Category Archives: politics

From casket factories to convention centers: a photographic memory

Ted's Howard Street

from BRIAN WALLACE

Janet Delaney will be presenting photos from the current de Young exhibition, Janet Delaney: South of Market, at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Mission Street, on Thursday July 16. Preservation Planner Jonathan Lammers will provide an overview of SoMa’s oft-contested development history.

Janet Delaney built a darkroom in the third bedroom, and started photographing her neighborhood. South of Market was filled with industry: casket factories, blacksmiths, sign shops, auto mechanics. It was a working class neighborhood with families, a growing gay population, and artists. But that was about to change, and Delaney wanted to capture it on film.

Read more and listen to radio interview:

http://kalw.org/post/south-market-soma-photographic-memory-one-san-francisco-s-changing-neighborhoods

 

Leave a comment

Filed under art, events, planning, politics, social heritage

SF Chron reports, “Flower Mart developer heads off thorny ballot fight”

Last-minute negotiations have headed off what could have been a costly ballot fight between tech money and longtime small businesses that are feeling priced out of San Francisco — in this case, at the Flower Mart in the South of Market.

San Francisco Chronicle →
San Francisco Examiner →

 

Leave a comment

Filed under economics, planning, politics

One more group housing project that won’t skirt its affordability obligations

145 Leavenworth Street

 

by JIM MEKO

Supervisor John Avalos has amended the inclusionary housing legislation he recently introduced to apply affordability requirements to buildings that have not yet received their building permits as of May 2015.

The amendment would embrace two Tenderloin “group housing” projects, at 361 Turk Street and 145 Leavenworth Street, that are scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on June 4. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under housing, planning, politics, social justice

Signatures add up to democracy with a small “d” in San Francisco

How the Board of Supervisors votes next Tuesday on Supervisor David Campos’s interim controls on the construction of market-rate housing in the Mission will determine whether signature gatherers fan out across the city in support of a November ballot initiative that would put a moratorium on market rate housing in the Mission.

Negotiations also continue between Kilroy Corporation and the vendors at the Flower Mart even as they report that they’ve already collected 7,000 signatures to place a “Save the Flower Mart” measure on the same ballot.

And former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin has already submitted the 1,000 signatures necessary to put him on the ballot to challenge District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen, Mayor Ed Lee’s choice to replace David Chiu on the Board. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under planning, politics

Kim dumps more noise into Western SoMa neighborhoods

heklina

by JIM MEKO

Hard on the heels of her vote to restrict your ability to sue noisy nightclubs, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced legislation last week that would open up primarily residential portions of the Western SoMa Plan Area (from approximately 7th Street to 12th Street, from just shy of Mission Street all the way down to Harrison Street) to Limited Live Performance permits. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, planning, politics, Uncategorized

Campos proposes moratorium on new housing in the Mission

Supervisor David Campos proposed a halt to new housing production in his District this week.  Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under housing, planning, politics, Uncategorized

Missing $1.3 million reportedly won’t impact South Park improvements

Rincon

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

Leave a comment

Filed under planning, politics

Mid-Market development loses highly touted arts center plan

arts center

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 →

 

Leave a comment

Filed under art, planning, politics

Supervisor London Breed takes aim at your “right to quiet enjoyment”

by JIM MEKO

London Breed, the newly elected President of the Board of Supervisors, has been dragged into the perennial conflict between neighbors and nightclubs, siding with the entertainment lobby of course, as it continues to buy influence at city hall to pursue its mean-spirited agenda.  Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under entertainment, politics

110 The Embarcadero is not just historic because it is 100-years-old

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

Leave a comment

Filed under planning, politics