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Revoked building permits are reinstated at Dennis Richards’ stalled development — former planning commisioner’s lawsuit vs. city continues

This is the way the saga of Dennis Richards’ contested development project ends: Not with a bang, but with a whimper.  The Board of Appeals last week unanimously voted to overturn the Department of Building Inspection’s attempts to rescind nine permits at the 22nd Street property being developed by Richards — a move the former […]

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Embattled Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards abruptly resigns, surprising friends and foes

In a turnabout that surprised foes and supporters alike at City Hall, erstwhile Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards will not return today from his leave of absence and has instead submitted his letter of resignation to Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee.  Richards in late December withdrew from the commission after fallout ensued regarding a building […]

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Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards sues San Francisco, Department of Building Inspection, alleging retaliation

Embattled commissioner Dennis Richards remains on leave of absence following rancor over tenant buyouts Prior to a contentious December hearing before the Board of Appeals, planning commissioner Dennis Richards offered a succinct answer when asked if he planned to sue the city of San Francisco: “Fuck, yeah.” So, today, that happened. Richards and business partner […]

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Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards decries Department of Building Inspection as ‘a cancer on this city’ in contentious hearing

Prior to Wednesday night’s lengthy hearing before the city’s Board of Appeals, Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards offered an unambiguous answer to whether he planned to sue the Department of Building Inspection: “Fuck yeah.”  Afterward, he was only slightly more circumspect, noting that his First Amendment rights as a city commissioner had been violated, and he […]

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Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards accuses Department of Building Inspection of conspiracy, quid-pro-quo offer

In an explosive legal filing, planning commissioner Dennis Richards alleges that a conspiracy within the Department of Building Inspection led to nine permits being abruptly revoked for a project he is co-developing on 22nd Street — and further maintains that DBI officials insinuated that a quid-pro-quo offer could make his problems go away.  The brief […]

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Nine permits revoked on project co-owned by planning commissioner Dennis Richards — his attorney claims retaliation

The Department of Building Inspection has taken the unusual step of revoking nine building permits on a 22nd Street structure partially owned by planning commissioner Dennis Richards — who, in turn, says he is being retaliated against for his criticism of “perceived corruption and unlawful favoritism” within the building department.  At issue is a rebuild […]

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The Mission’s ‘Sunset Idea House’ is now a squatters’ palace

‘Homeless Johnny Depp’ and a ‘six-star admiral’ highlight the strange and terrible saga of the Sunset Idea House — a misbegotten mansion — and this city’s homeless and mental illness crises The van parked on the sidewalk on 25th and Alabama reads “Vacant Property Specialists.” On its side are illustrated examples of its handiwork: “Coded […]

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The strange and terrible saga of the Mission’s ‘Sunset Idea House:’ The birth, death and possible rebirth of a San Francisco dream

Bankruptcies, a short-term rental bonanza, charges of tapping power from neighbors — and, now, a Johnny Depp look-alike squatter — are the legacy of this vacant local landmark. So far. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. A sauna room in the bottom floor of the main house. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. Photo by […]

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SF police often offer confusing or no information on community advisory boards

First-year Police Chief, Bill Scott, wasn’t the first thing San Francisco stole from Los Angeles. In 2009, the department opened their station doors to a community advisory board model followed by the Los Angeles Police Department. In theory, the city’s 10 district captains appoint a representative group of neighborhood stakeholders to meet, discuss community issues […]