Compromised position - Page 3

Mayor Lee's waffling on big issues is hurting the city's ability to cut the best deals for the public

Mayor Lee's refusal to take a stand delayed the CPMC deal for months.


Chiu has at least been willing to put his energies behind his belief in compromise, taking an active role in the CPMC and condo negotiations, as well as complicated current negotiations involving how to legalize but limit Airbnb's shared housing business in San Francisco, which involves landlord-tenant-neighbor dynamics, regulation of private leases, and complex land use and taxation issues.

"It's been a very long month. I've been going around the clock on several challenging negotiations," Chiu told the Guardian. "The most important things to work on are often the ones that are the most difficult to get done."

Chiu was reluctant to discuss the negotiations, calling it a sensitive moment for each of them. But he did admit that he was disappointed in Lee's non-answer to his publicly posed question. "I had hoped for a little more direction," Chiu said. And while these negotiations haven't shaken his faith in compromise, he did say, "It depends on the substance of the issue whether there are common ground solutions that are superior to two warring sides."

But all involved in the condo debate say it appears we'll be stuck with the latter. "The two sides are so far apart that I don't know what a compromise that both sides would live with would even look like," Campos said. "There are certain issues where I don't think compromise or consensus is possible."

On this one, tenant advocates are trying to protect a finite supply of rent-controlled housing and real estate interests want to convert that same housing into condos. "If the issue was just existing TIC owners, we would come to an agreement," Gullicksen said. "But clearly the agenda of Plan C and the realtors is they just want more condos."

Plan C board member Kat Anderson told us, "I have a simple approach to this: Home ownership is important to me."

She was undeterred by arguments that thousands of new condos are now being built in San Francisco, but there's a steadily dwindling number of rent-controlled apartments in a city where two-thirds of San Franciscans are renters.

Anderson made it clear that she wants to not only allow the backlog of condo applicants to be approved, but she doesn't want to slow the flow of condo conversions for a few years thereafter or place TICs themselves under the cap, compromises offered by Gullicksen. "The worry is that if you change the system, it will never come back and we'll lose our tiny toehold of 200 units [that the lottery allows to be converted to condos annually]," Anderson said. And so we end up with the very thing Lee sought to avoid: a big, nasty, divisive public fight that will probably end up being decided by big money and deceptive campaign mailers rather than a civil, deliberative political process. And the mayor has nobody to blame but himself.


Everyone knows Mirkarimi was fired over this exact issue, that there were issues on which he did not believe in compromise, and not over some trumped up sketchy domestic violence charge, which not only made the mayor look stupid, but also perfidious.

Mayor Ed Lee is ultimately in the pocket of outsider tea bag billionaire "decline to states."

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

These frauds know that what they stand for is wrong and unpopular.

They pretend to be "moderates" because they cunningly reckon that such is the most advantageous mantle for them to wear as they do their masters' bidding.

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

He probably planned many controversial and alternatve measures, but now he is scared shitless to enact anything that will get his name in the press, so he keeps a very low profile.

Lee won even by losing - he has neutered the Mirk and left him as a lame duck. And Mirk can only blame himself.

Posted by anon on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

Lee has gone from "Winning without Conflict" to "winning by losing." At least we are headed in the right direction.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

Jason Grant Garza here ... to ANON: You are so correct when it comes to the GRAND SHERIFF ...

What do I mean .... look at his video where DPH breaks the LAW on 8/15 (notice the Sheriff's office and SFPD present ) .... . Didn't Ross fight against the RIGGED and CORRUPT system at ETHICS ???? What about this ?

Oh, that is right ... HE had a meeting and TRIED to HANDLE me as opposed to perform and then as an addition CUP of POISON sent me back to the LAWBREAKERS (see the 6 videos) and as of TODAY ... ROSS still won't have a followup meeting to discuss the FAILURE and NON HELP.

So I DRANK his CUP of POISON only for DPH to do the SAME LAWBREAKING ACTIVITY as before on 12/19

I can NOT even get walked ACROSS the street by the SHERIFF to DPH .

