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Developments in Development: Where to Go?

Voters seem to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tech – at least that’s what Curbed has found when comparing a recent survey of voters (commissioned by the pro-development Rise SF) that found most blame both the tech industry and the city for housing costs, and a 2015 survey (commissioned by a mayoral aide) that found most voters...
Todd Brown, founder of the Red Poppy Art House, was given 30 days to vacate his Silver Terrace art studio last month. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Red Poppy Art House Founder Priced Out of Art Studio

It is impossible to quantify the exchanges and relationships that have formed in the spaces that artist Todd Brown has created and curated in the Mission for nearly two decades. He’s been heavily involved in the Mission Arts & Performance Project, known as MAPP, which started in 2003 when Brown saw a need to connect local artists living within blocks from...
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Developments in Development: Are we happy yet?

San Francisco’s renters are giving the city top marks – in everything except affordability, of course, where they give it the equivalent of blowing a raspberry. That’s according to a renter satisfaction survey from Apartment List. Interestingly, the other thing renters in the survey were particularly unhappy with is the quality of schools. Also surprising: Respondents were more or less...
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“Airbnb Cash Cow” for Rent on Dolores Street

A nine-bedroom home on Dolores Street near 16th Street is for rent for $18,000 a month, possibly as an “Airbnb Cash Cow” or a tech incubator. The broker, Bill Harkins, said any master tenant who chooses to pursue the rental as an Airbnb short term rental rather than a family home or a home for several roommates would have to follow...
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SF Supervisors Approve Short Term Rental Law Aimed at Platforms

San Francisco Supervisors today approved legislation that requires short term rental platforms like Airbnb to list only rentals that have undergone the required registration process with the city. The legislation places the onus on Airbnb, HomeAway and other hosting platforms to make sure hosts who want to rent out part of their homes to visitors have gotten a business license...
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Short Term Rental Regulation Targeting Platforms Advances

A proposal that would hold home sharing platforms like Airbnb responsible for listing units not registered with the city moved one step closer to approval on Thursday when it secured a recommendation from a Board of Supervisors committee. “This is not about changing the existing law. It’s simply about making sure that this law that has been in effect, that...
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Nearly Evicted, SF Family Buys Affordable Home

Once on the brink of eviction from a below-market-rate rental that had been their home for 11 years, Brenda and Luis Palacios and their three children were finally able to purchase their home at the Tiffany Gardens apartment complex in La Lengua. An exceptionally complicated situation involving a city agency, a nonprofit, and a homeowner’s association was resolved because the sale, as it...
German Maldonado being interviewed in 2009 by Mission Local reporter Stefania Rousselle on the opening of his new champagne bar on Valencia Street.

SF Tenants Win $780,000 from Property Manager Accused of Stealing Rent

Update: The story has been updated to reflect German Maldonado’s bankruptcy filings. The property manager who was accused of stealing his tenants’ rent last summer has been found guilty and must pay a total of $780,000 to his nine former tenants for negligence, emotional distress, and loss of rent, among other charges. German Maldonado “has caused a lot of harm, and he...
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SF Tenant Protections Dodge Bullet at Rent Board

Landlords hoping to change recently passed tenant protections failed Tuesday night to convince the San Francisco Rent Board that the law should only apply to new leases. The new ordinance, part of a package of tenant protections introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim, allows tenants to add roommates up to the legal occupancy limit regardless of their lease terms. Landlords would...
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Voter Guide: The Housing Initiatives

The upcoming November election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial in recent years. A new housing bond, a moratorium in the Mission, and short-term rental regulations are on the ballot to address the city’s worsening housing crisis, albeit it in very different ways and drawing varied reactions. Tech firms and private developers have spent millions to...
The historic Boogaloo's facade. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Boogaloos to Stay Open, For Now

Despite concerns that the neighborhood diner might be shutting its doors as early as this month, Boogaloos will be staying open through December, but faces an uncertain future after that. “For sure we’re not leaving in September,” said co-owner Carolyn Blair Brandeis. “We’ll be staying open at least through Christmas, that’s our plan.” Blair Brandeis said the uncertainty is due to recent...
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Mission Eyes: Dancing For The Rent at Red Poppy

What do you do if you’re having trouble paying the rent? If you’re the Red Poppy Art House, you throw a dance party! Last Saturday night, the Red Poppy threw a “Make the Money” party, where they invited supporters to celebrate and fundraise at the same time. Mission Eyes went to check it out and talk to supporters about what the Red...
Tenants chat in front of Mission Dolores Senior Apartments on 15th Street.

Changing Management Gives Public Housing Tenants New Hope

Public housing in the city as we know it is coming to an end — that is, it will become largely nonprofit owned and operated within the next two years as part of a national rehabilitation effort. Tenants at the Mission Dolores Senior Apartments are tentatively optimistic about the change. “Anybody would be better than the housing authority,” said Walker...
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Airbnb Hosts, ‘It’s About the Economy + Experience’

For the last four years, Jessica H., a community mental health worker who lives near San Francisco General Hospital, has used Airbnb to rent out rooms to visiting tourists in her Mission District home. As a longtime San Francisco resident, she prides herself on her insider knowledge, sending people to Vermont Street instead of the much-hyped Lombard Street, or Corona...
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As Art Space Shrinks, Open Studios Carries On

  Artists around the neighborhood will open their studio doors to the public this weekend. Participants in the Mission Artists United spring open studios create their art in spaces ranging from units in an old mayonnaise factory to their own garages. But they often consider themselves the lucky few. As rents soar all around the city, the artistic hubs that...