Supervisor Kim has gutted her “Housing Balance” ballot initiative, turning it into a non-binding vote on public policy versus a measure which would have created major hurdles for housing developers any time the percentage of affordable housing in San Francisco’s housing pipeline dropped below 30 percent.

Assuming Kim’s proposed amendments are approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors next week, Mayor Lee is expected to pull his competing “Build Housing Now” initiative from the November ballot, avoiding a costly showdown, both in terms of dollars and political clout.

As we first reported two weeks ago in a bit of foreshadowing to the compromise, “expect a big affordable housing bond initiative to soon be announced,” a move designed to unite, rather than divide, the two sides.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Sam

    Why doesn’t someone introduce a, ‘lets radically simplify the approval process,’ ballot initiative.

  2. Posted by VancouverJones

    Kim had no chance. Too much money at stake. The interests r too powerful.

    • Posted by SFrentier

      No, it’s more like Kim’s initiative was completely idiotic and ass backwards. That’s why it had no chance.

    • Posted by Joseph A

      It was also a stupid proposal based on the sups own self interest

  3. Posted by BobN

    I don’t suppose they could just pull them both and save some money…

  4. Posted by Wai Yip Tung

    Why even waste money on Lee’s non binding measure? Does such policy statement has effect to keep NIMBY in check?

  5. Posted by bob

    Jane Kim…thinks that zoning for gold mines = gold. It’s clear that her earlier attempts at housing measures were entirely generated from Aron Peskin, but this most recent attempt is a little less clear.

    So glad that district elections bring us only the most parochial of issues. SF: the city that never shys away from thinking at the micro level

    • Posted by anon

      Hey, why didn’t anyone else think of this: “gold-mine inclusionary requirements” for all new developments. Just think – we could have another Gold Rush and we’ll all become rich!

  6. Posted by Bill H

    Jane Kim supports squatters illegally holding properties over property owners and taxpayers, VOTE HER OUT!!

  7. Posted by MDG399

    Jane Kim – was so nice when she was running for office – asked me for her help and was just as sweet and seemed so in line with rational thinking –

    Boy has she turned into the tool of Peskin and Daley and god low who else – VOTE OUT JANE KIM – SHE’S A DISASTER …….!!!

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