More Affordable Housing — Not a Housing Moratorium — Is What We Need in San Francisco

Published on Medium.com on May 19th, 2015

By Scott Wiener

Recently, five of my colleagues on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors proposed a moratorium on privately produced housing in the Mission District, as a response to the undeniable housing crisis confronting our entire city and impacting the Mission with particular intensity. Under the moratorium, no housing development of 5 units or more would be permitted. The only exception would be developments with 100% below market rate subsidized units. Even projects in which half the units are affordable to low or moderate income residents would be banned.

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SUPERVISOR WIENER TO HOLD HEARING ON REPORT DEMONSTRATING BILLION DOLLAR IMPACT OF OUTDOOR EVENTS ON SAN FRANCISCO’S ECONOMY

Report by the City Economist finds that in 2014, 3.3 million people attended outdoor events in San Francisco – including festivals, parades, and street fairs – generating $1.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 9,300 private sector jobs

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Tenant Notification Legislation

Given our housing crisis, one of the most important things we can do is to keep people stable in their housing.  I recently asked our City Attorney to draft legislation to close a gigantic loophole in our city code that allows building owners to demolish rental units without even providing tenants with notice ahead of time, thus allowing them an opportunity to contest the demolition and effective eviction.  Because an owner isn’t required to provide tenants in illegal units with notice, the tenant has no opportunity to contest the permit, for example, by appealing it to the Board of Permit Appeals.  The legislation will require the same notice to all tenants – whether or not their unit is officially recognized – before the owner obtains a building permit to demolish the tenants’ units.

You can read more about the proposed legislation here.


My April 2015 Newsletter

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Preparing for State Legalization of Cannabis

Within the next years years, the use of cannabis is likely to be legal in California. We can't wait until legalization happens to start preparing for this policy, which will dramatically impact San Francisco. To start planning now, I've introduced legislation to form a Cannabis State Legalization Task Force, which will consist of residents, businesses, advocates, and government leaders who will consider the numerous social, economic, land use, and enforcement issues surrounding legalization. You can read more about the task force here and here.


SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION CREATING TASK FORCE TO PLAN LOCAL POLICIES IN THE EVENT OF STATE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS

Task force will advise the Board of Supervisors, Mayor and City departments regarding local impacts of possible state legalization, including making policy recommendations to ensure effective implementation in San Francisco

San Francisco Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to form a Cannabis State Legalization Task Force, which will be tasked with planning local policies if cannabis is legalized in the 2016 California statewide election. The Task Force will consist of representatives from City Departments, the cannabis industry and consumers, local businesses, tourism and policy groups, nightlife advocates, public health advocates, and neighborhood associations. Currently, several pro-legalization groups are crafting statewide legalization ballot measures for 2016.  

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Keeping Our Retail Space Active

Our commercial corridors need active retail businesses like cafes and shops to draw customers and people to our neighborhoods. Too often we see banks and office-type uses come in and take valuable sidewalk space, creating dead spaces on our streets, especially in the evenings and on weekends when these businesses are closed. To encourage more active retail spaces, I introduced controls that requires a conditional use process for office use in sidewalk-fronting businesses. This will ensure we have a thoughtful process for making our neighborhood commercial corridors more vibrant and livable spaces. You can read more here.


SUPERVISOR WIENER RELEASES REPORT SHOWING OUTDOOR EVENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO HAVE A BILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL IMPACT ON SAN FRANCISCO'S ECONOMY

Report by the City Economist finds that in 2014, 3.3 million people attended outdoor events in San Francisco – including festivals, parades, and street fairs – generating $1.1 billion in economic activity and supporting 9,300 private sector jobs

 

San Francisco Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener released a study conducted by the City Economist reporting that outdoor events – such as festivals, parades, and street fairs – are a significant economic driver for San Francisco. In 2014, these events generated $1.1 billion in economic impact and drew 3.3 million attendees, whose spending supported 9,300 private sector jobs in industries like retail, food services, hospitality, and transportation. The report -- available here -- was based on various data points, including an extensive survey of 3,644 people who attended outdoor events in 2014.

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Expanding In-Law Construction in Diamond Heights, Glen Park & Noe Valley

Today I'm introducing legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units in the Noe Valley, Glen Park, and Diamond Heights neighborhoods. This builds on previous legislation I've authored to allow the construction of in-law units in the Castro and in buildings citywide undergoing voluntary and mandatory seismic retrofits. These units are generally the most affordable kind of non-subsidized unit available, and allow us to expand housing supply in a sustainable way within our neighborhoods. You can read more about the legislation in the San Francisco Business Times here.


SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE HOUSING LEGISLATION TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION OF NEW IN-LAW UNITS IN NOE VALLEY, GLEN PARK AND DIAMOND HEIGHTS

Legislation will expand on Supervisor Wiener's Castro In-Law legislation and Seismic In-Law Legislation, which allowed for the creation of new in-law units - the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing - in unused spaces such as garages, large storage areas, and basements, in order to help address housing crisis

San Francisco, CA Today Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units throughout most of District 8, which he represents at the Board of Supervisors. The legislation will allow new in-law units to be built on parcels in the Noe Valley, Glen Park, and Diamond Heights neighborhoods in order to increase the City’s housing supply.  This legislation follows on Supervisor Wiener’s Castro In-Law legislation passed last year, as well as his recently passed legislation to allow for the addition of in-law units in apartment buildings undergoing seismic retrofits.  As with those two pieces of legislation, the units must be added within a building's existing envelope, and new units added in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled as well. 

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