Thursday, April 15, 2021
Uncategorized The Agenda: March 2-9

The Agenda: March 2-9

-

In which we explore two housing protests, new ways to vote — and the question of whether San Francisco is a better (or more welcoming) city than it was 15 years ago

This is what 16th and Mission will look like with a fancy new housing development
This is what 16th and Mission will look like with a fancy new housing development

By Tim Redmond

MARCH 2, 2014 – The Maximus housing development at 16th and Mission has come to symbolize the devastation of the community.  Put 345 mostly market-rate housing units right next to the BART station and prices for everything will rise – commercial rents will go up, forcing out local businesses. Residential prices will go up, putting more pressure on landlords to evict tenants.

But of course, the build-forever folks are saying that it’s housing, and we need more housing in the city.

We have had this discussion here at some length. The idea that more luxury apartments or condos will help low-income or working-class people find a place to live in the Mission defies logic.

The proposed project is big, and expensive, and will sit right next to an area where poor people hang out during the day. If you don’t think the rich residents will be pushing to clean up the BART plaza (by moving poor people out) then you haven’t paid much attention to how gentrification works.

So I suspect the March 4 meeting at which Maximus representatives will present their package of community benefits will be a bit … lively. A large community coalition plans to “March on Maximus,” starting at 5:45 pm. Meet at the Laborers Local 261 union hall, 3271 18th Street at Shotwell.

 

In other housing protests: A housing and politics collective is facing eviction from a place at 16th and Mission, right across the street from where Maximus wants to build. Coincidence? Maybe not: When you see this kind of  land rush going on, property values soar, and a place that nobody wanted to rent a decade ago is suddenly worth a lot of money. So: Long-term tenants have to go.

In this case, the group called Station 40 (named after the old Post Office station that used to be on the site) moved into a rundown space in 2004. The collective members fixed it up, put in the proper plumbing and walks, and turned it into a place where ten people can live – and Food Not Bombs can cook it meals for homeless people, and all sorts of political groups can meet.

But now the landlord says the space shouldn’t be residential (though it’s been used that way for a decade, and presumably the landlord knew that). Friends of Station 40 will rally Monday/2 at noon at the 16th Street BART Plaza.

The Urban IDEA panel: Moderate Dyan Ruiz, USF Professor Corey Cook, Sup. Eric Mar, Campos aide Nate Allbee, SF Rising Action Fund's Emily Lee and Causa Justa:Just Cause staffer Maria Zamudio
The Urban IDEA panel: Moderate Dyan Ruiz, USF Professor Corey Cook, Sup. Eric Mar, Campos aide Nate Allbee, SF Rising Action Fund’s Emily Lee and Causa Justa:Just Cause staffer Maria Zamudio

 

Great panel discussion last week about how progressives can win future elections in San Francisco. Two big points stuck out:

  1. We too often build coalitions and organize communities for big races, then let it all fall apart until the next election.
  2. We need to think about changing the way we vote.

I’m not talking about Ranked-Choice Voting, which is another discussion. This one, led by Nate Allbee, who ran the Campos for Assembly campaign, was about how we get our folks to the polls.

Campos, of course, won on Election Day. He lost the absentee, or vote-by-mail, ballots. Traditionally, the absentee vote in this city has been more conservative. It’s also growing: in some precincts this past election, more than 60 percent of the votes were cast by mail.

So Allbee has a couple of suggestions. Maybe, like the Swiss, we should just send a ballot to every registered voter, and let them either mail it in or drop it off at a polling place on Election Day. Or maybe, like Oregon, we should do elections entirely by mail. Turnout in Oregon, where every registered voter gets a ballot, is at least five points higher than in most other states in non-presidential years.

Maybe we should change the year we elect the mayor, and put it on the same ballot as the president.

But whatever we do, we need to get more of the occasional progressive voters to sign up for and use absentee ballots. That’s the GOTV of the future.

 

Another police shooting, in the Mission. The facts are a bit sketchy, but a guy armed with a knife (maybe) who was (maybe) stealing a bicycle is dead. I realize that a knife is potentially a deadly weapon. I always wonder in these situations if there wasn’t a way to disarm him without killing him. But you can ask: There’s a community meeting at 6pm at Cesar Chavez school, 825 Shotwell.

 

We are talking about Native San Franciscans a lot these days, though I suppose the only ones who can claim to be real natives were the Ohlone and the Miwok, most of whom were killed by the guy they’re making into a saint.

But if you were born here, you get a certain status as a native, and two of them – Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez and Tony Robles – had pieces in the past couple of weeks talking about natives and newcomers. Both of them lament the loss of so much of what this city had.

Joe talks about being a welcoming city:

To my fellow longtime San Franciscans: Do protest constructively, but stop the hate because it doesn’t help anyone. We should honor our history as a beacon to new transplants, and coach them to add to our myriad cultures — not displace them.

In our minds, locals are singing “I left My Heart in San Francisco,” a melancholy song about leaving, and missing, our home. Let’s flip the script: “San Francisco” is a song welcoming both the return of locals, and newcomers.

Tony is less patient:

To be a native born San Franciscan is to be disrespected; it is putting up with the whimsical, often obnoxious hordes that flock here, planting seeds imported from elsewhere without regards for the roots already here.

And then you have this.

I don’t really know what to do with Molly Ditmore’s piece from the Bold Italic. I get her point – we have better bike lanes now, and they redid Dolores Park and the Ferry Building – but seriously? A city where nobody but the rich can afford to arrive is better than one where the rest of us had a place?

San Francisco has always welcomed newcomers. We are a city of immigrants, from all over the world. There are always new generations arriving, bringing new life and energy, and there are always old curmudgeons who say things are going to hell.

But it’s different now. We are not a welcoming city anymore. And it has nothing to do with the natives complaining about new arrivals.

It has to do with this: A modest apartment costs $3,500 a month. With first-and-last and security deposit, that’s $10,500 to move in.

I have known and welcomed hundreds of people who have moved to San Francisco since I arrived in 1981. Many of them worked for me at the Bay Guardian. Some of my friends have become doctors or lawyers or PhDs, and some of them make pretty good money today.

But I don’t know a single person who arrived in San Francisco with $10,000 to spend on an apartment.

I don’t think I know a single person who arrived here with $10,000. Or with a job waiting that paid enough to cover $3,500 a month in rent.

I wouldn’t be welcome in San Francisco today. None of the scores of people I hired to work at the Guardian would be welcome. Not a single writer I know could move to the city today. The only reason we’re here is that we arrived in an era when housing costs were low enough that we could pursue our dreams.

