The narrow loophole that lets Breed control both branches of government

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

She’s the acting mayor, has all the powers of the mayor — but didn’t take the oath of office. That’s why, according to the city attorney, she can do both jobs…

City Attorney Dennis Herrera says that London Breed can be both mayor and Board of Supervisors president for the duration – because of one little loophole in the law.

Attorney Dean Preston has questioned whether Breed can do both jobs, since the City Charter makes clear that mayor of San Francisco is a full-time position…(more)

I think the majority of the residents of the city share the concerns noted here regarding the duties of Mayor needing to be separate from the duties of supervisor. We look forward to a resolution on this soon as the Board of Supervisors can agree on who to appoint as interim mayor.

Meanwhile, a lot is going on at City Hall and some of it is not bad. These stories on 48hiils should get some attention. Read on…

Breaking: Key rent control bill dies in Assembly committee

Two key Democrats side with the landlords to block repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Act.

The effort to allow cities to impose effective rent controls failed in a state Assembly committee today after two Democrats refused to vote for the bill.

The repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Act needed four votes to move forward. It died, 3-2, when Assemblymembers Jim Wood of Healdsburg and Ed Chau of Arcadia abstained from voting

Protests erupted in the Capitol after the vote, with tenant groups occupying the rotunda… (more)

This is not over. The solution is to contact their constituents and apply pressure.

Planning Commission rejects condo application after 100-year-old was evicted

In a stunning, unanimous decision, planners say you can’t evict a centenarian, lie about it on your condo application, and get a lucrative permit…

The San Francisco City Planning Commission unanimously rejected an attempt by the building owners who evicted 100-year-old Iris Canada to convert their property to condos after every single commissioner said that the application submitted by the owners, and the information provided by the planning staff, were inaccurate… (more)





SF supes OK one of Ed Lee’s last requests: fast-tracking homeless shelters

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved one of Mayor Ed Lee’s final requests, to declare a citywide emergency and fast-track construction of shelters for homeless people… (more)

We are all shocked by the sudden change of events and the passing of Mayor Ed Lee. We look forward to working with our new Mayor London Breed to fast-track the homeless solutions Mayor Lee had in place, but, There are two sides to solving the homeless problem. We need to stem the tide of evictions.

Join the SF Board of Supervisors and let the state legislators know you support bringing eviction controls home by repealing Costa Hawkins. There are thousands of new homeless people because of the fires and each district needs to handle matters according to their needs to stop evictions and lower expectations of greedy investors. California land cannot be the Gold rush of the 21st Century.

Little-known Yimby-developer bills will have big impact on local planning

By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt

Growth machine continues its attack on anything that stands in the way of more market-rate housing

Of the fifteen bills in the “housing package” signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on September 29, the one that got the most attention in the news media was State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 35—and for good reason: SB 35 goes a long way toward “putting teeth” in California’s Regional Housing Needs Allocations, the number of housing units whose each city’s and county’s zoning must accommodate. Moreover, the bill’s provisions for “by-right” approval of certain multi-family, infill developments both circumvent the California Environmental Quality Act and eliminate negotiations with developers over community benefits

But two other items in the package, SB 167 and AB 1515, that either got much less publicity (SB 167) or virtually none at all (AB 1515) will likely do much more damage to the democratic governance of land use in the state. Both amend California’s Housing Accountability Act, a once-dormant law now being exploited by Bay Area Yimbys.

Passed in 1982, the HAA limits the ability of local agencies to reject or make infeasible housing developments without a thorough analysis of the economic, social and environmental effects of such action. It applies to all housing projects. Most important, the HAA allows a court to compel a city to take action on proposed developments.

Analyzing AB 1515 for the State Senate Rules Committee, Senate staffer Alison Hughes observed that when a jurisdiction is sued under the HAA…

In legalistic terms, a local government’s decision would be upheld unless no reasonable person could have made the same decision—a very high bar. AB 1515 effectively lowered the bar to the ground…

When fundamental land use decisions, like general plan consistency, are made by developers rather than elected representatives, local government accountability is compromised and the recourse available to the electorate is taken away…

Like the other bills in the housing package. AB 1515 and SB 167 take effect on January 1, 2018.

The Yimbys and other stalwarts of the California growth machine cast growth-resistant communities as a mighty political force. Yet AB 1515 and SB 167 made their way through the Legislature without grass-roots protest. That history suggests that the growth entrepreneurs’ portrait of a Nimby juggernaut is a caricature whose main purpose is to justify the machine’s ongoing assault on local authority over land use…(more)

Strauss, who was a party in lawsuits filed against the cities of Lafayette and Sausalito is running for District 6 Supervisor. The Yimbies are part of the organized effort to force growth everywhere. Local governments support the growth in land values in anticipation of increased is property taxes, yet, the increase in taxes and fees never keeps pace with the immense cost of infrastructure this growth requires.