Now ask me if I have been to DAVID CHIU'S Office regarding the FAILED CIVIL GIDEON that his office sent me to.

Look at the rest of the youtube videos to see how the system is RIGGED ... look at the SFPD videos, the OCC videos, the Sheriff videos ...


Enjoy ...

P.S. I have continued to post and just as the kid who stated that the EMPEROR wears no clothes ... NO ONE is LISTENING, HEARING nor CARING ...

If you'd like you can call 554-7225 and ask why I still DO NOT HAVE A FOLLOWUP MEETING with the SHERIFF who expressed such concern ... unless that too WASN'T TRUE. Shall we judge by DEEDS and not the MEANINGLESS WORDS I receieved from the city handlers when I meet with the SHERIFF on 11/27 ... (watch ALL six videos ... then watch the videos with me trying to followup ... then you will see )

Where is MY SHERIFF ??? Where is JUSTICE, the RULE of LAW and ANY HUMANITY?


Oh and for good measure ... go to to see that this is NOT the FIRST TIME the city BREAKS the LAW and leaves it VICTIM for DEAD ...

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Mar. 11, 2013 @ 8:17 am

A nebulous real estate wheeler dealer with some sort of crazy link to a bribing, money laundering teabag Las Vegas Macau gangster piece of sh*T ...

( ) mounting yet another attack on liberal San Francisco through the same immoral mortgage schemes and frauds they used to line their pockets while the whole world collapsed.

How do you compromise with that?

The real reason Mirkarimi was fired was because they were uncomfortable with the thought that they may someday be under his legal custody.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

People will continue to make $100 a night or more from their spare bedrooms just because they can. Chui is wasting his time trying to control that.

Posted by anon on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

about anything and everything.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

If Avalos were Mayor, SF would be in a recession now, instead of boomng.

Posted by anon on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

After all, I think it is safe to say that a lot of people will automatically side with the opposite of what the Mayor wants. So by his adding his two cents, he is skewing public sentiment, not unlike Republicans who are much more hostile to ideas supported by Obama, but significantly more receptive to the same idea if Obama's fingerprints are nowhere to be found.

just a thought

Posted by GuestD on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

behooves him to remain above the fray, and just get on with getting things done.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

...not getting things done.

Posted by steven on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

including the boom in the local economy, new high-tech jobs, the recovery of SF RE, many on-stream new developments and the evident revitilization of Mid-Market, plus the Warriors deal, a balanced budget and a better spirit between his office and the board.

Or are you nostalgically pining for the good ol' days of Gavin?

Either way, Lee crushed Avalos at the polls. Or does that not matter to you, because you know better than the people and voters of this city?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

While Lee may be responsible for bringing in a lot of tech jobs and such, it is just exactly this action that has thrown SF housing right up into the gutter. He may have improved the economy for a particular industry, but, in general he has sent this city into a nasty downward spiral. And in fact, he may have enticed all of these big tech firms to come here, but he is allowing them NOT to pay any payroll tax!! Now if that is not pandering to some very specific people i dont know what is. He is working for the big developers and not the residents. THAT is a FACT! BOOO. Shame on you Ed Lee. You shouldnt even be our mayor because you PROMISED that you were not going to RUN... REMEMBER?? Started off with a lie... and it goes on and on and on....

Posted by bluepearlgirl on Mar. 11, 2013 @ 8:29 am

Yeah....actually nobody is paying any payroll tax anymore since the voters overturned it last November. Thanks for your post anyway, even though there wasn't much in it that was actually true. But A+ for enthusiasm.

Posted by Troll on Mar. 11, 2013 @ 9:51 am

The new business tax system is being phased in so companies are subject to the payroll tax for a couple more years. Also, many large companies such as GAP were exempted from the new gross receipts tax and will continue to use the payroll tax system with lower tax rates.

SFBG could do a community service by updating the status negotiations on the new tax regulations, the most important part of the new law where all of the loopholes and "tax planning opportunties" are created.

Posted by Troll 2 on Mar. 11, 2013 @ 10:12 am

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