Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor – Richmond Review


Robert Heaton’s “Grow the Richmond” letter (March issue) offers a poor rationale for more housing units in the Richmond District.

How can the writer compare SoMa with the Richmond? SoMa is an evolving neighborhood that had lots of available properties to develop or re-zone and re-purpose in a high-density environment. The Richmond was developed decades ago and has very few lots left to build on.

I agree that the neighborhood has a lot to offer but I am not sure that the local population is interested in multiple seven-story developments, more traffic congestion and residents fighting for fewer parking spaces. There is such a thing as “quality of life.”

Many commuters on I-280 live in San Francisco already because of its attributes; that’s why buses transport the techies south every day. And “strengthening renter protections?” Rent control contributes to the housing shortage with tenants holding on to their protected units. Many property owners that are subject to the onerous rules decide against renting out available units.

Yes, it’s time to seriously revisit San Francisco’s short-sighted housing policies, but not necessarily jump on the “more housing – no matter what the ramifications are” bandwagon.

Curt Cournale


Re: San Francisco as the Winchester Mystery House

In April, Sacramento will hear Assemblyman Scott Wiener’s YIMBY-authored SB-827 to allow buildings within a quarter or half mile of transit stops to be 85 to 105 feet tall with increased density. The law’s unintended consequences prompted the SF Board of Supervisors (BOS) to hold a meeting on March 12 to work on amendments to a resolution.

Residents from citywide showed up at the BOS meeting; including east side neighborhoods that objected with their own anti-SB-827 concerns (info: https://sfceqa.wordpress.com/oppose-senator-wieners-sb-827).

It would be wise to keep land use issues local in San Francisco. Say “keep land use local” to the members of the BOS by email (individual e-mail addresses at http://sfbos.org) or write to: BOS, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 250, SF, CA 94103.

The board will hear the matter on Tuesday, April 3, at 2 p.m., Room 250, City Hall.

Also, Wiener’s SB-828 (housing element revision) seeks to change how the City meets its housing quota – calling for an increase in housing units by 200 percent with unmet annual quotas tacked on cumulatively to keep building.

 Rose Hillson

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