Monthly Archives: April 2012

Redistricting Task Force approves final draft of Supervisorial boundaries

From BeyondChron: At 6:00 p.m. on April 14th (six hours before the City Charter’s deadline), the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force approved a new map of the eleven districts – which will determine all Board of Supervisors elections for the next ten years. Of course, District 6 (which had to lose 20,000 people) will see the most change – but the Task Force really did their best to respect all current boundaries, only nibbling at the edges when necessary. Read more …


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The “ins and outs” of affordability

201 Folsom Street had an affordability problem. The city told Tishman Speyer they had an obligation to provide a certain amount of below market rate housing and they did not want to include it among the 671 units of luxury housing they’re building across the street from the Infinity. Instead, they chose to put it off-site in a project being built by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation almost a mile and a half away at 10th and Mission Streets.  Continue reading

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Safer crossing at Russ and Folsom

From Angelica Cabande of the South of Market Community Action Network : FINALLY! After 3 years of waiting (and advocating for), the crosswalk light on Russ and Folsom Street is getting constructed as I email you right now. With that, the SoMa Stabilization Fund Community Advisory Committee (CAC) with Supervisor Jane Kim’s office would like to have a community celebration on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. on Russ & Folsom on FINALLY having the crosswalk light. Please save the date and inform others. I will be coordinating with Claudine from MOH, the Stabilization Fund CAC and April Veneracion from Supervisor Kim’s office on a light program which I hope you can participate in.

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Latest D6 redistricting draft leaves South of Market and TL intact

With the deadline for a final redistricting map fast approaching, the latest draft of District 6 looks familiar, with two notable exceptions. South of Market and the Tenderloin are almost completely intact and Treasure Island is still part of the district. But the portion of Hayes Valley and the North Mission that were part of this district for the last ten years are now included in Districts 5 and 9 respectively.  Continue reading

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Why did Jane Kim create the “Ninth Street Power Retail SUD” …

… and what the heck is a power retail special use district anyway?

Update: the Planning Commission chose not to support this legislation, voting it down 4-2, with only Commissioners Antonini and Wu in favor. 

Supervisor Jane Kim has introduced legislation that would exempt 555 Ninth Street, that hulking complex at the corner of 9th and Bryant Street, from current zoning controls on formula retail uses (chain stores). The legislation will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Thursday.  Continue reading

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SFpark promises to “re-engage”

In an admission that the initial roll-out of their parking management proposal didn’t go too well, Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), responded to neighborhood concerns today with an email stating that the 12th & Folsom, 17th & Folsom, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill areas will no longer be included as SFpark pilot areas.  Continue reading

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