “eyes on the street” — which, again, deters crime. A decline in crime and calmer traffic in turn may raise property values — which may also increase the demand of residents to police and care for their neighborhood.” To read the complete article, visit The Washington Post blogs →
Build baby build more offices with no regional transit improvements, and voila!
from JAMIE WHITAKER
San Francisco has the second worst traffic in the country, just behind Los Angeles, according to a website that measures congestion levels in urban cities. To read the complete article, go to CBS San Francisco →
from BRIAN WALLACE
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Southern Station will relocate to the Public Safety Building at 1251 Third Street near AT&T Park beginning at 6:00 am.
Police over-the-counter reports will not be taken at 850 Bryant Street after the move. You will need to go to the new station. The T-Third light rail line stops nearby.
The original home of Southern Station was located at 4th and Clara Streets. After the 1906 earthquake, it was moved to a temporary site at 821 Howard Street and then in 1926 an elaborate Spanish Baroque-style building, designed by Albert Coffey, was built to replace the original Clara Street building. In 1961, Southern Station relocated to the first floor of the Hall of Justice.
by JIM MEKO
Clarke Howatt, a financial official with ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments), allegedly skipped town with $1.3 million of development impact fees collected for South of Market infrastructure projects but the financing authority has agreed to use its own reserve funds to restore the money, according to the City Attorney’s office. At stake, among other projects, was $300,000 for bulbouts and crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety around South Park. Continue reading
by JK DINEEN
San Francisco Chronicle
A Mid-Market developer is pulling the plug on plans to include a community-based performing arts center as part of a flashy mixed-use hotel and residential complex at 950 Market St. Continue reading →