Maxwell decries Bayview Redevelopment Plan opponents
as untruthful and unfair
District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
By Pat Murphy
August 14, 2006
A November ballot measure opposing the Bayview Redevelopment
Plan is based on outdated fear and unfairness to the City's southeast
neighborhood, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell asserted last week.
Maxwell represents the Bayview neighborhood of District 10 and
is an architect of the $58 million plan.
Opponents "aren't telling the whole truth," Maxwell
contended in an interview with the Sentinel.
The ballot measure unfairly plays on the fear of displacement
which changed the face of the Western Addition in the 1960s, alleged
"This is not the Redevelopment Agency of 30 years ago. What
is? Cars aren't the same as 30 years ago.
"We've had people who are looking at this and are saying
'this is not going to happen - we're going to use this for the
good of the people.'"
She insisted displacement cannot occur because a provision of
the signed plan locks out Redevelopment Agency power of eminent
"There is no eminent domain of any residential homes,"
"I don't care where they're located.
"If anybody's living in it, if it's located in the middle
of an industrial district, there would be no eminent domain.
"We've written it into the agreement we've passed.
"We were very, very sensitive to that... and I made sure
it was clear that there would be no eminent domain of any residences,
of any big swatches of land that could be torn up and turned over
into something else."
Opponents did not contact Maxwell to discuss their concern before
launching the ballot measure campaign, she added.
"I think it's quite unfortunate for someone to spend money
for such a negative campaign, to tell people not the whole truth,"
San Francisco builder Brian O'Flynn donated $1,000 to the ballot
measure campaign and advanced campaign costs as a loan, O'Flynn
told the Sentinel.
O'Flynn contends targeting tax revenue solely to the Bayview
through the plan is unfair to the rest of the City, which Maxwell
scored as an affront to the Bayview residents who crafted the
"I also think that to take it out of the hands of the people
who live in this neighborhood who have shown over and over again
that they want this, to say 'nope, what you've decided isn't good,
we want the whole City to decide' - when has the whole City ever
decided anything positive for this community and this neighborhood?
"It just hasn't happened."
The Bayview deserves the tax supported plan due to historic City
neglect of that neighborhood, she continued
"I think the City owes it to itself to make every single
part of our City the best it can be.
"We have less green space than any other district, we have
less trees than any other district, we have more sickness and
poverty than any other district, we have more poverty than any
"I think it stands to reason that the City needs to put
this kind of effort toward it.
"With that tax increment we've got over $58 million that
would come to the Bayview... you don't get that kind of money
unless you have something like this.
"My feeling is that if Forrest City (developers) can use
it to redo the Emporium site, if the state can use it, then why
in the world can't we use it?
"Why can't use this mechanism to get this kind of money
that would pour into a district like Bayview?"
Maxwell detailed the process of finalizing the plan.
"It's come from many other plans throughout a very long
period, I would over 20 to 30 years.
"What they did is... culminated it all into this one redevelopment
"Normally before the Redevelopment (Agency) comes in people
have to say 'yes, we want it come in here.'
"They also have to have a committee
and that committee has to consist of people in the community,
in the neighborhood, and they have to be voted in by their peers.
"That means that if you are a homeowner you have to get
so many homeowners to vote for you.
"So the whole process I think in that way was very open
and was very public, and all of these ideas and all the plans
from all the years back came into this one document.
"In this document it says that we want - we want our town
center to be here, we want industry to be here, we want this kind
of industry, we want to be able to revitalize so we want a program
that deals with homeowners like the model block program - we have
a lot of older and senior homeowners, we want them to be able
to get their homes revitalized and made convenient for them as
they age. We also want a health camp at the senior campus.
"It really laid out the plan for this community and this
"It had children, it had families, it had older people,
revitalizing the community. That's why I think it is so important.
"It also had something about businesses and planning and
"Our produce market on Jerrold - it says this is what this
is, it cannot be anything else, it cannot go to housing. So it
is maintaining and trying to capture those blue collar jobs and
make them stay there. The produce market hires over 500 people.
San Francisco needs to have a produce market.
"They've had countless number of community meetings so that
people would know what it was. They even hired people to go door-to-door
to discuss it and invite people to meet."
She foresaw final result.
"When this goes into effect people are going to see more
affordable housing, they're going to see trees, they're going
to see playgrounds, they're going to see people's homes being
revitalized, they're going to see money going in for entrepreneurs.
"They're going to see job training for people - that's what
they will see.
"I think people should be proud of the people in this community
and this neighborhood who have worked on this for so long, put
so many hours and so much time and decided this is what they want."