OPINION We're in a tough spot as a city when it comes to housing costs. As the price of living here goes ever higher, we lose everything special about the culture of San Francisco.
Here's the dilemma: more people want to live here than we are creating places for.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former mayor Willie Brown, Sup. Sophie Maxwell, and Mayor Gavin Newsom in recent weeks have come out in support of a proposed ballot measure that would allow Lennar Corp. to develop thousands of new homes at Candlestick Point, create 350 acres of parks, and possibly build a new 49ers stadium at Hunters Point Shipyard.
Claiming that a rash of health problems in the Bayview is related to dust from Lennar Corp.'s Parcel A construction site at the Hunters Point Shipyard, a busload of Bayview–Hunters Point 49ers fans rode to the team's headquarters in Santa Clara on Sept. 26 to ask the team not to build a new stadium with the Miami developer.
A Latina woman addresses the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan
Transportation Authority (MTA). She is part of a crowd of 1,500 people
opposing the agency's proposed bus-fare increases. She holds her
3-year-old child up to the board and says, "What would you like me to
do? Take the clothes off his back or the food out of his mouth?"
Bus Riders Union rally
EDITORIAL Of all the cities in the United States, San Francisco ought to be most aware of the perils of privatization. Much of the city burned down in 1906 in part because the private Spring Valley Water Co. hadn't kept up its lines and thus was unable to provide enough water for firefighting. A few years later, in one of the greatest privatization scandals in American history, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. stole what was supposed to be the city's publicly owned electricity, costing the local coffers untold hundreds of millions over the past 80 years.
For the past decade, Florida-based megadeveloper Lennar Corp. has been snatching up the rights to the Bay Area's former naval bases, those vast stretches of land that once housed the Pacific Fleet but are now home to rats, weeds, and in some places, low-income renters.