Supes rebuke Planning Commission

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Hotel rejected; pot clubs limited; Kim wants more sunshine on dark money … the last board meeting before summer break was packed with action

The Board of Supes rejected a hotel project on Hyde Street today, sending a clear message that a residential building where tenants have been displaced by fire can’t be turned into another use.

It was also a sharp rebuke to the four Planning Commission members who were appointed by Mayor Ed Lee….

“This would be a policy statement that we don’t believe in the rights of tenants to return,” Peskin said. “This would be a statement that it’s okay to have a fire and tell people you can change the use and not allow return.”

He noted that “this is a teachable moment” for planning staff and the commission.

It’s rare for the supes to do this. I hope the Planning Commission (and the mayor) was listening… (more)

 

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Open letter to SF ‘tech workers’: Please sway your bosses to end fake news

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that only a “very small amount” of what appears on the social media site is fake news and hoaxes.

Dear San Francisco tech workers,

Joe Fitz here, your loudmouthed, not-humble-enough dead tree columnist. I know we haven’t always gotten along. I’ve decried your role in gentrification, I’ve decried your industry’s role in local politics. But today I come to you hat in hand … I’ve got a favor to ask: “Help stem the tide of fake news.”

It’s hurting our democracy — and may have helped elect Donald Trump as president (as many, from The New York Times to comedian and newsman John Oliver, have pointed out)…(more)