Contact Board of Sups Today!

Please call, email the Supervisors before their meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd!
Ensure that they do not approve the fiscal feasibility of the Balboa Reservoir Project.

The essential message:
It is not fiscally feasible nor responsible to cede public land to a private developer. We need 100% afforable housing on public land! Additionally, the elimination of parking at CCSF due to the Balboa Reservoir Project will cause grave and permanent damage to CCSF and hence to San Francisco. This damage would affect the college’s economic value to the city: such losses would exceed the modest benefits the developer claims for the project. Therefore, Chapter 29 of the Administrative Code requires that the project be halted until the parking situation is resolved.

Talking points:
•    According to the September 2013 report of the Budget and Legislative Analyst, the City determined that the economic value CCSF gives to the City exceeded $311 million. Now that City College has survived the accreditation attack and enrollment is growing, the value is likely now exceeds $400 million.
•    The current plans for the Balboa Reservoir will eliminate 2,000 parking spaces which is unacceptable for a commuter school. Adaquate parking is crucial to its future. A reliable analysis of the damage this will cause to CCSF is needed since this damage may result in a loss in the value that CCSF gives to San Francisco.
•    CCSF’s own Facilities Committee – an official part of the college’s shared governance structure with members from all constituencies – unanimously passed a resolution urging that CCSF “re-examine the entire concept of the Balboa Reservoir Project because of its public significance, and the grave and permanent damage that would be done to City College of San Francisco….”
•    The Facilities Committee further recommended a parking study to determine how to best protect CCSF.
•    Even AvalonBay, the lead developer of the Balboa Reservoir Project, and the City have stated publicly that the project cannot continue unless a resolution is reached on alternative parking.

Not one inch of public land should go to private interests!

Contacts of  San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Sandra Lee Fewer, District 1
(415) 554-7410
Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org
Catherine Stefani, District 2
(415) 554-7752
Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org
Aaron Peskin, District 3
(415) 554-7450
Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org
Katy Tang, District 4
(415) 554-7460
Katy.Tang@sfgov.org

London Breed, District 5
(415) 554-7630
London.Breed@sfgov.org

Jane Kim, District 6
(415) 554-7970
Jane.Kim@sfgov.org

Norman Yee, District 7
(415) 554-6516
Norman.Yee@sfgov.org

Jeff Sheehy, District 8
(415) 554-6968
Jeff.Sheehy@sfgov.org

Hillary Ronen, District 9
(415) 554-5144
Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Malia Cohen, District 10
(415) 554-7670
Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org

Ahsha Safai, District 11
(415) 554-6975
Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

Put Brakes On Luxury Condos Built On Public Land!

Budget & Finance Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 15, 10:00 am
City Hall Room 250

Under Chapter 29 of the City’s Administrative Code, the SF Board of Supervisors must deem a project fiscally feasible in order to proceed. The Balboa Reservoir Project will be considered at this meeting.

Please call, email the Supervisors and/or show up at this meeting!
Ensure that they do not approve the fiscal feasibility of the Balboa Reservoir Project.

The essential message:
The elimination of parking at CCSF due to the Balboa Reservoir Project will cause grave and permanent damage to CCSF and hence to San Francisco. This damage would affect the college’s economic value to the city: such losses would exceed the modest benefits the developer claims for the project. Therefore, Chapter 29 of the Administrative Code requires that the project be halted until the parking situation is resolved.

Talking points:
•    According to the September 2013 report of the Budget and Legislative Analyst, the City determined that the economic value CCSF gives to the City exceeded $311 million. Now that City College has survived the accreditation attack and enrollment is growing, the value is likely now exceeds $400 million.
•    The current plans for the Balboa Reservoir will eliminate 2,000 parking spaces which is unacceptable for a commuter school. Adaquate parking is crucial to its future. A reliable analysis of the damage this will cause to CCSF is needed since this damage may result in a loss in the value that CCSF gives to San Francisco.
•    CCSF’s own Facilities Committee – an official part of the college’s shared governance structure with members from all constituencies – unanimously passed a resolution urging that CCSF “re-examine the entire concept of the Balboa Reservoir Project because of its public significance, and the grave and permanent damage that would be done to City College of San Francisco….”
•    The Facilities Committee further recommended a parking study to determine how to best protect CCSF.
•    Even AvalonBay, the lead developer of the Balboa Reservoir Project, and the City have stated publicly that the project cannot continue unless a resolution is reached on alternative parking.

