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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Last Minute Continuance for 490 South Van Ness Project

Last Minute Continuance for 490 South Van Ness Project

Last week, District 9 Supervisor Campos requested a continuance for a proposed project at 490 South Van Ness Avenue, six days before its Planning Commission approval hearing. While the action taken on one project may seem insignificant, it speaks to a core issue behind our housing affordability crisis: the length of time it takes to…

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Three Appointments To Planning Commission – One Old, Two New

The seven-member Planning Commission is seeing some new faces for the first time in a while. Recently, Mayor Ed Lee announced that Planning Commissioner Gwyneth Borden would move to the MTA Commission and would be replaced by Christine Johnson, formerly at OCII, the successor agency to SF Redevelopment Agency, and is now a Director of…

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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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