Minimum Wage, Housing Balance, Buyouts and More

San Francisco City Hall. File photo.

San Francisco City Hall. File photo.

Last night was the final Board of Supervisors meeting before they take a recess. Much like the last day of school, it was an action-packed event, full of tension, conflict, compromise and dreams for the future. Here’s a run-down of the evening’s highlights:

  • The board unanimously approved a ballot measure that if approved by voters in November’s election would raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018.
  • After reportedly tense last-minute negotiations, Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee came to a compromise in regards to the contested “housing balance measure.” Essentially, rather than a ballot measure mandating all new developments include 30 percent affordable units, the November ballot will include a strongly worded policy statement. The compromise also includes setting up a regular oversight board to make sure at least a third of the housing in the construction pipeline is affordable and Supervisor Kim says she’ll be vigilant about making this a reality.
  • Also, the board was split on a measure that could mean a raise for nonprofit organizations contracted with the city. We’ll have more on this particular decision later this morning.
  • Much to the delight of our fellow Mission blogs, the board struck down an antiquated law that places restrictions on the number of pinball machines allowed in a business.
  • Also of note, Supervisor David Campos introduced legislation that would regulate the buyouts landlords offer tenants to get them to leave their properties. If passed, the measure would require landlords to inform tenants of their rights during the buyout process and landlords would also have to submit official documentation to the Rent Board when offering a buyout, among other things.

There was more, but those are some of the evening’s greatest hits. For more detail check out Chronicle’s run-down or take a peek at the Examiner.

3 Comments

  1. Sam

    As usual, I will ask the difficult questions that ML is too scared to ask:

    1) What is the cost of the minimum wage to both public and private employers and who will those extra costs be passed onto?

    2) Throwing more money at non-profits means throwing less money at other city services. Please identify which services will be cut to pay for this?

    3) Why does Campos think he will be more successful at regulating tenant buyouts than Daly was when he tried? you may recall that Daly’s law got bounced by the courts, who re-affirmed the rights of two consenting adults to make a deal. (And on what planet is that a bad thing?)

    That said, I do think that the Kim/Lee compromise on housing is far superior to Kim’s rather ambitious but ultimately ill-fated attempt to drive developers out of town.

    The voters gave Lee a huge election will based on him running as pro-growth and pro-development. So let’s now see some growth and development, specifically much-needed new homes at all price points.

  2. SFrentier

    TFB. Total fucking balljack.

    Kommi Kim will ensure that all new construction will have 30% affordable housing- yeah right chick!

    Crapos wants to regulate buy outs. A- it will fail in courts. B- can still be done w/o Rent Bored knowing about it. So fuck you Crapos…and I hope you loose in the upcoming state election. I’m voting for the other guy just to spite you. Fuck you, asshole!

    • medalist

      Actually, we should vote for Campos so we can get him off the board and Lee can pick a replacement for D9. I don’t believe his policies will be effective in Sac. Chui will probably settle down once he loses the election. If Campos loses and stays in town we will keep seeing more of his policy.

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