By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
Activists demand a dramatic change in the direction of planning policy; will the mayor respond?
The San Francisco Planning Commission began today its formal process of selecting a new director to replace the retiring John Rahaim – and community advocates are demanding that the mayor and the commission pay attention to racial and social equity when they hire someone to lead one of the most important departments in the city.
Under Rahaim, the Planning Department has been largely devoted to facilitating development and growth, with little concern for the consequences for vulnerable communities. Rather than planning to protect residents and direct growth to the areas where it will do more good than harm, the department has been largely in response mode, looking for ways to accommodate the permits that developers file…
Choosing an equity-driven candidate would mean hiring a director who would see their job as telling developers what the city needs – not telling the city what developers need.… (more)