By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
Planning Commission delays action on demolition of rental housing units
The Bayview tenants who are facing eviction because a landlord illegally built their units got a reprieve today when the Planning Commission voted unanimously to delay action on the demolition of the apartments.
Sup. Malia Cohen asked the commission for a continuance of an item that could have authorized the demolition of more than 15 rent-controlled apartments housing military vets, most of them seniors and many formerly homeless… (more)
Thanks Malia. Never let it be said that the Supervisors’ hands are tied. They have a lot more power than some would like you to believe. All it takes is one supervisor to come to the aide of their constituents and most of the others will support that decision. Always start with the supervisor when you have a problem.
By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
Amendments to state bill could make it harder for the city to demand reasonable affordability levels from developers.
By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt
San Francisco’s Ed Lee — already the highest-paid mayor in the state — just got a $24,000 raise, bringing his salary to $326,527 a year.
:kqed – excerpt
Handlers testing the delivery vehicle on 17th Street photo by zrants
The company Marble test-drives its food delivery robots at a little park near its offices in Potrero Hill. The company’s would-be food deliverer of the future is not fancy. The robot is basically an oversized cooler stuck on top of an electric wheelchair frame. It looks like some bulky droid you would see sliding along in the background an old “Star Wars” movie. The roving robot can hold a couple of bags of food, and it navigates with a few sensors and cameras…
Marble is one of several companies developing robots to deliver food. If these companies get their way, fleets of their bots could soon be rolling around urban sidewalks, carrying food once delivered by a human hand. Robots could provide a cheaper, quicker way to get customers food; but this vision has raised concerns about sidewalk safety, job loss and the societal impacts of using robots to increase the speed and ease of consuming goods and services. In San Francisco, one supervisor, Norman Yee, wants to stop the delivery robots from using the city’s sidewalks..
Job loss is one concern San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee has with the delivery robots. But his primary issue is pedestrian safety. What if the robots block pedestrians? How would the city enforce where they go or how fast?.
Yee does not want San Francisco to be a test subject for unproved technology. “Why should they test it here and why should we be the guinea pigs?” Yee asked. “Test it somewhere else, make it safe.”…
“What I have seen with innovation and technology is that we let things happen and all the sudden it is irreversible,” Yee said. “The industry gets developed and all the sudden it seems like they have a lot of spare money to lobby policymakers.”…
If Yee’s legislation passes, delivery robots will not keep rolling in San Francisco… (more)
We appreciate some foresight where these things are concerned. If you agree with Supervisor Yee that San Francisco does not need to be the guinea pig for ever devise that wants to cram our city with technical challenges, please let the supervisors know that San Francisco is not everybody’s testing grounds.
Please write a letter or comment requesting a continuance at the Board Meeting! Sample letter with recipients:
Subject: Ambulance at General
Please share this video of the Ambulance stuck in traffic at General Hospital and if you can, shoot some of your own and send them to me.
I has come to our attention that the SFMTA did not “share” details of their plans to slow traffic by building traffic barriers around General Hospital.
SFMTA Board intends to “fix” an error they admitted to making at their Tuesday meeting. We are calling for a Continuance to alert the public and any other pertinent groups to this plan. As you can see from the video, this is not the place to slow traffic or remove traffic lanes.
If you can, please send us any video or pictures along with your explanation of emergency vehicles stuck in traffic.
If the link doesn’t work, paste it: https://discoveryink.wordpress.com/letters-and-comments/potrero-avenue-plans/
Send a letter to your Assembly Members supporting AB 1506.
AB 1506 (Bloom) would repeal Costa-Hawkins, getting Sacramento out of way when it comes to making our communities more affordable. With housing costs completely out of control in California, now is the time to repeal Costa-Hawkins… (more)