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Throwing Shade

Rec and Park's recent decision to block a six-story SoMa condo project with the obscure Sunlight Ordinance surprised even antigrowth activists, given that the building would have increased shadows at SoMa's Victoria Manalo Draves Park by—wait for it—0.07 percent per year. The Chronicle's C.W. Nevius theorizes that the little-used law handed the commission a way to reject a proposal by an unpopular developer criticized for his use of the Ellis Act. All that should become clearer if three even larger proposed developments around the park sail through. [SFGate]