Mirkarimi declares victory as UC rolls the city
And now Supervisor Mirkarimi is doing the same after his shameful surrender of property zoned for public use to a predatory UC on lower Haight Street. A great victory for identity politics and "affordable" housing in San Francisco!
The breakthrough agreement with UC will make at least 35% of the planned units affordable---up from only 16% as previously proposed. Working with Senator Migden, Assemblymember Leno and the Mayor's Office of Housing, Supervisor Mirkarimi with the help of neighborhood and affordable housing activists was able to bring substantial pressure on the University of California to increase the affordability of housing as well as increasing other public benefits as the old UC Extension is transformed into a mixed-use housing complex.
In a month's worth of intense negotiation, we were able to double the affordable units on this site. Financially vulnerable LGBTQ seniors will now have access to affordable rental housing along upper market in the portion of the project being developed by Open House. There is still work remaining to be done and in the coming weeks we will partner with Mayor's Office of Housing to increase the depth of the affordability so that the project reaches our most vulnerable populations.
Many thanks to all who worked so hard to achieve this remarkable result. The University of California often runs roughshod over its host communities but our strong grassroots showing in San Francisco was able to convince UC that helping to meet the affordable housing needs of San Francisco was in their best interest.