Board of Supervisors Delays Vote on Garage Legislation

IMG_4442.jpgSupervisor Bevan Dufty.

The Board of Supervisors has delayed a vote on legislation that would limit new garages in Chinatown, North Beach and Telegraph Hill for two weeks.

After approving the legislation on first reading by a 7-2 vote on February 9, the supervisors voted today to continue the measure until March 9, a move designed to give the measure’s authors time to court Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s vote, which would be crucial to override a potential veto from the Mayor.

Dufty reiterated a point today that he made to Streetsblog yesterday: The measure moved through the legislative process too quickly for him and his constituents to give it an adequate review. Supervisor Chris Daly questioned why Dufty was now hesitant to support the legislation after initially voting for it, but Dufty said his initial vote was intended to provide additional time to study the measure.

Garage addition companies, landlords and condo conversion supporters are reportedly pressuring Dufty to vote down the measure, while affordable housing, transit, pedestrian and bicycle advocates are rallying behind the garage legislation.

  • Who’s pockets are deeper? Who’s going to put him in Room 200? That’ll tell you which way he’ll vote.

  • I respect people who take the “wrong” position more than people who fish for the “most politically expedient” position forever and ever…

  • Call me ego/ethno/whatever-centric, but am I crazy to see it this way?:

    “Garage addition companies, landlords and condo conversion supporters”
    People acting mainly in their own self-interests

    “Affordable housing, transit, pedestrian and bicycle advocates”
    Acting mainly in the interests of public welfare

    Is it really that hard to determine who to go with?

    It kind of pisses me off that GARAGE COMPANIES would be considered such serious constituents in this issue. Yeah, poor folks… if only they had the other goddamn 99.999% of car-ruled America to give them business.

    I’m sorry, but markets and industries constantly change, and fortunately sometimes it happens to be in the public interest.

  • This is Dufty’s SOP:
    Equivocate on a measure to project a false image of “moderation” and “listening to all sides” and then vote every single time with whatever side will advance Dufty’s personal ambitions.

    The only good thing I can say about Dufty’s mayoral bid is that he’ll probably be slightly better than Gavin. But that’s not saying much of anything at all.

    Almost every other proposed candidate is better.

  • I should add that Dufty’s my supervisor. His much vaunted “top notch constituent service” really means that he’ll return your e-mails and calls with a promise of “moderation” and “listening to all sides” before doing whatever he thinks will best advance his personal ambition.

    I’ve never seen him stand up for his constituents against downtown money. Never.

  • @Aaron there is a big gulf between “Garage addition companies” and “condo conversion supporters”

  • It’s curious that Supervisor Dufty feels that Conditional Use review of garage additions would place too great a burden on the Planning Department, when he has authored an ordinance that will require Conditional Use review of new restaurants on 24th Street. CU works fine in D8, but not in D3?

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