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...

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Drop_Acid_Drop_Bombs
Drop_Acid_Drop_Bombs
152 · a month ago · Reddit

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?

Chroko
Chroko
97 · a month ago · Reddit

Mission accomplished for these corrupt assholes. Obstruct, delay, run out the clock. The cruelty is the point.

Wingzerofyf
Wingzerofyf
63 · a month ago · Reddit

“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.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/​sf/​article/​He-s-been-blamed-for-killing-housing-but-16630332.php

So what’s this guys rub? Just curious, but like what does he want to make sure he gets his piece or something else?

mm825
mm825
43 · a month ago · Reddit

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.

AshamedCar
AshamedCar
34 · a month ago · Reddit

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.

wrongwayup
wrongwayup
28 · a month ago · Reddit

Then the study served its' purpose - a bad faith obstructionist mechanism under the guise of progressivism.

F'in Dean Preston, man.

Belgand
Belgand
21 · a month ago · Reddit

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.

SolutionRelative4586
SolutionRelative4586
15 · a month ago · Reddit

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.

old_gold_mountain
old_gold_mountain
12 · a month ago · Reddit

And Preston wonders why the state is investigating our failure to approve new housing...

Thurkin
Thurkin
7 · a month ago · Reddit

The new term for this absurd NIMBYism should be MY-ENVIRONMENT-ALISM

skirlznik
skirlznik
5 · a month ago · Reddit

SF city policy is pathetic and has been so through multiple administrations.

Domkiv
Domkiv
5 · a month ago · Reddit

Not a failure if it accomplished the mission of the study proponents, which it did