The GrowSF Report: Mayor Breed, Supervisor Dorsey Back GrowSF’s Housing Ballot Prop
Plus: Dubs win and the Pride parade is back!
What You Need To Know
Here’s what happened around the city for the week of June 13, 2022:
- The Warriors win the NBA Finals! Join the victory parade
- Mayor Breed and Supervisor Dorsey endorse GrowSF’s pro-housing ballot measure
- Celebrate San Francisco’s first official Juneteenth
- Governor Newsom says Boudin Recall was “predictable”
- Bringing tech optimism to politics and government
The Warriors win the NBA Finals! Join the victory parade
DUBS WIN! 🏀🎉
For the 4th time in 8 years, our Golden State Warriors are the NBA champions, beating the Celtics in game 6 on Thursday in Boston. The Warriors will be celebrating their NBA Finals win with a parade on Monday, June 20th from 11:20 AM to 2 PM on Market St. The route goes from Market & Main to Market & 6th. Info here.
See you there!
Mayor Breed and Supervisor Dorsey endorse GrowSF’s pro-housing ballot measure
Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Matt Dorsey, and District 4 Supervisor candidate Joel Engardio endorsed a pro-housing ballot measure Thursday morning. The Nor Cal Carpenters Union and Habitat for Humanity both support the measure as well.
The Affordable Homes Now measure would “cut several years off the approval timeline for qualifying housing projects that are 100% affordable, are for teachers or are mostly market-rate but have 15% more below-market rate units than the city would otherwise require under affordability mandates.”
GrowSF is running this ballot measure alongside the Housing Action Coalition, SPUR, SF YIMBY, Habitat for Humanity, the Nor Cal Carpenters Union, and Greenbelt Alliance. Read more at affordablehomesnow.org.
Celebrate San Francisco’s first official Juneteenth
SF is hosting a number of exciting events this weekend to commemorate Juneteenth (which has the actual anniversary of June 19th). Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of all enslaved people on June 19, 1865.
Events include a Freedom Celebration on Fillmore Street, free admission at the Museum of the African Diaspora, and jazz performances at Golden Gate Park. Learn more about these, and many other exciting events from the SF Examiner!
Governor Newsom says Boudin Recall was “predictable”
In an interview with Fox 11 Los Angeles Governor Newsom said that the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin was “predictable, particularly after the school board recall. Nothing about that was surprising. [...] The issue in San Francisco in particular is people want the streets cleaned up. Period, full stop, enough. They want the streets cleaned up."
Bringing tech optimism to politics and government
Friend of GrowSF, Zack Rosen, outlines why leaders in the tech industry either ignore or struggle to engage effectively in politics, and how tech can bring its optimism and focus to bear with effective government.
NIMBYs, Republicans, and many Democrats have been selling a sad politics of scarcity in a world that’s happily positive-sum. And when government is made to be ineffective it becomes entirely rational for factions to warp government towards their own self-interest.
For California to show that abundance is the answer — abundant housing, energy, and economic opportunity — government must be made effective. The only antidote to self-interested, zero-sum politics that leads to nihilism is to prove government actually works.
Your Action Plan
Now that you know what’s happening, help us shape what happens next:
Help clean up Mission street with Refuse refuse
Refuse Refuse is organizing a full day cleanup of Mission street this Tuesday, June 21st, in celebration of the longest day of the year. Sign up for a shift to join Vince and the rest of the Refuse Refuse team to help clean up our city!
Celebrate San Francisco
There’s a lot to love about our city. Here’s what makes it great:
Santa Clara to Host 2026 World Cup
The FIFA World Cup is coming to the Bay Area!
FIFA just announced that the 2026 World Cup will be held at 16 cities in North America: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York / New Jersey, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area (by which they really mean Santa Clara…), Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.
San Francisco’s LGBTQ Film Festival is in Full Swing
SF Pride returns from a two-year COVID hiatus next week!
First Annual California State Parks Week
Governor Newsom declared June 14-18 to be the First Annual California State Parks Week. A complete list of the week’s community events and in-person and virtual programming can be found at CAStateParksWeek.org.
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Yes, there is good stuff on Twitter. Here’s some of it:
If this town ain’t big enough for the two of us, let’s build some more homes:
Mayor Breed promotes Juneteenth festivities:
Homelessness is a consequence of a housing shortage: