Newsom endorses Rob Black for District 6

Not that I’m claiming to be ahead of the curve or anything, but my personal choice for Supervisor in District 6, Rob Black, was just endorsed by Mayor Newsom as his choice for the November election. From the San Francisco Sentinel, Mayor Gavin Newsom this afternoon endorsed challenger Rob Black for November election to the Board of Supervisors District 6 seat. Both Black and Newsom portrayed Black as the best contender to lessen divisiveness in District 6 representation. Newsom described

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Developer Throws in the Towel on 39 Chattanooga Street

From the Noe Valley Voice, For four years, a modest Noe Valley home built during San Francisco’s infancy has been the flashpoint in an intense battle between a neighborhood developer and local preservationists. But last month, John Williams abandoned his effort to transform the dilapidated 19th-century cottage at 39 Chattanooga Street into a residential complex four times the size of the original building. He sold the property in a deal that closed escrow June 20. “Life’s too short,” said Williams,

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SFBG's Best Neighborhoods of 2006

Whether you agree or not, the SF Bay Guardian has released their annual Best of the Bay issue, and they list six San Francisco neighborhoods as their favorites… 1. The Castro2. Glen Park3. Hayes Valley4. Third Street5. Union Street6. Valencia Street Get the details on why right here.

'Saving local industry' by driving up housing prices?

First, I am not in favor of housing over existing industry. I’m also not in favor of people complaining about things that have been around since long before they bought their uber-loft. But what I’m REALLY not in favor of is misguided ideas about how to solve problems. This week’s SF Bay Guardian gets it wrong AGAIN by suggesting that limiting housing to save industry might bring prices down… It’s almost an axiom in San Francisco planning policy: High-end housing

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More problems at DBI

The Department of Building Inspection is just not getting any better, now is it? Today’s Chronicle is reporting on a little FBI raid of the offices on Wednesday… FBI agents armed with a search warrant removed documents Wednesday from the files of a senior inspector at the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection related to a residential property on Alabama Street in the city’s Mission District. According to Building Inspection officials, federal agents spent two hours at the department’s 1650

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