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Good evening fellow Richmond District neighbors! 

It's been a busy first couple of weeks in 2019, so busy in fact, that we've been lagging in getting this newsletter out to you! 

Worry not, going forward we're going to try and stick to our regular cadence of publishing a monthly email with updates about local policies, politics, and opportunities to get involved to advocate for more housing, better transit, and policies that support our local businesses here in the Richmond District and beyond.  

Here's some recent news about San Francisco's housing & transit challenges: 
 

  • The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that appropriates the surplus tax revenue surfaced back in late November by Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu. 

    Please take a moment when you can and share your thanks to Mayor London Breed for her leadership on this issue. 

  • Supervisor Aaron Peskin's office has introduced an ordinance, that if enacted, will effectively lead to San Francisco being encased in amber forever, disallowing many opportunities to demolish owner occupied housing and replace it with apartments, as well as making more difficult or outright banning many common renovations.

    It's somewhat complicated, so we recommend reading the fact sheet from the Planning Department. Then, you should check out a recent article from the Bay City Beacon about the proposal, as well as the op-ed from YIMBY Action Executive Director Laura Foote penned in the Chronicle. Additionally, our own Michael Murphy has written his own annotated guide to the legislation. Check it out here
     
  • Zooming out from San Francisco, there's an ongoing effort to support a sweeping "grand bargain" compromise on housing in the 9 county Bay Area. It's called CASA. Check out the report here

    A few members of Grow The Richmond attended a meeting of the Association of Bay Area Governments to urge the panel to lend their support to the compact. Bobak gave some remarks, which you can watch here.
CALLS TO ACTION
Below are a few critical things you can do right now to help Grow The Richmond and the broader YIMBY movement:
 
Attend Senator Wiener's Town Hall 

State Senator Scott Wiener is having a town hall tomorrow 2/23 at noon, at the Richmond Recreation Center. Our apologies for the short notice on this one, but if you are free, please come and join other Richmond District residents in supporting Senator Wiener and urging support for the #MoreHomes act, or SB50
 
Attend Town Hall
Contact Supervisor Fewer about the BANANA Peskin Demolition Legislation

Supervisor Sandra Fewer is one of the cosponsors of the "Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything" legislation being pushed by Supervisor Peskin's office mentioned earlier in this email.

We need to demonstrate to her that a large and vocal constituency that votes in her district is upset with this legislation and wants her to reconsider her support of ordinance file #181216
 
Email Supervisor Fewer
Join Grow The Richmond Volunteers at March Happy Hour!

Join fellow members of Grow The Richmond at our March Happy Hour, learn more about the ongoing housing politics in SF, and connect with other neighbors throughout the Richmond District that are fighting for a more affordable and housing abundant San Francisco
 
RSVP for the March Happy Hour

Good Reads 


While we're busy ramping up with event planning, check out some of these reads about the latest in housing & transit news in the Richmond District and San Francisco: 

  1. Neighbors propose “bad faith” alternative designed to kill all proposals for housing at 3333 California:
    https://sfrichmondreview.com/2019/02/05/neighbors-offer-alternate-plan-for-3333-california/

  2. Mayor Breed announces ballot measure to speed up affordable housing production (this is the same initiative that some Grow The Richmond members helped gather signatures for last year):
    https://www.thebaycitybeacon.com/politics/sf-mayor-breed-announces-ballot-measure-to-speed-up-affordable/article_67655fb8-2993-11e9-b3fa-675b8f0c20ae.html
     
  3. A new proposal is being pursued to liberalize zoning everywhere in the city for affordable housing. Learn more and sign up to volunteer with this crew of volunteers from across the city if this is a project you’re interested in helping with: 
    https://www.legalizehousing.org/
     
  4. SFMTA is hosting workshops and beginning to tackle a series of proposed improvements to make pedestrian safety easier in the Central Richmond:
    https://hoodline.com/2019/01/sfmta-to-tackle-pedestrian-safety-in-central-richmond
     
  5. The Geary BRT finally broke ground! Now hopefully it will be completed on time and on budget...
    http://www.sfexaminer.com/geary-rapid-project-breaks-ground-change-muni-time/

Remember, there's always good discussions going on in the YIMBY Action district one Slack channel. If you're already a member of YIMBY Action, our affiliate organization, hop over there. 

If you're not yet a member of YIMBY Action, consider becoming one today to support the important work that they do in supporting neighborhood clubs like ours (as well as getting into the Slack!): 
https://yimbyaction.org/join/
 
Members of Grow The Richmond at the 2nd Annual YIMBY Action Gala
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