Historic Preservation in San Francisco: Balancing our past with our need to evolve as a City

sfgatephoto.jpgJune 26th 2011

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San Franciscans are proud of our history. We're a city of neighborhoods, and we work to maintain our neighborhoods' unique identities and histories. I'm particularly honored to represent the oldest neighborhood in San Francisco, Mission Dolores.

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Closing a Loophole in the Transit Development Impact Fee

The Board of Supervisors recently passed legislation I authored to close a loophole in the fee developers pay to account for the transit impacts of new development. San Francisco is experiencing an unprecedented development boom, with significant housing and commercial space being added as our city's population and job base grow. As we add this development, our public transportation infrastructure and capacity must keep up. Muni currently lacks capacity - due to years of short-sighted transit under-investment by policy makers - to meet current demands, let alone future increased demand as our city grows to a million residents and many more jobs, and we must aggressively invest to shore up the system and expand its capacity. Our transit impact development fee contained a loophole that would have allowed some large or insects in Mission Bay to avoid the fee. My legislation closes that loophole and ensures that projects pay their fair share.

How are transit funds used for other needs?


Due to budget shortfalls, the School District is phasing out its yellow bus program.  The City responded, over the objections of four Supervisors, by providing free Muni passes for low-income youth.  Cost to Muni:  several million dollars per year.

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Keeping our residents in their homes after the Big One

We all know that the coming major earthquake isn't a matter of "if," but rather "when."  This earthquake is likely to be significantly larger than Loma Prieta, and if we're not prepared it will have a devastating impact on San Francisco.  In addition to damaging our public infrastructure, it will displace many residents.  That mass-displacement, as we saw with Hurricane Katrina, will have a lasting impact on our city.

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