The talk of San Francisco for the last few months
has been about housing and affordability — a topic that does not seem as though it will fade in 2014.
Mayor Ed Lee has acknowledged The City's affordability issues with talk about the minimum wage
and housing for low- and middle-income San Franciscans
, as well as his support for renters affected by Ellis Act evictions to be prioritized for city-subsidized housing units
The questions about housing keep coming, though, including two of the three that Lee has during his question time at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The first question comes from District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, asking "what additional funding can we expect in your budget proposal to address these significant needs for increasing as well as accelerating the City's production of affordable housing?"
Also for housing, District 9 Supervisor David Campos asks a question about buy-outs from landlords, a process through which property owners offer money to tenants instead of using Ellis Act evictions. Campos notes that there are no municipal regulations to the buy-outs. The lack of regulation also has made them difficult to trace and document. Campos will ask the mayor if he will commit tow working on legislation addressing buyouts.
The last question on the agenda comes from District 5 Supervisor London Breed, who poses the question about what The City can do to address the issues the African-American community faces in San Francisco.