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Poll slams city planning — and suggests the voters are ready for a new approach to development

September 19, 2014

By Tim Redmond : 48hillsonline – excerpt

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 — Mayor Ed Lee’s Planning Department gets poor marks for its response to the city’s development boom, and a stunning 91 percent of likely voters think it’s important to protect small businesses and artists from displacement, an poll released this week shows.

The poll, commissioned by Tenants and Owners Development Company and conducted by David Binder and Associates, shows considerable unhappiness with the impacts of the tech-driven boom.

And it suggests that Lee, and other elected officials who are presiding over and encouraging the rapid growth of tech offices and market-rate housing, have a seriously political vulnerability.

On the other hand, it shows strong support for Prop. K, the proposal by Lee and Sup. Jane Kim that would set as city policy that 33 percent of all new housing is affordable.

The poll of 400 likely voters has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

Just 36 percent of the respondents said the Planning Department was doing a good job responding to the tech boom and is preparing the city for good economic results in the future. Another 46 percent said they disapprove of the department’s approach.

“When I presented it to the Planning Commission, I said that 36 percent is pretty bad,” John Elberling, the president of TODCO, told me … (more)

We know there is a displacement problem of small businesses, artists, and PDRs, but a 91% disapproval rating indicates a very sophisticated level of understanding of the process among those included in the poll. It would be helpful to have a little more information about the people who were included in this poll in order to more clearly read the results.




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  1. September 19, 2014 12:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Grassroots Actions.


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