Here’s Dittmore:

We all think we were the last of the cool kids to set up shop here. In coming here, we set out on our own personal gold rush in search of opportunity, acceptance, or fortune.

And here’s the difference: Everyone I know, across quite a bit of time, came here in search of opportunity or acceptance, or something else – but it was something other than fortune.

I don’t think I’m the last cool kid. I wasn’t very cool in 1981. (I remember one of the very cool kids dismissing me as “oh god, it’s Tim. Blue jeans, beer, and cheeseburgers.”)  And my kids will tell you that I’m not very cool today.

But if my generation offered anything to this city – and I think we have – it was because we could arrive here with no jobs and no money, and still be accepted. In that sense, the city 20 years ago, 15 years ago, the city were there wasn’t artisanal produce in Safeway and there weren’t good bike lanes, was a better place. Certainly a lot more welcoming.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

145 COMMENTS

  1. I lived in the Mission until 3 years ago and had moved there in 2008 . My girlfriend had a studio for $1,100 (When I moved the people across the hall were paying $1850). My friends paid on average $750-$850 a room. The apartment below my brother was crappy but $1000 for the whole half of the length of the ground floor. This year it rented for $2550. It wasn’t cheap, but it was possible. I found rooms in apartments with 4 other people and never paid more than $650.

    That wasnt very long ago and at 29 not Im not that old, yet. SF was making Brooklyn look affordable and I moved. I’m over both though at this point.

  2. Oh, Sam. Why always so personal?

    Let’s set up a playdate. I bet everyone gets along, even the two of us.

    In two decades we’re all going to be underwater. Might as well play nice until then.

  3. WC, i put a lot more time, energy and money into ensuring that my kids are winners, and not that they are PC.

    And my kids will be ordering your kids around in another 20 years

  4. 4G SF, our son’s school is 75% non-white or hispanic, 57% disadvantaged. I invited you to this week’s fundraiser, but you were too busy bullying me online. I’ll invite you to the next one.

    SFUSD is bad because it is bad, not because some of the kids are ‘black and brown’. Having hung out with them, I can relay that kids are just kids. SFUSD, by contrast, needs money and help.

    If we doubled its budget and put some real effort into coaching we could go a long way in a short time. The teachers I have met are uniformly good eggs. They just need a lot more support.

  5. WC is funny. He believes that profferring trivia knowledge somehow confers political power on him.

    And yet he appears to have no power. Very odd.

  6. Oh stop it. The “perp” in this video is obviously a trained martial artist. The point is that there are far too many police murders of unarmed people in this country, as well as cases where disproportionate force is used.

  7. Also FWIW, I am not trying to personally attack WC, even though it sounds like it (Sorry WC) but the attitude of people that represents. WP not sending your kids to “bad schools” like WC & Talbot yet saying they’re not racist is exactly the progressive attitude that is disgusting. BTW, Michael Moore did the same thing.

    “Bad schools” are black and brown schools, and sometimes I’ve seen these same progressives who OTOH are for teachers usually, also say there are “bad teachers” in the “bad schools” as well.

    Lastly, I am gaining in my admiration for WC despite him pulling the race card every so often, though he’s W and it’s really insulting. A lot of his other ideas are very interesting, and I am listening to them.

    In the same way people should listen to Ammiano, Tim, Carlos, Gary, Dave, etc. I actuallly agree many times with Marcos & Petrelis, but I have different opinions. IOW, people should never follow any party lines, which is my personal philosophy.

  8. True, Guest, and in fact many normal hard-working professional types are happy to commute into SF to work, especially if they have kids as well.

    They are not the problem. The problem is the folks who don’t have economically useful skills but feel they deserve to live in SF anyway. Typically they are on a mission to never grow up, and and feel that if they don’t live in SF they somehow won’t survive. They think they are “interesting” because they juggle, mime, produce bad art or are some kind of “activist” (i.e. their profession is trying to get people to do what they dont want to do).

    Always be suspicious of the Peter Pan types who “just have to be in SF”. They are the problem.

  9. Tim loves all the skank at 16th and Mission. In an ideal world, he’d get rid of all the professional people and just have 100% 24/7 skank.

  10. If I decide move to “NYC,” I may actually end up living in NJ or Queens or somewhere that’s a 30 minute subway ride to downtown Manhattan. The Bay Area is similarly a huge place. To assert that all newcomers need to live in SF when there is 20X more real estate surrounding SF – that has fairly low current housing density – is a great argument if you’re a SF land speculator or developer. But focusing on building substantially more housing in SF when the other 100 Bay Area cities are dragging their feet on adding new housing is a terrible policy. Where are the 75,000 new housing units in Marin? Or the 150,000 new housing units in the Southbay? Or the 100,000 new units along the peninsula or East Bay?

    Deep-pocketed financiers, developers, SPUR and Mayor Lee’s administration may want to cheer about building more housing in SF because that is where the greatest profits are, but the housing-jobs imbalance issue is driven by what’s happening in the greater Bay Area and that’s where it should be solved.

  11. Sitting in a room for hours listening to a bunch of self-righteous bores out-boring each other sounds like a living hell.

  12. Oh that worked. I got a record number of hits!

    Newbies! Admin would have removed any “malware” links. Unfortunately, they can’t remove the trolls who I suspect are actual malware, because nobody could be that stupid. Or CAN they…..?

  13. I don’t expert them to be professional martial artists. I also don’t expect them to shoot 7-year old girls in their bed. Better personnel, better training, better non-lethal equipment.

  14. Maybe we need to make plazas and parks more user specific. Like that new skateboard park under the overpass? It’s primarly for skateboarders.

    I agree that a central transport hubs like mission/16th is used by many different types of people, so perhaps it’s not the best place for addicts and skanks to hang out all day. I understand that they live in cramped quarters, but maybe the city can designate some city park for this purpose…aka like berkeleys people’s park, if you will. A sacrificial lamb- maybe that Franklin square on Potrero between 16-17th st? Enough homeless there already. Ditch the kids park and just rename it it Skank Park. All local homeless can hang out there all they want. Add portable toilets and have DPW (whomever) manage that place 24×7 to control trash, etc.

    Thank god 24th st Bart plaza is much better. Shoeshine, ice cream, flower vendors aren’t a problem. But 16th st plaza is basically disgusting. And if Tim thinks for a minute that the SRO element that habitats 16th st plaza doesn’t include/attract/bring in violent crime, then he’s way off base. It does.

  15. Agreed, 4th, I am also stunned how racist white progressives can be. They patronize black and brown people by claiming that they have to be saved from white people, while using the word “white” as an insult, as if they have forgotten that they are white.

