Real progs in Berkeley, phony progs in SF
BeyondChron publishes an article criticizing the attempt by the Berkeley political elite to discourage progressives from putting their aggressively pro-development downtown plan on the ballot so voters in that city will have the opportunity to understand it and, hopefully, reject it.
Funny how the so-called alternative to the SF Chronicle takes no interest in the same destructive planning policies being enacted in San Francisco by a "progressive" Board of Supervisors and a more or less progressive mayor---the Market/Octavia Plan and turning over a state and national landmark, the old extension property on lower Haight Street, to UC for a massive housing development to fatten that mega-institution's bottom line. Both of these awful projects involve the same sort of zoning changes that progressives in Berkeley are worried about---changing height and density rules to allow over-developing west Berkeley. Here in San Francisco, progressives like Chris Daly, Aaron Peskin, and Ross Mirkarimi are leading the charge for highrise, dense development based on the half-baked "transit corridors" theory.
Website for Berkeley progs against the developers' downtown plan.
In 2005 Chris Daly announces in BeyondChron the great progressive housing victory: luxury highrise condos on Rincon Hill!