Kim protects PDR (at least until the November election)

by JIM MEKO

Supervisor Jane Kim followed through with her promise to the Flower Mart workers by introducing Interim Controls on Tuesday that would slow down the conversion of PDR (production, distribution and repair) businesses into high tech offices but put a 45 day lid on the controls. That’s just enough time to get her reelected in November.  Continue reading

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South Beach Democratic Club hosts D6 Supe candidates tomorrow night

[9/9/2014 update: To receive the Club's endorsement a candidate must receive 60% of the votes cast. Here are the results]:
District 6 Supervisor – No Endorsement
State Assembly District 17 – David Campos
Public Defender – Jeff Adachi
Superior Court Judge – Daniel Flores
Board of Education – No Endorsement
Community College Board (3 seats open) – Wendy Aragon and Thea Selby
Community College Board – No Endorsement
 

Jane Kim is seeking reelection in a sleepy race that has only attracted three challengers. Rincon Hill activist Jamie Whitaker, Tenderloin community organizer Michael Nulty and David Carlos Salaverry, an independent cabinetmaker-contractor, part-time Uber driver and a Republican, are all seeking to unseat the first-term Supervisor to represent District 6.  Continue reading

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Respected local architect designs 11th Street’s first non-residential building

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Stanley Saitowitz, a Principal in Natoma Architects of San Francisco, presented drawings for a four story office building proposed for 350 11th Street, the site of the notorious “purple building,” at a pre-application meeting last night. The possibility of more residential development on the entertainment corridor sent lobbyists into a frenzy and led Supervisor Jane Kim to amend the Western SoMa Plan to prohibit housing in the neighborhood.

Stanley Saitowitz is professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. His design for the Beth Sholom Synagogue (2008) in San Francisco garnered international praise and awards, such as the High Commendation Award, Religion & Contemplation at the 2008 World Architecture Festival 2008.  Continue reading

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Drone startup set to launch on Bryant Street

 

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Founded in 2010 in Newport Beach, California, last month Airware picked up another $25 million to help ease them into their new corporate headquarters at 1045 Bryant Street, formerly the home of House of Louie Appliances. They’re just completing an extensive remodel, with retail on the ground floor and two floors of offices above.  Continue reading

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What good are these Muni improvements doing anyway?

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[UPDATE: The engineers have decided to"integrate" the public parklet into the transit bulbout rather than demolish it].

“Public parklets” are a poor excuse for open space but they’re better than nothing. So, when a city agency signals that they’re about to remove one, it’s cause for concern.  Continue reading

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Agnos, Peskin, Kopp and Kim all line up in support of light industry

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The heavy political guns were out in force for a noon press conference at the San Francisco Flower Mart yesterday.

Former Mayor Art Agnos, President of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin, State Senator Quentin Kopp and District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim lined up in support of the small businesses fighting for their lives against mega-developer Kilroy Realty Corporation, which hopes to develop the property into a SoMa tech campus.  Continue reading

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Turn the Flower Mart into tech offices? Say it’s not so …

Zelda Bronstein, former chair of the Berkeley Planning Commission and author of many articles on the struggles of the service and light industries in San Francisco and beyond, was front and center at yesterday’s Flower Mart press conference and posted the following background piece on Tim Redmond’s 48 Hills online news site this morning. To continue on to “Turn the Flower Mart into tech offices? Say it’s not so,” click here.

 

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