    Still, since I want progressives to continue to lose elections, I’m happy for them to obsess about race, cause resentment and division, and to appear hopelessly out of touch.

  16. “The minimum wage was raised to $3.80 an hour beginning April 1, 1990, and to $4.25 an hour beginning April 1, 1991.
    History of Minimum Wage – US Department of Labor”

    Let’s say you made $4 an hour, that would have been $160 a week minus taxes, which probably brought ti down to $120 a week. That would be $480 a month. I don’t think you could have found a place for that cheap without several roommates.

    It’s amazing the tricks played on our memories when confronted by actual facts.

  17. All I’m saying WC is that liberals always talk a good game about equality and that they’re not racist. Yet they did not send their kids to Paul Revere Elementary School in Bernal when it was all black and brown. And you were calling Sam a bigot when both you and Talbot sent your kids to the white private school? Come on.

    In fact Sam said, I think, that he wanted to send his own kid to his local school – something both you and Hypocrite Talbot did not do. Code words: “bad school” right? Because it was majority black and brown.

    Personally, IDC, but we see it every day. Progressives are the worst racists, ever. More racist than people in the south who use pejoritives for people of color. You know why? Because white southerners send their kids to mixed schools, with black and brown people in them. Something that the white liberal progressives of SF & LA & NYC do not do.

    As I said, SF is filled to the brim with racists, it’s all code words, and the racism here is unreal. Just like in either this or another thread. Some progressive LW person accused me of racism because I stated “the Mehserle situation”. Progressives are so quick to draw out the race card – and I mean WHITE progressives, who are the worst racists, ever. See the BDS movement as well.

  18. Trollkiller – no one, I mean NO ONE is going to click on your malware site. Ever. You don’t have stories there, Just MALWARE. Stop it!

  19. Tim, this is what tasers are for, they’re not perfect, but it at least would of been an option in this situation.

    No police officer should have to fight an armed individual in hand to hand combat. An expert martial artist may be able to demonstrate disarming techniques in a controlled environment, but even the best would not be able to do this reliably. I don’t know of any aikido masters who would be willing to test this by having students surprise them in their homes with real weapons like Kato in the Pink Panther series. Even if the chances of disarming were 80%, those are not odds most people would risk their lives for.

    25 feet is a distance at which a cop who does not have his weapon drawn can safely engage someone with a knife. In a real life situation with stress, an officer is not going to be able to necessarily be able to draw and shoot a charging opponent accurately.

    In general, it’s unfair to expect police to have the level of skill of people who have dedicated their lives to either martial arts or shooting. People seem to expect this, but it’s not realistic.

  20. Guest9:12 (Sam again, I assume): when I say your kids probably hate you for your bigtory already, I mean it. That’s no good for a family.

    4G SF, you and Sam can talk ‘on paper’ and his kids and mine will pity your little minds.

  21. Walnut Creek, you put your kid/s into private school, not into Paul Revere. What does that make you? A “fucking bigot” just like you’re calling this person. And Talbot is the same way.

    Yeah yeah yeah, black people ON PAPER are great except if your school is full of black and brown people.

  22. Whoa, WC, no endlessly useless fact and statistics?

    But instead just blind prejudice?

    You are becoming human. Well done!

  23. Tim has helped create this alleged crisis because he endlessly seeks to suck all the prosperity out of a lively economy and throw it at those who have no clue how to constructively use it.

    Tim really really should move to Detroit. It is perfect for him.

  24. No, Walnut, vrrm is correct, there is a massive amount of hypocrisy emerging from the left, and decent people should oppose that

  25. Sam, I have tried to put this gently, but it isn’t getting through: stop being a fucking bigot.

    Your kids probably hate you for it already, but if they don’t, they will. Get over it.

  26. Yeah, what you said. Or as the song goes, ‘San Francisco, open your Golden Gate..’

    You can’t say it enough. Thanks.

  27. I’m great with addicts having a place to hangout for their never ending, life-long recess, but that place shouldn’t be an escalator away from mass transit in a world where mass transit is not working well enough and needs all the help it can get.

    When you’re asking yourself, why are progressives becoming more and more irrelevant, look at this. Torpedoing mass transit to preserve a hangout for homeless and a view of the world calcified in the 70s. Fail.

  28. Chiding you a bit your on your partisan take on 2014’s low voter turnout. Decreasing voter turnout is bad because it erodes the integrity of democratic institutions, not because it resulted in a loss for Campos. We do urgently need to improve election participation. I do wonder why we don’t simply key it to your vote to your state id and allow Internet voting? Tough, Internet voting has been slow to be adopted world wide so it seems that resistance is not just US parochialism.

    With respect to SF acceptance of newcomers, you’re exactly right that at once time America’s great cities were places where you could go with a few dollars in your pocket and get a room for let and look for work. SF was the quintessential city to go West to to start a new life, and frankly you’re generation and natavist cohort is exactly who wrecked that San Francisco for everyone. The obsessive resistance to building residential housing has lead us to the point where a small fraction of the cities residents would be able to find an apartment in the city if they were to be evicted from their current unit. It’s worth remember that SF had at one point a gigantic supply of cheap housing for migrant workers and new-comers, all market rate! (the SRO) It is impossible to build those types of units now due to zoning restrictions that SF’s own residents selfishly put on the ballots by their own initiative — largely because a contingent of perhaps well-meaning activists took to the bullhorns to assure the public that that where not acting for their own narrowly defined interest, but for the city’s greater good by protecting it from ‘international finance’

    To lament the lack of affordable housing for new arrivals looking for work, while denigrating techies who are exactly such new arrivals, and double down on that incoherence by suggesting that we must stop building residential units of any kind… Well… do you really believe that guff? or is it just reflex?

  29. Oh, please. You’re against all new market rate housing. International capitol and speculators?? How about tech, biotech and other professional workers? Your spin is on par with Fox news.

  30. Actually, the vast majority of the for-profit development I have opposed over 30 (not 40) years has been commercial office space, which makes the housing shortage worse. It was the left, the progressives, who demanded that developers building housing. We were rebuffed repeatedly by the likes of Mayor Dianne Feinstein, who wanted nothing that would slow the growth of commercial offices. You’ve got it wrong; the progressives have fought for 40 years or more for housing, for a balance between new job growth and housing, for housing that meets the needs of the workforce. I oppose housing that meets the needs of nobody but international capital and speculators.

  31. Good ole’ Tim, opposing every single for profit development for over 40 years, then surprise surprise surprise! Shocked to discover there is a housing shortage. Still up to his old tricks, I see.

