COVID-19 Business Assistance and Eviction Moratorium

Local governments, the State of California, and the federal government have or will soon pass a number of measures meant to protect businesses from the economic effects of the coronavirus. This week, we summarize several business assistance programs and available funding sources, as well as San Francisco’s moratorium on commercial evictions. (San Francisco has also […]

City Agencies and Shelter-in-place

City Agencies During Shelter-in-Place

We hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe.  Pursuant to the San Francisco and Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Orders, our physical offices are currently closed.  However, our attorneys and staff are all working remotely, and are connecting with clients and city staff members via email and phone. In this week’s e-update, we wanted to summarize […]

Mayor Breed Takes Proposal to Streamline Affordable Housing to the Voters

Mayor London Breed recently introduced the “Affordable Homes Now Initiative,” which would streamline approvals for both 100% affordable housing projects and market-rate projects that exceed the City’s affordability requirements. The proposed ballot measure needs signatures equivalent to at least 10% of the total number of registered voters to be on the November 2020 ballot. Eligible […]

Office Use

Supervisor Ronen Proposes to Remove Most Office Uses in UMU Districts

On Tuesday, February 11th, Supervisor Ronen introduced legislation that would greatly curtail the amount of office use that can go into buildings in Urban Mixed Use (“UMU”) Zoning Districts.  The legislation, available here, will prohibit all general office and allow “client-oriented” office uses at the ground floor with a Conditional Use Authorization. UMU Districts were […]

New Housing

A Carrot and a Stick for New Housing

Last week, Mayor London Breed proposed an initiative that would exempt San Francisco housing projects that comply with zoning and volunteer additional on-site affordable units from the arduous and sometimes frustrating discretionary entitlement process. A few days later, Supervisor Hillary Ronen announced plans to further restrict office projects in the UMU zoning district, with the […]

units and intermediate length rentals

Updates to the Proposed Intermediate Length Rental Regulations

Medium-term, furnished rentals have been a part of San Francisco’s housing stock for many years. According to the Corporate Housing Providers Association, roughly 3,000 dwelling units in San Francisco – less than one percent of the City’s total housing – are used as intermediate length rentals. These types of rentals serve workers in higher education, […]

Proposition C

Prop C – SF’s Early Care and Education Ordinance

Despite voter passage of Proposition C in 2018, and San Francisco’s resulting Early Care and Education Commercial Rents Tax Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) becoming operative January 1, 2019, questions still abound with respect to what is excepted/exempted from the Ordinance and what its impact is on a commercial landlord’s ability to pass-through certain operating costs. The […]

California Tells Cities to “Approve Housing and Don’t Delay”

The Housing Crisis Act will dramatically reduce the ability of cities and counties across California to obstruct or deny housing by removing the main tools used by housing opponents – unpredictability, subjectivity and delay. To deny a housing project application, cities and counties will now have to make an objective determination and make it more […]

SB 50 Housing

SB 50 Revamp: The More HOMES Act Amended

SB 50, The More HOMES Act introduced by San Francisco State Senator Scott Wiener in December 2018 was reintroduced with amendments earlier this week. The reintroduction comes after SB 50 was held by the Appropriations Committee last spring by State Senator Anthony Portantino. SB 50, which we have previously reported on, seeks to address California’s […]

Prop F

Prop F – More Restrictions on Campaign Contributions and Advertisements

In June 2019, District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced Proposition F, also known as the “sunlight on dark money” ballot initiative. The goal, according to Supervisor Mar, was to restrict “pay-to-play” donations and increase transparency in terms of who is contributing to candidates and their committees. However, what resulted was a ballot initiative—which was ultimately […]

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