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SF Democratic Party says no to Mission moratorium in close vote

May 30, 2015

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

In a narrow vote of 13-10 Wednesday, the local arm of the Democratic Party rejected an endorsement of Supervisor David Campos’ proposed moratorium on market-rate housing development in the Mission.

Much acrimonious public testimony filled the four-hour meeting attended by over a hundred community members who support the moratorium. Members of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation and Grow SF, both pro-development groups, were also in attendance.

Supervisor Scott Wiener, a committee member, opposed the measure.

“I don’t think any of us believes it will be a 45-day pause,” he said. “There will be a push to make it permanent.”

Legally, the moratorium cannot exist longer than two years…

Fernando Marti, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, said his group voted to endorse the moratorium. The time would allow The City to purchase 13 much-needed available sites for below-market-rate housing, he said. Previously, there were 18 sites, but that number dwindled since the moratorium was first announced.

After the endorsement was voted down, several people in the audience pointed fingers at DCCC members and for several minutes shouted in unison, “Shame on you! Shame on you!”

After the meeting, Wiener told The San Francisco Examiner he would support The City purchasing the 13 sites(more)

A partial victory, if San Francisco had the funds to purchase the 13 sites.

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