  32. And we seriously need to examine the motives of people who are willing and sometimes too eager to use deadly force against other humans. Who wants a job where you might have to kill someone, or where you yourself could be killed or maimed? Someone who wants to “protect and serve, or a psychopathic bully who wants to get back at “them?”

  33. Lee only has to win one more election and nobody credible is challenging him.

    Moreover he has already easily beaten Herrera, Avalos, Yee, Chiu, Adachi, Dufty, Ting and Aliota-Pier.

  34. But when you favor those people over the much larger group of people who are disgusted and scared to traverse that area simply to take a train or bus to work or school, then you are playing favorites.

  35. But enough where he has no base of voters to fall back on to hedge any risk. Chicago is an example of the value of runoffs and the idiocy of IRV.

  36. Lee doesn’t need strong support. He just needs 60% support even if there was a challenger, which there is not.

  37. Tim, you missed the point about the cops being 25 feet away. The perp wasn’t threatening the cops – he was threatening his victim who was right by his side.

    So how do the cops stop the perp stabbing his victim when they were 25 feet away without shooting him?

    Nobody is suggesting that the perp was trying to throw a knife at the cops. That’s ridiculous.

    The cops did the only thing they could do, for which the victim (remember him) thanked them for saving his life.

    Oh, and the perp had been drinking for hours.

  38. I’m fine with crime-prevention, esp. violent-crime prevention, at the plaza and elsewhere. But that’s the only outdoor space that a lot of people in the neighborhood have. They live in SROs and have no living room, so they hang out in the BART Plaza. There is nothing wrong with that, and “cleaning up” the plaza shouldn’t mean removing the folks who are hurting nobody (even if they’re sneaking a drink from a paper bag or smoking a joint.)

  39. Yes, Smarf, knife defense is difficult. At close range, it’s even more difficult (under some circumstances) than gun defense. Nevertheless, I know quite a few people who, with good martial arts training, can disarm a person with a knife. Depends, of course, on how big the knife is, how skilled the person with the knife is, etc. At close range, police also have batons. Most people carrying knives have no idea how to use them. I’m not saying this was a bad or illegal shooting; I’m saying I wish there were ways to avoid killing people in these situations. BTW, as to 25 feet: I guess you’re saying that the person could throw the knife? That takes enormous skill and practice. Very, very few people can throw even a special, perfectly balanced knife accurately for 25 feet. Even fewer can throw your typical pocket knife, kitchen knife or switchblade. The odds that a typical robbery suspect can throw a knife well enough to hurt a cop at 25 feet are probably about the same as the odds that a lightening strike will hit the cop during the arrest. Again: I have no information to suggest that the officers did anything wrong. I do think we need to consider more training in self-defense methods that don’t involve shooting a gun.

  40. Wrong. SF does have bussing – we are just not allowed to call it that any more. Instead your kid rides a school bus from Noe Valley to Bayview each morning in order to normalize economic opportunity.

    PC’ness is rammed down the throats of SFUSD schools. you think they ignore Black History Month in city schools?

    My kids are in private school and they are staying there. I don’t want them dumbed down and shamed for being white and smart.

  41. Co-operative housing? That old concept? Yeah right. Ask the people in NYC about that elitist stuff. No.

  42. Guest1:17, few quit SFUSD for the lottery. There is no ‘busing’ (sigh; words have meaning), and the idea that ‘political correctness’ enters anyone’s mind is hallucinatory.

    Nope; folks I know who leave the city leave because they can’t afford it, or because SFUSD on the whole is deeply mediocre. Sad, but true. No heroes, we’ll leave too if it can’t shape up.

  43. Evidently Emmanuel is detested no more than the challenger, since their poll results are similar.

  44. I talked to the developer who paid 2 million for the land. He plans a 5,000 square foot SFH which he believes he can sell for 4.5 million.

    That implies that the land is indeed less than 50% of the value, but not by much.

    Of course, if you are building more floors or units, then the percent of value that is for the land will be less. A good argument for building up. And up.

  45. Guest2:54, I believe it. Separate raw land from improvements (even a teardown has improvements), you’re talking 25% land costs at most, and that is for a bespoke trophy property.

    So far it is looking like 25% caps your land costs, and like dense, multiunit probably comes in at at 10-15%. But again, I like numbers. Nothing on Pier 70? Hunters Point? Anything?

  46. I understand that it is important for you to try and find a way of declaring a popular mayor to not be popular.

  47. The police were protecting a citizen. He was being threatened with a knife and having his bike stolen.

    He later thanked the police for saving his life.

    i am comfortable with this shoot.

  48. This is indeed 2015. And police apartments across the nation need to catch on to that fact. They are not the law, and they are not above the law. Their job is protect all citizens, even those who might be mentally ill or not acting rationally. Obviously there are cases when deadly force is needed; this was not one of them.

  49. Smarf, TrollKiller is the biggest troll here. He will argue that black is white and think he’s being smart.

  50. Here’s another anecdote for you. A property near me just sold for 2 million and the buyer is demolishing it and building a home three times the size.

    But the key is that it is an over-sized lot. Effectively he is paying 2 million just for the land.

  51. This is 2015.

    We need to know that we can use a knife to steal someone’s bike and not risk getting shot by some under trained cop.

  52. If your training doesn’t allow you to defend yourself against the most like weapon you will face (someone with no training holding a knife or club,) then it is useless. You’re right, things seldom work like in the movies; most of the time the cops issue no warning. Shoot first, ask questions later has always been standard operating procedure in police forces, along with throw-down weapons, falsifying reports, and stealing evidence. I repeat, bad training, and bad decision making are responsible for the majority of police shootings.

  53. Guest11:55, a property tax assessment in a Prop 13 jurisdiction for a single-family detached is a profoundly unconvincing piece of evidence for the land costs of large development projects.

    Even absent Prop 13 and for single-family, assessments seem bad estimators of land costs. Take our building. If you believe the assessment, 70% of its value is land and you can rebuild it from scratch for $133/sf.

    Fire insurance is another poor piece of evidence. State Farm will not build you a brand-new, LEED-platinum designer showcase, but pays replacement after depreciation.

    If you want to talk land costs, let’s. An RH2 lot went for $350 around the corner; it’s going to have two ginormous townhouses on it, going for $1.3+ each, so that’s a land cost of 13%. Another RH2 isn’t quite raw land: a fire left a foundation and utilities; went for $450, iirc, so same ballpark.

    Anecdote is not data, and I am ready to believe these are exceptions. What will the land costs be as percentage of the fully built out Pier 70?

  54. 4 percent is the margin of error. Emmanuel is detested. He is in the fight for his political life and it is nothing short of delightful to see him in this position.

