THIS WEEK: Plenty to Plug Into
Fixing the Short Term Rental Loophole
For those who missed the two-part investigative series that aired on NBC Bay Area, check out the coverage of the industry's blatant violations, as well as our pending legislation: PART I & PART II
This Thursday I am holding a hearing on the Short Term Rental Amendment that I co-authored with Supervisor David Campos. It strengthens our enforcement efforts, holds the platforms accountable for their blatant violations and evens the playing field for hosts who are forced to compete with bad actors. Most important: it is a critical tool in our efforts to preserve the City's affordable and rent-controlled housing stock from further cannibalization and speculation.
Please lend your voice of support for this long overdue legislation!
The hearing will be at the Government Audit & Oversight Committee this Thursday, June 2nd at 9:30am, in Room 250 at City Hall. Public comment will likely come up around 10:30am. If you are able to come and speak in support of the legislation, please contact Sunny Angulo in my office directly.
Thank you so much for your support - let's make sure that the voice of the community isn't drowned out by the short-term rental companies or their astro-turf campaigns. Your presence is impactful and appreciated!
Take Two: Keeping Our Legacy Businesses Alive
Speaking of this Thursday's Government Audit & Oversight Meeting...we've actually got several items on the calendar that deserve attention. At our last meeting, I continued our hearing on the implementation of the Legacy Business Registry & Fund so that the Office of Small Business could fully comply with our requests for information. The hearing will continue at Thursday's meeting, and there is much at stake.
Many of you may have read about the impending closure of beloved neighborhood cornerstore, Fog Hill Market. It's a heartbreaking loss, and one that potentially could have been prevented had our City taken swift action following the passage of Proposition J last year. My intent is to make sure that no other local legacy businesses are lost to ineffectual government oversight.
Please join us this Thursday and tell the committee members about the special legacy business in your neighborhood that you are fighting to preserve. It's Item No. 4 on the agenda, and should be up around 11:00am.
Our Small Business Month honoree, Joe Omran, of Nob Hill's Le Beau Market
Later on Thursday, June 2nd, the Planning Commission will consider our Polk Street Formula Retail legislation. Please join with neighborhood residents and local merchants alike to stand up for small businesses struggling to survive, as well as for the preservation of our neighborhood character and culture. For more on my thoughts regarding the legislation, please see my May column in the Marina Times
. Time for a thoughtful planning process for the Polk Street corridor that balances preventative tools with incentives for the creation of housing and neighborhood infrastructure.
To lend your support to our Polk Street Formula Retail Controls (File #160102)
please come and testify at an upcoming committee meeting or send a letter to the Clerk's office for inclusion in the file.
- Thursday, June 2nd - 12noon - Planning Commission meeting, Room 400 City Hall (Item 9 on agenda)
- Monday, June 13th - 5:30pm - Small Business Commission meeting, Room 400 City Hall
- Copy letters of support to: Alisa.Somera@sfgov.org and Andrea.Ausberry@sfgov.org
Density Done Right: 100% Affordable Solution
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a broad coalition of neighborhood leaders, tenant & housing advocates, small businesses and homeowners to craft an alternative to the density bonus legislation scheduled to be heard on June 13th at the Land Use & Transportation Committee. Please read more in my Op-Ed in the SF Examiner.
If you are able to come out and testify on the 13th, please contact Sunny Angulo in my office, who can update you on the final package that we have pulled together and answer any questions. As the City grapples with important questions about the appropriate way to develop in San Francisco, we need your voice at the forefront of the conversation - advocating for both the creation of affordable housing and the preservation of our existing neighborhoods.
In Other News...
A head's up that the Russian Hill Neighbors are hosting a Kids Safety Event on Saturday, June 4th and you're invited! Join SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and Acting SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin at Helen Wills Playground for fun with fire trucks and safety tips for the whole family. Shenanigans go from 10:00am-12noon.
Also, SF Beautiful and Muni are teaming up again for the Second Annual Muni Art Project! Bay Area artists have the opportunity to create original art that will be reproduced for display in 100 Muni buses criss-crossing the city. Submissions are due June 17th by 6pm, please click here for submission details: http://sfbeautiful.org/muniart/
Last Call for Interns! If you know of someone who would be a great fit for the summer session in our office, please refer them to our application!
It's almost Election Day - make your vote count!
Vote at City Hall - Any voter may vote at the City Hall Voting Center beginning 29 days before the election. The Voting Center is located outside Room 48 in City Hall. The building is fully accessible and an accessible voting machine is available for voters with disabilities.
May 9 - June 7, 2016
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed May 30, 2016)
May 28 - 29 and June 4 - 5, 2016
Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (please enter at Grove Street)
Tuesday, June 7
FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE
Election Day! 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
See you around the neighborhood,
Aaron and the D3 Team