Build Public: Building Our Open Space

Build Public: Building Our Open Space

At a recent Regulatory Committee meeting, we heard from Brooke Ray Rivera, Executive Director of Build Public.  In her own words, “Build Public is a San Francisco nonprofit that empowers communities to create and sustain great public spaces. They leverage creative public-private partnerships to create win-win public realm improvements that benefit the city, community and…

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Could San Francisco Housing Have a Parisian Renaissance?

On Friday, September 8th, SFHAC members saw an informative presentation from Eugene Lew, the mind behind Dom-i-city. Along with co-presenters Joel Engardio (author of the Examiner’s coverage), and Eric Dew, he explained how he intended to solve some of the hardest issues facing San Francisco, namely, rising housing prices pushing out families, the elderly, and…

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FUF: Keeping San Francisco Green

FUF: Keeping San Francisco Green

On March 10th, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s Regulatory Committee heard from Jasmine Lim from the Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF). Last November, voters passed “Prop E” which shifted ownership of trees on public sidewalks from property owners to the City. Developers are also required to add trees in front of major development…

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New California Building Code Adopted Starting 2017

The California Building Code (CBC) impacts housing development in San Francisco and across the state. Updates to the CBC occur every three years, and these changes can dramatically impact our approach to future projects. The City of San Francisco has significant amendments to the code, particularly relating to the Green Building Ordinance. State building codes…

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The Environmental Cleanup Process for Housing

With the discussion of the contaminated Brisbane Baylands site coming to their City Council, we thought it’d be a good idea to ask an expert about the environmental cleanup process and whether a former rail yard can be made safe for future residents. We interviewed Jeff Adams, an Associate with ENGEO Incorporated, a SFHAC member…

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Scott Wiener Answers Our Housing Questions

This November, Supervisor Scott Wiener is running to represent San Francisco and part of San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Since housing is a top-of-mind issue for many residents, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) asked the Supervisor a number of questions. As a 501(c)3, SFHAC does not endorse candidates and these answers…

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Reimagining San Francisco’s Southeastern Waterfront

Reimagining San Francisco’s Southeastern Waterfront

On September 9th, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) got an update from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) on the City’s southern bayfront development projects. Specifically, City departments including OEWD, Planning, Port Authority, Rec and Park, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) and the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) are meeting…

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Mayor Lee Vetoes Supervisors’ Resolution Against By-Right Housing

Mayor Lee Vetoes Supervisors’ Resolution Against By-Right Housing

After hearing from housing advocacy organizations, residents and employees of San Francisco, Mayor Lee vetoed the Supervisors’ resolution again by-right housing. Last week, in a 6-5 vote, the Supervisors encouraged the San Francisco legislative delegation in Sacramento to have Governor Brown include a series of amendments to his by-right legislation, or else oppose the Governor’s…

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Filling those Ground Floors with San Francisco Makers

Filling those Ground Floors with San Francisco Makers

A common concern we’ve heard about new housing developments is that the ground floor spaces are left sitting vacant for far too long. This shared space is vital to a project’s success, whether to residents of the building or people just passing by, so it’s important to fill these spaces in ways that contribute to…

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