Supervisors Delay Final Vote on Garage Legislation for Another Week

IMG_3807.jpgSupervisor David Chiu has sponsored a measure to ban garages built following no-fault tenant evictions in parts of the Northeast corner of San Francisco. Photo: Michael Rhodes

For a second time in two weeks, the Board of Supervisors today delayed a final vote on legislation that would impose stricter rules on the construction of new garages in Chinatown, North Beach and
Telegraph Hill. Unlike the first delay, however, the Board voted to make a small amendment to the measure today, passing the amended bill on first reading. It will be back next week for a final vote.

The amendment today fixed an initial error in the drafting of the
legislation, said its sponsor, Board of Supervisors President David
Chiu. The portion of Broadway included in the measure would
stretch from the Embarcadero to Mason Street, not all the way to Polk
Street, as the initial legislation had it.

After initially approving the legislation on first reading by a 7-2 vote on
February 9, the supervisors voted on February 23 to continue the measure
until today. Supervisor Bevan Dufty, whose vote would be crucial to
override a
potential veto from the Mayor, has asked for more time to talk to people on both sides of the debate before taking a final vote.

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.

You can contact Supervisor Dufty about the legislation
by emailing him at bevan.dufty@sfgov.org
or by calling his office at 415-554-5184.

  • I’m not sure if there is any solution but parking has been a disaster in the 5 years I’ve lived in this area, because rent is so high that everyone crams so many people in one appartment.

  • JohnB

    Yes, it’s one of the few parts of the City I don’t like to drive to.

    What makes it worse is the dearth of multi-storey parking structures unlike other parts of downtown.

    I really don’t like this legislation.

  • Anonymous

    Why in the world would anyone who lives in North Beach own a car? I’m proud to say I have never owned a car, and walk to work every day. When I lived further away from my job, I would bike or take Muni. I don’t live in North Beach, but if I did I would never never never own a car.

    Of course, I’m not a real estate speculator who has no qualms about kicking out long-term tenants so I can have a condo with a private garage in a super-dense neighborhood. People who want garages in North Beach should go back to Los Angeles where they belong …

  • JohnB

    Anon,

    Whether you need a car depends on your lifestyle or lack of it.

    If you rarely leave the city, don’t camp or do outdoor sports, don’t have kids, and don’t routinely carry heavy loads, then you have the luxury of not driving and being holier than thou.

    Anyway, I am baffled how tenants get kicked out to create garages since garages are usually in basements and the most flats in basements are illegal, non-code in-laws. But if that’s your concern, refuse all garage permits where a tenant has been evicted. Bingo, problem solved.

  • John B,

    I live in North Beach and it would be stupid to own a car. Street parking is horrible (more garages will only make this worse through curb cuts) and off street is $300+/mo.

    Also, I take offense to your comment about “lack of” a lifestyle if you don’t own a car. I bet I spend more (as a percent of my income since you are probably wealthy beyond my wildest dreams) at local restaurants and businesses then you do. I can do this because I don’t own a car with all the associated costs. If we were to buy a car, then we’d have no lifestyle.

    There are also many websites that can be used to help coordinate a trip camping (since this is your biggest hang up) without a car – Transit to Trails I believe is on. But if you must drive, there are car share options along with rental cars. We aren’t anti-car, we are just smart enough to know that living in SF provides an opportunity (and I’d argue responsibility) to live car-free or car-light that the rest of this country does not have the chance to experience.

    Stop making it sound like living car-free is a death wish to your social life and social well being. We have been going strong for over 2 yrs and plan on not owning a car for as long as possible. We’d rather go out to dinner 10 times more a month then pay someone $300/mo to park. We’d rather go see a couple more comedy shows then line the pockets of Saudi princes. We’d rather walk and stay in shape then get fat and lazy like the rest of this country.

  • peternatural

    For occasional camping trips etc. you can rent a car or use city car share or zip car.

    For heavy loads like groceries you can use a cargo trailer that attaches to your bike.

    Kids can walk to school or take MUNI.

    Cars are expensive, and dealing with parking is a pain in the ass (or even more expensive).

  • @JohnB – “it’s one of the few parts of the City I don’t like to drive to”

    Aside from the fact that what you seem to really detest is “finding parking”, not “driving”, do you actually like driving to places? Not “I like driving better than walking/bus/bike”, but “I like driving better than a magical teleporter beam”.

    My experience is that most people just like arriving, not driving. This might exclude driving down Highway 1 in a convertible, of course, but I can’t really think of any point to point route in SF that is a pleasant drive. Maybe Twin Peaks.

  • “If you rarely leave the city, don’t camp or do outdoor sports, don’t have kids, and don’t routinely carry heavy loads, then you have the luxury of not driving and being holier than thou.”

    If your lifestyle requires that, maybe North Beach isn’t the best solution for you. Trying to have that lifestyin and living in North Beach is hard, but trying to change North Beach to make that easier sort of screws the vast majority of people who live in North Beach for the things that North Beach is good at. I can’t really feel sorry for someone who makes contradictory life choices.

    I’m not even saying “If you want to do blah, move to Marin”. My street in Noe Valley has easy parking, easy freeway access, a and billion kids. The only thing that is harder to do in Noe Valley than in North Beach is … “Go to North Beach”.

  • JohnB

    JohnM,

    I agree about North beach and rarely have a need to go there. Ditto Pier 39, Fisherman’s wharf etc. Isn’t that for the tourists? But yes, the worst parking in the city just makes it even less appealing.

    Yes, I actually do enjoy driving. Often if I have had a tough time at work, or even at home (!), it’s a wonderful feeling to get into my car, with the smell of leather, turn on the sound system and just glide along the streets. It’s an immediate mood lifter for me but accept that’s not true for others.

    And as I said elsewhere, the type of vehicle you have makes a big difference to the experience. I also didn’t mean to deride anyone’s else’s lifestyle but I do notice that I tend to take more trips than folks I know who manage just by transit or foot. And I often end up giving them rides too, ironically.

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