THE FIGHT SF / BAY AREA'S LGBTQ MONTHLY MAGAZINE MAY 2019

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sent SF’s housing prices into the

stratosphere, and have forced many of

our most vulnerable residents out of

the City or into the streets where no

person was ever intended to live.

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THECONTENTS

ON THE COVER

AND ON THIS PAGE

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FEATURES

12 MAKING CALIFORNIA

AFFORDABLE AGAIN

SENATOR SCOTT

WIENER’S PLAN

15 A PROMISING

TREATMENT

MDMA-ASSISTED

THERAPY

16 A FORCE FOR CHANGE

COMPTON’S

TRANSGENDER

CULTURAL DISTRICT’S

ARIA SA’ID

18 SOS FOR A CITY

IN CRISIS

SAINT FRANCIS

HOMELESSNESS

CHALLENGE

20 KEEPING IT FRESH

FOLSOM STREET

EVENTS UPDATE

22 SEARCHING FOR

INTIMACY

FINDING SUNSHINE

IN YOUR SEXUALITY

24 MORE FARM CHIC

GETAWAYS

EXPLORING THE

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

26 A MORE INCLUSIVE

LEADER

MAYOR OF SOLVANG,

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08 THE TALK

10 THE CITY

11 THE NATION

28 THE ART

30 THE CALENDAR

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ent control on new apartments on day

one, it creates real barriers to building

those new apartments. If you have a

rolling time period, say after 15 years,

an apartment building can transition

into rent control you’ll start significantly

increasing the rent controlled housing

stocks, and you’ll do it in a way that still

creates financial incentive to actually

build the new apartment building.

This is your second attempt to pass a

statewide zoning bill which ties housing

to transit, the first being SB-827?

How does this bill differ from that one?

Almost immediately after SB-827 died

we began working with our constructive

critics—including equity housing advocates,

particularly in L.A.—because they

were the most willing, they actually

wanted to sit down and work with us.

First and foremost, we included a very

strong tenant demolition protection in

SB-50—the strongest existent in state

law. We negotiated those protection with

equity housing advocates, so that if a

renter has resided in the building at any

point in the last seven years it cannot be

demolished for an SB-50 project.

In addition, if there’s been an eviction

in all of the property in the last 15 years

the building is ineligible under SB-50.

We want to de-link SB-50 projects from

situations where people are evicting

tenants and then wanting to tear down

the building. We also put in a unique

treatment for so called sensitive communities:

communities with significant

low income population, with a significant

history of displacement.

In sensitive communities the bill

implementation is delayed by five years

to give those communities space to do

local and displacement planning. At the

end of the five years, when the bill goes

into effect in these sensitive communities,

it can be applied in a modified way

so the local community can come up

with an alternative plan that achieves

the same level of new housing, but

takes into account the unique needs of

these communities that are at risk.

Also, at the suggestion of the equity

advocates who we’re working with, we

expanded the bill to go beyond transit,

to include so called “high opportunity,”

or job rich areas. Areas that are wealthier,

have lots of economic opportunity.

Job centers, but maybe not great transit.

So, those people might be driving, but

they’re driving shorter distances. And it

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