Editor's Notes

The mayor makes bad deals

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tredmond@sfbg.com

EDITOR'S NOTES I wasn't invited to the meeting where Mayor Ed Lee (and Willie Brown and Rose Pak) sat down with representatives of Lennar Corp. and a Chinese investment consortium to try to finalize a deal for Treasure Island. But I can tell you with near-absolute certainty that what comes out will not be good for San Francisco.

I can tell you that because every major project the mayor has negotiated has been bad for the city.

The way the California Pacific Medical Center project came down is a perfect example. The mayor worked directly with Sutter Corp., which owns CPMC, last spring, and in March, came out with a proposal that he and his allies presented as the best the city and the hospital giant could do.

It was awful.

CPMC would pay nowhere near enough in housing money to offset the new jobs it was creating. St. Luke's, the critical public health link in the Mission, would be cut to 80 beds, below what it needed to be sustainable. Only about five percent of the 1,500 new jobs would go to existing San Francisco residents.

It was also pretty much dead on arrival at the Board of Supervisors, where a broad-based group of community activists pushed for big changes — and won. Sups. David Campos, David Chiu, and Mark Farrell stepped into the void created by a lack of mayoral leadership and forced Sutter to accept a much better deal, with St. Luke's at 120 beds, vastly increased charity care, a guarantee that 40 percent of the new jobs will go to San Franciscans, and a much-better housing and transit component.

The mayor got rolled; he was ready to accept what everyone with any sense knew was better for Sutter than for his constituents. He clearly didn't know how to say what the supervisors said: This won't work, and we'd rather walk away from the whole deal than accept a crappy outcome.

That's exactly what's going on with the Warriors' arena — the mayor is giving away the store. And he, with Brown and Pak at his side, will do the same at Treasure Island.

The balance of power in the city is moving to the board. And for good reason — the supervisors seem to be able to get things done.

Comments

The $120 million with criminally high 13% interest to fix Piers 30-32 is a perfect example of Bad actors running the table with the public's dollars for their client or a favor to former OEWD bosses. Consider the AC 34 original project told us it would cost about $60-$80 million to fix up Piers 30-32. So what's with the additional $40 to $60 million? Well, a large concrete and steel public assembly arena requires a lot more pilings than what would normally be used to fix the piers. Why would the public have to subsidize the Warriors for this extra,$40 to $60 million? Also, to say this is 100% private financing is a pure lie. Liars have got to be removed from City Hall.

No Wall On The Waterfront!

Posted by Jame Whitaker on Mar. 12, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

Ed Lee is an idiot.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 12, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

Yes he is!

Posted by grannygear on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

Yes he is!

Posted by grannygear on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

Jason Grant Garza here ... the MAYOR is dysfunctional in his approach or the HOUSING AUTHORITY is repeatedly dysfunctional ... what a SURPRISE. Would that be like the dysfunctional Department of Public Health that BROKE FEDERAL LAW http://www.sfbg.com/2007/06/27/crazy . Now years later the LAWBREAKING ACTIVITY starts again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cP3jCmJFRo on 8/15/2012 and then again on 12/19/2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFd-KtS8Zss . By the way the RESTRAINING ORDER does NOT exist ... watch the SHERIFF 11/27 videos ... too bad HE couldn't instruct his minions and I again HAD THE LAW BROKEN but what is the CONSEQUENCE? Oh and by the WAY after doing what the sheriff instructed and AGAIN being HARMED and DAMAGED by DPH on 12/19 ... ask me if the SHERIFF has rescheduled another meeting to followup ... NO, WHY? It is not that I have not asked (see youtube videos) rather I still await the SHERIFF'S integrity ... shall we see HOW LONG I HAVE TO WAIT TILL I FIND SOME INTEGRITY?

What is the CONSEQUENCE ... it is the same as the VICTIMS of the HOUSING AUTHORITY (no justice, no hope, no humanity) just idle meaningless words. Go to youtube ... watch the videos and NOTE who I have been to. Do you expect anything to happen to the DIRECTOR of HOUSING? Do you expect anything to happen to the DIRECTOR of PUBLIC HEALTH? Do you expect anything to happen to the SHERIFF who on 11/27 (see youtube videos) to go back to the GUILTY (DPH) and then what happened on 12/19? Did the SHERIFF even followup on his INCORRECT HARMFUL advise? Watch the videos to see how far I have gotten seeking ACCOUNTABILITY ... the same distance the VICTIMS at the HOUSING AUTHORITY will get ... more meaningless words and they will retire UNTOUCHED.

Would you care to see my paperwork or videos concerning SFPD, David Chiu's Office with the false CIVIL GIDEON or maybe the DEADEND paperwork from the SF BAR ASSOCIATION? Keep drinking the KOOL AIDE while they continue to spin and collect $$$$.

Yes, another day of HARM for US and PAY for those who are SUPPOSE TO BE responsible ... what a FARCE.

The bigger FARCE is that the MAYOR dissolved the HOUSING AUTHORITY ... what about the HEALTH COMMISSION or the LIBRARY COMMISSIONER that was found guilty of OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT or what about the FOUR SUPERVISORS found guilty of OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT by the SUNSHINE TYASK FORCE # 11048 ??? Yes, the illusion continues ...

Yes, the MAYOR will spin the "SELL OFF" and just like the DEMOCRATS state that is WAS the BEST he could DO UNDER the circumstances ....

What is the CONSEQUENCE ... now, wait till the MAYOR runs again ... he will not point this out as what it is but rather spin on what accomplishments (inconsequential and insincere) and downplay all the reality ... the MOB will eat it up.

Keep drinking the KOOL AID ... ENJOY.

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 8:06 am

I've read a lot of trash talking on this board about some of these supervisors, which is rarely helpful. But given these supervisor's backgrounds and experiences, I'd like to think they will work hard on the crucial and massive TI, HP and PM development projects to make them environmentally sustainable, affordable to all levels of SF incomes, and ensure that all development and external costs are borne by the development itself and not on the backs of existing residents.

It might actually be nice if the mayor spent most of his time travelling the world and just let the BOS make all the important decisions for the city since we're not seeing a lot a excellent work from many of the departments operating under the mayor's authority.

Posted by guest on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

These deals have been cut and sealed, I'd be surprised if there was the political will to change the terms to make them better business deals for San Francisco.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 13, 2013 @ 9:30 pm