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Atlanta-based commercial real estate developer Jamestown is seeking to turn the historic Pier 29 bulkhead building into a mini-mall full of retail kiosks and an upscale wine bar and brewery. (Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photo)

No mall on the waterfront

It’s like deja vu all over again on San Francisco’s waterfront. A…

Atlanta-based commercial real estate developer Jamestown is seeking to turn the historic Pier 29 bulkhead building into a mini-mall full of retail kiosks and an upscale wine bar and brewery. (Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photo)
Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of Assembly Bill 2501 tips the scales toward developers and Realtors so they don’t have to negotiate with dumb community people who don’t even wear suits. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

‘By right’ done wrong

Negotiations are underway in Sacramento over housing. Here’s what’s up. San Francisco…

Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of Assembly Bill 2501 tips the scales toward developers and Realtors so they don’t have to negotiate with dumb community people who don’t even wear suits. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
In San Francisco, only about one or two of these 100 percent affordable projects are produced each year, given the heavy public subsidies these projects require. (Michael Ares/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Build affordable housing the right way

Recently, my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors announced a proposal: “Density…

In San Francisco, only about one or two of these 100 percent affordable projects are produced each year, given the heavy public subsidies these projects require. (Michael Ares/S.F. Examiner file photo)
At stake this election season for the DCCC is whether San Francisco residents want to live in a community that is open to all and in which all can participate. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Local politics ought to reflect our community

Last October, I spent many evenings and weekends knocking on doors, handing…

At stake this election season for the DCCC is whether San Francisco residents want to live in a community that is open to all and in which all can participate. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
The “100 percent affordable alternative” proposal would apply to approximately 200 plus sites across The City that the Planning Department has identified as vacant or underutilized “soft sites” for potential development. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Density done right: The 100 percent affordable alternative

A beloved neighborhood cafe owner recently confided his anxieties to me: “Did…

The “100 percent affordable alternative” proposal would apply to approximately 200 plus sites across The City that the Planning Department has identified as vacant or underutilized “soft sites” for potential development. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
San Francisco is failing non-English speaking residents in need of below-market-rate housing, especially those who need their application forms translated. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Affordable housing opportunities limited for non-English speakers

My first year in office, I was approached by a constituent —…

San Francisco is failing non-English speaking residents in need of below-market-rate housing, especially those who need their application forms translated. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Rendering of 2000 Bryant St. (Courtesy BDE Architecture)

Ideological purity or affordable housing on Bryant Street?

An important housing proposal in the Mission District is seeking its permit…

Rendering of 2000 Bryant St. (Courtesy BDE Architecture)
San Francisco built fewer new homes in 2015 than in 2014. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

New density bonus plan emerges for 100 percent affordable housing projects

San Francisco’s density bonus should apply only to projects that offer entirely…

San Francisco built fewer new homes in 2015 than in 2014. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The Asian Art Museum is planning to build a new pavilion atop a wing on the museum’s Hyde Street side. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Once-struggling Asian Art Museum set for major ‘transformation’

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is set for a major, multi-tiered “transformation”…

The Asian Art Museum is planning to build a new pavilion atop a wing on the museum’s Hyde Street side. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The Public Utilities Commission parking lot next to the City College of San Francisco’s campus on Ocean Avenue contains 17 acres of developable land. (Gabrielle Lurie/2015 S.F. Examiner)

The future of Balboa Reservoir: Say no to privatizing public lands

The future of a huge swath of The City is currently up…

The Public Utilities Commission parking lot next to the City College of San Francisco’s campus on Ocean Avenue contains 17 acres of developable land. (Gabrielle Lurie/2015 S.F. Examiner)
Customers are handed their lunch while dining at the original Mel's Drive-In Diner on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, Calif. Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

In unusual twist amid development boom, Mel’s Drive-In will not be torn down for housing

In an unusual twist in San Francisco’s development boom saga, a longtime…

Customers are handed their lunch while dining at the original Mel's Drive-In Diner on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, Calif. Monday, April 18, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
An exterior rendering of the future Uber Headquarters in San Francisco's Mission Bay (Photo courtesy SHoP Architects/Uber)

Planning Commission unanimously approves plans for Uber offices in Mission Bay

Uber offices are heading to Mission Bay. The Planning Commission on Thursday…

An exterior rendering of the future Uber Headquarters in San Francisco's Mission Bay (Photo courtesy SHoP Architects/Uber)
The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the latest Housing Balance Report on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Latest housing balance report shows SF still losing affordable homes

San Francisco has gained or approved for construction more than 10,000 affordable…

The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the latest Housing Balance Report on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

The ‘affordable housing balance’ just keeps getting worse

The third “Housing Balance Report” from the City Planning Department was quietly…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Armory granted permit despite opposition from neighbors

The San Francisco Armory won a permit to begin operating as a…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
The project at 22 Franklin St. will go before the Planning Commission Thursday, March 31. (Rendering courtesy Planning Department)

Another car-free residential building signals shift away from parking

San Francisco’s development boom is no secret, but a new trend also…

The project at 22 Franklin St. will go before the Planning Commission Thursday, March 31. (Rendering courtesy Planning Department)
Some residential projects underway in SoMa and in the Mission may be subject to new affordable housing requirements, prompting some housing advocates to cry foul, saying the new rules could hinder construction. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

New affordable housing rules head to Planning Commission

Should residential projects already planned in the Mission and South of Market…

Some residential projects underway in SoMa and in the Mission may be subject to new affordable housing requirements, prompting some housing advocates to cry foul, saying the new rules could hinder construction. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
SF Examiner file photo. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mayor blocks effort to raise transit impact fee for large commercial development

Call it political theater or getting developers to pay their fair share…

SF Examiner file photo. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Bay Area home sales increase slightly in February

Sales of new and existing homes in the Bay Area last month…

(S.F. Examiner file photo)
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More violations found in Academy of Art buildings

The process of determining how to bring all 40 buildings in San…

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