At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.
Re: Resolution - Item 23f:
Chris Durazo - SOMCAN
- She is concerned about a few issues: She feels the $3.00 fee as a citywide impact fee for open spaces is just a PR piece; She feels the first resolve should be eliminated and the second one should be revised.
George Westlake - Archdiocese of San Francisco
- Many of the parishes have been working for many years for more affordable housing in the City.
- This resolution is the right step in that direction.
Ken Warner - Trinity Plaza Resident's Association
- This resolution does no good for people who cannot afford to buy a home in San Francisco.
April Veneracion - SOMCAN
- It is important to emphasize that Rincon Hill is a broader South of Market community.
- The impact fee should be directed specifically to the South of Market.
- On the last paragraph: If a Mello-Roos is pursued, the cost savings to the developer should be based on the local impact fee.
- Commissioner Sue Lee requested sites for affordable housing. She would like to see that information discussed today.
Barbara Long - Senior Housing Action Committee
- They adopted the platform for the South of Market.
- The South of Market Seniors have asked for jobs and housing for them - this could be added to the resolution.
- The community stabilization fund should be in the control of the South of Market area and not used throughout the city.
Calvin Welch - Council of Community Housing Coalition
- There is no date certain in the fourth paragraph of the resolution.
- The Commission should stipulate a specific date when the mitigations are to be decided upon.
Judith Baker - South of Market Child Care
- Her organization has adopted the community platform.
- She is glad that there will be first-source hiring, but housing also is very important.
- The mitigation measures should benefit the South of Market.
- There needs to be major improvements in the area.
- If the housing burden is shifting in the South of Market, then there should be improvements in the area as well.
- The Commission needs to communicate all this to the Board of Supervisors.
Reed Bement - Rincon Hill Residents Association
- The surrounding areas should benefit from the development impact fees.
- The affordable housing should be inclusionary.
- Funds should go to the Rincon Hill and immediate South of Market area.
Diego Sanchez - South of Market Community Coalition
- They hosted a meeting with planning staff. It was mentioned at the meeting that the impact fees could go as high as $25.00.
- It would be great to get that extra "chunk!"
- It is important to go back to the drawing board and find out where the $25.00 is.
Re: On the various proposed project actions listed below - items 22 and 23a-e:
Douglass Perry - Construction and Building Trades Council
- He hopes that these projects are approved as well as the ones in the pipeline. This will provide much needed housing and much needed jobs.
Theodore Brown - Project Sponsor for 375 Fremont Street
- He thanked staff and the Commission for getting his project in the pipeline.
Brendan Donagan - Architect
- He has two projects in the area.
- Allowing 375 and 399 Fremont to go forward is the right idea.
- This way there will be more housing instead of less.
Chris Durazo - SOMCAN
- She urged the Commission to look at the issue of cumulative impacts in the neighborhood.
- These towers will be high density.
- She urges the Commission not to pass the EIR. It will come back again if the issues are not dealt with.
- This is a very important moment for San Francisco. It will open the doors to different building developments for wealthy people.
- He is disappointed with how the night is going right now.
- The Commission is taking a disenfranchised community and hurting it further.
April Veneracion - SOMECAN
- She is very disappointed and encourages the Commission to revise the previous conversation or not pass the plan.
- Supervisor Maxwell was in support of their platform.
- She hoped that the Commission would send a strong message and not have to go through the Board of Supervisors.
- There are tremendous City benefits to this plan and they should be implemented.
- He thanked staff for this plan and their efforts to include pipeline projects in the plan.
- He looks forward to moving on to the next steps.
- There will be much needed money brought to the City.
- He is glad that all of the issues have been "washed" out.
- He thanked staff for having incorporated the pipeline projects into the plan.
- There are critical housing needs in this City.
Michael Alexander - San Francisco Beautiful
- They support this plan but also want the Commission to look at the long-term affects of it.
- There are always going to be people who will ask for exceptions.
- The opportune time to say "no" is now.
- He thanked staff for allowing the pipeline projects to be included.
- The pipeline projects are consistent with the Rincon Hill plan.
- This would allow for much needed housing to begin right away.
Ken Warner - Trinity Plaza Tenants Association
- How many people read his article in Beyond Chron regarding Rincon Hill?
- If the Commission votes yes to certify the EIR, people will take it to court.
Reed Bement - Rincon Hill Tenants Association
- He has made suggestions to improve the plan and one of those would be to not include the two projects on Fremont Street.
- He urged the Commission to do what is fair for the residents of the Rincon Hill area.
- There are a few exciting projects going on in the area.
- It is important to see the needs of the South of Market.
- Improvements are needed in the infrastructure, community developments, etc. in the South of Market.
- She requested no pipeline exceptions.
- 60% rental is even high. Families that exist in the South of Market will be eliminated.
- Low-income people have kids.
- The EIR is not based on a real world.
Azalia Merrill - Carpenter's Union
- As a mother of three and a native San Franciscan she appreciates the comments for affordable housing.
- Affordability can be sustained by projects.
- She hopes that pipeline jobs are allowed to go through instead of pausing them and causing for rates to rise.