It’s Politics as Usual at City Hall

San Francisco has a lottery system that selects 200 units annually for conversion into condominiums. With 1,799 units having lost the lottery this year and a multimillion-dollar deficit to close, Mayor Gavin Newsom proposed legislation that would allow these units to bypass the lottery system by paying a $20,000 fee per unit. The cost would’ve been reduced depending on the number of years one had participated in the lottery. But, the proposal was slammed by Budget and Finance Committee Chairman

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Stern Grove Summertime Free Concert Series Kicks Off!

Stern Grove’s 73rd season of free Sunday concerts kicked off today! If you’ve never been to the concerts at Stern Grove, you are missing out.  All summer see great music and events free of charge at Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue & Sloat. This year, as always the festival features a diverse line-up. * June 20, 2010 ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO / Sarazino * June 27, 2010 HAPA / Academy of Hawaiian Arts * July 4, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO OPERA * July

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Go Green with City financing!

First, I was thinking yes, let’s install solar panels with the new Green Finance program from the city… but no, I found out, I’ve got to do some other work first. The new program allows you to pull a loan (currently at 7% interest rate) from the city and have the principle, interest and fees that is repayable as a line item on your property tax bill.  The duration of the loan period depends on the life expectancy of the

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Take over the streets in the Mission this Summer, but let’s have a Community Market in the Mission too!

Yes!  The second annual Sunday Streets is coming to the Mission this weekend, June 20th! (and returning to the Mission on July 11th!)  It should be a blast with parts of Valencia, 24th and Harrison Street closed to cars.  There will be loads of events going on from  pet programs, live music, Slumdog Millionaire Skate Dance, rides on a bicycle built for 7 and so much more! Go out and have a blast! But if you if you live in

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Good News Regarding TIC Lottery Bypass…

It’s been about a year and a half that I first starting hearing about momentum building to allow TIC units to pay to bypass the rather byzantine condo lottery system.  I thought it was exciting news, but unlikely to gain traction in our city.  Still, many TIC owners I spoke with were very positive about the possibility.  Now that the city is in financial distress and looking for new income streams, the idea is back and included in the proposed

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