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November 2016 SFMTA Charter Amendment

May 30, 2016

Let City Hall know you are fed up with the SFMTA.
Support Prop L – MTA Board Appointments and Budget

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Why Prop. X is needed to save PDR

October 23, 2016

A vote for Prop X is a vote to preserve the art and culture of San Francisco

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By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt

San Francisco’s artists, small blue-collar businesses, and community-serving nonprofits are being forced out of the city by soaring rents; outright evictions; and, in many cases, the elimination of their workspaces by high-end development.

Prop. X, the final San Francisco measure on the November ballot, addresses the last of these threats. It would require developers of projects in parts of the Mission and SoMa to partly or fully replace space for neighborhood arts and small blue-collar businesses—in local plannerese, Production, Distribution and Repair or PDR—and for nonprofit community services such as child care and job training that the projects would demolish or convert to other uses…

Here’s what’s simplistic: The Opponent’s Argument Against Proposition X that appears in the official Voter Information…

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Airbnb bans hosts with multiple listings in SF

October 22, 2016

By Carolyn Said : sfgate – excerpt

Airbnb is making a new effort to play nice with San Francisco, despite a fractious relationship that has heated up in recent months with the vacation-rental company suing its hometown and lawmakers considering new restrictions on rentals in private homes.

The company said it is building into its website a way to automatically bar San Francisco hosts who control multiple listings, sometimes a sign of landlords running illegal hotels. Hosts with legitimate reasons for multiple listings, such as property-management companies, legal hotels or people with two or more rooms to rent in their homes, can request exceptions.

The feature will take effect Nov. 1, but Airbnb said it already has jettisoned hundreds of San Francisco listings since April, when it promised to crack down on illegal commercial operators… (more)

Don’t know what happened to make them change their minds about fighting the Board of Supervisors and the many pissed off voters of San Francisco who are fed up with corporate welfare and special deals, but, we are pleased to hear Airbnb has decided to cooperate and remove multiple listings from single operators from their listings.

SF supervisors propose 60-day cap on all Airbnb rentals

Dissenting view: Yes on Prop L

October 21, 2016

Pressure on SFMTA has already resulted in new Muni Shuttles during rush hour. Keep pushing and keep demanding more.

Meter Madness

By Pratima Gupta and Phil Chin :sfchronicle – excerpt

Proposition L holds the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency accountable by encouraging a balanced oversight body. Its board of directors oversees a $1.1 billion budget and directs the policies and projects that determine whether the city sees increased traffic gridlock or streamlined bus transit — or whether another pedestrian is killed.

While the majority of city commissions have seats reserved for neighborhood representation, the SFMTA board members are accountable only to the mayor. Prop. L creates a split-appointment process that finally gives neighborhoods a chance to be represented. It would also allow the Board of Supervisors to amend the SFMTA’s budget with a majority vote.

When a Lowell student was killed on Sloat Boulevard in 2013, the community had been demanding pedestrian safety improvements for years. When the SFMTA moved to shut down lower Stockton Street for designer retail chains…

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America’s hunger for luxury housing may finally be satiated

October 18, 2016

by Jeff Spross : theweek – excerpt

The rise of housing costs in America’s big cities has seemed unstoppable. Until now.

Last Thursday, Bloomberg reported that the median monthly rent in Manhattan stalled out, falling 1.2 percent in September to hit $3,396. “It was only the second year-over-year decline since February 2014,” the outlet continued, citing a new study from appraisal firm Miller Samuel, and the brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

That second decline happened in March of this year. It was followed by a peak of 2 percent growth in June, and then rents in the Big Apple slowed again before falling last month. Further signs that the housing market has shifted include the fact that landlords are offering renters more sweeteners, like a month or two free; meanwhile, only 17 percent of all housing sales in Manhattan involved a bidding war this year, down from 31 percent last year.

“The market does not appear to be resuming an upward pattern anytime soon,” Miller Samuel’s president told Bloomberg… (more)

Municipal Transportation Agency has Failed San Francisco

October 18, 2016

Support Proposition L to reform the SFMTA Board.

Meter Madness

Op-ed by Mari Eliza :potreroview – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) plan for traffic was to make it disappear. That plan has failed miserably.  SFMTA doesn’t appear to have a Plan B, other than to ignore the public and blame us for their failure. It’s time for them to disappear.

Since SFMTA laid the thermoplastic red carpet on Mission Street, residents and merchants from Taraval to Third Street have been protesting plans to expand their failed programs into other neighborhoods. There are allegations that the red thermoplastic carpet was laid on Mission Street without proper approval.

Talk of tearing down the 280 freeway and altering the residential parking permit system is generating more anger, and agreement that SFMTA isn’t the one to solve our transportation problems or manage our streets and parking. There are lawsuits over some of the plans; threats to stop others. This is…

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Twitter stock tanks as Salesforce backs out of bidding

October 17, 2016

By SETH FIEGERMAN : local10 – excerpt

Salesforce, the last of the big companies thought to be interested in buying Twitter, said Friday that it has backed out of bidding for the social network.

“In this case, we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us,” Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, told the Financial Times.

Chi Hea Cho, a spokeswoman for Salesforce, confirmed Benioff’s remarks, but declined to provide additional comment… (more)

Twitter got the famous tax break. How can they lose?

San Francisco residents set up tents to protest against homeless encampments

October 17, 2016

Provide Immediate Aid to Those in Need: Declare a State of Emergency for the San Francisco Homeless Crisis

(And this time, DO something.)… (more)

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