Once a police station, Valencia Street site will soon run early childhood education programs

By : missionlocal – excerpt

Mission Neighborhood Centers has purchased a former police station on Valencia Street between 23rd and 24th Streets for $6.8 million…

At present, Mission Neighborhood Centers runs early childhood education programs for some 411 students. While this site will involve moving children from some of its other locations to 1240 Valencia St., plans for three other new sites will increase the nonprofit’s enrollment to 629 by sometime in 2022.

Ruiz called the purchase a “land-banking” play with plans to eventually develop as many as 61 affordable housing units at the site. With those plans in mind, he said, they plan to do a minimum of renovation on the Valencia site so that it can open sometime early in 2020…

The other sites include … 1850 Bryant St, where it will also have a long-term lease and co-locate with the San Francisco’s Human Services Agency in 2021(more)

 

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Massive new development would transform Dogpatch area

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Lots of office space, hotel rooms, housing — but how’s it going to work without massive new investments in transit?… (more)

Not to speak about the massive amounts of water and power and sewer and trash support this new “city in a city” will require. When exactly is enough enough?

 

Planning Department director to step down

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco Planning Department Director John Rahaim will retire from the post after more than a decade in office.

Rahaim, who was appointed to the position in 2008 by then-mayor Gavin Newsom, announced his retirement in a joint statement with Mayor London Breed on Wednesday.

“John oversaw the Department and City through unprecedented times of recession and growth,” said Breed, adding that the department under Rahaim’s leadership “delivered area plans which allowed for new levels of public benefits and much needed housing in transit-rich neighborhoods.”

Rahaim is expected to continue serving until a replacement is found… (more)

We understand Rahaim is frustrated by the large number of entitled properties developers are not building. We could not agree more. The problem with shortages is not solved by entitling more properties as many in Sacramento would have us belive. The problem is that the entitled properties are not being built. They are being traded and held as investments. Perhaps our local authorities will figure out a way to encourage the owners to build or risk losing their entitlements since the Sacramento politicians have failed to fix that problem.

SF Democrats side with mayor’s candidates for supe, DA

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

A Reform Slate elected to oppose real-estate interests can’t prevent the industry’s favorite candidate from winning the D5 nod.

The progressive majority on the Democratic County Central Committee splintered last night.

Although a reform slate was elected in 2016 specifically with the mandate to move away from real-estate-industry control of the party, the candidate for D5 supe who has the support of real-estate won a party endorsement

By a one-vote margin, the DCCC backed Sup. Vallie Brown and refused to give Dean Preston, who has the backing of every major tenant group and most progressive organizations in town, a shot at a Number Two endorsement.

The mayor’s candidate for district attorney also got the party nod…(more)

Rules Committee Approves Rent Board Member With Veritas Link

By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt

The newest commissioner faced scrutiny for his connection to San Francisco’s biggest landlord.

A Rent Board member with a connection to San Francisco’s largest landlord is poised to keep his voting power with approval from the Board of Supervisors.

After initial skepticism, the Rules Committee on Monday recommended approving David Wasserman to keep his seat on the Rent Board. This comes after tenant advocates scrutinized his law firm, Wasserman Stern, which shares the same name as an attorney who represents mega-landlord and frequent board visitor, Veritas Investments. The firms are separate in every sense, save for the name and roof they share, Wasserman told the supervisors…(more)

 

 

Who needs cars? Aggressive transit plan for Chase Arena discourages driving

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

When Metallica plays at ear-splitting decibels in the soon-to-open Chase Center in September — the arena’s first-ever event — the thousands of concert goers won’t be humming “Enter Sandman” as they drive home to far-flung points across the Bay Area.

Instead, most will be head-banging on Muni, Caltrain, BART and ferries. At least, that’s according to The City’s plan…

Long-time San Francisco Giants fans may remember Muni shuttles that served Candlestick Park. Well, SFMTA is instituting two similar shuttles for Chase Center, one running down Van Ness Avenue from the waterfront and the other running directly from 16th Street BART

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Head-banging takes on new meaning when applied to the new Muni side facing seats. Asses may stay firmly in place, but, heads and shoulders may indeed lunge forward, or sideways, as the vehicle brakes are applied, meaning heads may be jerked into the adjoining seat or head. I am surprised no one thought of this when they designed the seats. The laws of perpetual motion do apply.

After a couple of ventures out, many will take the easiest method to avoid traffic, crowds, and potential head-banging. They will watch the action from their couch. It will be interesting to see how many people take that route, or go the nearest sports bar to drink and cheer or jeer with the fans.

One more thing that concerns everyone is the plan to dig up 16th Street at the time when it is most needed to assure completion of all the other construction projects that are ongoing, and to keep the constant flow of traffic, including the buses and shuttles moving between the Bay and the rest of the city. What will it take to stop work on 16th Street before a reasonable plan is devised to use an alternate route. Only 16th Street and Cesar Chavez cross both 101 and 280. Large numbers of the public are at risk of being cut off if either of those streets are not passable at all times.