Stories about Planning

BREAKING: Judge refuses to remove waterfront measure from ballot

By Tim Redmond March 18, 2014 -- Judge Marla Miller refused today to order a waterfront planning measure removed from the San Francisco ballot. In a...

The battle of 16th and Mission: Inside the campaign to “clean up” the plaza and build luxury housing

  By Julia Carrie Wong MARCH 18, 2014 -- Laura Guzman, the director of  homeless services for Mission Neighborhood Health Center, had the question that was...

Real-estate interests say voters should have no role in waterfront planning

Attorney Doug Carstens talks about the case with Prop. B supporter Jon Golinger and attorney Jim Sutton listening. By Tim Redmond MARCH 17, 2014 -- Superior...

SF Democratic Party sides with developers on waterfront

The DCCC listens to testimony at its endorsement meeting By Tim Redmond March 12, 2014 -- To the surprise of some political observers (um, me), the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee voted tonight to side with the real-estate developers and reject Prop. B, a measure that would require a public vote for any project that exceeds existing height limits on the waterfront. The vote was 13-12, and it included some surprises: Sup. Malia Cohen, who is facing a re-election challenge from a Prop. B ally, voted to support Prop. B – and Sup. David Chiu, who was a leader in the fight against 8 Washington, abstained, in effect giving the developers the edge. "This shows that the real-estate industry now controls the San Francisco Democratic Party," Prop. B author John Golinger told me after the vote.

Can the supervisors save manufacturing in San Francisco?

Manufacturing needs low rents – and if tech offices are allowed to intrude, it won't survive. By Zelda Bronstein March 12, 2014 -- On March 13,...

Politics on Tuesday: A budget deficit and a housing need

By Tim Redmond MARCH 11, 2014 -- When Sup. London Breed asked Mayor Lee today what he was going to do about the shortage of...

Despite ‘Twitter’ tax breaks, tech firms do little for senior neighbors

  Zendesk launched Link-SF, a database of resouces for homeless and low-income residents accessible from mobile devices, at a press event last week. Featured from...

Why is there no housing for Google and Apple workers on the Peninsula?

Why is it wrong for Google workers to live near where they work? (Hint: The suburbs don't want them) By Tim Redmond It's time for our...

Mayor Lee’s latest plaza-privatization plan is based on a troubling New York model

By Tim Redmond The Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development is pushing a plan that would allow private entities to "sponsor" public plazas –...

The attack on SoMa, part two: Why is this happening, anyway?

By Zelda Bronstein In a story that’s become somewhat legendary of late, David Talbot, founder of Salon.com, asked whether San Francisco could survive the tech...