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This is a new web site focusing on the numerous ways San Francisco City Hall gives preferential treatment to out-of-town corporations and developers -- the ones who finance political campaigns around here.

The site is under development. Send us your examples of how city hall is treating San Francisco residents/voters/taxpayers as second-class citizens. We will consider them.

We are starting by focusing on District 6.


EXAMPLES WE ARE STARTING WITH:

The annual closing of busy Howard Street so Larry Ellison can put on his Oracle circus.

City hall's obvious love affair with luxury condo housing.

Police response-times are often slow for quality-of-life calls. Police officers tell us that -- when an issue involves a business (such as a restaurant illegally allowing late-night club activity) -- they have been instructed to support the business and not those who live here. See a personal example below.

[Entrance Hall] The first rule for creating affordable housing should be: "1 - Keep what you have now!" A New York corporation was allowed to eliminate half of the 160 affordable rental units at its building at 88 Howard St in SF. That same year, the corporation's CEO bought the most expensive residence in NYC for himself. According to the "New York Observer," his new home had a 60-foot long entrance "gallery," a dining room that seated 48, and a library with paneling older than the United States. Meanwhile, SF was losing affordable housing.

Howard Street bike lane: After the tragic death of a bicyclist on Howard in March 2019, politicians rushed before the TV cameras to pledge improvements. They promised a "Quick-Build Program." Not only have no improvements been made east of Third Street, but no bike lane exists at all between Main and Beale. We believe that is because FaceBook occupies the skyscraper at that site and the city wants to provide them with ample street parking. MTA won't even put in a temporary bike lane even though space for one exists.

Hotel Vitale: This architectural monstrosity at 2 Mission Street eliminated Muniís 125-year-old transit terminal in front of the Ferry Building. Now residents and ferry riders must hunt for busses at various curbside stops scattered around the neighborhood, and the re-routed busses now get tangled in traffic at intersections like Main and Market. Muni, to their credit, had plans for a first-class transit terminal on the site directly across from the new ferry slips. But a previous mayor decided to let some of his backers develop the site instead.

Rincon Park: The original plans for Rincon Park allowed a single, one-story restaurant in the southern end of the park. After the official RFP was released, the city allowed the project to expand into two, two-story buildings. The height limit was ignored and the square footage grew by more than 50-percent. Now picnickers and dog-walkers have to share the same lawn.

Mayor Breed has done a good job addressing the epidemic. However, one long-time D6 resident reports being denied entry into Pleasanton-based Safeway's local store because he was wearing a small backpack. Safeway employees repeatedly blamed Mayor Breed's proclamation on social distancing even though it says nothing about backpacks. The resident called the PD non-emergency number for assistance because Safeway was 1) getting physical in blocking customers, even seniors, and 2) incorrectly blaming the Mayor. True to form, the officers only listened to the Safeway assistant manager who accused the 30-year customer of "tresspassing." The officers used excessive force to remove the customer but omitted this from the police report--an obvious cover-up. They also omitted the name of the most aggressive officer. A complaint was filed with the Dept. of Police Accountability. Both the DPA and police commission also covered-up the matter. We are not aware of any corrective action taking place at all. Police reform is definitley needed in SF at all levels, and the PD needs to quit treating residents as second-class.