The latest S.F. housing failure: Thousands of units delayed for a study that never happened
The property on South Van Ness Avenue isn't much to look at, but it's a vivid depiction of San Francisco's dire housing straits. TODCO, the powerful affordable housing organization run by John Elberling, was set to complete the study on its own...
Total failure of leadership; if you're going to delay something for study, how could you not include a requirement that if the study does not conclude by xyz date, the project immediately moves forward?
Mission accomplished for these corrupt assholes. Obstruct, delay, run out the clock. The cruelty is the point.
“Elberling last made headlines for convincing supervisors to quash a plan for hundreds of units on a Nordstrom valet parking lot. That lot, too, remains an underused expanse of asphalt.”
“TODCO, the powerful affordable housing organization run by John Elberling, was set to complete the study on its own dime.”
So what’s this guys rub? Just curious, but like what does he want to make sure he gets his piece or something else?
But in July 2020, Supervisor Dean Preston convinced his colleagues on the board’s land use committee, Aaron Peskin and Ahsha Safaí, to delay approving the plan for six months so a race and equity study could be completed. Preston said the city should get input from the nearby Western Addition neighborhood, where Black residents have notoriously been pushed aside by land development.
TODCO, the powerful affordable housing organization run by John Elberling, was set to complete the study on its own dime.
Two years and one month later, the study hasn’t begun. In fact, Elberling told me this week, he’s not going to do the study. He blamed a number of issues, including the pandemic — though the virus was in full swing when he agreed to conduct the study — and a consulting group that said it would help but didn’t.
Just a reminder for anybody knew to SF politics, every single time someone wants to "study" or "access the impacts" of something, they just want to prevent it from happening.
New Housing is constantly — for decades — delayed, blocked, or has ominous restrictions added on that makes it not pencil out. I’m surprised that developers even bother any more!
At the same time, the same activists/supes that are blocking all the new housing take 0 accountability for the situation they have created, and blame everyone but themselves — mainly tech — for the housing shortage/cost of living.
Then the study served its' purpose - a bad faith obstructionist mechanism under the guise of progressivism.
F'in Dean Preston, man.
Preston said the city should get input from the nearby Western Addition neighborhood, where Black residents have notoriously been pushed aside by land development.
Nobody currently lives there, ergo nobody is going to be pushed aside. This was ridiculous from the beginning.
This is not really a failure, this is the plan for these people. This is the entire purpose of these studies.
Do you think anyone actually cares what the study says? The point of the study is to delay the project until it's not viable.
And Preston wonders why the state is investigating our failure to approve new housing...
The new term for this absurd NIMBYism should be MY-ENVIRONMENT-ALISM
SF city policy is pathetic and has been so through multiple administrations.
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