  55. As someone with experience in several different martial arts styles, I can positively tell you that nobody suggests taking on an armed opponent if you can avoid it. Even trained fighters in a knife on knife fight, would expect to get hurt. Choosing to risk your own life so you can attempt to disarm an armed opponent is a horrible idea, and that is why no police officer will attempt to do so unless that is their only option.

    25 feet is about the minimum distance you are safe against someone with a knife. You hold a knife against a cop, essentially you are asking him to pull a gun.

    Tim’s inquiry as to why the cop did not attempt to disarm can be answered by volunteering to take a police simulation. He’ll learn pretty quickly that things are not as easy in the movies. Leg and arm shots are extremely hard, and anyone who has fired a pistol knows that it is possible to miss a man sized target wat 25 feet or less.

  56. A “good shoot?’ Seriously, how much Hollywood do you watch?
    “We” may not know the victims race, but I do. He was a Guatemalan immigrant who spoke no English. The only reason he is here is because his country is a narco-state dictatorship sponsored by the U.S. of A. where “normal” life has become impossible. The same is true for many immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Columbia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Yemen, et.al. It appears YOU are the one speculating.

  57. Corey Cook has no dog in this hunt.

    Lee has the benefit of la cosa nostra making potential challengers offers they cannot refuse.

    “The Left” is not “the left,”, it has been reduced to the city funded nonprofits making themselves squeaky wheels in need of grease and once they get paid off calling it a day.

  58. All good until the p.s. Quoting Father Font in 1776:

    The site for the Presidio of San Francisco was chosen because:
    “(Anza) had found plentiful timber and firewood, much water in several springs or lakes, abundant lands for raising crops…the immediate vicinity lacked timber for large buildings…but heavier timber could be secured from the Llano de los Robles, so-called because of the thick growth of oak trees, and from the stands of cedars and other trees on the high ranges to the south.” The “high ranges to the south” of the Presidio would have referred to pretty much most of the rest of San Francisco. Love me some Western Red cedar.

    This is how the site for the Mission Dolores was chosen:
    “Passing through wooded hills and over flats with good lands, in which we encountered two lagoons and some springs of good water, with plentiful grass, fennel, and other useful herbs, we arrived at a beautiful arroyo which, because it was Friday of Sorrows, we called the Arroyo de los Dolores… We went a little further, and from a small elevation there I observed the trend of the port in this direction. I saw that it’s extremity was towards the east-southeast, and that a very high redwood which stands on the bank of the arroyo of San Francisco, visible from a long distance, rising like a great tower in the Llano de los Robles…Near this elevation, at the end of the hill on the side toward the port, there is a good piece of level land dominated by the Arroyo de los Dolores. This arroyo enters the plain by a (water) fall which it makes on emerging from the hills, and with it everything can be irrigated, and at the same fall a mill can be erected, for it is very suitable for this purpose.”

    This description better explains why a 500-lb. grizzly bear was captured at the Mission Dolores as late as 1850. Unless it was one of the rare, endangered, seldom-seen Dune Grizzlies…..

  59. Ahhh Sam/MiniMe/Guest, you are so predictable. You somehow think hurling insults wins arguments. So sad. It must be Hell to be so full of hate all you can do is sit around and troll people all day and night. And lonely. Sad, lonely troll. Anything else? You can have the last word.

  60. TK, you should seem to claim to know a lot when all you are really doing is speculating.

    This is one of those case where everyone agrees it was a good shoot, including the victim of the theft.

    And we don’t even know the race of the perp, so that isn’t a factor either

  61. I’m not buying this “strong” versus “weak” support concept. Lee has consistently had over 60% support and nobody else is on the radar.

    Sounds to me like Cook has tried to cut and slice and spin the data to try and make Lee look less popular than he really is. When Leno and Ammiano are scared to run against a mild-mannered city clerk, then the left knows it is in disarray.

  62. You’re watching too much television. How did the officers know “the guy” hadn’t stolen the bike, and the pursuer was trying to get it back? If the rider was “being threatened,” why did the police risk his life by opening fire? Poor training, poor decision making. Ah well, dead men tell no tales…..

  63. Guest, responses:

    1) There are many places with greater income equality that are poorer. Less inequality could just mean that everyone is poorer. West Virgiia is more equal, for instance.

    2) Someone who works in SF doesn’t have to live in SF It’s a small place surrounded by cheaper towns.

    3) If your sexual identity renders you less employable, then your statistic is not surprising

    4) What is the correct number of blacks for SF? Why does race even matter here?

    5) Parents that I know have quit SFUSD because of the allocation system, busing, and because of political correctness. Not for economic reasons

  64. Don’t worry, Lee has the entire political system buttoned down, he has nothing to worry about when a disinterested political science professor says that it is unprecedented to see a mayor at this point in his term with solid approval ratings as low as this and that it is amazing that nobody is running to challenge him. That is, Lee has it buttoned down until he doesn’t, just like Emmanuel. I’d wager that 4 points is the margin of error. Don’t worry, it can’t happen here, right?

  65. If the left wants to win more elections in SF it seems they need a better handle on understanding the city’s current demographics. A recent article on Matador listed five uncomfortable truths about living in SF.
    http://matadornetwork.com/pulse/5-uncomfortable-truths-living-san-francisco/?link=mktw

    1. In terms of income equality, the city is as unequal as Rwanda.
    “This income inequality also has a racial component: the average white San Franciscan makes three times more money than the average black resident, 66 percent more than the average Latino resident, and 44 percent more than the average Asian resident.”

    2. The average price for a year of rent is almost equal to a starting public school teacher’s salary.
    “From 2008 to 2012, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that the city lost approximately 30,000 workers with incomes of less than $35,000 a year.”

    3. Almost a third of the city’s homeless residents identify as LGBTQ.
    “Though San Francisco may be one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country, recent numbers indicate that the city hasn’t necessarily taken care of its LGBTQ population as much as you’d expect. In the city’s 2013 count of its homeless population, the city for the first time asked information on sexual orientation. The result? 29% of the city’s 6,436 homeless residents identified as LGBTQ, nearly twice the national average.”

    4. It’s one of the worst cities for African-Americans to economically succeed.
    “New Geography, a start-up that analyzes cities and quality of life, ranked the country’s major metropolitan areas based on how easily black communities could economically thrive. San Francisco placed 48 out of 50. While all other racial groups in the city have median incomes over $50,000, the median income of black households is $30,840.”