Emergency Ban on Excessive Rent Increases Takes Effect in Nine California Counties, after Wildfires

Wednesday, October 18, 2017: California’s statewide tenants’ rights organization warned on Wednesday that double-digit rent increases following recent wildfires violate Penal Code 396, the state’s anti-price gouging laws. The cap on rent increases was triggered by the Governor’s declarations of states of emergency in nine counties due to wildfires. Tenants Together is holding a webinar at 10am-11am on October 26, 2017, for media, policymakers, lawyers, and organizers on the issue. To sign up for the webinar, visit

In the Bay Area, where affordable housing is already scarce, the fires have caused a surge in homelessness, as well as a sharp rise in demand for rental units. The price gouging law protects against landlords capitalizing on the heightened vulnerability of tenants…(more)

Find out more about these executive orders to stop price gouging in the fire areas by signing up for the webinar.

Find out why you should just say “NO More” taxes and gentrification.

A book and a film for people who don’t know what is happening to their city.

The Financialization of Housing – A political economy approach
By Manuel B. Aalbers

Due to the financialization of housing in today’s market, housing risks are increasingly becoming financial risks. Financialization refers to the increasing dominance of financial actors, markets, practices, measurements and narratives. It also refers to the resulting structural transformation of economies, firms, states and households. This book asserts the centrality of housing to the contemporary capitalist political economy and places housing at the centre of the financialization debate.

A global wall of money is looking for High-Quality Collateral (HQC) investments, and housing is one of the few asset classes considered HQC. This explains why housing is increasingly becoming financialized, but it does not explain its timing, politics and geography. Presenting a diverse range of case studies from the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain, the chapters in this book include coverage of the role of the state as the driver of financialization processes, and the part played by local and national histories and institutions. This cutting edge volume will pave the way for future research in the area.

Where housing used to be something “local” or “national”, the two-way coupling of housing to finance has been one crucial element in the recent crisis. It is time to reconsider the financialization of both homeownership and social housing. This book will be of interest to those who study international economics, economic geography and financialization… (more)

Who Killed Parkmerced? a film by Nick Pasquariello

SF Planning Commission debates housing, ignores gentrification

Tim redmond : 48hills – excerpt

When will there be a hearing on the human costs of accommodating too much commercial growth?

The San Francisco Planning Commission discussed the housing crisis Thursday, and there were a few remarkable moments.

Much of the presentation by planners focused on the balance between jobs and housing in the city — which, to nobody’s surprise, is way out of whack.

Part of that is clearly a regional problem: The Peninsula cities love to approve tech office space but build no new housing, exporting the problem to SF. But the city also has a lot more jobs than housing…

Yimby Action’s Laura Clark said that “we should be building a lot more housing,” and that we should eliminate single-family zoning in the city within the next year. (more)

Gentrification may be what brought us Trump. Politicians need to listen to the anger and frustration the country is feeling over an unprecedented wage gap and cost of living increases.

Gov. Brown Signs Acosta Sierra Highway, Search Warrant Bills

SACRAMENTO – Among the bills Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Thursday were two authored by Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita).

AB 1172 paves the way for Santa Clarita to assume control of the section of State Highway 14U aka Sierra Highway that passes through city limits, and AB 539 expands the use of search warrants in gathering evidence of a crime.

Gov. Brown also signed the following bills passed during the recent legislative session:

• AB 184 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) – Sea level rise planning: database.
• AB 333 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) – State Highway Route 185: relinquishment: County of Alameda.
• AB 415 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) – CalFresh: employment social enterprises.
• AB 466 by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) – Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Working Group.
• AB 563 by Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) – CalFresh Employment and Training program.
• AB 579 by Assemblymember Heath Flora (R-Ripon) – Apprenticeship: fire protection: firefighter pre-apprenticeship program.
• AB 658 by Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) – Clinical laboratories.
• AB 659 by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) – Medi-Cal: reimbursement rates.
• AB 720 by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) – Inmates: psychiatric medication: informed consent.
• AB 790 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Identification cards: replacement: reduced fee.
• AB 794 by Assemblymember James M. Gallagher (R-Yuba City) – County officers: recorder: record correction.
• AB 908 by Assemblymember Matthew M. Dababneh (D-Encino) – Hospitals: seismic safety.
• AB 1625 by Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) – Inoperable parking meters.
• AB 1725 by the Committee on Local Government – Local agency formation.
• AB 1729 by the Committee on Elections and Redistricting – Examination of petitions.
• SB 112 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – State government.
• SB 282 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) – CalFresh and CalWORKs.
• SB 313 by Senator Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) – Advertising: automatic renewal and continuous service offers.
• SB 372 by Senator Anthony J. Cannella (R-Ceres) – San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
• SB 403 by Senator Anthony J. Cannella (R-Ceres) – Sale of county courthouses.
• SB 492 by Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) – Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: purchase of property: San Jose Water Company.
• SB 534 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) – California Victim Compensation Board: claims.
• SB 569 by Senator William W. Monning (D-Carmel) – Insurance: disasters: identification of insurer.
• SB 598 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) – Public utilities: gas and electric service disconnections.

The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bills:

• AB 532 by Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) – Drug courts: drug and alcohol assistance. A veto message can be found here.
• SB 596 by Senator Henry Stern (D-Agoura Hills) – Civics education: Student Empowerment Commission. A veto message can be found here.

For full text of the bills, visit