By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
Supes signal the end of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan — and denounce Trumpist rhetoric from market-rate housing advocates
A remarkable, stunning vote happened at the Board of Supes Tuesday: By a 9-0 margin, the members agreed that a big market-rate housing project in the Mission needs a full environmental review.
That spells the end of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, puts every other developer in the area on notice, and sends a signal to the Planning Department that displacement and gentrification have to be a central concern for all project approvals.
And it happened in part because a representative of SFBARF made comments in favor of the project that the supes found so totally offensive that one of them wanted anything to do with it.
The project, at 1515 South Van Ness just off 26th, is on the edge of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. The appellants say that the project needs a full environmental impact report, because the general EIR on the Eastern Neighborhoods is way, way out of date… (more)
Sanctuary City has taken on a new meaning that may shift the political climate in a surprising way. We have sensed a negativity that is finally being exposed for what it is. Now city hall has chosen to close ranks to protect its own. For that we are grateful.