48 Hills Explains How Real Estate Finance Works, Sort Of

48 Hills Explains How Real Estate Finance Works, Sort Of

An article written recently by Tim Redmond in 48 Hills (“Why developers can’t cry poverty”, March 27th) examines Prop C, income taxes and housing affordability. He claims that real estate development in San Francisco is vastly profitable and developers shouldn’t complain about the City’s fees and exactions, that they’re bluffing. He can’t be faulted for…

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Planning Commission Debates the Inclusionary Housing Trailing Legislation

Last week, the Planning Commission voted on the trailing legislation that would enact the Sups Kim- Peskin June charter amendment. The stakes of this discussion are very high since it affects thousands of homes that are in the planning process pipeline, but not yet finally approved. The SFHAC has serious concerns about some last-minute additions…

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Legislation Proposed to Reconsider Group Housing

Legislation Proposed to Reconsider Group Housing

San Francisco has different legal definitions of housing in its complex planning code. What we most commonly think of as urban housing is blandly called a “dwelling unit”. But there are other types, including “single-room occupancy” (SRO) units (small hotel rooms); and “group housing.” What are the differences between the three? Simply, the Planning Code…

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You Spoke, the Mayor Listened: Update on the Mission Housing Moratorium

You Spoke, the Mayor Listened: Update on the Mission Housing Moratorium

On February 13, a proposed moratorium on market-rate housing in the Mission District triggered the largest community outcry in favor of new housing we’ve seen in our 15 years of advocacy. It certainly grabbed the attention of Mayor Ed Lee, whose office is now working with Mission District Supervisor David Campos on alternatives to a…

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Interest Grows in Water Sub-Metering

Interest Grows in Water Sub-Metering

On Monday, November 17th, a group of SFHAC members met with Supervisor Scott Wiener and his aide, Jeff Cretan, to discuss the possibility of whether the time is coming to require installation of water sub-meters in new construction in San Francisco. Supervisor Wiener invited SFHAC members to share any insights or experience that might inform…

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CEQA Reform May Be Rearing Its Head This Fall

CEQA Reform May Be Rearing Its Head This Fall

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA reform), has long been the bete noire of urbanists. Signed into law in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan, it has not been updated to address the large environmental challenges our cities face, though this was not for lack of trying over the decades! There was a small victory last…

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Report on Housing Affordability Falls Short of Solutions

Report on Housing Affordability Falls Short of Solutions

Last week, the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) published an important analysis titled, “HOW SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY’S HOUSING MARKET IS FAILING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.”  Chock-full of statistics, graphs and recommendations, this report is certainly worth reviewing for a perspective on today’s housing market. CHPC’s reports: – San Francisco currently has a…

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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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Supervisor Jane Kim Introduces “Balanced Housing Act”

Last week, Supervisor Jane Kim introduced her controversial “Balanced Housing Act”. In simple terms, it links the production of market-rate housing in District 6 (D6) to the City’s 30 percent historic production rate of subsidized housing. If production of subsidized housing falls below 30 percent, as measured quarterly, any market-rate proposal for D6 would require…

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