City of San Francisco Opposes SB 50!

Next Step: Contact State Legislators before the

State Governance and Finance Committee Hearing on April 24

Send comments by April 17 – or Call until April 24 am

Committee members and Contact Info Here

On Tuesday, April 9, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 supporting the Resolution to Oppose SB 50, unless amended. They also voted to draft amendments to SB 50 to protect San Francisco (note:Senator Scott Wiener, the bills sponsor, would have to agree to add these amendments.)

The Supervisors opposition shows that San Francisco officials and the residents DO NOT support Senator Wiener’s bill.It does not effectively address our affordable housing crisis.Rather, it incentivizes more and taller luxury housing.

Read SB 50

This bill will upzone 95% of San Francisco, enabling wholesale development of denser and taller buildings in all neighborhoods throughout the City. Dolores Heights will experience the maximum impact with no zoning or Planning regulation regarding density, standards (height, setbacks, design guidelines, etc), or location of projects. SB 50 allows developers to build up to 55 feet in Dolores Heights and in many other neighborhoods within mile of the streetcar lines or other rail transit (and up to 45 feet between and mile of rail lines.) These are baseline heights; as the SF Planning department drawings below illustrate, developers who add just one unit of affordable housing qualify for more incentives and waivers including additional height and waiver of rear yard setbacks. Yet it adds no greater affordable housing than what San Francisco’s laws currently mandate.

Planning Commission Analysis of SB 50

The Senate Governance and Finance Committee will hear SB 50 on April 24. Please contact the State Legislators on this Committee today. You have two options to contact them:

Personal email from you:Click herefor a listing with names, contact info, and suggested message.

Fast and easy – add your name to this email. The Senate Committee has a staffer who counts and records the individual signatures: https://www.livablecalifornia.org/email-to-stop-sb-50-today/

We need your voice to stop this destructive bill!
Please write or call our elected officials

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April 6 Green Garden Day CANCELLED!

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Would SB 50 Wipe Out Your Neighborhood?

SB 50 – the state bill that will wipe out our neighborhoods. It lets developers build MORE – taller luxury apartments – with no review or appeal by SF Planning or by neighbors. This is housing for the wealthy – not for the 50% of San Franciscans who cannot afford the rents/sales price of luxury/market-rate housing.

SEARCH & SHARE this SB 50 Map. If you’re in a Yellow, Blue or Red zone, call your legislator, and get on social media and make your voice heard!

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How SB 50 Could Affect YOU

To recap – Senator Scott Weiner‘s SB 50 will destroy both single-family neighborhoods and affordable apartments for up to eight-story luxury housing. This bill will radically transform San Francisco — the diversity of our neighborhoods and our population. It also strips us, the residents, of our ability to engage in the meaningful give-and-take process of planning and community-building. It gives luxury housing developers authority over zoning and planning and allows them to build taller, denser apartment blocks. For example, SB 50 would permit minimum heights of 55 feet for most of Dolores Heights (all lots within 1/4 mile of the J Church line or 45 feet for lots located between 1/4 and 1/2 mile of the J Church.) In exchange for including a small number of affordable units in their towers, developers can have additional height of up to 30 feet under the State Density Bonus Law. In sum, it gives San Francisco developers significant additional profit in return for no greater percentage of affordable housing in their projects.This is bad deal for San Francisco. We need more affordable housing for the 50% of San Franciscans who earn less than our average median income.We do not need more luxury housing; SF is currently building nearly double its state-set housing goal for market-rate (luxury) housing.

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SB 50 – Neighbors Tell Planning Commission “No”

Board of Supervisors to vote on Resolution

Dolores Heights neighbors and residents of other San Francisco neighborhoods spoke in opposition to SB 50 at the San Francisco Planning Commission meeting on March 14. The Planning Commission issued an analysis of SB 50 on March 8. Over 100 people opposed to the bill were at the hearing. Many cited the impact of the bill on our residential neighborhoods – where developers can build denser and taller market-rate housing (not affordable to the majority of San Franciscans.) The most compelling voices were those representing tenants and low-income communities who called out the gentrification and displacement that this bill will cause. The Planning Department staff provided a graphic of the size and mass of buildings that SB 50 would allow.

On March 21 Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution opposing SB-50 unless amended. It is co-sponsored by six other Supervisors (including our supervisor, Rafael Mandelman.) The Board’s Land Use Committee Meeting will hear the resolution on April 1st starting at 1:30pm at City Hall.

