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Property owner sues city over order to rebuild illegally demolished house

A property owner who was ordered by the city to rebuild an…

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People wait in line to give public comment about COPA in front of the Planning Comission on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Support builds for plan to give nonprofits first crack at buying apartment buildings

A proposal that would place nonprofits first in line to purchase multi-unit…

People wait in line to give public comment about COPA in front of the Planning Comission on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The proposed site for a new cannabis dispensary at 1685 Haight Street on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

First cannabis equity permit moves toward approval, faces pushback from rejected applicants

A hearing on a retail cannabis dispensary in San Francisco’s Upper Haight…

The proposed site for a new cannabis dispensary at 1685 Haight Street on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Nearly half of the units in The City’s pipeline are part of larger projects with

Slow approval process not only obstacle for city housing goals

Plans for close to 45,000 potential homes are currently approved in San…

Nearly half of the units in The City’s pipeline are part of larger projects with
The Plaza 16 Coalition and supporters rally at Mission Dolores Park before a San Francisco Planning Commission public hearing on proposed housing developments for 1979 Mission Street at the Mission High School auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tensions over Mission District gentrification flare at hearing on 16th Street project

The developers of a controversial Mission District housing project have offered opponents…

The Plaza 16 Coalition and supporters rally at Mission Dolores Park before a San Francisco Planning Commission public hearing on proposed housing developments for 1979 Mission Street at the Mission High School auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Pedestrians walk past boarded up vacant buildings in the 500 block of Columbus Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tax on vacant housing, storefronts proposed for November ballot

Plans are in the works to place a vacancy tax on the…

Pedestrians walk past boarded up vacant buildings in the 500 block of Columbus Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The 6x6 mall development on Market Street has sat vacant since its completion in 2016. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco seeks to get a handle on its inventory of vacant storefronts

To the detriment of commercial corridors, San Francisco doesn’t actually know how…

The 6x6 mall development on Market Street has sat vacant since its completion in 2016. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Bike lanes would become more common on state roads that run through California cities under a bill introduced Monday by State Senator Scott Wiener. S.F. Examiner file photo.

Wiener introduces bill to make state roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians

San Francisco, like many California cities, has state-owned highways that serve as…

Bike lanes would become more common on state roads that run through California cities under a bill introduced Monday by State Senator Scott Wiener. S.F. Examiner file photo.
After years of standing vacant, the Fillmore Heritage Center reopened to the public in November. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lawsuit alleges cronyism in city Fillmore Heritage Center deal

A Fillmore District businessman who made four attempts to purchase the long-vacant…

After years of standing vacant, the Fillmore Heritage Center reopened to the public in November. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Uber and Lyft rides represent a growing portion of The City and state’s transportation network. To electrify this network, it’s necessary to increase access to charging stations. (Courtesy photo)

Why electric cars make sense for Uber, Lyft drivers in San Francisco

On a recent cold, San Francisco day, Marcel Espia picked me up…

Uber and Lyft rides represent a growing portion of The City and state’s transportation network. To electrify this network, it’s necessary to increase access to charging stations. (Courtesy photo)
A planned medical cannabis dispensary at 2161-2165 Irving St.m in the Sunset District is among those that would get another chance at permits to sell recreational cannabis under legislation set to come before the Board of Supervisors, despite its having missed a requirement to complete construction in 2018.  (Daniel Kim/ 2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Select cannabis businesses to get a second shot at retail permits

San Francisco may bend the rules for a dozen medical marijuana sites…

A planned medical cannabis dispensary at 2161-2165 Irving St.m in the Sunset District is among those that would get another chance at permits to sell recreational cannabis under legislation set to come before the Board of Supervisors, despite its having missed a requirement to complete construction in 2018.  (Daniel Kim/ 2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Planning Commission approves SOMA housing development despite community concerns over park shadow

UPDATED 5:45 P.M.: The Planning Commission narrowly approved a SoMa housing development…

People walk past Victoria Manalo Draves Park on Folsom Street in the South of Market neighborhood. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Avery residential tower under construction at 450 Folsom St. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Transbay developer still on the hook for promised grocery store

A Transbay developer failed to convince a city commission Tuesday to release…

The Avery residential tower under construction at 450 Folsom St. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The McDonald's at 730 Stanyan St. was the subject of neighborhood complaints about drugs and criminal activity before its closure. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City seeking proposals for former Haight Street McDonald’s site

A request for proposals issued Monday for the temporary use of the…

The McDonald's at 730 Stanyan St. was the subject of neighborhood complaints about drugs and criminal activity before its closure. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
With more than 18,800 people per square mile, San Francisco’s population density is second only to New York City in the U.S. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco cannot solve the Bay Area’s affordable housing crisis on its own

In the Follow the Money column published April 29, I argued that…

With more than 18,800 people per square mile, San Francisco’s population density is second only to New York City in the U.S. (Courtesy photo)
The 55-story residential tower at 450 Folsom St. will include nearly 550 housing units.(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF to release Transbay housing developer from grocery store commitment

A developer is asking The City for permission to drop plans to…

The 55-story residential tower at 450 Folsom St. will include nearly 550 housing units.(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Judston True, who has served as chief of staff to Assemblyman David Chiu since 2014, has been appointed to a newly created housing position by Mayor London Breed. (Courtesy image)

Judson True tapped as Breed’s new director of housing delivery

Mayor London Breed announced Thursday she has tapped Judson True to serve…

Judston True, who has served as chief of staff to Assemblyman David Chiu since 2014, has been appointed to a newly created housing position by Mayor London Breed. (Courtesy image)
Pedestrians walk past the building at 1049 Market St. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Settlement expected in long-running Market Street tenant eviction fight

A settlement agreement is expected as soon as next month in a…

Pedestrians walk past the building at 1049 Market St. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Sweeping regional housing plan under construction

An ambitious regional housing plan aiming to create 35,000 new housing units…

(Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
Legislation by Supervisor Sandra Fewer giving nonprofits first right of refusal on multi-unit buildings is intended to reduce the risk of evictions for tenants.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Nonprofits could get first dibs on multi-unit buildings

Affordable housing nonprofits could get first crack at buying multi-unit buildings under…

Legislation by Supervisor Sandra Fewer giving nonprofits first right of refusal on multi-unit buildings is intended to reduce the risk of evictions for tenants.  (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)