    5. It’s the most educated city in the United States…yet its upper-class no longer invests in the city’s public education system.
    “Almost 75% of San Francisco residents hold a bachelor’s degree and almost 20% have graduate/professional degrees. And yet, the city’s public education system has been largely abandoned by the city’s white, upper-class population. San Francisco ranks third among American cities with the highest private school enrollment, with enrollment almost at 20%, even higher than places like Manhattan and Los Angeles.”

    PS: There’s not much evidence Native Americans lived in SF proper or along the peninsula. Most large settlements were near more robust fresh water sources such as Alameda Creek (Fremont). SF had very few native oak groves (a major food source) and was mostly a desolate, sand-swept landscape (and often foggy!), not the best environment to build settlements. Shellmounds found along Islais Creek suggest the SF area may have been used by hunting expeditions and/or adolescents during rites of passage.

  66. My property tax bill tells me that half the value of my property is the land it sits on. The implication is that if my building were 100% destroyed, my property would still be worth 50% of what it is currently worth.

    Likewise my fire insurance policy is for a value significantly below the value of the land and property together.

  67. I’m not sure you can draw too much solace from the allegation that only one sixth of the 60% support for Lee is “strong”. For two reasons:

    1) It doesn’t have to be strong to win elections. It just has to be a mild preference over the others. Lee won last time against a number of big-name alternatives.

    2) Lee is not a charismatic leader or a big ideas guy. He’s just a competent administrator who would never normally have become mayor. But people like him precisely because he isn’t too political, and because he is a safe pair of hands whose main focus is improving the economy.

    But you’re right that the absurd focus only on people who have some kind of minority status is self-defeating when the majority of voters are moderate non-poor straight whites.

  68. TrollKiller, most people would prefer low-rises with green space and $1,500 rents. If you want $1,500 rents, you need to build a whole mess of units in a really short time, and I can’t see that happening without dense, mid-rise development.

    Guest11:27, the last raw land sale I saw in my neighborhood was 5 RH2 lots for $1m. Land looks like 10-20% of development costs to me, not 50%. Maybe I guesstimate wrong; can you develop ten units on completely raw land for $1m?

  69. Corey Cook is not a progressive. He’s a data nerd and statistician professor of political science at USF. He just laid out the numbers. The rest of the panel just ignored his report as if he were some sort of turd in the punchbowl, probably because he is a privileged straight white cis man. What could he possibly know about the plight of “the most vulnerable?”

    Cook said that while Lee has a 60% not-unfavorable rating, as a 5 year incumbent, he has a pathetically low 10% strong support rating. That progressives are allowing themselves to be coopted out of a challenge demonstrates that they’ve cut a separate peace with the neoliberals, putting their good things gleaned by corruption over the best interests of the electorate who is not bought into the Lee regime.

    So we got a 60% white electorate and a mayor with 60% of the softest support, so the path forward is to ignore white voters and to cut deals with the weak mayor.

    Incredible. Are these people saboteur spies?

  70. Emmanuel is up 42-38 in the opinion polls, which is more than Chiu was ahead of Campos right before our election. And he is the incumbent of course.

    Lee is running unopposed this year, last time I looked. Maybe the voters don’t hate development as much as you think.

  71. I’d take Campos over Lee. At least Chiu stood up to big developers unlike Campos who folded like a chair.

    Nope, Emmanuel is a too big target who needs to be taken down to delegitimate the neoliberal takeover of the democrats.

  72. Normal people don’t want to live in a Tenderloin SRO, don’t think that Greece isn’t in Europe, and don’t claim they can achieve world peace by canoodling.

    And FYI, on high-ruse residential buildings, the cost per square foot gets HIGHER as you move further up the building.

  73. How do you use martial arts to disarm a guy with a knife from 30 feet away, and then that knife is held close to the body of a victim or hostage?

    You cannot. That implies that the cops were close enough to engage in hand-to-hand combat.

    And even if they are trained, the BG could be a martial arts expert.

    So no, you take the zero risk option.

    “Perp” and “BG” are standard LE terms for a villain or felon.

    And why do you express no sympathy for the victim of this attempted crime?

  74. “Perp?” “BG?” Dehumanize much?
    Even if he did have a knife, any professional law enforcement officer should have sufficient martial-arts training to disarm an individual. Any first-year student can disarm a “perp” with a knife with just a baton; many can do it empty-handed. There is no excuse for this or most other OIS, but there is a reason. Poor quality personnel, poor training, and a racist/sexist/misogynist “bro” culture that remains largely unaccountable. Remember, it was a member of the SFPD that assassinated Moscone and Milk. And he got off.

  75. No, any architect or builder will tell you that the cheapest way to build homes on a per-square-foot basis is to build high.

    The reason is obvious – the very high cost of land – typically 50% of the value of a low-rise building.

    The average household income in SF is now nudging $100K a year. $3,500 per month is not excessive on that income. Clearly enough people can afford that else those places would not all rent, and they do.

  76. I think most normal people would prefer cooperative housing low-rises, with a community kitchen and laundry, and plenty of green space for the children and elders to play and sit in the Sun. About $1500 for a two-bedroom unit would be fair. Towers are ridiculously expensive to build, incredibly energy inefficient, soulless, and uniformly ugly; a blight on what was once a magnificent skyline. And the money for rents flows out of the City.

  77. “Emily Lee spoke about the importance of organizing communities of color” because playing a race card is really gong to impress the 60% of the electorate that are white?

    Maybe the panel members should have compared notes before they spouted contradictions.

  78. Garcia isn’t a “neighborhood person”. He’s a professional politician. He’s a Chicagoan Campos.

  79. “How we win in 2015 and beyond” was the title of the Urban IDEA forum.

    Corey Cook mentioned that the electorate was 3/5 white.

    Eric Mar told how he conveyed progressive ideas to non-progressive neighbors in populist rather than leftist terms.

    Nate discussed the Campos loss and offered up ways to lose more. He also seemed not to know that it is pretty trivial to design a SQL query to get same sex and opposite sex households from the voter file.

    Emily Lee spoke about the importance of organizing communities of color.

    Maria Zamudio urged everyone to get involved with a nonprofit community group.

    None of this charted a course on how to organize to win in 2015 or beyond. There was no consideration for historical experience in electoral politics and community organizing prior to 2008.

    Nobody discussed an appeal to the 3/5 of voters who are white and who don’t fall into a labor or queer identity, not that appeals to queer or identity work at the ballot box.

    The questions from the audience were filtered, there were no questions that critically challenged the track record of the panelists for getting paid as their putative political agenda went down in flames.

    This shows that the nonprofity types simply do not trust San Franciscans and that they view winning in 2015 as keeping the funding flowing to the city funded nonprofits, full stop.

    I was urged by several old timers to disrupt the sham but held my tongue.

