New measure would link jobs and housing in SF

Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

No more office space until there are affordable places for the new workers to live — that’s the goal of a March 2020 ballot initiative.

One of the most important – and desperately needed – land-use measures in years could be on the March, 2020 ballot.

The Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium is promoting an initiative that would directly link new office approvals to affordable housing growth. It’s such a simple concept: The city would not be able to approve new office space when there’s no place for the new workers to live.

The problem is obvious. According to the city’s own figures, for every 875,000 square feet of new office space that’s built and occupied, 3,676 new workers are attracted to the city, and need 1,785 housing units…

Under the “Balanced Development Act, the amount of allowable office space would be reduced by the same amount that the city falls short of affordable housing. In the current situation, only 68 percent of the 850,000 square feet a year could be built… (more)

Oakland landlord’s epic fail in stunt to push out homeless people

By Davey D Cook : 48hills – excerpt

Trumpian scam with promises of cash devolves as community rejects it.

Sad situation to witness today over at the High Street/Home Depot Homeless Encampment.

Here’s the backstory: For the past couple of weeks the Orange Man in the White House along with Fox News has been pushing a campaign where they demonize the houseless. Viewers have been encouraged to “clean up the streets” and take action.

So a notorious local landlord named Gene Gorelik showed up at High Street, wearing a “Make Oakland Great Again” hat. This is a man who was successfully sued by the city of Oakland for evicting a senior; he started doing construction while the man was still living in the house…(more)

To Whom It May Concern

Posted by: Susan Kirsch : marinpost – excerpt

A July 9th letter from Senators Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener, Assembly member David Chiu, and others about the status of Assembly Bill 1487, is addressed “To Whom It May Concern.” The letter was written two days before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee was to vote on a bill that would create the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Housing Finance Act, estimated to operate with an annual budget of $2.5 billion dollars.

As the mechanism to raise and distribute housing funds, this bill is sometimes considered the lynch-pin of a package of 2019 bills known as the CASA Compact, because it would have the power to place new regional taxes and fees on a ballot. Fifty percent of the funds would go to housing production, 15 percent to preservation, and scant 5-10 percent to protection.

The “To Whom It May Concern” letter was in response to locally-elected officials and community leaders raising concerns about AB 1487.

For example, the Legislative Committee of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC) sent a letter in notice of OPPOSITION

If you are concerned, take appreciative action.

1) Call Senator McGuire’s office (415-479-6612) to thank him for the “To Whom It May Concern” letter. Urge making AB1487 a 2-year bill.

2) Send a thank you note to the Marin Legislative Committee c/o Alice Fredericks, MCCMC Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, CA 94920.

3) Send a thank you email to Pat Eklund at PatEklund… (more)

State bill would put a rent cap on 11,000 homes in the Mission alone — but first it must pass

By Ashvini Malshe : missionlocal – excerpt

Some 20,000 housing units in the Mission continue to be vulnerable to steep rent hikes, in the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis in California.

But AB-1482, a bill introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, could enforce a state-wide rent cap linked to the Consumer Price Index, capping rent increases at 10 percent annually. The bill is meant to protect tenants who face displacement, especially in cities without rent control or buildings not covered by rent control even in cities where it exists.

Chiu told Mission Local that there are two main points to his bill: One, it would prevent “rent-gouging” for tenants who live in buildings that are not under San Francisco rent control. This would include single-family homes, condos, and buildings built after 1979.

The second point includes “just-cause protections,” meaning landlords would be required to list a fair cause for eviction. Right now, Chiu said, “It is legal to evict them for no cause at all.”…

“Helping people stay housed where they are is of paramount importance,” said Chiu. He continued, “We have to do everything we can to help keep people in their homes for many years.” …(more)

How Oakland police cut traffic stop numbers by 40% with a simple checkbox

By Lara O’Reilly : yahoo – excerpt

Award-winning Stanford University social psychologist Professor Jennifer Eberhardt has worked with the Oakland Police Department for a number of years to analyze racial profiling data and help mitigate officers acting on their unconscious bias.

Speaking on Yahoo Finance UK’s Global Change Agents with Lianna Brinded show, Eberhardt described how Stanford’s Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions (SPARQ) researchers helped the department cut down its traffic stop numbers.

“The big concern was … police officers were stopping people who were not involved in … serious criminal activity,” Eberhardt said.

“There were thousands of people who were stopped who ended up having minor traffic violations rather than some serious crime that they had committed, and so they wanted to try to cut down on those numbers.”

The suggested solution was remarkably simple. A question was added to the form officers were required to fill out when performing a stop: “Was this stop intelligence-led? Yes or no.”…

“There was an over-40% drop in the number of stops by simply adding this question that caused them to pause whether the stop was a good stop and whether it was a priority stop,” she said…(more)

Supes defeat Mayor Breed’s November charter amendment to speed up housing

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

Competing measures split over definition of affordable housing

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday blocked Mayor London Breed’s charter amendment that would have streamlined the approval process of affordable and teacher housing by taking away certain rights to appeal the projects.

Breed issued a statement after the vote that the board’s decision was “unacceptable and we have to do better for the people of San Francisco.”

It would have required six votes by the board to place it on the ballot this November but only three had officially signed on….(more)

Protecting due process

Fewer’s racial-equity plan could change the way SF makes policy

By Tim Redmond :48hills – excerpt

A new office would analyze legislation through a lens that has been missing from city policy — and could lead to some dramatic changes in the political discussion.

The Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold a special hearing Thursday/11 to consider an ordinance by Sup. Sandra Lee Fewer that could have profound impacts on a wide range of city policies, from law enforcement and education to public health, land use and housing.

The measure would create an Office of Racial Equity, with the authority to review legislation and report on how it would impact communities of color in the city.

The office, for example, could analyze proposals for the development of market-rate housing or area plans like the Central Soma Plan in the context of the potential displacement of existing vulnerable communities. It could examine how the city’s policies on homelessness and affordable housing break down along racial lines…

The office would operate under the Human Rights Commission, and Fewer – as Budget Committee chair – has already made sure it has funding for three staffers this year. “The idea is to look at how what we do affects people of color,” she said…
The measure already has seven sponsors, including Sups. Vallie Brown, Shamann Walton, Rafael Mandelman, Hillary Ronen, Gordon Mar, and Ahsha Safai, and I suspect it will pass unanimously. Fewer said the mayor supports it…(more)

Thursday, July 11, 3pm
Hall Room 263 City Hall Government Audit and Oversight Committee
Special Hearing on measure to create an Office of Racial Equity
Sponsored by Sandra Fewer, supported by 7 Supervisors