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Affordable Housing Battle

July 30, 2015

KQED – excerpt – (video)

Affordable Housing Battle
As rent and home prices in San Francisco soar, there’s widespread agreement that more affordable housing is needed. But how and where to build that housing remains a contentious issue. Joshua Johnson hosts a panel discussion on a ballot measure to put some new development on hold.

• Carol Galante, director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley
• J. Scott Weaver, attorney with the San Francisco Tenants Union
• Sonja Trauss, founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation

Ms. Trauss said “Affordable housing is existing housing.” We agree, preserving affordable units should be a first priority if we want to protect them.

That is why we oppose demolishing existing properties and that is probably why codes were written to protect the existing housing by making tear downs more difficult. Unfortunately, the Planning Department is granting exemptions and variances to every project that comes up so those protections no longer work. Even when the property owner gets caught doing something illegal, nothing happens.

We also agree with Mr. Weaver’s.  “When you are going down the wrong road you STOP” to figure out where you need to go. That is why we support the moratorium.

Ms. Galante declares this is a regional problem, but offers no ideas on how to fix it. How about building residential units near the job sites… (more)

One Comment leave one →
  1. holeshothunter permalink
    July 30, 2015 9:41 am

    Affordable housing isn’t worth much in a society that is no longer worth living in.


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