Thought it could have a been a pig…
…but I was wrong:
See it all at AsianArt.Org
A fresh press release:
“NEWS RELEASE: SAN FRANCISCO CITYWIDE COALITION SAYS NO TO PROPOSED CHIU LEGISLATION – Board of Supervisors trying to convert residential housing to short-term rentals
Press conference Tuesday April 29, 2014 Steps of City Hall at 10:00 am
San Francisco — Organizations representing usually divergent interests ranging from tenants to landlords, and from hotel workers to the hospitality industry have joined forces with neighborhood and homeowner associations to oppose legislation introduced by Supervisor David Chiu to legalize the short term rentals of residential property throughout San Francisco.
“In the face of an unprecedented housing crisis, Supervisor Chiu’s legislation to legalize the short term rentals of residential property will only exacerbate the housing crisis. This practice is detrimental to our rent-controlled housing stock”, said Janan New, Executive Director of the San Francisco Apartment Association.
“Our studies have shown that with over 10,000 units of housing being rented out over Airbnb, HomeAway and other websites this practice is having a negative impact on hotel workers and San Francisco’s hospitality industry”, said Mike Casey, President of UNITE HERE Local 2.
“The proposed legislation would rezone the entire city from residential zoning to commercial zoning in one fell swoop. We hear complaints from almost every neighborhood about the detrimental effects of short term rentals on the quality of life of tenants and residents”, said John Bardis, former President of the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods and former San Francisco Supervisor.
“Supervisors Chiu’s legislation would repeal hard won controls on Single Resident Occupancy housing, threatens current affordable housing provisions for over 30,000 permanently affordable units, would transform newly approved “in-law units” into high priced motel rooms and make “below market rate” units lifetime luxury hotels. It is the single biggest threat to affordable housing ever proposed by a San Francisco Supervisor” stated longtime affordable housing advocate Calvin Welch.
“Airbnb and other hosting platforms owe the City millions of dollars in unpaid hotel taxes. It is high time that the City collect these taxes which pay for the arts and vital city services and programs. The proposed legislation does not clearly hold Airbnb and similar organizations responsible for collecting and remitting the hotel tax”, said former Supervisor Aaron Peskin.
All of these organizations are calling for Supervisor Chiu to withdraw his legislation at a press conference on Tuesday April 29 on the steps of City Hall at 10:00 am.”
So, unlike the disastrous America’s Cup and 8 Washington campaigns, the Golden State Warriors project is based around stuff that San Franciscans can actually benefit from.
So that’s a good sign.
Remember, the more you complain now, the better this deal gets for San Francisco. You the public are the bad cop and genial SFGov figurehead Ed Lee is the good cop. And of course the good cop won’t be able to get the best deal possible for San Francisco without the bad cop.
If Ed Lee doesn’t like this game, then he can just retire, right? Or go back to his old job the way he promised to in the first place, right?
It’s too bad that Oakland will lose its team.
Well the announcement is officially coming this AM, but Messrs. Matier und Ross already have the skivvy on the brand-new, slightly-more-NIMBY-friendly proposal.
And, here, check the latest illustrations.
From the former proposal, a silvery looming UFO with kayak access…
…to the new proposal, a slightly lower silvery looming UFO without kayak access:
So Warriors, take that 13% rate down to 3% and then you might have something, you might have a privately-financed stadium deal.
Now let’s review our waterfront proposals.
The America’s Cup deal was poorly-negotiated on purpose so we could pay for Larry Ellison’s ego trip. It’s an ongoing travesty.
And 8 Washington is corruption.
But this here arena proposal seems OK fine to me, more or less.
I’ll now invite the rich, property-owning NIMBYs of SoMA to move to Fairfield, where 15% of the houses are in foreclosure.
Well I suppose if the San Francisco Establishment wanted to claim that it had support “across the spectrum” for the arena deal, they’d have Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Aaron Peskin and a whole bunch of San Francisco Giants baseball players up there with them on the steps of City Hall today.
But this group will have to do.
All the deets:
“GROUP OF SAN FRANCISCANS TO LAUNCH NEW ORGANIZATION AND EFFORT TODAY SUPPORTING GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS’ WATERFRONT ARENA PLAN – Group consists of community leaders, Warriors fans, business, labor, entertainment industry representatives, and residents from across the Bay Area – Supporters plan to be out in force supporting the waterfront plan at public meetings, neighborhood events and community festivals
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A group of enthusiastic San Franciscans from across the spectrum plans to launch a new organization today supporting the Golden State Warriors’ proposed waterfront arena plan. The group consists of community leaders, Warriors fans, representatives from the business and labor community, entertainment industry representatives and residents from across the city and the Bay Area.
