by ART AGNOS
from the San Francisco Chronicle
When Proposition B to require a citizen vote for any waterfront height increases was proposed, opponents like SPUR said it was bad policy to do ballot-box planning. But voters had seen enough of city-hall planning lately — like the proposed 8 Washington St. that would have offered multimillion-dollar condos on waterfront land, or a basketball arena and shopping center on Piers 30-32 — to understand the threats of another high-rise wall on the Embarcadero waterfront. Continue reading →
Here’s one traffic-calming measure that didn’t work too well.
photo by Martha Bridegam
Planning Director John Rahaim prevailed in the contest between where driveways should go for the 1140 Folsom Street project. The community didn’t want 84 additional cars dumped into their already crowded Residential Enclave District and the Planning Department did. The seven members of the Planning Commission accepted a handful of traffic-calming mitigations and Rahaim’s “Driveway Location Policy” became the Commission’s unofficial policy. Continue reading
It was Harry Bridges’ headquarters during the 1934 waterfront strike
by DAVE OSGOOD
If you support historic preservation, you’ll want to join the effort to protect one of the most historic buildings in town. 110 The Embarcadero is not just historic because it is 100-years-old, it was Harry Bridges’ headquarters during the 1934 waterfront strike. According to the July 1934 phone book, both the strike committee and union were headquartered there. History was made in this building. On “Bloody Thursday” the SFPD fired teargas through the windows on both sides of the building. The Commonwealth Club is trying to cover-up this history so they can avoid preservation requirements. Continue reading
by JONAH LAMB
San Francisco Examiner
A signature drive will start at month’s end for a ballot measure filed earlier this year, and refiled with a new name Thursday — the Flower Mart and Jobs Protection Act. The measure would prevent anything from operating other than what is currently zoned for the Flower Mart site. Continue reading →
by KARIN DRUCKER
While San Franciscans spent the evening of December 10th lining up for sandbags and fighting over batteries in anticipation of stormageddon, a commissioned panel of experts presented the police department’s plan revised boundaries of district boundaries. Continue reading →
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
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.