State agency drops objection to city rules on waterfront development

By Kurtis Alexander : sfchronicle – excerpt

San Francisco’s Proposition B, which gives voters a say in waterfront development, will remain in effect under a settlement announced Wednesday that ends a state lawsuit challenging the measure.

The State Lands Commission, which sued the city over the proposition — approved by voters four years ago — agreed to let the measure’s checks on high-rise buildings stand. In exchange, city officials offered to guarantee that future projects would benefit not only San Francisco but all state residents…

Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco and now candidate for governor, was widely criticized for going to battle with the city. He maintained that, as a state officeholder, he had the responsibility to look out for the interests of all of California… (more)

Did Newsom really think suing the city would win him votes for Governor?


Protect our Waterfront – Oppose SB 1273

“State Senators: Protect our San Francisco Bay waters and oppose AB 1273”: sign petition

Defeat AB 1273. Right now, the developer is pursuing state legislation to reduce the role of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the State Lands Commission — both well-respected Bay watchdogs — in the approval process. This legislation must be withdrawn or defeated, or the developers will have a blank check to do whatever they want to the Bay and the waterfront.

When politicians allow billionaires to change our state laws to allow them to sidestep the full scrutiny of the California regulatory bodies and avoid a thoughtful evaluation of the appropriate uses of our piers over San Francisco Bay, our democracy and indeed our health is exploited and harmed every time by the commercial interests.

As State Senators, we expect you to put a stop to the exploitation of laws and of our state oversight bodies like the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Please oppose AB 1273 because it upends nearly 50 years of thoughtful waterfront planning by the BCDC.

If approved, AB 1273 would allow the billionaires to circumvent the regulatory process and technical evaluations of impacts on the San Francisco Bay by BCDC and the State Lands Commission by giving the Port of San Francisco, one of the main proponents of the development, sole authority to determine whether the development provides the benefits legally required under the Public Trust.

Please put a stop to the shortcuts and oppose AB 1273.

That’s why I signed a petition to Senator Fran Pavley, Senator Anthony Cannella, Senator Noreen Evans, Senator Jean Fuller, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Senator Ricardo Lara, Senator Bill Monning, Senator Ben Hueso, Senator Lois Wolk, Senator Mark Leno, Senator Leland Yee, and Steve Goldbeck, BCDC’s Legislative Director, which says:

“To Members of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee:

I am asking you to uphold the integrity of the environmental regulatory process and to oppose AB 1273. This legislation seeks to upend 48 years of waterfront planning overseen by BCDC and the State Lands Commission. It’s another shortcut in the rush to approve a 12-story high basketball arena & entertainment complex with 90,000 square feet of retail space to be built over open San Francisco Bay waters on Pier 30-32 in San Francisco. The bill asks all of you to intervene in a local and regional land use matter, but the project sponsors won’t even give you adequate details to show you what the project entails.

This bill is wrong for the Bay and wrong for our waterfront. BCDC and the State Lands Commission should retain their usual jurisdiction for this proposed development project to ensure a transparent public process and independent oversight. I urge you to oppose AB 1273.


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