Housing & Homelessness (News)

Hurdles aplenty for new S.F. planning chief

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 12:10pm
By Robert Selna

New San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim will make his first appearance Thursday before the City Planning Commission after an unplanned and embarrassing public debut.

But even before his boyfriend reportedly vandalized a city-owned residence where Rahaim was staying until he found permanent housing, he faced a tough job, negotiating his way through the minefield of San Francisco land-use politics.

Making housing affordable

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 11:50am
Santa Rosa Created More Housing In Past Seven Years For Those With Limited Means Than All But Two Bay Area Cities


During the past decade, Santa Rosa has been scolded by housing advocates for what they considered a less-than-stellar effort to provide housing for lower-income residents.


But based on its actual performance, the city may have deserved a star, according to the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Affordable housing must be protected

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 02/24/2008 - 10:00pm
PROTECTING Marin's stock of affordable housing is crucial and often contentious.

The lengthy legal battle over the rent-controlled Contempo Marin mobile home park is a good example.

San Rafael passed an ordinance in 1989 to keep rents at the 396-unit park affordable. Residents own their homes, but rent the land. Park owner Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc., which is based in Chicago, wants to increase rents dramatically, more than double, to as much as $1,925 a month.

Candlestick housing petition count short

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 10:00pm

A signature drive for a San Francisco ballot measure to require that half the housing constructed at Candlestick Point and Hunters Point be priced affordably failed an early test Friday.

The city Department of Elections conducted a random sample of the 11,311 signatures turned in by the backers of the measure and found an insufficient number could be verified as coming from registered voters.


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