We need your voice to stop this destructive bill. Please write or call our elected officials.

How SB 50 will Affect YOU

To recap – Senator Scott Weiner‘s SB 50 will destroy both single-family neighborhoods and non-rented controlled affordable apartments for up to eight-story luxury housing. This bill will radically transform San Francisco — the diversity of our neighborhoods and our population. It also strips us, the residents, of our ability to engage in the meaningful give-and-take process of planning and community-building. It gives luxury housing developers authority over zoning and planning and allows them to build taller, denser apartment blocks. For example, SB 50 would permit minimum heights of 55 feet for most of Dolores Heights (all lots within mile of the J Church line or 45 feet for lots located between and mile of the J Church.) In exchange for including a small number of affordable units in their towers, developers can have additional height of up to 30 feet under the State Density Bonus Law. In sum, it gives San Francisco developers significant additional profit in return for no greater percentage of affordable housing in their projects. This is bad deal for San Francisco which needs more affordable housing and has plenty of luxury housing.

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Our Own Hans Kolbe Talks About the Dolores Park Ambassadors

MISSION PEOPLE: Hans Kolbe from Mission Local on Vimeo.

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CANCELLED! Green Garden Day – Saturday, April 6 CANCELLED!

Our Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, April 6 from 9-11 am at Noe & 20th Streets.

Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

Therell be coffee provided bySpikes coffeeand treats from the DHIC, garden tools and gloves courtesy of SF Parks Alliance and SFDPW, as well as lots of friendly faces.

Our mission is to improve our public staircases and their surrounding green areas with a healthy combination of gardening, safety, neighbor involvement and fun!

Everyone is welcome.

E-mailstairs@doloresheights.orgfor more info, or just show up!

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SF Planning Report: SB 50 Gives the Developers By Right to Build Big Luxury Projects Across San Francisco Residential Neighborhoods

State Senator Scott Wiener‘s new Senate Bill 50 claims to help solve California’s housing crisis and create more “affordable housing”. DONT BE FOOLED! This bill will actually do more for luxury builders than anyone else.

Read the SF Planning Department report . Join our neighbors and attend the SF Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm in City Hall, Room 400.(Click here for the agenda.)

The bill usurps local control over zoning laws and gives developers the ability to build as many units as they can legally fit within a lot — six units or more on a typical RH-1 lot.

The bill is keyed to a property’s proximity to public transit. So over 96% of San Francisco’s neighborhoods will be up-zoned. What does that mean for us and for the affordable housing crisis?

In Dolores Heights and other neighborhoods within mile of a rail/streetcar stop (like the J Church), developers will be able to build up to 55 feet — 20 feet above our 35 foot height limit — and even more in some cases (by using the State Density Bonus, another law). In neighborhoods within mile of those rail/streetcar stops, the height limit goes to 45 feet. And in any neighborhood within mile of a quality bus stop, developers can build multi-unit projects — at the existing height limits. The Planning Department summary below shows impact on Dolores Heights.

San Francisco Planning Department – Memo Re: SB 50 (2019)

When combined with the State Density Bonus, project heights can increase further (up to 85 feet.) Developers can receive other concessions that take away planning standards (examples: rear yard setbacks, demolition controls, design guidelines) – if the developer includes even one affordable unit in the project.

Heres whats happened when Seattle upzoned.

What do these incentives do for our affordable housing crisis? SB 50 defers to the local affordable housing requirements. So developers are only required to build the same percentage of affordable housing as SFs current affordable ordinance. Or, with no controls on density in Dolores Heights, developers may just opt to build a denser luxury condo building.

This bill will actually do more for luxury builders than for anyone else. Because it increases the development potential for land in San Francisco, it will likely drive costs up as developers bid for scarce properties. And it brings more congestion and increased demands on our infrastructure — without any additional developer funding to offset the negative impacts on our city. Why? the reason is clear if you follow the money — the backers of this bill include real estate developers and technology companies.

Read the SF Planning Department report which analyzes SB 50s impact on San Francisco.

Join our neighbors and attend the SF Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm in City Hall, Room 400.(Click here for the agenda.) We will have time to speak out about SB 50 during the hearing.

