One longtime SF planning commissioner may be out as another keeps her seat

A continued shakeup of the San Francisco Planning Commission could mean one longtime member will be replaced while another will remain, according to a Monday announcement.

Hisashi Sugaya, known as a vocal and progressive commissioner, was not re-nominated by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu despite efforts by outside groups.

Instead, Dennis Richards was nominated to the seat.

Richards headed Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association during a time when the area was rezoned and received a historical designation. Richards also served on the board of Dolores Street Community Services.

The other longtime commissioner whose term was up was Kathrin Moore, who was re-nominated by Chiu. Moore is an architect who specializes in urban design.

The nominations seem to dispel rumors that Sugaya was to be replaced with a political appointee from the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. The name floated in that rumor was the council’s secretary-treasurer, Michael Theriault, supposedly because the council backed Chiu in his race against Supervisor David Campos for the California Assembly.

In May, an online petition was started in support of Sugaya and Moore to put pressure on Chiu to re-nominate both commissioners, who are seen as independent voices.

Mayor Ed Lee has appointment power for half of the commission, and he recently named Christine Johnson to replace Gwyneth Borden, who was named to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board.

Final say on Chiu’s nominations must go before the Board of Supervisors.

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