Newsom, lawmakers strike pandemic eviction deal. Here’s what you need to know

By matt levin : calmatters – excerpt

The proposed deal has some eviction protection provisions for tenants, but no rent forgiveness. Proponents of the bill insist that it’s a stopgap measure meant to help Californians in need until — they hope — federal aid comes through…

AB-3088 rental payment default: mortgage forbearance: state of emergency: COVID-19…

No rent forgiveness for tenants. No money for landlords to help them meet their mortgage payments. And no real time to do anything else.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers unveiled their plan Friday to protect California from a looming tsunami of evictions caused by the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic. Not everyone is going to like it.

The “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020,” the product of contentious, last-minute negotiations that flirted with the constitutional deadline to finalize legislative language, protects renters financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic from eviction until February 2021. The bill also proposes some foreclosure protections to small landlords suffering from missed rent payments. Legislators vote on the bill on Monday…

In order to have the bill take effect immediately, two-thirds of legislators in both the state Senate and Assembly will have to vote for it on Monday(more)

Repeal the Castro CBD




Now is the time to critically REVIEW the Upper Market/Castro Community Benefit District’s executive management, history with local nonprofits, expenses and obligations to spend tax dollars, its policies and its practices around our public realm and streetscape management.

This is the time to say NO to another NO-BID 15-YEAR CONTRACT. End the access to INCREASED local tax dollars and MORE City grants for services that our CITY PARTNERS should already be providing by Public Works, Rec & Park, SFPD. Instead, we have an elite group of paid leadership that dictates why we have LESS when we should have MORE after 15 years of decline. FIRE the CASTRO CBD, once and for all.

The QUALITY OF LIFE has decreased since the organization was formed 15 years ago. Higher crime, emptier buildings, less business, less legacies… and this was the CBD’s prime function: CLEANER, SAFER, VIBRANT STREETS, of which it has failed miserably… and now in Covid-era!?!?…

Why is this important?



The recent VOTE at City Hall was a shoe-in for the Castro CBD, basically because it is a vote WEIGHTED-IN-ITS-FAVOR. SF City and County properties, like schools, rec&park, parking lots are guaranteed YES’s. If the CBD could persuade just a few large anchor tenants, such as Safeway, Wholefoods, or the Apothecarium, the election is done. The CBD does not need any input from the community. This is taxation without representation.

San Francisco was named the “Worst Run Big City in the U.S.” by SF Weekly a decade ago and it could still hold the title. Now, a federal investigation has targeted multiple city departments, including Public Works’ TOP Director “Mr. Clean” with numerous arrests and subpoenas to “City Family” non-profits, including SF Parks Alliance, of fraud and malfeasance. Our neighborhood has suffered greatly under the mismanagement by City Hall and “Mrs. Clean” has been lock step in the urban, natural and transit degradation.

Residents are fed up! Will City Hall ever get the basics right? — clean streets, less crime and better services. We just hired a NO BID out of county specialty contractor, and subcontractors, for BASIC services that Public Works, Recreation and Parks, SFPD should already be providing. Good bye, Mr. & Mrs. Clean!

Please sign this petition, as it will be presented to the Judge as part of the Elections Committee hearing. Thank you, Concerned Neighbor, District 8, John Goldsmith



Losing Our City!

By Marc L. Verville : sfmirror – excerpt

“How does legislation riddled with ‘in lieu’ fees and unit thresholds allowing developers to sidestep affordable construction address the core issue?” asks guest columnist Marc L. Verville in the latest SMa.r.t. Column.

Our guest columnist this week is Marc L. Verville. He is a native of Santa Monica, now lives in Sunset Park and has resided here for over a half century. He served as Vice President of Finance for both Warner Bros and the Walt Disney Company. Marc is deeply concerned about our city’s future.

Our City’s Future Is Slipping Out of Our Hands… Unless We Pay Attention

We have all heard about the “Bad Bills” missing the mark on the housing crisis. Does the answer to fix hyper-localized land use challenges really lie in an experiment transferring land use control to distant, unelected and unaccountable state technocrats, completely sidelining local residents? What is the real scale of the housing problem we are solving for? How relevant can housing production targets remain while frozen in eight-year cycles using assumptions up to twelve years old? How does legislation riddled with “in lieu” fees and unit thresholds allowing developers to sidestep affordable construction address the core issue? …(more)

The Mystery House: How a Suspicious Multimillion Dollar Real Estate Deal Is Connected to California’s Deadli est Fire

by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation : propublica – excerpt

A PG&E employee received a $4.5 million Bay Area home from a vendor, and sold it right back a month later, records show. Later, the utility accused the vendor of bribery for unspecified actions.

Shortly after a devastating wildfire destroyed the small town of Paradise in Northern California in November 2018, Pacific Gas & Electric hired an obscure waste disposal company to help it rebuild from the fire.

PG&E owed the firm millions of dollars when it abruptly terminated its business relationship this year. The utility giant announced that two of its employees lost their jobs over allegations they had taken bribes from the company, known as Bay Area Concrete Recycling.

