Board of Supervisors pass Bayview Hunters Point
By Aldrich M. Tan
May 17, 2006
After over ten years and many revisions, the Bayview Hunters
Point Redevelopment Plan passed the Board of Supervisors on first
reading at Tuesday's meeting.
The plan passed 6 to 3 with Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi, Tom Ammiano
and Gerardo Sandoval voting against the plan. Supervisors Jake
McGoldrick and Chris Daly were absent during the vote.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Supervisor Sophie
Maxwell said, "but we now have a direction thanks to the
Public reactions to the plan remain divided in the Bayview Hunters
Point community. Based on findings from the Census 2000, the fogcityjournal.com
concludes the area had 5,170 homeowner households and 4,521 renter
households in 2000.
However, both proponents and opponents of the plan agree that
they need to strengthen their oversight over the San Francisco
Redevelopment Agency throughout the plan's implementation.
According to the Census, the median average income for Bayview
Hunters Point in the year 2000 was $47,157. However, the median
household income for renter households in the Bayview area in
2000 was $27,708.50 while the homeowner median household income
Since a large percentage of Bayview Hunters Point is impoverished,
community activist Kevyn Lutton said the plan will dislocate a
large number of current residents.
"A large percentage of the community is looking at personal
gain," Lutton said, "but we can't ignore the rest of
our population and let them go homeless."
Lutton requested for additional investigation and disclosure
of redevelopment's impact specifically on the black community.
"It will soon be a black-free area," Lutton said.
African Americans are not leaving the community because of redevelopment,
said Angelo King, chair of the Bayview Hunters Point Project Area
Committee. They are leaving because of the lower quality of life
currently available in the Bayview community.
"Black people do want to support each other to get out of
poverty," King said.
80 percent of the members of the Bayview Hunters Point Project
Area Committee that developed the plan are black, King said. 25
percent of the Project Area Committee's members are renters, including
"But I am the committee chair so I will make sure that part
of the community's voice is heard," King said.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin amended the plan so that the San Francisco
Redevelopment Agency audit would take place every three years
during the implementation of the plan. The latest amendments to
the ordinance said such audits would occur "periodically."
"That could be interpreted as once every ten years,"
Cheryl Adams, deputy city attorney, said the Board of Supervisors
could still make a decision on the plan Tuesday with the new amendment.
Supervisor Mirkarimi said he voted against the plan because of
the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency's previous experiences
with the Western Addition.
"I represent area that is emblematic of the double-edged
sword that is the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency," Mirkarimi
said. "I don't blame the agency for who they are today because
there is always new staff; but I worry that we are falling prey
Mirkarimi said the plan should have a similar audit on the San
Francisco Redevelopment Agency's involvement in the Western Addition.
"Redevelopment should not happen in one area without questioning
it in another area," Mirkarimi said.
Supervisor Ammiano said more months of consensus and deliberation
is still needed.
"The amendments help to take the sting out of the bee,"
Ammiano said, "but the bee is still stinging. We know the
developers are hungry and want to get rid of those in their way."
As a state agency, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency is
not under the regulations of the Sunshine Ordinance, Ammiano said
The Sunshine Ordinance requires city operations to be open for
the people's review since the government's duty is to serve the
public and reach its decisions in full view of the public.
"I don't want to make anybody do anything," Ammiano
said, "but we need to honor the sunshine laws and make the
plan as transparent as possible."
Maxwell said the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will comply
with the Sunshine Ordinance.
"We will make sure of it," Maxwell said. "I do
not trust the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency any more than
anyone else does."
Supervisor Bevan Dufty said he intends to support the plan. Dufty
had strengthened oversight of the plan by inviting the Office
of the Controller to work with the Bayview Hunters Point Project
Area Committee to find a way to regulate the San Francisco Redevelopment
Agency's implementation of the plan.
"We have a community in distress," Dufty said. "I
think people in Bayview want to see positive changes happening
to their community."
Supervisor Fiona Ma said the plan does not only affect the black
community in Bayview Hunters Point.
"The plan focuses not only on the needs of African-American
families in the area, but also of Asian American families moving
into the community," Ma said. "Today is not the end
of the process. It is only the beginning."
King said he agrees with Ma.
"We still have work to do and we are learning along the
way," King said.
Even though she is disappointed about the plan's approval, Lutton
said she too will help the community provide oversight over the
"We are a community of extremes," Lutton said. "Of
course we're going to keep a vigilant eye on this plan and the
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency."
Sponsored by Maxwell, the $188 million plan will develop 1,437
acres of southeast San Francisco, said Tom Evans, lead planner
from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. The plan includes
programs focused on affordable housing, local business development,
and community improvement.
The redevelopment plan calls for the establishment of 3,700 new
housing units. 925 would be affordable housing units through an
inclusionary housing policy. It will help businesses on Third
Street improve façade and store fronts and develop a local
workforce hiring program, Evans said. A streetscape component
of the plan has street repairs for Third Street, Innes Avenue,
Carroll Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency would finance the plan
through a combination of tax increment revenues and the issuing
of tax allocation bonds, according to the budget analyst's memo.
An estimated $131 million of tax revenues from Bayview Hunters
Point area that would have gone to the city's general fund will
instead fund the redevelopment plan.
The estimated income of the plan is $293 million in income tax
revenues over the 45 years of the redevelopment plan, city controller
Ed Harrington said. Approximately $28.6 million would come from
the new Candlestick Stadium and shopping mall if they are built.
The Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to develop the
South Bayshore plan in 1995. The community developed the Bayview
Hunters Point Project Area Committee in 1997 with 21 community
representatives to oversee the plan's creation. The San Francisco
Redevelopment Agency developed the first version of the redevelopment
plan in February 2006.
Maxwell introduced five amendments to the plan at last Tuesday's
Board of Supervisors' meeting. The amendments include mandates
that the Bayview Hunters Point Project Area Committee, the Planning
Department, and the City Services Auditor will provide oversight
over the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency throughout the plan's