  80. The claim for IRV was that it would increase voter turn out as well and it has not worked out that way, has it?

    Neighborhood folks can beat neoliberals when the politics focuses on residents and not neolilberals.

    Rahm Emmanuel is fighting for his political life in Chicago because a neighborhood person had the guts to take a risk and run against him.

    I threw some coin at Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago to beat the ‘effin retard.’ You should too:

    http://www.chicagoforchuy.com/index.html

  81. Yeah, the cops have to decide in a split second what is going on. If the perp has a knife and looks like he might use it, the cops must shoot. Even a 1% probability that the bad guy might use the knife (on a third party as in this case) necessitates a shoot to neutralize the threat.

    And the only guaranteed way to neutralize a perp is multiple shots to kill. A single bullet will not usual stop a BG.

  82. TrollKiller, $3500+ is rent for a modest flat these days, because we haven’t built enough housing. Say enough building means a decent highrise apartment goes for $2000 instead of $3500+. Normal people might like that option.

  83. Tim doesn’t support it because it will mean a higher turnout. He supports it because he thinks it means that the left will win elections that it currently loses.

  84. As I recall, you could rent a 1BR in a decent neighborhood for about $1,000 a month. A room in a share was maybe $400-$500.

    But with 28 years worth of inflation, you’d expect those numbers to be tripled, which isn’t so far from where we are now.

    Old people talking about how they could buy coffee for a quarter and a beer for a buck back in the day aren’t a reliable guide to relative value.

  85. I love how Tim says that he realizes a knife is a ‘potentially’ deadly weapon. Well, you can say the same thing about an AK-47, Tim. Truth is, a knife IS a deadly weapon. Stop trying to make it seem like it was no big deal.

  86. The “scant” 3,000 votes by which Campos lost implies the election was close but it really wasn’t. Campos was never ahead of Chiu at any point in the campaign, and Chiu got 10% more votes than Campos in June even with a Republican running as well.

    If you really want to talk about a “scant” election victory, then your example of Daly is much better. He won by a tiny majority n just one district, and even then with a massive “feet on the ground” effort and some dubious tactics.

    While Gonzales lost of course.

    All that said, you are correct that progressive candidates do need broader support. And city-wide that means a more moderate position. Campos can win a district with his cheap identity politics, but he can’t even win the east-side, evidently. Too many people hate him.

  87. Guest7:49, Tim keeps repeating that more supply equals higher prices because it seems like it has. The city has built twenty thousand new units the past several years. People see new buildings go up, and observe higher rents.

    It is harder to observe population. New units didn’t keep pace with population, but it’s a lot harder to observe that than to notice new buildings.

    A junior-year econ undergrad has heard of Giffen goods and read Veblen. He can spin a story that more supply in the Mission leads to higher prices. This story is plausible because sometimes, it’s true: that’s gentrification.

    What is going on in San Francisco today, however, is not gentrification. The Mission is already gentrified. What is happening is rationing: we haven’t supplied housing, so you have to ration. It’s Econ 101 right now, but it isn’t always.

  88. Nate “never won a contested election” Albee stipulates that Campos lost Vote By Mail ballots but won on election day. So his suggestion at a forum titled “How Progressives Can Win in 2015” was to ensure that ALL voters get VBM. How does ensuring that all voters vote by a method that progressives have been expert at losing contribute to progressives winning?

    Nope, the way that candidates win is to make themselves relevant to the voters. Gonzalez and Daly did this and ran competitive and Daly won against tons of money. The way that ballot measures win is to make themselves relevant to the voters. Thousands and hundreds of San Franciscans, non-combatant working folks, volunteered constantly for both campaigns respectively.

    Campos governed to make himself relevant to the nonprofits and could not be bothered to make himself relevant to his constituents. His campaign was run against the cooties of the other instead of on a record of relevance by the candidate. This is why he lost by scant 3000 votes. That slim margin proves that money cannot overcome lack of relevance.

  89. No-fault evictions are at a very low rate – a small fraction of one percent a year. Things are changing for much more significant reasons than that.

  90. Yes, one can reasonably argue that Oakland is now about where SF was twenty years ago, and a natural magnet for those who prefer lower-income folks, bad art and urban grit, squalor and crime.

    Why don’t the whiners move there, where housing is half the price of SF?

  91. Being concerned and trying to stop the flow of evictions of poor and middle class people is not reminiscing ‘about the old days.’

  92. Right. Even at $12.25 (SF minimum starting May 1) with two full-time earners, you can’t afford an apartment in the city.

    Don’t blame gentrification for chasing you out of the Sunset, though. The Sunset may be foggy, but was never ‘bad’. What you can blame is undersupply; the city is around 10,000 units behind population growth over the past several years.

    If you want prices to come down so that earners outside the top decile can afford to live here, you should support aggressive building.

  93. My two cents worth, change has occurred San Francisco will never be what it was again. To reminisce about the old days is OK, to complain is not, most San Franciscans are happy with all the changes that have occurred. If you don’t like these changes leave.

  94. Vote by mail is already an option. But making it mandatory is a step too far. Many of us prefer the experience of voting on the day, or may even only make up their mind how to vote on the day.

    Wanting a more efficient and cost-effective election methodology is all well and good, but I get the impression that idea here is to instead skew the result of the election. And that is not cool

  95. Why is it that certain people can’t understand the difference between housing that is affordable for the average person or family, and $3500+ cracker-boxes? Of course “we” need more housing, just not in areas that are already congested. You think 16th/Mission is bad, just wait until you see what our elected representatives have in store for us at 5th and Mission. Manhattanization? More like Beijing. There is plenty of land in and around the City that could be turned into new planned communities where normal people can actually LIVE. Normal people don’t live on the 50th floor…..

    From my experiences as a poll inspector in the last two elections, vote by mail is the only logical system. Given the complexity of the present process involving two different antiquated voting machines, sleepy/texting high-school kids serving as clerks, the 90-page manual we are all supposed to follow, the numerous opportunities for human error created by the 100 different things we are all supposed to do, and the actual logistics of finding and getting to your polling place on time, it’s a miracle the present system works at all. Or DOES it…..?

    The Urban Idea panel was a good start. But if you want to get young people involved in progressive politics, at the very least there should be food and music. I left the meeting with the feeling nobody really knew what to do next. I think a campaign to adopt vote-by-mail would be the logical place to start to build a consensus movement.

  96. You have probably met or known thousands of people who have moved to SF since you moved here. How can you be sure that absolutely none of them had 10K to their name when they arrived?

    10K isn’t that much money. About a month’s pay for the average professional or college graduate here.

