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Mixed-Use Development Project for Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard
City of San Francisco
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 99,008 / 62.49% Yes votes ...... 59,423 / 37.51% No votes
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|Results as of July 9 1:13pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (580/580)|
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Shall it be City policy to encourage timely development of a mixed-use project in the Bayview on Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard, including a new 49ers stadium or a non-stadium alternative; shall the City be authorized to transfer park land in Candlestick Point for non-recreational use if the land is replaced with new public parks or open spaces of at least equal size and the transfer meets the measure's policy objectives; and shall Propositions D and F, approved by the voters in June 1997, be repealed?
Candlestick Point includes the Alice Griffith Housing Development, the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and the City-owned stadium leased by the San Francisco 49ers. That lease will expire in 2013 unless the 49ers extend it. In late 2006, the 49ers announced their intent to explore relocating to Santa Clara. The new conceptual framework endorsed by the Board and Mayor includes both a site in Hunters Point Shipyard for a 49ers stadium and a non-stadium alternative.
In June 1997, the voters approved two measures related to developing Candlestick Point: Proposition D, which allowed the City to issue lease revenue bonds of up to $100,000,000 for a stadium development; and Proposition F, which changed City zoning to allow a stadium and related shopping/entertainment center to be built (see legal text beginning on page 167). The City did not issue the bonds or develop the project.
THE PROPOSAL: Proposition G would make it City policy to encourage, subject to public input and the environmental review process, the timely development of Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard with a mixed-use project including:
Proposition G would repeal Propositions D and F, approved by the voters in June 1997.
Should the proposed initiative be approved by the voters, in my opinion, in and of itself there would be little direct impact on the cost of government.
The ordinance proposes a development plan for the Bayview Hunters Point and Candlestick Point areas which would encourage new business, housing, retail and parkland development and allow for construction of a new football stadium and other development projects. The development plan would eventually require changes to the land uses, height and density limits and other elements of the City's Planning Code and other laws. If the plan results in development that would not have occurred otherwise in the designated areas, property tax revenues and sales tax revenues to the City would certainly increase.
Current estimates are that approximately $1.5 billion for transportation, utilities and other infrastructure improvements will be needed over a multi-year period to develop these areas under any scenario. These costs would be primarily funded through private capital and through taxes and fees generated directly by the projects themselves.
The Planning Department, the Economic and Workforce Development Department and other City offices would incur added costs to administer the plan, however, as is the case for most City planning processes, these costs can be recovered through fees charged to development projects.
This statement does not address the potential impact of this development plan on retail businesses or the local economy.
|Arguments For Proposition G||Arguments Against Proposition G|
|Hunters Point Shipyard, once a thriving economic engine for surrounding neighborhoods and the entire city, has been closed since 1974.
Proposition G will help speed the clean up of the Shipyard and turn this environmental hazard into affordable homes, livable wage jobs, and parks for all San Franciscans.
Created through years of community input and strongly supported by Bayview-Hunters Point leaders, Proposition G will help bring economic vitality to this neglected corner of the city + including thousands of construction jobs and 8,000 PERMANENT JOBS following completion of the project with a priority for neighborhood residents.
Proposition G's plan calls for transforming the neglected Shipyard and Candlestick Point parking lots into:
The Hunters Point Shipyard is an embarrassment to our city. We've waited too long to clean up the toxics, improve children's health in the area, and revive this economic engine.
It's time to take action. Please join us in support of Proposition G's plan to clean up the Shipyard and turn this neglected land into productive uses.
Find out more at http://www.CleanUptheShipyard.com.
VOTE YES on G.
Senator Dianne Feinstein
The federal government recently committed $82 million towards ongoing toxic cleanup at Hunters Point. More is needed, but Prop G does NOT add ANY new money for cleanup. Lennar is already building housing in the Shipyard, without Prop G.
Read the text: Prop G only "encourages the rebuilding of Alice Griffith." It DOESN'T replace it. Nowhere does it require 25% affordable housing. It only "encourages" new rental and condos. But Lennar broke the exact same promise in the Shipyard and is now building zero affordable rental units.
Prop G "encourages" jobs but doesn't have a plan to hire local residents.
There is no park expansion in Prop G. It only requires Lennar to replace parkland it develops for highrises. The replacement parkland is parking lots for the new stadium and thin shoreline strips.
Lennar's plan did NOT go through the usual planning process but was created in back room political deals.
Prop G is financed by redevelopment money funded by taxpayers, without spending limits. Lennar wants $350 million for the stadium alone. Last fall, Moody's reduced Lennar's rating to "Junk Bond" status. Prop G is a corporate bailout at taxpayers' expense.
With so much at stake, we can't bet our future on vague allusions. We need a plan that delivers Bayview revitalization, jobs, and affordable housing + not empty promises.
No on Proposition G.
|The Bayview neighborhood desperately needs economic revitalization, but Proposition G doesn't deliver. Proposition G makes big promises but doesn't guarantee affordable housing, jobs for local residents, or any more parkland than already exists.
Proposition G is a sweetheart deal for Lennar, an out-of-state developer that has already spent over $1,000,000.00 on its political campaign. It doesn't require Lennar to pay for the public land for its development and places no limits on the public funds for the project. Proposition G hands Lennar a blank check.
Proposition G is ballot box planning at its worst. It authorizes transfer of parkland to the developer before Lennar completes environmental review. Transit "improvements" promised by Lennar will primarily benefit new luxury condo owners, not the rest of Bayview. In fact, the plan proposes to build a high-speed road and bus line that completely bypass the Bayview neighborhood.
Proposition G claims to improve city and state parks when it really allows Lennar to build luxury high-rise condos on public parkland. It would dismantle a state park and trade city parkland for parking lots. It also endangers a wildlife habitat restoration area funded by the state. If you read the legal text of Prop G, you'll find it riddled with weasel words including "encourage" and "should." Prop G actually contains language that specifically allows Lennar's development to be different than the project described!
That's why housing advocates, environmental groups, and community organizations are opposing Proposition G. We favor a community-based plan that will guarantee affordable housing, jobs benefits and top-notch parks for the Bayview community and the city.
Vote No on Proposition G.
Ten years in the making, Proposition G is a community-led plan to transform the Hunters Point Shipyard and the parking lots of Candlestick Point into jobs, parks and housing for all San Franciscans. No existing housing will be lost or neighbors pushed out.
The basis of Proposition G is a conceptual framework agreement that went through scores of public meetings, involving hundreds of Bayview residents. It was approved by the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor.
PROPOSTION G IS NOT A BLANK CHECK. It's one step in a long public process that will include a full environmental impact report and approvals by up to 19 different regulatory agencies.
PROPOSITION G IS SUPPORTED BY THE BAYVIEW. The residents and community leadership of the Bayview support Proposition G because it revitalizes the community.
PROPOSTITION G WILL IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT and protect the health of the Bayview by speeding the clean up of the Shipyard, creating productive space for the benefit of the entire city.
If Proposition G is defeated, the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood will be forced to wait another 10 or 15 years for a new plan of action.
Proposition G is endorsed by the San Francisco Democratic Party.
This is a choice between real, positive change and no change at all + and the choice is clear.
VOTE YES on G.
Senator Dianne Feinstein*