As we first reported five months ago, concerned that surplus and underutilized real estate owned by San Francisco’s City and County agencies could be put to better use (“providing for housing or commercial, cultural, and/or civic activities”) and increase the City’s tax base, a Civil Grand Jury came up with six findings and recommendations for the City.
The Grand Jury’s Finding Number 4:
Current practice allows City Departments and [the San Francisco Unified School District] to keep property on their surplus list indefinitely without any consequence. The concern for a more rational approach to handling under-utilized or surplus property requires that a time limit be imposed on how long property may remain on these lists. If, after a pre-determined period, property which is identified as surplus or underutilized has not been put into use or fully-utilized or no plans have been adopted for its use or full-utilization, there should be specified consequences for the failure to act.
The Grand Jury’s Recommendation Number 4:
The Board of Supervisors and the SF Board of Education should each adopt rules which limit the length of time property may remain on their respective surplus list without action and which address consequences for such inaction.
The Board of Education’s initial response to Recommendation Number 4: “The recommendation will not be implemented because it is not warranted or reasonable.” And the six-month update from San Francisco Unified School District as San Francisco’s current housing crisis grows: “There is no further update or change to this original response.”
∙ A Grand Jury’s Call To Optimize San Francisco’s City-Owned Real Estate [SocketSite]