After Mayor Newsom's vetoed Supervisor Daly's
anti-demolition legislation, proponents vowed to take the measure to the November ballot. Today, Daly will be joined by other notables in the official kickoff to the campaign.
San Franciscans from Chinatown to Park Merced fought to enact Daly's ordinance, which barred the demolition of sound buildings over 20 units. The immediate impetus for the legislation was the proposed demolition of 360 rent- controlled units at the Trinity Plaza Apartments at Market and 8th Streets and another 150 units at the Civic Center
Hotel at Market and 12th Streets. In both cases, wealthy developers have found a loophole in the rent control and zoning laws that enables them to eliminate rent controlled housing and to replace buildings of architectural character with high-rise towers.
In March, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to ban the demolition of sound buildings with 20 or more units, but Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed the legislation late on a Friday night. The veto was sustained as only seven Supervisors, one short of the eight needed, voted to override. Now a city-wide coalition is looking to voters of San Francisco to pass the Housing Preservation Ordinance. The Coalition must collect 15000 signatures by early July, and is kicking off the campaign today on the
City Hall steps. Supervisor Chris Daly, Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, RBA President Joe O'Donoghue, Sheriff Mike Henessey, School Board member Eric Mar, and other elected officials will sign the petition with leaders from community based organizations from
across the City.
As Lolita Kintanar, Trinity Plaza resident and Initiative
Proponent, puts it "Twenty-seven years after the traumatic evictions of the International Hotel, the City of Saint Francis is still allowing the demolition and the eviction of low-income tenants and working communities. For the past year, residents of the Trinity Plaza have been living a nightmare. San Francisco needs a real demolition policy.
San Francisco needs The Housing Preservation Ordinance."
The first campaign mobilization will be held at the San Francisco Tenants Union (558 Capp St.) on Saturday, May 1st at 10 AM.