Overheard in Fog City
FCJ Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
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January 24, 2008
Daly kicks off affordable housing petition drive
Affordable housing champion Supervisor Chris Daly rallied progressive
allies and community leaders yesterday in a grassroots effort
to gather petition signatures for an affordable housing ballot
Daly has less than two weeks to collect 7,168 valid signatures
to qualify the initiative for the June ballot.
The kick-off event, held at the San Francisco Green Party headquarters,
drew as many as 30 volunteers who pledged to collect upto 2,500
Supervisor Chris Daly rallies supporters at the San Francisco
Green Party headquarters.
A similar mobilzation effort has been scheduled tonight at the
Tabernacle Community Church in the Bayview at 7pm.
Affordable Housing Initiative would mandate 50 percent
of all housing built by Lennar to be affordable to residents with
incomes between 30 and 80 percent of median income.
The intiative would also mandate the phased rebuilding of Alice
Griffith Public Housing residents while protecting all residents
Daly said his affordable housing initative is needed because
a Mayor Gavin Newsom sponsored proposal does not legally commit
Lennar to sell or rent homes at specific income levels.
"When it comes to issues as important as affordable housing,
we need guarantees, not empty rhetoric," Daly told Fog City
Journal. "We need to be clear that the Newsom backed proposal
is a Lennar inititative."
"Lennar has already spent over $500,000 and the campaign
has not yet begun," Daly added.