Poll slams city planning — and suggests the voters are ready for a new approach to development


By Tim Redmond :48hillsonline – excerpt

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 — Mayor Ed Lee’s Planning Department gets poor marks for its response to the city’s development boom, and a stunning 91 percent of likely voters think it’s important to protect small businesses and artists from displacement, an poll released this week shows.

The poll, commissioned by Tenants and Owners Development Company and conducted by David Binder and Associates, shows considerable unhappiness with the impacts of the tech-driven boom.

And it suggests that Lee, and other elected officials who are presiding over and encouraging the rapid growth of tech offices and market-rate housing, have a seriously political vulnerability.

On the other hand, it shows strong support for Prop. K, the proposal by Lee and Sup. Jane Kim that would set as city policy that 33 percent of all new housing is affordable.

The poll of 400 likely voters has a margin…

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