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.