Officially lobbed by Supervisor Chiu, Mayor Ed Lee is slated to answer the following “housing crisis” question of the week in a prepared address to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday:
“Mr. Mayor, last month, Supervisor Jane Kim and three colleagues introduced a ballot measure that would limit the production of market rate housing based on the total percentage of affordable housing in the City. You and others have argued that such a measure is counter-productive. In response, you introduced the “Build Housing Now” ballot measure, which is a statement of support for construction of housing at all levels, with language that would invalidate key portions of Supervisor Kim’s measure.
Given our ongoing housing affordability crisis in San Francisco, I believe we must move beyond a divisive November ballot fight that would not actually build new housing and instead focus on ideas such as a 2015 affordable housing bond and a right of first purchase for tenants. Under what circumstances could we move beyond dueling ballot measures and work together to meet the housing needs of all of our residents?”
If not on Tuesday, expect a big affordable housing bond initiative to soon be announced. And with respect to any “right of first purchase” legislation and language, we’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.