The group has secured a diverse mix of local leaders to serve as the co-chairs for the effort, including:
Chris Mullin, Former Golden State Warriors player
Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council*
Carmen Policy, Former NFL executive and San Francisco 49ers Team President
Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce*
Katherine Webster, President, South Beach-Mission Bay Merchants Association*
Shamann Walton, Executive Director, Young Community Developers*
Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Omega Boys Club*
Members of the newly formed group plan to be out in force over the next several months supporting the arena project at public meetings and hearings, neighborhood events and community festivals.
The group is also planning to hold playoffs viewing parties across San Francisco to cheer on the team as they make a run for an NBA championship.
Who: More than 100 supporters are expected, including:
Adonal Foyle, Former Golden State Warriors player
Carmen Policy, Former NFL executive and San Francisco 49ers Team President
Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Joseph Marshall, Founder, Omega Boys Club
Janet Clyde, Owner of Vesuvio’s
Tom O’Connor, President, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
Bob Graham, Supportive neighbor
Shamann Walton, Executive Director, Young Community Developers
What: Diverse group of San Franciscans to launch new organization and effort supporting the Golden State Warriors’ waterfront arena project
When: Today, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00-1:00pm
Where: City Hall Steps, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St. steps between Grove and McAllister Streets)”
Day 128 or so:
See? Here they are to oppose politician Ed Lee’s veto threat.
As you might have expected, famous Steve Rhodes was on the scene this AM:
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“As Mayor, I will create a task force of experts to help me keep Healthy San Francisco strong and viable to serve individuals who are left out of health reform, especially our immigrant residents. We must stand up to profit-driven corporations and their lobbyists to finally close the loopholes in Healthy SF. I will also make sure sure the employer spending requirement of the Health Care Security Ordinance is not adversely affected by the Federal Health Reform.”
Here’s Mayor Ed Lee’s downtown-oriented proposal:
“MAYOR LEE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE ACCESS & PROTECT JOBS
San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors to close a loophole in San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HSCO). The legislation preserves the City’s groundbreaking universal health care access and protects jobs.
“This legislation begins to close a loophole and lays out a framework that honors our commitment to health care access for all while protecting jobs in our City’s small businesses,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Supervisor David Campos for identifying this loophole and President David Chiu for working on a solution. I know we can all work together to achieve the same bottom-line objective; providing universal health care access and protecting jobs in our City. I look forward to working in partnership with Supervisor Campos, Supervisor Chiu, and all members of the Board in crafting a viable solution.”
Mayor Lee’s legislation provides more health care access while protecting jobs in the City’s small businesses. The legislation will address the loophole in employer deposits into workers’ Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA). Workers with an HRA are able to draw down the funds in those accounts for a range of health care expenses from reimbursement for health services to payment for health insurance premiums to buying into our Healthy San Francisco program.
Mayor Lee’s plan focuses on increasing the accessibility of HRA funds to reimburse privately purchased insurance or to pay for participation in Healthy San Francisco. Mayor Lee has secured commitments from the business community to communicate with their members about the importance of making these types of expenses eligible under individual businesses’ HRA plans. Additionally, Mayor Lee’s plan includes a robust data-gathering effort through the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to determine how widespread the problem is, and therefore to best tailor a policy solution. By increasing access to health coverage options we ensure that San Francisco workers can more fully exercise the benefit provided them under the HSCO.
Mayor Lee considered the impact to City small businesses and its likelihood of costing employees their jobs while ensuring that businesses comply with the HCSO. Unlike other approaches which the Controller reports could eliminate nearly 500 jobs, this legislation strikes a balance that closes the loophole, provides health care to everyone, protects jobs, and grows the City’s economy.
Mayor Lee will continue to work with all parties – from workers, organized labor, small business owners, Department of Public Health, and the City’s elected leaders – to find the appropriate solution on this important public policy challenge to close the loophole.”
Looks like we have a standoff.
This was the scene yesterday in Civic Center:
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Not too many compared with the old days, back in The Aughts, right?
Here’s the retort, from 2009, I think:
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