I Left San Francisco for the ‘Burbs Kicking and Screaming. I Don’t Hate It.

By Jessica Brenner : thebolditalic – excerpt

I now see our move to outside of Sacramento as a healthy and conscious uncoupling

Last night, my husband and I were eating our children’s leftover grilled cheese for dinner when I turned to him and asked, “How much would you give for our favorite ramen right now?”

He smirked at me. I was making that face. The San Francisco nostalgia face. It doesn’t come up much anymore, and I put it away quickly when he reminded me that “our” ramen place closed down six months before we moved.

We don’t live in San Francisco anymore. We’re ’burb people now.

I wish that I could tell you I regret it. But I don’t. And it’s not for the reasons you probably think…(more)

California Association of Realtors’ Operation Local Growth

By Sharon Rushton :marinpost – excerpt

This year, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) launched a lobbying effort to dramatically increase the allowable buildout of primarily market-rate housing throughout the state. The campaign has consisted of two arms:

1) “Operation Local Growth” and

2) Support of a pro-housing-supply package of bills.

Per the attached brochure released by C.A.R.;

Operation Local Growth seeks to target local elected officials who oppose growth in their communities by developing an offensive political strategy. The project seeks to, not only remove some of these elected officials from office, but also make a powerful political statement about the need for growth in California. The priority of this program is to send a clear message that C.A.R.’s philosophy to fix the housing crisis is to increase the supply of housing in California. As a result, C.A.R. plans to conduct aggressive campaigns to promote this message.”

How “Operation Local Growth” works: A local Association of Realtors (AOR) notifies C.A.R. of an elected official or candidate who opposes growth in his/her community. Then CREPAC (California Real Estate Political Action Committee) will move forward with an opposition research report and an opposition campaign against the named elected official/candidate. The notice states; “By requesting this program, the respective Local AOR acknowledges that the campaign will be mostly negative.”

“CREPAC” is a bipartisan Political Action Committee (PAC) that supports candidates who support association policies…(more)

This is the WiMBY, calling themselves YIMBY still, approach to legally forced state mandates that has warped into a national movement. If this concerns you, read the rest of the article. While the state is burning, this is what YIMBY is doing. Where is the concern for the health and well-being of people dealing with emergencies?

Plans for new Flower Mart in Potrero Hill approved

By Ida Mojadad :sfexaminer – excerpt

The famed San Francisco Flower Mart’s new home in Potrero Hill was approved Thursday after a contentious path to relocation.

The Planning Commission unanimously approved construction of a new wholesale flower market between 16th and 17th streets at Mississippi Street, across Interstate 280 from Mission Bay medical facilities.

Vendors at the nearly 100-year-old Flower Mart initially opted to return to their site at Sixth and Brannan streets after developer Kilroy Realty Group converted it into an approved mixed-use development. But, in between clashes over its temporary relocation, concerns emerged over the impact of traffic on the wholesale hub, which relies on truck and vehicle access…(more)

SFMTA has created a traffic nightmare downtown for businesses that rely on parking and deliveries to operate. Many are leaving town taking jobs with them. The Potrero neighborhood is able to accommodate the Flower Mart with easy freeway access and parking, so those jobs will be saved. Reuse of existing buildings will cut costs and limit the environmental impact. This is project is a good solution to a number of problems.

Facility beside Great Highway

By Glenn Rogers

This historic picture of Lake Merced shows a stream along the location of the Great Highway today where the highway is planned to be abandoned and replaced with trails, parks and other amenities. This land was filled with soil before the road was built and is beside the the Sewer Facility. Therefore, all the land here is fill soil which is vulnerable to erosion and sea level rise. Therefore, the protection of this part of the coast from sea rise and Climate Change is dubious. In addition, this is the narrowest part of the coast along Ocean Beach. The extraordinary bad placement of the sewer facility here should be abandoned, in my opinion and moved to a place better protected.

Then, the large pipe that is parallel to the beach along the Great Highway is planned to be reinforced with a concrete wall to protect the pipe. This is another example of the failed policy of hardening the land beside the ocean beside the sewer facility which only caused increased erosion of the shore there. Better to move the pipe to a location underneath the Great Highway where the City will never allow the highway and the road to be lost to sea level rise. That would be on the east side of the Great Highway which protects hundreds of residences.

The proposed Ocean Beach Plan: https://sfplanning.org/ocean-beach, includes a video
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 There’s a scoping meeting for the upcoming EIR for this project. You can sign on to that meeting here: https://sfplanning.org/event/public-scoping-meeting-ocean-beach-climate-change-adaptation-project

Fielder Outlines Indigenous Wildfire Plan

by Benjamin Schneider : sfweekly – excerpt

State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder wants California’s Indigenous tribes to play a much larger role in wildfire prevention, as they did before colonization.