Not one inch of public land should go to private interests!

Contacts of  San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Sandra Lee Fewer, District 1
(415) 554-7410
Sandra.Fewer@sfgov.org

Catherine Stefani, District 2
(415) 554-7752
Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org

Aaron Peskin, District 3
(415) 554-7450
Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

Katy Tang, District 4
(415) 554-7460
Katy.Tang@sfgov.org

London Breed, District 5
(415) 554-7630
London.Breed@sfgov.org

Jane Kim, District 6
(415) 554-7970
Jane.Kim@sfgov.org

Norman Yee, District 7
(415) 554-6516
Norman.Yee@sfgov.org

Jeff Sheehy, District 8
(415) 554-6968
Jeff.Sheehy@sfgov.org

Hillary Ronen, District 9
(415) 554-5144
Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Malia Cohen, District 10
(415) 554-7670
Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org

Ahsha Safai, District 11
(415) 554-6975
Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

Open Letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees Regarding Balboa Reservoir

November 8, 2017

San Francisco and the City College community must resist the proposal to privatize public land and build mostly luxury housing in the lower City College parking lot (Balboa Reservoir). Instead we should focus on rebuilding our common treasure, City College.

Ignoring community input and the needs of CCSF, Mayor Lee and developers have been ramming through plans for an enormous housing project of 1100 mostly luxury units on the lower Balboa Reservoir, used for parking at CCSF for over four decades. Please do not let this development go forward, as it would privatize an irreplaceable parcel of public land.

Additionally, it would:

  • Pose a major obstacle to rebuilding City College enrollment, just as Free City is gaining momentum.
  • Take a giant step toward the gentrification of the last affordable neighborhoods on the south side of town, pushing out yet more African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinos, new immigrants and working class people in general.
  • Create a new barrier to the completion of the Performing Arts Education Center, mandated by two citywide elections in 2001 and 2005, but stalled during the state takeover of City College;
  • Add traffic congestion to an already badly impacted neighborhood in San Francisco;
  • Remove access to education for thousands of people who depend on parking to fit City College into their hectic lives.

AvalonBay is the lead developer selected by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which owns the land. This is the national real estate development corporation that built the unaffordable housing at 1200 Ocean, right over Whole Foods. You might remember that during construction, the Greenlining Institute ran picket lines at the construction site, protesting lack of local hiring. Market rate rents will bring in a lot of revenue ($3000 – $7000 a month per unit) as the corporation brags on its website, talking about delivering “outsized returns to investors.” AvalonBay also delivers outsized returns to corporate executives. The company’s CEO, Timothy Naughton, makes just shy of $7 million a year. The other executives make about $2.5 million a year.

This development is not intended for long-time community residents, or for students, staff or faculty of CCSF. Like the existing AvalonBay building at 1200 Ocean, it is intended for Silicon Valley employees, and will deepen the ethnic cleansing of San Francisco. We all are deeply impacted by the affordable housing crisis in SF and the Bay. But no matter how many times the lie is repeated, building more unaffordable housing does exactly nothing to solve this problem. Luxury housing simply feeds a dynamic that forces more of us out of SF every day.

How many of the Avalon units would be affordable by ordinary mortals? This is extremely unclear and subject to spin.  Which definition of “affordable” do we use, the federal definition?  Or the City Planning Department definition, which keeps moving higher and higher into the stratosphere? (The City just moved the definition up to $105,000 for renters and $121,000 a year for homebuyers.) Or do we use the definition put forward by the six Excelsior-based community organizations, the Communities United for Health and Justice: affordable to people who make up to $60,000 a year. Suddenly the number of “affordable” units drops down to 198, with 902 unaffordable units.  Worse yet, some of the Avalon proposals are aspirational with no guarantees, for example “up to 17% additional affordable and moderate units.”  Is this another bait and switch, like the City and the PUC discussing 500 units in the development for month after month, and then—surprise! —suddenly switching it up to 1100 units? Since the definition of “affordable” is so subject to spin, we need to insist that the developers provide actual costs: for example, what would the various categories of rental units cost per month?

