Former Supervisor Jane Kim Targeted in Ethics Complaint Over Stevenson Street Housing Project

By Matt Smith : sfstandard – excerpt

San Francisco’s Ethics Commission has opened a formal probe of former Supervisor Jane Kim in connection with her efforts to garner opposition to a proposed SoMa apartment building, according to a commission letter obtained by The San Francisco Standard.

The inquiry follows a complaint that Kim had not registered as a lobbyist, despite having been paid as a political organizer by the same person leading the campaign to block the proposed 495-unit complex: John Elberling, president of Tenants and Owners Development Corp. (TODCO), the owner of several low-income apartment buildings in the neighborhood.

Kim told The Standard that her work in opposition to the project was done on her own time rather than as part of her work for TODCO, and therefore the law did not require her to register as a lobbyist.

The investigation is the latest volley in a war over the proposed apartment building on the site of a Nordstrom’s parking lot at 469 Stevenson St., just south of Market Street. The Planning Commission approved the project last year…(more)

YIMBY Law defends corporate interests (market rate developers and investors future profits) against the vulnerable populations they claim to be building housing for. Unfortunately, To do so they must first destroy existing neighborhoods. Gentrifiers worship increased future unit numbers and profits while neighborhood preservationists try to preserve existing housing and cultures. Who decided that we need to destroy the present to make room for the future?

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