We’re growing and adding more locations, but we can’t do it without your help. Join us for our next series of workshops to have your say in where new bike sharing locations will end up in your neighborhood.
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Access to shared bicycles will be available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week in San Francisco, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Jose
Some insights from a project in Sonoma County -
"It’s technically legal to build a permanent Accessory Dwelling Unit on a proper foundation, but the cost of compliance with endless regulations was ridiculous. A permit is $24,000. There’s an obligation to rip up the street and trench a completely redundant sewer line (minimum $15,000) instead of just tapping the existing sewer from the main house. The code requires fire sprinklers that will come in at about $10,000. The requirement for off-street covered parking means building a garage larger than the cottage itself. Then there’s the internal conflict of many of the codes. Permeable pavement is required for storm water runoff control, but that runoff is caused by the required added driveway and garage. Meanwhile a plain vanilla gravel parking space in the front yard is forbidden.
The list is absolutely endless and only a professional architect along with a consulting engineer can possibly understand the entitlement process and all the code minutiae, so factor in those billable hours as well. At the end of the day even a very modest backyard cottage was completely off the table for me. I will not go in to that kind of debt and I won’t tolerate charging the required high rent to service the loan. It’s a lose/lose proposition all around. No thank you."
My attempts to build a tiny home have been thwarted by a hostile regulatory
environment at every turn. So here's what I did instead.
SF supervisors compromise on plan for 6 new homeless shelters:
San Francisco supervisors unanimously passed a plan Tuesday to open a half dozen innovative homeless shelters in the city, after requirements for centers where alcoholics could drink and drug users could legally shoot up were put on the back burner. Supervisor David Campos helped clear the way for passage when he amended his homeless shelter...
Interesting proposal from Greg Ferenstein -
The general strategy is to allow San Francisco to build a lot more apartments. There are 4 components to the law:
1. Enact “as-of-right” zoning, which prohibits neighborhood interest groups from dramatically delaying any project they don’t like through bureaucratic regulatory processes (construction can take 8–10 years to approve in San Francisco, compared to a similar process that takes just 17 weeks in Seattle).
2. End density regulations — much of San Francisco effectively prohibits anything but 2-story single family homes [pdf].
3. Raise height limits in each neighborhood.
4. Ensure each new building creates the maximum number of affordable units for residents making less than the median income. Generally speaking, more construction means a higher percent of subsidized apartments for those making the median income or less. For instance, Seattle’s Mayor put forth a plan to build roughly 4 times more affordable units than San Francisco (40,000) — a plan made possible thanks to Seattle’s famous commitment to density.
Summary and quick actions (details below) ¶
It is possible to solve the affordable housing crisis through a law that allows San Francisco to build many mo…
The City spends nearly $250 million from our general fund each year on homelessness services, and that number continues to grow. Yet, our homeless count has virtually stayed the same, and the dire situation on our streets has only gotten worse.
Join us as we learn what exactly we are spending these funds on, what is working, and what is not. We'll also discuss plans for the new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, and hear recommendations from the Budget and Legislative Analyst on how we can improve our approach to addressing homelessness and maximize our spending.
Note that you can also watch online: sfgovtv.org/