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Controversial Ad Campaign Recalls Race-Based S.F. ‘Urban Renewal’ Programs

April 20, 2019

By Melissa Caen : cbslocal – excerpt (includes video)

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-S.F.) is no stranger to controversy but a new advertising campaign against his housing bill is unusually provocative.

San Francisco’s urban renewal programs from the 1940s through the 1970s are blamed for an exodus of black people whose homes were torn down to make room for large development projects…

“I know there are people worried about displacement,” said Wiener. “I’m worried about displacement. We put strong affordability and anti-eviction and anti-displacement protectionsin the bill.”

A development is excluded from the benefits of SB 50 if there were any tenants living in housing on the proposed site in the prior seven years.

A developer is also excluded if there was an Ellis Act eviction at the site in the prior 15 years… (more)

Equity groups have been using the term urban renewal for some time and there are efforts to revive it by creating new funding mechanisms in Sacramento as part of the CASA Compact plan, that was heavily opposed by affordable housing activists. Why do mayors appreciate growth more than the citizens? Do they still believe that growth will pay for growth?

It is a meaningless claim that SB50 contains protections for Ellis Act properties or other former tenant housing because their is no tracking mechanism to prove that an Ellis Act eviction occurred over the last 15 year, or that tenants were previously housed in a property that comes up for demolition within the last 7 years.

The bill would force local communities to establish a tracking system which would create a new financial burden on the cities and counties, who are already over-burdened by the need for extensive new infrastructure required to support a larger population.

The one thing not mentioned in this article is the state overreach issue. That is highly troubling in this time of political discord. Many feel we need to keep the power closer to home and not hand it over to the state of federal government if we want to retain our power as citizens. We want representation by people we know who listen to us, to leaders who dictate from on high.

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