Compromise Reached Between Mayor and Sup. Kim – War Averted

An enormous sigh of relief was heard in San Francisco last Thursday afternoon as Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim compromise reached an agreement that allowed both sides to put down their weapons and withdraw their two competing ballot initiatives for November. If you don’t recall, Sup. Kim had introduced a ballot initiative (“Housing…

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SFHAC Endorses Pier 70 Project on November Ballot

In November, Forest City’s proposed 28-acre mixed-use project on a currently vacant, deteriorating SF Port property will be going to the San Francisco voters for approval. Their measure asks the voters to approve a height limit bump from the current 40 to 90 feet on the parcel. If approved by the voters, this project will…

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Calvin Welch Challenges Housing Supply Remedies

Calvin Welch, a long-time housing activist, part-time instructor at SFSU and founder of Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO), recently released a video through Tim Redmond’s 48Hills blog expounding his theories on San Francisco’s housing affordability crisis. They’re definitely worth viewing! His short lectures are a useful window into the thinking of a portion of…

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Recapping SFHAC’s Tour of 8 Octavia

Last week, about 30 SFHAC members were led on a tour of 8 Octavia, at Market and Octavia, by Mark MacDonald of DM Development and Stanley Saitowitz of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects. 8 Octavia is a 47-unit project, the culmination of nearly a decade of design and development by Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects,…

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Update on Dueling Housing Ballot Measures

At the time we’re writing this, the upcoming November election may have two competing housing-related ballot measures, one from Supervisor Jane Kim and one from Mayor Lee. The confusion around this has unfortunately caused political gridlock and stalled progress on various housing and land use policy discussions that were underway. As discussed at the July…

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The Shortfalls of Ballot-Box Planning

Patrick Valentino, an SFHAC-member, real estate attorney and community activist, shares his views on the consequences of ballot-box planning for land use and housing policy.   Political debates and ballot box planning will not build more affordable and middle income-housing. Having spent three months battling Proposition B, the “Waterfront Height Limits Right to Vote Act,”…

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Hot off the Press! SFHAC in the Media

When the housing market heats up, the SF Housing Action Coalition’s phone starts ringing.  As a small, yet influential housing advocacy group, we are asked to weigh in on housing in San Francisco. To capture these references, we’ve added a new page to our site called “SFHAC in the Media,” which gives our followers an easy…

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