Get your waders on cause it’s time to get wet and duke it out over the San Francisco Waterfront once for all (or at least for a few generations). The seven year itch to erect the project known as 8 Washington has not yet cooled. This hotly contested development has many critics and many supporters alike. Who should you believe? I don’t have answers for you, per se, just more questions to ruminate over as November 5 comes closer.
You can vote the way your favorite organizations tell you to vote, that’s always an option. Or you can decide for yourself where you stand (for now) in this ongoing citywide battle of public vs. private development and the murky waters in between. Is it good or bad to have a an old lot turned into a nice fancy green space that is open to the public even if its operated by a private company? Should the city rewrite its laws for height limits on its best land to meet the developers’ plans? Is it good enough that the project will make a huge contribution ($11 million) to the Affordable Housing Fund to mitigate the high sticker price of the 8 Washington luxury homes?
This November, if you do vote, and you really should, you will have to pick a side on the future of San Francisco’s beautiful waterfront territory. Way back when (after the big quake), the tall, awkward Embarcadero freeway was torn down and laws were put into place to prevent obstruction of the waterfront by development in the future-nothing higher than 84 feet. The 8 Washington plan needs to increase that limit to over 130 ft to install their LEED certified condominiums, parking structures and green open space plan. Is that cool with you?
The ballot measures to look out for are Measure B and Measure C. YES on B means raise the height limit and let em develop it already. To go NO, you are encouraged to vote NO on B and NO on C. Both campaign videos are posted below and explain themselves in their own words. Both claim to be advocates for public recreational space, both claim to be concerned with Affordable housing, you see where I am going with this…both are trying to assert a similar narrative about what their core values are.
It’s up to you to decide which one really builds the San Francisco you want your kids to see and brag about.
Get beyond the surface of these ballot measures and their impact on you at the next SHARP meeting, where both sides of the issue get their time to shine in front of your discerning eyes. 1736 9th Avenue @Moraga. 7pm. Monday, September 30th, 2013.
YES on B Video
NO on B-NO on C Video