We want to hear from you. What do you think of SB 50 and this article? Email info@doloresheights.org or DHIC Chair carolynkenady@gmail.com

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DHIC & Neighborhood Groups Acting to Address Homelessness in District 8

Since last year the homeless situation has escalated in our broader neighborhood. In August homeless people started camping at Dolores Park and in adjacent areas. DHIC and other neighborhood leaders from the Castro Business District, Eureka Valley, Dolores Heights, Duboce Triangle, and Ford Street area neighborhoods contacted our Supervisor, Rafael Mandelman. In September 2018 he engaged City agencies to help address the influx of homeless people in the northern part of District 8 — with monthly meetings to discuss and report on progress. The City has increased services – public safety, cleaning, public health, and 311 responses. Despite these efforts, the homeless situation continues to be unacceptable. The visible homeless people are not just homeless; most are mentally ill and/or on drugs. They need treatment for mental illness and/or substance abuse — not just shelter beds or navigation centers.

Hearing on city policies to reduce homelessness on February 28

On Feb. 28, 2019 the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee (chaired by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and vice-chaired by Supervisor Catherine Stefani) held a hearing on city policies to reduce homelessness.

The meeting was packed and moved to the full Board of Supervisors ‘chambers. Our neighborhoods were well-represented with 15-20 people.

Seven supervisors heard and discussed the reports from the City. Some supervisors expressed concern and frustration with the head of the homelessness department, Jeff Kositsky.

Residents who gave public comment were clear: don’t make excuses – do more to address homelessness in all districts and pilot ideas that are working in SF or other cities.

Reports from DHIC attendees:

Meeting highlights from DHIC Board member Hans Kolbe: My impression was that Mr. Kositsky’s report was often misleading, very lengthy, sometimes condescending, and did not represent the urgency/emergency of the issue. He basically said we are doing everything we can, but we cannot do anything one excuse after the other.

Every suggested building for navigation centers was either too small, too large, too expensive, or in the wrong location. Mr. Kositsky reported that 150 new people become homeless every week in SF, while 50 are taken off the street i.e. net 100. (85% of newly homeless are residents of SF). Thats 1,200 homeless. He plans to add 800 Navigation Center beds during 2019. In the best case, we are falling behind 400 more homeless than we can shelter.

Comment by DHIC Chair, Carolyn Kenady, to the supervisors: We appreciate the City workers and services who clean up our neighborhood, deal with safety issues, and offer services to the homeless. It’s not addressing the root cause. The homeless in D8 are at rock-bottom – mentally ill and/or substance abusers. They need treatment, not just shelter beds or navigation centers. We urge our LEADERS to get the data and analyze the best practice for addressing their needs. Sponsor neighborhood-specific experiments, track results, and push for effective strategies to address the on-street homeless population.

Many neighborhood voices were missing from the conversation. Supervisor Mandelman’s staff promised a follow-up hearing in the future. DHIC will keep neighbors posted. For more information, contact board members or email info@doloresheights.org

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Our Affordable Housing Crisis and How SB 50 Affects Us

There is not enough housing in San Francisco for our lower- and moderate-income community, which includes many of our teachers, our firefighters, our young families, and our seniors. We need to do much more to maintain existing affordable housing and to encourage new development, specifically for these households.

SB 50 has been proposed by State Senator Scott Wiener in Sacramento to address this issue. Unfortunately, it is not the solution. Instead, it will dramatically and negatively impact our neighbors in Dolores Heights and in all of San Francisco.

  • Developers are incentivized to make vast profits by demolishing existing housing to build more luxury apartment blocks.
  • SB 50 would stop San Francisco from rejecting these eight floor tall developments, which could appear next to your home.
  • It takes away our current local neighborhood control over what is built where, how high, with how many units and transfers it to Sacramento.
  • There is no commitment to even build a specific percentage of affordable housing, only more luxury apartments blocks it will not do better than San Franciscos current affordable housing requirements
  • It incentivizes more luxury apartments — without requiring any onsite parking, back yards, trees, not even a courtyard — which will result in even more traffic congestion, less use of public transit, and no more affordable housing, but will make some developers very wealthy.
  • SB 50 is simply a real estate bill!

DHIC urges you to join our neighbors and attend the SF Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm (City Hall, Room 400.) You can speak out about SB 50 during the public comment period. The packet with Commissions analysis will be posted on Friday, March 8 for you to download and read.

We want to hear from you. What do you think of SB 50 and this article? Email info@doloresheights.org or DHIC Chair carolynkenady@gmail.com

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