Tag Archives: Election 2015

Supes Stall On Short Term Rental Legislation

Poised to make a choice between two competing versions of legislation to regulate short-term rentals, the Board of Supervisors instead voted today to continue the items, delaying a final decision by more than a month. Supervisor Farrell, who sponsored one of the proposals together with Mayor Lee, made the motion to delay the vote on both his proposal and that sponsored...

Background on the Airbnb, Short-Term Rental Legislation

The Board of Supervisors will be debating changes in the short term rental ordinance. If you are interested in the issue, we offer you these articles for some quick background. In SF’s Airbnb Legislation, Enforcement is Everything, July 14, 2015 Airbnb’s Innocence (or not) in the city’s Housing Shortage, June 23, 2015 SF and Airbnb Wrangle Over Tax Payments, June...

SF Initiative Tries to Define and Help Long Term Businesses

Navarro’s Martial Arts Academy has been operating in the Mission for more than 40 years. Pictures of founder Carlos Navarro standing among past generations of young fighters cover the walls. And trophies dating back as far as the 60’s loom over young, mostly Latino, students as they strike punching bags with controlled shrieks of aggression. “This is what they’re taking...

SF Mission Gentrification at ‘Advanced Stage’

The Mission District – one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods 25 years ago – is in “an advanced stage of gentrification” and is now comparable to some parts of the South Bay, such as Sunnyvale, a suburb with an average median income of around $106,000, according to a recent study by two Berkeley researchers. While the Mission’s average median income – is around $74,000 – it is on its...

SF Protesters Challenge Developer to Debate

A small group of activists in support of the Mission moratorium ballot initiative went to the offices of Maximus Real Estate Partners, the developers planning 345 units at 16th and Mission streets, and challenged its leadership to a debate “about the future of the Mission District.” Robert Rosania, the developer of the large market-rate project and the principal owner of Maximus Real Estate,...

SF Official Grills Short Term Rental Enforcement Office

As the city makes strides in streamlining the process of legalizing short-term rentals for casual home-sharers, its enforcement against bad actors remains focused on individual hosts. Supervisor David Campos grilled the director of the city’s new Office of Short Term Rentals on enforcement at this morning’s Budget and Finance Committee’s meeting. Since its creation four months ago, the office has received...

Local Journalists Organize to Pass Ballot Measures

Another organization has joined the San Francisco housing fray: Vision SF, a group led by Salon founder David Talbot, 48 Hills editor Tim Redmond and other San Franciscans, held a two-hour kick-off rally Saturday afternoon to push for a group of contentious housing measures on the ballot in November’s election. Some 250 people came to the Brava Theater to hear speakers...

SF Residents Opine on the Mission Moratorium

Early voting starts today, and of all the housing measures on the November ballot, perhaps none is more contentious than Prop. I, the Mission moratorium. The measure, which requires a simple majority to pass, would pause all market-rate housing for 18 months and prevent the conversion of light industrial space, known as production, distribution, and retail (PDR), in the Mission District....

Opponents Slam SF Mayor Lee in First Debate

Though Mayor Ed Lee is widely predicted to win re-election this November, he faced staunch opposition from five candidates at a forum Thursday night as opponents zeroed in on suspected corruption in city hall and a failure to address San Francisco’s worsening housing crisis. “We need to take our city back,” said candidate Stuart Schuffman, better known as comedian and blogger Broke Ass...

SF Officials Unveil Plan for Mission Moratorium

After much speculation on how exactly Proposition I, the 18-month pause on market-rate development in the Mission District, would help combat the city’s housing crisis, proponents of the measure presented their framework for affordable housing during a press conference yesterday. “The way that the city and county of San Francisco is doing planning today doesn’t really make sense,” said Supervisor...

There’s Still Time to Register to Vote – Here’s How

Monday, October 19, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 3 election. The good news is you don’t even have to get off the couch to do this — voters can register online here. You will, however, need to be a citizen, a resident of San Francisco, 18 years old, and not be serving a...

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...

Voter Guide: The Less Controversial Initiatives

To see our guide to the housing initiatives, click here. Though the upcoming November election has been been marked by controversy and turmoil over the hot-button housing measures, there are also a variety of important non-housing initiatives on the ballot. Parental leave for city workers, the Giants’s new housing development, and a up to $100 million in subsidies to legacy...
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Campos Talks Details on Legacy Business Subsidies

Big decisions are on the horizon for San Francisco: City elections are Tuesday of next week, and they’re gearing up to be contentious and close. While the mayoral race and certain propositions like the Mission moratorium and Prop. F have received the lion’s share of the attention, the less controversial measures have received less, even though they will have a big...

Voter Guide: Mayors, Sheriffs, Supervisors, and More

The election is just around the corner, and while the fights over the Mission moratorium and short-term rental regulations have dominated airwaves, there are candidate races that will shape San Francisco for years to come. The mayoral race is all but decided as there was no alternative candidate able to match incumbent Ed Lee in campaign spending or name-recognition. The...