SF supes worry about chains’ proposed alcohol sales

The prospect of Taco Bell serving slushy malt liquor beverages near San Francisco’s ballpark is being met with a cold reception by the Board of Supervisors.

Fast-food chains and other chain stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Starbucks have started to request liquor licenses to serve alcohol in San Francisco.
But Supervisor Eric Mar, no stranger to tackling health-related issues legislatively, requested a hearing Tuesday to vet the trend, which he said raises a host of concerns sending a strong signal the applicants won’t have much success. “I am especially concerned that we might see an increase in underaged alcohol drinking,” Mar said.

The hearing will delve into myriad issues including the effects on young people, public safety, the neighborhood and small businesses.

“Starbucks is already targeting our kids with Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccinos. It makes the situation only worse to target alcohol sales to our next generation.” Mar said.

He also raised specific concerns about one application. “Taco Bell, for example, has a pending liquor license to sell slushy malt liquor beverages right by AT&T Park,” Mar noted.

Also at the meeting Tuesday, Supervisor Jane Kim announced the results of San Francisco’s first-ever housing balance report, which is required under her initiative to have 33 percent of newly developed housing offered at below market rates. The report, conducted by the Planning Department, analyzes the time period between 2004 and 2015. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, it had yet to be released publicly.

“The citywide housing balance of actual built affordable housing over the last 10 years was 18 percent,” said Kim, who requested a hearing for later this month on its findings. “Some of our frontline neighborhoods facing gentrification and displacement pressures fared poorly or modestly at best.”

Of the housing built in the Mission, for example, the balance was 3 percent below market rate, 6 percent in Chinatown, 12 percent in the Castro and 23 percent in the South of Market Area, she said.

“One of the main factors that was seen in the report in poor housing balances or in the case of five supervisorial districts that actually had a negative housing balance account over the last 10 years is the large number of housing units that are being lost because they are taken out of rent control,” Kim said.

According to the report’s findings, District 8, the Castro and Upper Market area, had the most evictions with 844 units lost in the last 10 years. District 9, including the Mission and Bernal Heights, had 688 evictions. District 6, including the South of Market and Tenderloin had 641 evictions.District 5, covering Western Addition and Haight, had 562 evictions.

“This report will really give us some pause in terms of what more this board and city needs to do in order to ensure that we are hitting our goals,” Kim said.

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