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The Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 Tuesday to adopt the resolution authorizing the sale of the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond that will fund the renovation and repairs of several city parks, including Dolores Park.

Supervisors Michaela Alioto-Pier and John Avalos were absent and Supervisor Chris Daly voted against the resolution.

But before renovation can even begin, Supervisor Bevan Dufty plans to co-host a community meeting with Dolores Park Works on March 1  to help clarify how the Rec and Park bidding process will work.

“I have found such tremendous interest in the park from all the users and the neighbors that I want to see how to enlist people’s help to make, let’s say the [Recreation and Park Department] web site more interactive so that people can really have real-time information,” Dufty said.

“I’ve also had a lot express to me that in a low-dollar way, they’d like to support the park. They realize its popularity has put some strains on the park and that they would like give in a small manner.”

Dufty stressed the overall need for a monthly stakeholder meeting for “continuity … and a regular opportunity for feedback and question-asking so that there are no suspicions or uncertainties about what’s going on in the park.”

Future still uncertain for tenants living in foreclosed units

With Avalos absent  to  attend to a family emergency, his office requested that the board continue the vote on his more narrowly-tailored tenants’ rights legislation that will extend just cause eviction protections to those living in foreclosed units built after 1979, when rent control laws went into effect.

“It’s going to be further amended, simply cleaning up language and also including noticing requirements,” said Raquel Redondiez, a legislative aide for Avalos. “The mayor approached us and was willing to work with us in finding something that works for both parties.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom had introduced his own legislation for tenants living in foreclosed units, but Tony Winnicker, communications director for the mayor, agreed that they are now looking into Avalos’ latest proposal.

“We’ll continue to work with Supervisor Avalos’ office to see if we can reach a consensus, but we haven’t fully analyzed his amended bill to see if we can support it yet,” Winnicker said. “We have to analyze all the provisions in it, what’s the impact — but we’ll have that before it comes before the board.”

The newly-amended legislation will be up for a vote on Feb. 23.

The mayor vetoed Avalos’ prior legislation seeking just cause protections for tenants living in post-1979 units and last week the board failed to secure enough votes to override the veto.

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Kimberly is currently a journalism major and business minor at San Francisco State University. Come May 2010, she will be moving on to bigger and better things, i.e. living and breathing journalism, not just studying it. But for now you can usually find her at City Hall every Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meetings. Having lived her entire life in San Francisco, she itches to travel far and wide, most likely to be convinced that every other city and town pales in comparison.

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  1. I voted against items #12 and #13, the “Earthquake Safety” General Obligation Bond, which in a boondoggle. I voted in favor of item #15, to sell Parks Bonds. That item was non-controversial.

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