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Supes roundup: Leaning into compromise on housing

Inside the new housing developments in Sunnydale

This week’s Board of Supervisors featured compromises both elegant and ugly, as a deal was reached in a combative budget process and an extensively reworked housing development bill was finally passed. 

The board also declared the June 7 election results final, paving the way for Mayor London Breed to appoint a replacement for recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin. 

Budget Deal Reached

The meeting kicked off early as negotiations over the budget, which began on Monday, extended into the following morning. A quorum of the board approved a finalized budget, based on a compromise between Mayor London Breed and the supervisors, at a celebratory 12:30 a.m. Tuesday meeting. 

    Housing Bills: Weak Sausage? 

    Two controversial housing bills were finally passed by supervisors, providing a look at the current ideological divides over development policy at City Hall. 

    The first, sponsored by District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, bans “micro-unit” efficiency studios in the Tenderloin and Chinatown, to prevent gentrification of those neighborhoods’ stock of single-room occupancy hotels. The second bill, which will legalize more dwelling units in single-family neighborhoods, squeaked by with a 6-4 vote. 

        The board did, as expected, authorize bond financing for three important affordable housing projects, including: 

          Boosting Tourism

          Tourists wait in line for the famed cable car at Union Square in San Francisco, Calif. on May 23, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

          In 2008, San Francisco established a Tourism Improvement District to tax hotels to upgrade Moscone Center and provide an operations funding stream for the Convention and Visitors Bureau (now known as the San Francisco Travel Association or SFTravel). This week, the board voted to renew and expand the district, approving a resolution by Peskin and Mandelman to hold an assessment hearing on Sept. 13. 

            Roll Call: Drug Crisis and Monkeypox

            New business introduced at Roll Call included items addressing the ongoing drug overdose crisis, foreclosures, regional transit, and monkeypox. 

              Clock Starts for DA Appointment

              Finally, the board approved a resolution declaring the results of the June 7 election. 

              That election, which featured the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin as the main act, was certified by the Department of Elections on June 22.