  97. The average residential development project has about a 30% ROI. So how could 75% of the units be ‘at cost”?

    What would a “latino” luxury high-rise building look?

  98. Builds it! Building looks great there. Will clean up that dangerous and seedy corner. I know many modest locals that want to see that corner change. Lots of housing there, and a corresponding amount of lower income units, is a great move for the mission and its residents.

  99. Regarding ‘cleaning-up’ the BART plaza at 16th, here is my issue, Tim: Any thinking person will acknowledge that something needs to be done. But instead of knocking down what may happen, how about we try to force the change we would like to see?

    I propose that the plaza be filled with permanent stalls for locally-approved vendors to sell foods and other goods, and that the plaza be well policed. A few laws would probably have to change to allow this, but it can be done.

    As for the development on the plaza, we need to flip the equation: Allow 25% market-rate and 75% BMR housing. And instead of that ghastly architecture, force a new design that conforms to the Mission District’s very Latino culture.

  100. re: “guy armed with a knife (maybe) who was (maybe) stealing a bicycle is dead.”

    Tim added the ‘maybes’. None of the accounts of the story dispute that the person wielded a knife and threatened the bicycle owner; not even the Mission Local account that Tim links to.

    Witnesses saw the man with a knife chasing the bicycle owner and that owner thanked the police for saving his life. No maybes.

    It must be great to be Tim Redmond…without having any credibility to protect you can just add whatever you wish.

  101. Tim, why do you keep repeating the same non sequitur that more supply somehow equals higher prices when any junior year economics student can tell you it is the exact opposite?

    Why do you keep repeating the lie that the only reason we build market-rate housing is because it is somehow magically intended by that that poor people will have cheaper housing?

    Why can you not see the many, many ways in which SF is so much better than it was even just twenty years ago. You don’t even remember the crack epidemic?

    Why do you lament every violent criminal who gets justifiably killed by the cops but never express a shred of compassion of their victims? In this case the victim thanked the cops for saving his life. why do you omit that fact?

    Why do you think a different voting system will turn lost elections into won elections when there is no evidence that a majority of voters are progressive?

  102. The building looks kind of Mad Men era 60’s boxy architecture like a nicer looking AAA building on Van Ness I guess. But, OTOH, that BART station is so disgusting, filthy, gross, rat-laden, smelly and that area really needs to be cleaned up badly, so I welcome it. Hopefully this will really start to clean up a lot of the Mission.

  103. You must have had roommates. SF was not cheap in 87. Especially not if you were making min wage. It was still expensive then.

  104. Yeah, Tim, another fatal officer-involved-shooting in the district of David Campos. Here’s all he’s had to say about the killing: “______________________________.”

    Is he too busy planning his next holiday to Bali to open his mouth about this shooting, the second SFPD fatal shooting of a civilian this year?

    Campos can’t even issue a monthly newsletter. So much for attending Harvard and Stanford, having a paid staff of three and the Milk Club behind him.

    Might he one day learn to use social media to keep us inform of his advocacy and concerns? Prior to a tweet three hours ago, his twitter acct was dormant for three days, as I write this: https://twitter.com/DavidCamposSF

    While I’m glad he found time tonight apparently to celebrate the life of drag artiste Cookie Dough and mourn her death from meningitis, and tweet about it, is it asking too much of the dude to also say _something_ about the death by cop in the Mission?

    No FB updates for three days: https://www.facebook.com/davidcampossf

    When the history is written of Who Lost the Mission, it will be amply noted that the neighborhood lost its primarily Latino/a identity and population, along with being a bohemian and affordable enclave for artists and social justice activists while a Latino of mediocre political skills was the Supervisor.

  105. When i moved here in 1987, i was able to pay my rent and have a bit left over for food with a minimum wage job. We started our family and raised our son through a string of odd and often underpaid jobs and you know what? We survived, we belonged, we felt part of the city. Nowadays, how many young people can live here on a minimum wage job? How many of us who have spent thebest part of our lives here can say we belong here? We are preparing to move to the east bay in the next few months, due to gentrification finally catching up w us,first in the Mission, now in the Sunset. I remember the 90s in the city, Molly, and unlike now, i can say we were happy in the city back then. Broke, but happy.

  106. What happened to the 100+ affordable housing units planned for the SFUSD land across the street from this development?

  107. Wow – that Molly Ditmore bit really is pure bullshit. I esp. liked the part where she whines about how you had to go all the way to Concord to see a “decent” concert. Should I make a list of how many times I saw the Talking Heads, the Ramones, Elvis Costello, or Bruce Springsteen within the city limits of SF? Or. just for the hell of it, how I was able to shop “organic” at places like Rainbow Grocery via Muni, or by walking to the funky little co-op on Judah when I lived in the Sunset? Speaking of the Sunset, saw several amazing free concerts there – but, you know, no one’s ever heard of groups like Crosby Stills Nash and Young, so who cares? You had to go to Concord!

  108. ‘San Francisco, open your Golden Gate
    You’ll let nobody wait outside your door
    San Francisco, here is your wanderin’ one
    Saying I’ll wander no more.’

    Where is it you think new migrants are going to live if we don’t build housing for them?

    FD: an SF native, I do not think that makes me special. My folks are immigrants.

Comments are closed.

More by this author

Breed won’t promise to spend real-estate tax money on rent relief

The voters approved Prop. I last fall to support tenants and affordable housing, but the mayor says she will use the money for her own priorities.

Reese Erlich, foreign correspondent and radical reporter, is dead at 73

After a life of progressive politics, ground-breaking journalism, and social activism, a legendary writer loses battle with cancer.

There’s a lot more to the GG Park debate than cars v. bikes

This is part of a huge discussion the city needs to have about transportation -- and equity -- in a post-COVID world.

SF could have affordable Internet for everyone for $35 a resident

Why isn't the Breed Administration moving for municipal broadband? That's The Agenda for April 11-18

A new move to get corporate money out of state political campaigns

AB 20 would ban contributions from corporations to any candidate for state office in CA.

Most read

Breed won’t promise to spend real-estate tax money on rent relief

The voters approved Prop. I last fall to support tenants and affordable housing, but the mayor says she will use the money for her own priorities.

Radical right group is trying to attack public-sector labor in SF

Anti-union mailers are going to workers home addresses -- but really, this group is looking pretty desperate.

There’s a lot more to the GG Park debate than cars v. bikes

This is part of a huge discussion the city needs to have about transportation -- and equity -- in a post-COVID world.

City College students fight back against brutal faculty cuts

Firing teachers could also mean the end of a lot of treasured programs.

You might also likeRELATED