Now, an investigation by the Bay City News Foundation and ProPublica has revealed for the first time a multimillion-dollar real estate transaction linking one of Bay Area Concrete’s owners, Yadwinder “Kevin” Singh, to the PG&E employee who supervised the company’s work in Paradise…

“It sounds like money laundering here,” said Eric Forster, a California real estate consultant who has been an expert witness in criminal cases involving real estate fraud since 1997. “What you’re describing typically is done when someone is trying to do one of two things: when someone is trying to bribe an employee or launder the money or both.”…(more)

U.S. Consumer Prices Rose 10.1 Percent During the First Half of 2020, According to Chapwood Index

by Ed Butowsky : einnews. – excerpt

DALLAS, TEXAS, USA, August 24, 2020 / — U.S. Consumer Prices Rose 10.1 Percent During the First Half of 2020, According to Chapwood Index

State and local taxes were key drivers

U.S. consumer prices rose 10.1 percent on an annualized basis in the first half of 2020, according to the Chapwood Index. The Index, which serves as an alternative to CPI, looks at price trends in the top 50 U.S. cities. Unlike the core U.S. Consumer Price Index, the Chapwood Index includes the cost of energy and food.

By contrast, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the CPI in July was up just .99 percent year-over-year.

According to the Chapwood Index, the top first-half increase was in Sacramento, California, which saw prices rise 13.4 percent over the same period last year. The smallest increase was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which saw prices rise 7.1 percent from a year ago.

Even with the pandemic and the economic issues it has raised, price increases were driven primarily by state and local taxes.

“Economic uncertainty has been building, but taxes were the main culprit,” said Chapwood Investments Managing Partner Ed Butowsky, who designed the Chapwood Index in 2007…(more)

Taxes are a major driver of inflation. Increasing fuel taxes is one of the worst offenders because it affects the cost of distribution of goods including food. Food has gone up considerably since the gas prices were raised.

Scott Wiener: A Relentless Campaign Against Single-Family Communities

By T. Keith Gurnee : marinpost – excerpt

Anyone who cares about the livability of their neighborhood should declare State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) California’s biggest threat to single-family communities. By using Progressive gaslighting catchphrases to accuse neighborhoods with detached single-family homes and yards for children to play in, safely, of being “evil” and “racist”, Wiener is placing the upward mobility dreams of lower and middle class families squarely in the crosshairs for high-density development, without addressing the need for truly affordable housing.

However, there is a chance that Wiener just might not get his wish.

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently hinted that he has serious misgivings about Weiner’s most draconian bill, SB 1120, that proposes to shoehorn dense development right next to single-family homes by allowing “by right” subdivision of single-family zoned lots. This isn’t town planning, it is town cramming…(more)

He might not get his wish or keep his job. Senator Wiener has a growing list of anti-fans around the state who are ready to replace him with anyone else. Fortunately we have a candidate who is gaining in popularity the way Biden is gaining supporters by not being his opponent.

Barcelona tells landlords: Find tenants or we will rent your property as affordable housing

By Jack Post : thelondoneconomic – excerpt

This is how to deal with unscrupulous landlords.

Barcelona is deploying an unorthodox strategy in a bid to increase the city’s available renting housing by forcing landlords to find tenants or else see their property being redeployed as affordable housing.

Last week the city’s housing department wrote to 14 companies that collectively own hundreds of empty apartments, warning that the city will take possession of the property if they haven’t found a tenant within the next month.

According to Bloomberg, the units would then be rented out by the city as public housing to lower-income tenants, while the companies in question could also face possible fines of between €90,000 and €900,000…(more)

Millions of tenants at risk as court ban on evictions set to expire

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Judicial Council moves to end protections while Legislature has failed to act on preventing a massive housing crisis.

The organization that manages the courts in California is moving to end a moratorium on evictions that has saved millions of people from losing their homes.

The state Judicial Council, which is chaired by the chief justice, was set to allow the moratorium – known as Emergency Rule Number 1 — to expire Aug. 14. Now it appears the group will vote to set the date for Sept. 1…

A bill working its way through the Legislature, AB 1436 by San Francisco Democrat David Chiu, would delay many evictions and foreclosures for up to 12 months. The bill passed the Assembly, but won’t be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee until Aug. 18, and the Legislature goes on recess Aug. 31.…(more)

Owners of ‘Monster in the Mission’ fighting in court over sale of housing project

By J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt

A deal to build a 100% affordable housing project at the 16th and Mission BART Station is in jeopardy of falling apart because of a legal dispute between the partners that own the property.

In a lawsuit filed two weeks ago in Delaware, Baupost Group, the Boston hedge fund that has a controlling interest in the property, alleges that Maximus Real Estate Partners, its joint venture partner, is refusing to sign off on the $45 million sale of the property. Developer Crescent Heights is planning to purchase the property and donate it to the city for low-income housing to satisfy its affordable housing requirement for a skyscraper it plans to build at 10 South Van Ness…(more)

No wonder hedge funds are viewed with contempt by many. This is turning into the story without an end.

Supervisors approve UC Hasting lawsuit settlement 7-4 despite misgivings

By Ida Mojadad : sfexaminer – excerpt

After great debate, San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday approved a settlement with University of California, Hastings in which The City agreed to clear encampments from the Tenderloin.

The settlement itself cost no money, but some supervisors feared it would offer a blueprint for other neighbors with means to sue San Francisco into action on homelessness.

UC Hastings, with some merchants and residents in the Tenderloin, filed the suit in May over a boom in tents that tripled to more than 400 since the pandemic. The City reduced capacity at shelters to allow for physical distancing and reduce the spread of coronavirus…(more)


Mental-health crisis teams could replace police response
a Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt
Proposal would team paramedics with social workers or counselors and peer advocates…(more)

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