Sunset Beacon

Judge Rules: Ex-Sunset Supervisor to Stay in Jail

Former Sunset District Supervisor Ed Jew’s attempt to avoid county jail time was denied after a San Francisco judge rejected his appeal. He will now serve up to a year for lying about where he lived when he was a city supervisor.

Jew, who has already served nearly five years in federal prison on extortion and bribery charges.

Jew resigned from the SF Board of Supervisors in 2008 and pleaded guilty to extorting $84,000 from the owners of “Quickly,” a tapioca drink store.

Electronics Recycling

George Washington High School (GWHS) is holding an electronic waste recycling event at the GWHS stadium parking lot, 30th Avenue and Geary Boulevard, on April 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Acceptable items include computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, small appliances, radios, toner car- tridges and more. For more information, e-mail Larry Yee at yeel@sfusd.edu.

Supervisor’s Legislation

Would Track Vacant Sites

San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang introduced legislation on March 25 to address the issue of commercial vacancies.

Based on the Department of Building Inspection’s (DBI) cur- rent vacant building registration report, there are 239 vacant buildings in San Francisco, 45

been if we don’t buy it today, prices will be higher tomorrow and might be out of reach a year from now.

Another trend that is notewor- thy is the number of all-cash buyers closing on homes in the market. Historically, we were closer to 5 – 10 percent. Currently, we are seeing maybe 20 – 25 percent. We are also see- ing much more international money flowing into the City than ever before.

As with every year, inventory drops near the end of the year and going into the first quarter there are not many homes for sale. The same pattern occurred this year, but with an increase in demand, properties went into contract rapidly resulting in even lower inventory. The Market Focus Report, published by the San Francisco Association of Realtors, reported the supply of single-family homes would last 1.2 months, meaning that if no other inventory came on the mar- ket it would take 1.2 months to sell all of the listed homes. This is an historic low number and indicates that we are in a strong seller’s market.

The end result was a very competitive real estate market

being partially vacant buildings with vacant ground floor com- mercial space in the Sunset.

“Vacant commercial store- fronts not only contribute to neighborhood blight, but they also represent a missed opportu- nity to provide goods and ser- vices to our residents, boost sur- rounding businesses, and devel- op the economic viability of our neighborhoods,” Tang said.

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