By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
photo shot at a Plaza 16 rally, the story that never ends, by Zrants
Data presented to supes shows that people who lose their homes through no fault of their own won’t qualify for “middle-class” affordable housing
Sup. London Breed’s plan for affordable housing in the Western Addition got continued until May today, but not before some community activists made a few critical points.
A series of speakers complained that Breed had not met with them and that they hoped that she would sit down over the next few weeks and listen to their concerns. Sup. Aaron Peskin, who was chairing the Land Use Committee hearing today, said he hoped that everyone could come together and find a solution – but that’s going to be a bit tricky, since any solution the community groups will support is going to cost developers a lot more money.
The other critical point came from Jennifer Fieber, political campaign director for the SF Tenants Union. Fieber noted that 69 percent of all tenants who reported facing no-fault evictions in the city earned less than $50,000 a year, and 25 percent had income of less than $30,000.
We are supporting Assemblymember Bloom’s AB 1506 supported by David Chiu, to repeal Costa Hawkins and hopefully expand rent control to put an end to the developer speculation that is driving the high rents and the evictions. We must get San Francisco back to a reasonable economic balance so residents can spend less on rents and more on other things, and even save money again. This is the only way to stop the growth of homeless encampments that is driven by greed and fear. If you agree, go to this site and send a letter of support for AB 1506. This bill has been sitting in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and needs a push from the public to move it through the process. Tenants Together is working on this now. http://www.tenantstogether.org/campaigns/repeal-costa-hawkins-rental-housing-act