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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Do You Want a Green Benefit District in our Community?

TheGreen Benefit Districtis being actively explored and championed. In the fall the formation committee held several community meetings and conducted a survey throughout our community.

What did they learn? Most residents are concerned about quality of life issues. This information helped the committee to assess the level of support for a GBD and based on the survey responses, to prioritize a proposed set of GBD services

What are they doing? The committee is conducting additional outreach and discussions to educate residents about what the Green Benefit District, what it entails, what its scope and services would be, how it differs from existing City services.What is the process for establishing a Green Benefit District in the broader Castro/Dolores area. And what it would cost property owners.

Get educated and form an opinion: Read the Survey report. Attend a neighborhood meeting -DHIC will host a get-together later in March. Talk with your neighbors.

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Important Updates from the Dolores Park Ambassadors

A wet Valentines Day in the Park – a lucky sunny minute.

Dear Fellow Dolores Park Ambassadors and Friends,

Just a short hello we are still around, still visiting the park, normally in a rush to avoid getting soaked and careful not to slip in the mud. It looks like to be a few days of sun, drying out basements, gardens, and the park. Hopefully the grass will become solid enough for walks and picnics, and dogs don’t need a wash after every walk. By the way, did you see the evening sunset over the city last Sunday? Astonishingly beautiful. (photo below).


Here some updates:

Planning Dolores Park events for spring, summer, and fall. We are meeting with Love Dolores and other neighborhood groups to plan neighborhood events in and around the park.

  • A repeat of Dolores Park History Day is agreed upon, probably in May;
  • Micro-litter cleanup day or days
  • Possibly a Neighborhood Community Showcase Day, allowing for the neighborhood associations and initiatives, musicians, writers, artists of the community to present their work, get to know each other, and find supporters and participants.

If you have other suggestions, please let us know!

Closing of the North Field: We hear the fences will be removed within the next two weeks. We may need some fencing-off in the southern part for the grass to recover from the wear and tear.

San Francisco Streets Team collaboration: We have started discussions with Streets Team group. They are performing regular street cleaning and neighborhood improvements in specifically assigned areas, currently mainly in the core Mission/South Van Ness and downtown areas. Streets Team has organized around 80 people with housing challenges into different teams in San Francisco and the East Bay, helping with stabilizing them with housing, finances, and eventually connecting them to appropriate training and jobs. They are interested in running similar cleanups in the Mission Dolores Park area and the surrounding streets. If you are willing to help in the collaboration, please let us know. You can find lots of information on their website http://streetsteam.org/san-francisco

-Staying vigilant: even during the rainy season the intimidation and threat of violence has not disappeared. In a post on Next Door Castro a neighbor described how she was threatened coming into the park with her grandchildren in the middle of the afternoon. They had to turn around and now are afraid of going to the playground. Unfortunately her call to the police did not result in any action. We are trying to follow up.

-The “Green Benefit District initiative is progressing. The city assessment of the areas has come back, the community priorities are being evaluated and put into a proposed management plan. We need lots of volunteers to talk to the neighbors about their views and priorities, facilitate their input, and make the GBD organization a vital support for the neighborhood.

-Fix-it team in and around the park? We welcome the initiative of the city Fix-It team to deal with issues and challenges around the park. We heard that they are surveying the surrounding streets. Let us know if you know more. Supervisor Mandelman, can we get your office to coordinate?

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Come Support Supv Mandelman at a Public Hearing Feb. 28 in City Hall

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman has called for a hearing on city policies to reduce homelessness next Thursday, February 28that 10am at the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. next Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10am at Room 263 in City Hall. He needs our attendance and our stories. He’s building a case that D8 needs more services to address the growing homeless/mental health/substance abuse on our streets, in our parks, and in our neighborhoods.

Rafael Mandelman has more personal experience with these issues than most human beings. This is one of his priorities, and I’ve seen him working methodically towards a solution for D8. He’s already gotten more City services to prevent wholesale camping in Dolores Park and to address the even greater numbers in the Castro. He’s committed finding service models that are proactive and effective at reducing the number of homeless in our district. And he listens to D8 stakeholders. Please come to City Hall on Feb. 28 to tell our city officials that the problem is growing, it’s intolerable for all, and we all need effective solutions … not just moving people around.

Please come to City Hall, Room 263, on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10am. Just being there sends a message. Standing up and talking for several minutes is even better.

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CANCELLED!! Green Garden Day March 2 at Noe & 20th Streets CANCELLED!!

Alas, once again we have decided to CANCEL the Green Garden Day scheduled for Saturday, March 2 from 9-11 am due to forecast rain.

The event is rescheduled for the same location for Saturday April 6, 2019.

Thank you for your continued support throughout our very rainy winter!

DHIC Stairs Committee

Liz Clark
Jennifer Bury
David Dea

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Public Works Hosts Community Clean Team Event February 16

Public Works would like to invite you to participate in the Community Clean Team taking place onSaturday, February 16, 2019. Community Clean Team is Public Works longest running and largest volunteer program that keeps San Francisco beautiful through landscaping and gardening projects, graffiti removal, litter clean up, and more!

On Saturday, February 16th, we will be joined by 200+ volunteers for various greening and landscaping activities, as well as painting out graffiti and doing general clean up all over District 8.

The event kick-off location is Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco.

D8 Community Clean Team event
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00 am 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)
Where:Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco

We are hoping your group would like to get involved, and volunteer on Saturday, February 16th to help us improve your neighborhood! Please RVSP by end of day on Wednesday, February 13th by registering here, or by emailing volunteer@sfdpw.org We will need to know how many people are in your group, and if anyone has dietary restrictions so we can plan lunch accordingly.

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Gigantic 3 (G3) Recycling Event February 16

Public Works is hosting aGigantic 3 (G3) recyclingevent!

This is a great opportunity to do household cleaning!District 8 & District 9residents have a great chance to remove unwanted clutter around the home with the reassurance that the castoffs will be recycled, refurbished or disposed of properly and work towards the Citys goal ofzero waste by 2020!

The Gigantic 3 Recycling event will take place inDistrict 8 & District 9onSaturday,February 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Co-hosted by San Francisco Public Works, Recology and Asian Pacific American Community Center, residents can drop off bulky items for landfill, recycling and composting at a site close to their home.

G3 Sites on Saturday, February 16th:

District 8: James Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe St. (between 25thSt. & Clipper)

District 9: John OConnell High School, 2355 Folsom St. (enter back parking lot from Harrison Street side)

To take advantage of thisfreeprogram, residents are asked to call Recologybefore 12:00 noon onFriday,February 15that (415) 330-1300 to set up an appointment for drop-off in their district location.

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CANCELLED! February Green Garden Day is CANCELLED!

We are sorry, but tomorrow’s Green Garden day 2/2/19 (Noe & 20th St.) isCANCELLEDdue to forecast of heavy storm early morning. The good news is that the rain will help fill our depleted reservoirs and aquifers.

We will reschedule this location for March and send a new notice.

Thank you again to all our dedicated volunteers for their enthusiasm and good work throughout the year that improves our community.


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