Tenants evicted through the controversial Ellis Act state law could be entitled to greater relocation compensation under a proposal that is scheduled to be voted on Monday by a Board of Supervisors committee.
Supervisor David Campos has introduced legislation that would require landlords who impose Ellis Act evictions to pay the difference between the tenant’s rental rate prior to eviction and what would have been the market rate for that unit for two years.
A proposal by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu that would legalize “granny units” in The City passed through the Planning Commission on Thursday with little opposition.
The legislation, which would give landlords the option to legalize secondary residential spaces also known as in-law units, will now go to the Board of Supervisors for a vote.
Chiu’s legislation, along with a companion proposal by District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener that would make it legal in the Castro to build new granny units in certain cases, is part of a broad effort by local lawmakers to alleviate the housing crisis through creative legislation expanding and protecting the housing stock.
The effort to curb real estate development along San Francisco’s waterfront suffered a setback Wednesday when the local Democratic Party voted to oppose a June ballot measure that would require voter approval for any development exceeding the existing height limits.
Facing pressure from a strong turnout of building trades union members, the Democratic Central Committee voted 13-12 not to endorse the measure. The endorsement is considered one of the most significant in San Francisco’s elections.
A San Francisco urban think tank has released a plan it hopes will help guide Bay Area planners and politicians ito create livable, lively and economically viable cities in the future.
SPUR’s Agenda for Change puts forward a seven-point plan for regional cities – specifically San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland – in which they focus growth inward and maximize the infrastructure and density already in place.
San Franciscans like were they live and are generally pleased with their elected leaders, but the cost of living and housing remain paramount in their minds, according to a recent web survey.
The survey, conducted by The San Francisco Survey from Feb. 11 to 17, queried 616 San Francisco voters in English and Chinese on a variety of topics from housing to government and homelessness. The survey was the third by the group in the last six months as a way to look at changing views amongst San Francisco voters.