Bayview tenants get eviction reprieve

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.

Why is Scott Wiener trying to undermine affordable housing in SF?

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Amendments to state bill could make it harder for the city to demand reasonable affordability levels from developers.

The San Francisco supes approved new rules for affordable housing…

But when it came to the Senate, Wiener insisted on amendments that could have – and still might – dramatically reduce the amount of affordable housing that the city can require.

The state has a rule that allows a developer to get a “density bonus” – that is, the right to build more housing than existing zoning allows on a site – in exchange for adding a very small amount of affordable housing.

Ting’s AB 915 would allow San Francisco to apply its own, higher, affordable housing requirements to all new units, including units only allowed under the state density bonus law…

Without this bill, the percentage of affordable housing that the city will require developers to build could drop from the compromise level – 18 percent, rising to 22 percent by 2019 – to just 13 percent. That’s a lot of lost affordable housing.

So: All was going along fine, and the two sides on the Board of Supes were all on board, and so was the mayor.

Then Wiener got involved…

Wiener is using state law to make it harder for San Francisco to mandate affordable housing. It’s pretty stunning.

The reality is that what developers tend to want, more than anything, is market stability – they want to know what the rules are. And if the state is in a position to change those rules once a year, it’s going to be a mess…(more)

See details on the bills and actions you can take here:  Taken actions


SF’s elected officials cash in with big pay raises

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.

Lee’s 7.9 percent raise is more than double the 3 percent that most city workers received this year.

And he’s not alone. As of July 1:

•District Attorney George Gascón’s pay went up $18,814, to $286,015.

•City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s salary rose $20,843, to $269,523.

•Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s went up $6,109, to $247,909.

•Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, up $12,091, to $243,699.

•Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, up $10,207, to $203,288.

•And Treasurer-Tax Collector Jose Cisneros, up $3,783, to $191,968.

Only Adachi and Cisneros came in under the 3 percent bar.

Lee’s pay hike edges the mayor past Police Chief Bill Scott, who makes $323,076 annually, and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who gets $317,408..

So now that the Civil Service Commission has done its once-every-five-years salary reset, what happens for the next four years?

The officeholders will be eligible for cost-of-living increases of up to 5 percent a year, every year, until 2022… (more)

Keep this in mind, along with the large number of new high level paid SFMTA empoloyees next time they beg for more taxes or more money to run this most expensive city with the $10 billion budget.

San Francisco Supervisor, Tech Company Battle Over Food Delivery Robots

: 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.



A Legacy of Criminalizing Transience and Homelessness


By Sara Bloomberg :sfpublicpress – excerpt

In the mid-19th century, California lawmakers enacted the state’s first anti-vagrancy measrues to rid city streets of people who were homeless or indigent. This timeline highlights some key years, laws and policies in  San Francisco… (more)

Please read the article and comment on the source.

Starting with the 1850″Act for the Government and Protection of Indians” targeting Native Americans in California, the state has gone up and down in its efforts to finance poverty poverty programs. Those efforts often follow the money out of Washington. As that dries up, the state funds are being cut, the safety net is disappearing.
San Francisco’s efforts to “protect the public” from the effects of the poverty on the streets has been just as ineffective as the federal and state attempts to hide it. Hiding the poverty is not the answer. We need to demand a new…

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Ambulance stuck in traffic at SF General Hospital

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:

Repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act – Support AB 1506


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)