Zen and Art of Campaigning from Your Room: A chat with state senate hopeful Jackie Fielder

By Julian Mark : missionlocal – excerpt

On a computer screen, if you squint just enough, Jackie Fielder’s comforter looks like it’s covered in the white roses that have come to represent the Democratic Socialists of America.

Fielder is, indeed, a 25-year-old Democratic Socialist running for state senate in the November election…

Fielder exceeded her own expectations in the March 3, 2020, open primary, where she took 33 percent of the vote in her bid for the District 11 state senate seat. Standing in a room full of volunteers at a bar on Mission Street on Election Night, she acknowledged her campaign is “a giant effort and a long shot.” But her mind still remained on one goal: “Absolutely, to win in November.”…

“We have what feels like a secret campaign now, because it’s all virtual,” she said. “But we’re ramping up phone banking.”…

The outbreak, says campaign director Roísín Isner, gives Fielder’s message an “intense urgency,” as “the issues that we had been campaigning on prior to the outbreak became much more significant.”… (more)

By Kathleen Ronayne : smdailyjournal – excerpt

In an effort to spur affordable housing production and aid California’s economic recovery due to the COVID-19 crisis, Senate Democrats unveiled a package of legislation intended to bolster production of new housing and remove existing barriers by further streamlining the development process, according to Senate President Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

According to Atkins, the package of bills will lead to more construction jobs and apprenticeships opportunities that will strengthen the economic viability of working families and the state.

It follows the work of state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, after the defeat of his controversial Senate Bill 50…

The first bill, SB 902, by Wiener, allows local governments to pass a zoning ordinance that is not subject to the California Environmental Quality Act for projects that allow up to 10 units, if they are located in a transit-rich area, jobs-rich area, or an urban infill site.
Atkins has her own bill, SB 995, that would expand the application of streamlining the CEQA process to smaller housing projects that include at least 15% affordable housing. It also would broaden application and utilization of the Master Environmental Impact Report (MEIR) process, which allows cities to do upfront planning that streamlines housing approvals on an individual project level.
Another Atkins bill, SB 1120, would encourage small-scale neighborhood development by streamlining the process for a homeowner to create a duplex or subdivide an existing lot in all residential areas.
SB 1085 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would enhance the existing density bonus law by increasing the number of incentives provided to developers in exchange for providing more affordable units.
SB 1385, by state Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, would unlock existing land zoned for office and retail use and allow housing to become an eligible use on those sites… (more)

Check out Livable California Act Now on for details on actions you may take to stop the bills you don’t like. Many communities and city leaders are calling for a time out on density as the population shifts during the pandemic. Many will not return to their offices choosing to work from home.


The Work-From-Home Revolution Is Quickly Gaining Momentum
by Jack Kelly : forbes – excerpt

…Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics, said according to her firm’s study that,  “Seventy-seven percent of the workforce say they want to continue to work from home, at least weekly, when the pandemic is over,” and Lister estimates that, “25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.”…(more)

Pier 45 warehouse goes up in flames

By Sara Gaiser : sfexaminer – excerpt

A four-alarm fire at Fisherman’s Wharf destroyed a warehouse on Pier 45 early Saturday and threatened a historic ship anchored nearby.

Fire crews evacuated the occupants of the pier and were able to save the SS Jeremiah O’Brien floating museum from the flames, officials said.

One firefighter was injured and is in stable condition, and a fire truck was damaged. No civilian injuries were reported in the fire, which was first reported about 4:15 a.m…

The fire was under control by 2 p.m. and displaced at least three tenants of the warehouse, fire officials said.

The fire damaged the underside of the pier, which will be examined by the port officials for structural integrity, Baxter said.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin said the fire burned down the office space of sightseeing cruise company Red and White Fleet, and damaged sheds in an area where a seafood processors operate. It also destroyed a large quantity of fishing gear stored by local fishermen…

The timing is bad, however, for seafood wholesalers and fishermen who have already been hurt by the loss of restaurant and catering business during the shutdown. Some have recently expanded retail sales and deliveries in an effort to stay afloat…

“My biggest fear is the status of the entire pier,” the post said. “[Fifteen] fish businesses on the pier and we are hoping we are not locked out or the safety of the pier and wood pilings are in question. If so this will be a true historical disaster for the local fishing industry.”… (more)

As tents line Tenderloin sidewalks, city pays $6,000/week to guard empty lot

by Carrie Sisto : hoodlike – excerpt

The city of San Francisco is paying a private security contractor nearly $6,000 per week to guard an empty Tenderloin parking lot — as ad-hoc tent villages of homeless people continue to crowd the adjacent sidewalks.

The city-owned lot at 180 Jones St. (at Turk), which is under the jurisdiction of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), will ultimately be the site of 70-80 permanently affordable housing units.

But with construction still two years away, the lot was slated to become a 24-hour drug sobering center this spring. An initial plan called for 15 tents to be erected on the site, with nurses and peer counselors to assist people in the throes of meth-induced psychosis.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now no timeline for that project, according to Max Barnes, spokesperson for the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

“The proposed drug sobering center has ongoing support as an evidence-based model to help people who use drugs,” Barnes said via email. “But the use of 180 Jones for that purpose has been put on hold as the [EOC] evaluates a number of potential publicly owned sites for its ongoing COVID-19 response.”… (more)

SF’s Flawed $438 Million Bond Proposal

By Randy Shaw : beyondchron – excerpt

Bond Fails to Prioritize COVID19 Priorities

Mayor Breed’s proposed $438 million “Health and Recovery Bond” raises serious questions about city priorities. Much if not most of the proposed spending does not meet COVID-19 needs. The Board of Supervisors must revise it before it gets to the ballot… (more)

If the bond doesn’t meet the COVID-19 needs of the city, the voters can always oppose it. There is no reason to encourage a waste of funds during an economic crisis. By November the crisis will be real if things do not improve soon.

Rec and Park to voluntarily provide location list for safe sleeping sites

By Jerold Chinn : sfbayca – excerpt

San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer said Monday that legislation requiring the Department of Recreation and Parks to compile a list of potential “safe sleeping sites” on its properties is no longer needed. The department has agreed to create the list voluntarily.

Fewer announced at the board’s Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting that the department will generate the list of potential sites by June 2 and the City’s Real Estate Division will also develop a list of potential sites outside Rec and Park jurisdiction.

The proposed legislation had asked the department to submit the report by May 18, but Fewer and Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg worked out an agreement… (more)

SF parks should be part of homeless solution

: sfchronicle – excerpt

As longtime resident users of San Francisco parks, and directors of community programs that utilize Golden Gate Park and other parks in the city, we are in full support of the proposal to explore Safe Sleeping Sites on San Francisco Rec and Parks managed lands.

Supervisors Sandra Fewer and Gordon Mar have proposed legislation that would 1) make it allowable to use Rec and Parks land for “Safe Sleeping Sites” and 2) would require the Rec and Parks department to develop an inventory of sites that meet the requirements of such a site from the Department of Public Health. This legislation does not actually propose a site but rather opens up a conversation about how we all must come together to work on solutions to an incredible challenge made even more so challenging by a pandemic….

We thank Supervisors Fewer and Mar for putting forth this proposal to explore the use of Rec and Parks lands (which include parks as well as parking lots and other facilities) to help us together identify possible sites for safe sleeping. It is the right thing to do, and as people who are deeply invested in the park system, you have our strong support… (more)