Housing

We support policies that make it easier to build housing in San Francisco so more residents can achieve affordable housing and homeownership. A vibrant housing market with adequate supply helps both tenants and homeowners.

August 15, 2014  |  The Promise and Polemics of Sharing

by Ian Kalin

The most effective protests aren’t always the loudest.  Sometimes, change advocates are more effective conducting business in living rooms instead of marching in the streets.  This is evident in the “sharing economy”, which is famously demonstrated by companies like AirBNB, where individual homeowners can rent out a spare room to visitors.  The comparative power of the “distributed-many” versus the “consolidate-few” is increasingly challenging political dynamics and traditional notions of democratic power.  Within San Francisco, in particular, ... | Read More >

July 6, 2014  |  SF can learn from housing initiatives in neighboring cities

By Joel Engardio

If we fear wealthy newcomers who drive up rents and alter neighborhood character, can we keep them out of San Francisco by making it difficult to build more housing?

The problem with that strategy is that rich people, like water, always find their way. They just pay more for what’s already here.

Without new housing supply — including reasonable density near transit for middle-class residents — we’re destined to become a city of the super-rich, the subsidized poor and the ... | Read More >

June 22, 2014  |  Rallying cry for SF’s moderates

By Joel Engardio

In any other city, I’m considered liberal. I support health care as a right, Hillary Clinton for president and same-sex marriage in every state. I believe that we must address climate change and spend more on education than the military.

But it doesn’t matter in San Francisco: I’m still not blue enough for the “progressive” label here.

That’s because I also happen to believe potholes must be filled and buses and trains need to run on time before government employees ... | Read More >

June 18, 2014  |  Plan C Becomes SF Moderates

Plan C Becomes SF Moderates

New Name Is Beacon for Residents Who Wish San Francisco Was Run on Common Sense

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 18, 2014 – Plan C San Francisco today announced that the organization has changed its name to SF Moderates. The new name more closely reflects the organization’s core values and its efforts to be a voice for moderate voters in San Francisco. The change is effectively immediately.

“We want to make it clear that ... | Read More >

May 23, 2014  |  “Tenancy (Crisis) in Common”

By Ian Kalin

San Francisco is facing a housing crisis. But it is not alone. New York City’s housing crisis and shared concern about inequality is largely attributed for the surprising election of its new Mayor, Bill de Blasio. Mayor de Blasio has made affordable housing a defining foundation of his political agenda and earlier this month, he released a landmark plan to address his city’s housing needs.

New York City’s plan is so ambitious that it was widely referred to as ... | Read More >

March 26, 2014  |  TIC/Condo Conversion Workshop

Please join us in the St. Francis room of St. Mary’s Cathedral at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 26th to learn about TIC to Condo conversion following the passage of last year’s legislation. DPW staff members, Board members from Plan C, legal counsel, surveyor and bank representatives will be on hand to provide an overview of the legislation and the condo conversion process and answer your questions. Plan C will be hosting an informational panel to address as many questions regarding ... | Read More >

March 2, 2014  |  Knowing when $4 toast signals S.F. salvation, not apocalypse

By Joel Engardio

Supervisor Katy Tang and I decided to share a piece of $4 toast. Yes, the infamous toast that became — along with the Google bus — a symbol of tech gentrification, high rents and the ruin of San Francisco.

We couldn’t resist. It was an inch thick and slathered with warm butter, sugar and cinnamon. We lined up for it in a coffee shop packed with bearded millennials. The barista’s arms were covered with tattoos. An art installation sat ... | Read More >

February 28, 2014  |  A Realistic Perspective to San Francisco’s Housing Crisis

By Randy Brache

This blog is a follow-up to my ongoing housing blog series.  In my last blog, I discussed why San Francisco City Hall  failed all homeowners – renters and owners alike.  Today, I’ll explore some potential solutions.

This past week, Mayor Ed Lee hosted civic and housing groups at City Hall for a “working group,” including Plan C, to discuss solutions that address the housing crisis in San Francisco.  History is repeating itself.  Nine years ago in 2005, I participated ... | Read More >

November 24, 2013  |  Seniors may be the solution to increasing housing density in West Portal neighborhood

By Joel Engardio

Students of history know that “Nixon in China” is a metaphor for difficult change that requires a push from an unexpected advocate.

Maybe “Seniors on the Westside” will become a similar catchphrase for solving one of San Francisco’s most vexing problems — there’s not enough housing for everyone who wants to live here.

Meet Fred Martin. He’s a 70-plus senior who rails against youths on skateboards when he speaks at Westside neighborhood meetings. But he’s also a visionary.

“My street is ... | Read More >

November 23, 2013  |  Why San Francisco has Failed Homeowners and Renters

By Randy Brache

Here we go again.  As San Francisco’s intractable housing crisis crosses another misery threshold, City Hall politicians and the Board of Supervisors – including the Mayor himself – are running the same tired playbook to solve the crisis:  throw property and home owners under the bus.  What’s their solution this time?  Placing more restrictions on homeowners – this time attacking a state law called the Ellis Act.

The Ellis Act was passed in 1985 as a means for landlords ... | Read More >