This afternoon at 3 p.m., a group of Bayview residents will rally in support of David Campos's proposed moratorium on market-rate housing in the Mission, and will also push for a similar measure in their own neighborhood. The rally, organized by the San Francisco chapter of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), is meant to encourage Supervisor Malia Cohen to both back Campos's moratorium in the vote coming up on June 2, and start a conversation about a moratorium in the Bayview, as the San Francisco Examiner notes. "If you do a moratorium in the Mission, they're just going to build in the Bayview, so let's protect our neighborhood as well," says Grace Martinez, an organizer for ACCE in the Bayview.
According to Martinez, a moratorium wouldn't be aimed at developments such as the San Francisco Shipyard, which is already well under way. But the idea is to use community leverage to pressure leaders to do something more substantial about the city's housing crisis. "I think people in the Bayview feel like, 'Let's throw a wrench in anything the mayor wants to do and make sure they pay attention to people who live here,'" says Martinez, who explains that foreclosures are a big problem in the neighborhood, and the new developments going up aren't affordable enough for residents already in the community. "At the price they're going for now, it starts at half a million dollars," she adds. "For even a regular city employee, that's difficult for them to buy." Between 2010 and 2014, the Bayview has seen the highest rates of home value appreciation in the city, with prices spiking 75 percent, followed by the Mission, at 63 percent.
Earlier this week, Supervisor Scott Wiener took to Medium to dismantle the logic behind moratoriums, writing, "Proponents spin the moratorium as a mere 'pause on luxury housing,' but it's much more than that. It will stop pretty much all housing production, including projects with a significant percentage of affordable units, group housing, single room occupancy buildings (SROs), and student housing. Moreover, if this 'pause' passes, there will undoubtedly be intense pressure to make it permanent and extend it to other neighborhoods."
Martinez acknowledges that market-rate developments produce affordable units through the inclusionary housing requirement, but expresses frustration with a system that produces so few units, with so much demand, that 2,595 people hand in applications for a mere 18 apartments, as happened recently with one Eureka Valley building. In those circumstances, risking the loss of what is essentially a lottery ticket doesn't feel like a big sacrifice for moratorium proponents. "If you do a building with 100 units, you have 15 to 30 [affordable] units; how does that really help? It'd be great if they said, 'Hey, let's cut a deal and make sure there's more affordable housing,' but that's not on the table," says Martinez. "Until there's a real plan for people to stay in San Francisco who currently live here, nothing should be built."
The rally will begin at 3 p.m. at the home of Pastor Yul Dorn at 3 Las Villas Court.
· Mission Housing Moratorium Should Extend to the Bayview, Group Says [SF Examiner]
· Previous Coverage of the San Francisco Shipyard [Curbed SF]
· Bayview Booming: SF Home Appreciation by Neighborhood [Curbed SF]
· More Affordable Housing — Not a Housing Moratorium — Is What We Need in San Francisco [Medium]