We are told that the only way to get some crumbs of affordable housing is to build more luxury housing.  But as the article “Chasing Unicorns” states (link below), this gets things exactly reversed—in fact the proposal is for the public to subsidize luxury housing.  It is delusional to take our irreplaceable public asset of land, turn it over to developers for their private profit, and call that a solution to the affordable housing crisis.  Luxury housing is being built all over town, with construction cranes everywhere, and tent cities in their shadows. But now to take our PUBLIC land and feed this dynamic is unacceptable.

We urge the entire community, the administration and the Board of Trustees to vigorously advocate that ownership of the lower parking lot—in use by City College continuously for nearly a half century—should be transferred from the PUC to CCSF for $1, to serve the compelling public purpose of rebuilding and developing City College—our common treasure—and public education.  Adding a limited amount of 100% affordable housing for educators and some students could be discussed later, in a truly democratic manner.

This development is NOT a done deal, unless we give up and look the other way, going along with the real estate lobbyists and the machine that serves them. Public land is our common heritage; it belongs to future generations, and must not be privatized. Board of Trustees and Chancellor Rocha, we need elected officials who can see what’s right, resist political pressure, and speak up for justice.

 

Links to relevant articles:

Chasing Unicorns- 5 Reasons Why SF is Delusional Giving Up Public Land for Market Rate Development
http://peoplepowermedia.net/housing/chasing-unicorns-5-reasons-why-sf-is-delusional-giving-up-public-land-for-market-rate

July 2007 article on Performing Arts Education Center
http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/ARTS-CENTER-TO-RISE-AT-CCSF-3-building-venue-2553258.php

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Keep Public Land in Public Hands!

The proposed development plan for the Balboa Reservoir to build mostly un-affordable housing with limited parking is being green-washed to gain acceptance. The plan is not about sustainability. It eliminates parking with no corresponding improvement of transit alternatives, thereby limiting access for students who do not have other viable options.
A resolution declaring CCSF’s interest in entering into negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco over the Balboa Reservoir will be put before the CCSF Board of Trustees. CCSF Board of Trustees needs to fight for a San Francisco that serves all of its students!

Show up and speak out!
CCSF Board of Trustees
Thursday, October 26, 4 pm
Mission Campus – 1125 Valencia at 22nd

Tell CCSF BOT that they must:
  1. Ensure that public land stay in public hands. Ask the PUC to transfer the Balboa Reservoir to CCSF rather than hand over public land to private developers.
  2. Reject the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan that limits student access.
  3. Fight to make all workers in SF, regardless of immigration status, eligible for Free City.
  4. Build the Performing Arts Education Center Now!

Sign the petition
Tell your friends!

Prevent Arming CCSF Police

Do You Think CCSF Campus Police Should Be Armed?
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
PGC Meeting
May 18, 20173:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Room MUB 140
CCSF Ocean Campus
The proposal to arm campus police is on this week’s Participatory Governance Committee Agenda. The PGC, comprised of 4 students, 4 faculty, 4 staff, 4 administrators, is the committee that forwards college-wide recommendations to the Chancellor who decides whether or not to forward to the Board of Trustees.

Chief Barnes will be giving a pro-arming presentation and then there will be public comment, deliberations and a vote. It will likely be a very close vote. The item will likely be addressed sometime between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Speakers will likely be limited to one minute.

Please wear red, which is both our school’s color and it symbolizes the blood of victims of police violence. If you just show up wearing red that will help. Speaking is even better. You only need to identify yourself and say you are against the arming of campus cops.

Read about a local example of police murder by campus cops:
Raheim Brown, 20, murdered by Skyline High cops in 2013

Keep MUB for Students: Open Letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees

Follow the link to the open letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees and sign the petition to keep the MUB’s premier classrooms for student’s use

Keep MUB for Students: Open Letter to the CCSF Board of Trustees

An Open Letter to the City College Board– Trustees, make clear our City College values: The Multi-Use Building must be preserved for students! In 2015, the special trustee running City College moved to lease 33 Gough St. to a real estate corporation that will demolish the building and build luxury condos. Now, of course, the administrative staff who work at 33 Gough must relocate. The administration was rushing ahead with a proposal to take over most of the MU for these offices. Scores of students and faculty came out to a Board of Trustees meeting in March to say that the Multi Use Building must be used for students, not for offices! Many speakers agreed that the first floor could be designated for a one-stop student services center with financial aid and testing, but the second and third floors must be kept for students! We need the Board of Trustees to set forth the principle that City College’s best classroom space must be kept for student use.