Oppose SB35 Protect Local Control over Zoning in the state of California

July 10, 2017

Government Overreach is killing our communities. Stop SB35. If you have any contacts around the state, we could use some help in stopping SB 35. This bill has something for everyone to hate. We need people all over the state to reach out to their assembly members to stop this bill. More details here: 1. The sign-on petition: The goal is to get at least 1,000 signatories. https://www.change.org/p/protect-our-low-income-communities-oppose-sb-35-unless-amended?source_location=minibar 2. Call […]

YES on X – Protect the Best of San Francisco

September 3, 2016

November 2016 PDR Bill Why You Should Support the “Protect the Best of San Francisco” ballot measure on the November 2016 Ballot – Proposition X San Francisco’s many diverse Arts Communities and extraordinary Artists have always been a vital focus of the spirit and soul of our City since the California Gold Rush more than 160 years ago. San Francisco’s many diverse small “PDR” (production, distribution, and repair) businesses have […]

Measure to protect SF artist, manufacturing space makes November ballot

August 3, 2016

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt Artists facing displacement from their homes, studios or apartments is a growing concern in San Francisco. The Redlick Building at 17th and Mission streets (pictured above) was one such place where artists faced displacement because of a development boom In the last regularly scheduled meeting before summer recess, the Board of Supervisors voted to place on the November ballot a measure to protect […]

No More Monsters in the Mission

April 29, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 8 PM Rally at the Brava Theater. Brava Theatre Mission’s Last Stand or Mission Stands Up! STAND UP MISSION Stop 2,000 luxury units! The wave continues in the Mission with 28 new developments waiting in the pipeline. Fires continue to rage in the Mission. Residents and small business’s continue to be displaced. Police related shooting are on the rise. Join as at the Brava theater to update […]

Bryant St. Development Increases Affordable Housing, But Community Remains Opposed

February 16, 2016

By Joe Rivano Barros : missionlocal – excerpt “The developer of one of the most controversial developments proposed for the Mission District — derided by activists as “the Beast on Bryant” — now says he will donate one-third of the property to the city for affordable housing.” – Chronicle Not really the same as building affordable housing. He is offering to donate a percentage of square footage of the property […]

How to Keep a City’s Economic Growth from Destroying its Cultural Soul?

November 30, 2015

A controversy is brewing over Rec and Park’s plans to lease the Palace of Fine Arts, one of SF’s premier cultural properties. Over 21,000 people have signed a petition to preserve the Palace of Fine Arts as a multi-cultural Arts/Education Center. As one of our artist put it, “If not now when will City Hall act to protect our precious cultural institutions?” How much money is enough for the city with a 9 […]

Preserve the Palace of Fine Arts as a Multi-Cultural Arts/Education Center

November 20, 2015

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission has currently accepted three development plans for the San Francisco icon the Palace of Fine Arts. Two involve remaking the old Exploratorium site into a luxury hotel with small nods to the arts, and the third involves creating a high end restaurant with “museum”. None of those proposals preserve the site as the important cultural/educational center San Franciscans have known it to be, […]

Development art fee not living up to potential

November 17, 2015

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt San Francisco created a Public Art Trust Fund in 2012 with the expectation money from developers would flow into it — and the revenue would be doled out to benefit artists and art organizations. But three years later, the fund is pretty much dormant. A new city report shows developers are meeting San Francisco’s art fee requirement — 1 percent of a project’s cost — […]

A Millennial’s view of housing in SF

October 6, 2015

By Lia Azul Salaverry : 48hills – excerpt A native sees the city go from the absurd to the insane OCTOBER 5, 2015 — To say I am a Bay Area “native” would be an understatement. I have lived in more than 25 rentals across the Bay Area –in Berkeley, Napa, El Cerrito, Albany, Palo Alto, Richmond, and Oakland. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, I planned a life in […]

KQED Newsroom segment: Prop F: Airbnb Debate

October 5, 2015

Proposition F is one of the most contentious initiatives on San Francisco’s November ballot. The measure takes aim at Airbnb and other short-term rental services. It would cap short-term rentals at 75 nights per year for each home or apartment and it would require hosts to give the city quarterly reports on how many nights their properties had been rented. It would also allow people to sue neighbors who violate […]

Prop I

September 29, 2015

  Most of us want to preserve San Francisco but disagree on how to do that.  Many of us feel the changes are coming too fast too soon and we need a time out. Nothing City Hall has done so far has protected residents, artists and small businesses in San Francisco. The new plan (described below) does nothing for anyone but the developers and their supporters, while it expands the construction mess […]

Prop F

September 27, 2015

  Prop F simply requires quarterly reports from both hosts and hosting platforms of the number of nights the host rented the premises for short term rentals. More info

Who are we building for? Yes on Prop I

September 27, 2015

Join us at El Rio on Wednesday (9/30) to talk about a future of inclusive & sustainable development for SF. RSVP Is “housing crisis” the right term? Or is our current crisis better described as unsustainable growth, displacement, and inequitable prosperity after a global financial collapse? Is inclusive, sustainable, culturally-enriching, and pro-worker housing and development possible within the status quo of our current system? If not, how can we strategically […]

Vote 1-2-3 to replace Ed Lee

September 27, 2015

  Mayoral candidate Amy Farah Weiss has united with fellow candidates Francisco Herrera and Stuart Schuffman as part of a ranked-choice voting coalition to give incumbent Ed Lee a run for his money in the 2015 Mayor’s Race. Join the Vote 1-2-3 to Replace Ed Lee Facebook group to interact with the candidates and voters like you who care about shaping our future through participatory democracy. Read an article by fellow candidate Stuart where […]

At 17th and Mission, a “gentrification bomb”

September 23, 2015

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Planning Commission sets terrible precedent, allows tech office space to displace artists in the Mission SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 – There was a lot of discussion and obfuscation around a plan to retrofit and restructure the space of a large building at 17th and Mission, but the bottom line was clear: The owners of the building, where Thrift Town occupies the lower floor and artist studios dominate […]

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