New SF Supervisor Matt Haney sees City Hall ‘conspiracy’ against District 6

By Heather Knight : sfchronicle – excerpt (includes audio track)

On day two of their job, most supervisors are arranging furniture, hanging pictures and figuring out the city’s email system. Matt Haney, on the other hand, was spinning conspiracy theories.

As we recorded the latest episode of the Chronicle podcast “San Francisco City Insider,” one answer in particular proved surprising. I asked him if it’s fair to call his District Six — the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and South of Market — a containment zone for the city’s ills.

Is City Hall OK with open-air injection drug use and dealing, human feces and dirty needles on the sidewalks, homeless camps and general filth as long as the misery doesn’t spill over the district’s borders?.

Yes, that’s the case, he said. And it’s even worse than that.

“It’s a conspiracy, and everybody’s in on it,” he said… (more)

https://player.megaphone.fm/SFO9676444570?

We support efforts to change the focus from installing bike lanes and wider sidewalks to establishing clean, safe, 24-hour public bathhouses and restrooms with proper amenities in some of the empty storefronts, as a first step to returning human dignity to the district as the first step. We hope that Matt will forgo the tendency to ignore the needs of the district in favor of tilting at straws. Let those Supervisors with clean safe streets worry about the city-wide issues.

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Mission District civic engagement space met with protests, calls for boycott

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

A Middle Eastern eatery that opened in November with a promise to offer space for political activism and civic discourse has become the focus of intense debate and weekly protests over Palestinian oppression and gentrification in the Mission District.

Manny’s, a cafe and restaurant that operates out of an affordable housing development at 3092 Valencia St., has hosted talks led by the likes of Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, state Sen. Scott Wiener and Mayor London Breed. A roster of monthly events includes urban sustainability, the LGBT Rights movement, and the Queer Latinx history of the Mission’s 16th Street corridor.

Owner Manny Yekutiel told the San Francisco Examiner that his vision “is to create a central, accessible, and affordable place to go to become a better informed and more involved citizen.” He has received high praise in some quarters for this concept… (more)

It appears the address is incorrect. Manny’s is or was here: 3092 16th St., near Valencia.

More Below Market Rate Housing Found Rented Out Illegally

by Joe Kukura : sfist – excerpt

We know you don’t always watch the little news video reports we embed in these posts, but you really ought to watch the CBS 5 report above on homeowners scamming the system and renting out Below Market Rate housing units illegally. “Get away! Get! Get! Get away!” shouts one woman as she is busted at a residence other than the one she was granted by San Francisco’s Below Market Rate (BMR) Ownership Program. “Stop recording. I’m going to call my attorney right now,” says another, found in Redwood City though she rents out her BMR condo at the Embarcadero. The illegal renting of BMR units has long been a problem, and CBS 5’s Susie Steimle does some fantastic journalist pounding of the pavement to find several homeowners who’d been awarded low-cost BMR housing, but were advertising these units as rentals on Airbnb and Craigslist in violation of the law(more)

Thanks to Joe Fitz for letting us know that sfist is back. This story comes to us from them. Perfect article to follow the last one, that claims, “Latest data shows you can’t bring prices down by building more housing. A major problem with writing legislation to produce affordable housing is the lack of enforcement, chronicled here. Enforcement is complaint driven. If you see something suspicious, it is up to you to inform the authorities. There is no tracking system to make sure the affordable housing is going to the people who need it.

Once more unto the breach: The fate of Prop. C is now wholly in the lawyers’ hands

By : missionlocal – excerpt

Mayor Breed’s gesture aiding Prop. C, the homeless measure she opposed means less than you think. But, also, more.

The election is over. The winners have won, the losers have receded, and, as is the tradition, the losers’ backers will now make donations to the winners. This is how politicos who bet on the wrong horse get their phone calls answered and winning candidates chip away at their debts.

There are, however, some debts that can’t be repaid with mere money… (more)

Mandelman tells mayor homeless problem getting worse, not better

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told Mayor London Breed Tuesday that he has seen no marked improvements in the issue of homelessness in the district he represents since she was sworn into office — and in fact it’s gotten worse.

Mandelman called on Breed to respond to his assessment of The City’s effort to address homelessness during “question time” with the Board of Supervisors.

“The unfortunate truth is that in District 8, street conditions do not appear to be improving in a sustained or sustainable way,” Mandelman said. “Particular encampments may get resolved quickly, but my constituents in the Castro, Upper Market, Duboce Triangle and Mission Dolores are not seeing a reduction in the number of homeless folks seeking shelter in public spaces.”… (more)

PG&E shares drop by nearly half in 5 days over Camp Fire risk

By J.D. Morris : sfgate – excerpt

PG&E Corp. shares plunged Wednesday after the San Francisco utility warned of potentially serious financial strain if its equipment is deemed responsible for the devastating Camp Fire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills outside Chico.

Shares of the corporate parent to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. fell as much as more than 30 percent after the energy company said in a regulatory filing that the fire threatens to exceed its insurance coverage… (more)

Looks as if the market is going to make the decision on this matter before the courts get a chance to act on it. Time to reconsider how we assign risk and a few other issues where the once “safe” investment opportunities are concerned. Let’s see what our state and local governments come up with to handle these problems. And what role may the CPUC take in this? Lots of changes appear to be on the horizon.

Benioff urges city to forge ahead with implementing Prop. C despite legal concerns

By Laura Waxman : sfweekly – excerpt

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on Wednesday dismissed concerns that a measure passed Tuesday that stands to tax wealthy businesses such as his own to fund services for the homeless could be challenged in court…

“The California Supreme Court clarified in the Upland decision that certain restrictions bind local officials but do not bind the voters themselves,” said Herrera in a statement. “A two-thirds majority is required when local officials – not the voters – place an initiative on the ballot. Proposition C was placed on the ballot by the voters….a clear majority of voters passed Prop. C, and we will defend their decision in court.”…(more)