As skies finally begin to clear following a week of smoke that can only be described as hellish, many Californians are probably thinking, how can we prevent this from happening again?

Yes, California, the U.S. and the world need to begin drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But, as SF Weekly recently reported, in terms of what the state can do to reduce the intensity of wildfires in the near term, the consensus is clear: California needs to burn off a lot more fuel in controlled fires.

A recently approved program to limit the environmental review process for prescribed burns and vegetation management will help, but money and labor remain major obstacles. California will need to get creative to actually achieve its fire management goals.

That’s where a new plan by San Francisco State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder could come in. Fielder, a lecturer at SF State and leader of the recent campaign for a public bank in the city, has proposed an Indigenous Wildland Fire Task Force that would give Indigenous tribes a more central role in wildfire prevention. Building off tribes’ millennia of experience with “cultural burns,” the plan would establish new opportunities for collaboration among researchers, state, local, and federal regulators, and Indigenous communities; expand cultural burns beyond existing tribal lands; and provide new leadership and job opportunities for Indigenous people and others…(more)

Good to see someone taking this on. We keep hearing doubt the need for better forest management but no one has proposed a solid solution to solving the problem. Thanks to Ms. Fielder for taking this on.

Nearly 200 Golden Gate Bus, Ferry Operators Warned Of Possible Layoffs Amid Low COVID-19 Ridership

By Andria Borba : cbslocal – (excerpt)

LARKSPUR (KPIX 5) – Many workers who help run Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries between the North Bay and San Francisco could soon be out of a job, after the agency warned of nearly 200 potential layoffs.

One glance at the ferry terminal parking lot in Larkspur makes it very clear ridership is down, a jaw dropping 97 percent due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today we got on and there was five people on it was just sort of sad, there was nobody riding it,” ferry passenger Martine Riggan told KPIX 5.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, which operates not only the bridge, but the ferries and Golden Gate buses has sent 60-day layoff notices to 185 employees.…(more)

‘Debate is over,’ California’s governor says. ‘This is a climate damn emergency.’

By Rachel Becker : calmatters – excerpt

California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed today to accelerate the state’s efforts to tackle climate change, announcing “this is a climate damn emergency” after surveying the fire-ravaged Oroville State Recreation Area.

Ten people have died in the North Complex Fire, which has burned more than a quarter million acres of Plumas, Butte and Yuba counties and destroyed 2,000 structures since it began 23 days ago. The wildfire, one of 28 throughout the state, is only 23% contained.

California wildfires have already killed 19 people this year and burned more than 3.1 million acres, an area bigger than Connecticut, according to the state’s firefighting agency Cal Fire. That acreage is 26 times more than the amount that burned by this time last year. And the worst may be yet to come: California’s most destructive wildfires have historically flared up in the fall(more)

It should be note that most of the burning forests in the west are owned and managed by the Federal Government and private land owners, so they are responsible for managing the most of the land.

California Supreme Court Declines to Find Permit Regime “Categorically” Discretionary Under CEQA

By Daniel Golub, Jennifer Hernandez, of Holland and Knight : jdsupra – excerpt

In its first major decision on the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) distinction between discretionary and ministerial acts, the California Supreme Court held in Protecting Our Water & Environmental Resources v. County of Stanislaus (POWER) that permits issued under an ordinance are not necessarily discretionary simply because the ordinance contains some discretionary provisions…

In a closely watched case, Protecting Our Water & Environmental Resources v. County of Stanislaus (POWER), Case No. S251708 (Aug. 27, 2020), the California Supreme Court has issued its first significant decision about the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) vital distinction between “discretionary” and “ministerial” acts…(more)

Agreement signed to sell SF’s ‘Monster in the Mission’ site for affordable housing

By Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt

Developer Crescent Heights has agreed to buy a controversial site next to San Francisco’s 16th Street BART Station for affordable housing, a deal that would resolve a seven-year battle over the Mission District property.

Seller Maximus Real Estate Partners previously proposed a 304-unit market-rate housing project with some affordable units at 1979 Mission St. Heavy community opposition and protests ensued, with critics naming the project “Monster in the Mission.” Opponents said the project would accelerate gentrification in the Latino district, particularly since it was planned next to a heavily used plaza and transit station.

Instead, Crescent Heights plans to donate the land to the city for around 330 affordable units, which would be financed separately by a different developer in the future. The deal would satisfy the affordable housing requirements for a different, larger project: Crescent Heights’ planned 984-unit housing tower at 10 South Van Ness Ave…(more)


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