North Beach library ruling delayed again 

With one member absent, the Historic Preservation Commission was evenly spilt Wednesday over whether the North Beach branch library should be protected from demolition.

The San Francisco Public Library plans to demolish the 1950s building and replace it with a larger facility nearby.

The vote was rescheduled until Sept. 1, when all seven members of the commission are expected to attend a hearing, according to commission secretary Linda Avery.

The commission voted 4-3 several weeks ago to designate the 1950s library as a landmark, but the vote violated California’s open meeting laws and was scheduled to be recast Wednesday.

The six commissioners voted 3-3 on the matter Wednesday, with Commissioner Courtney Damkroger absent, according to Avery.

The Historic Preservation Commission provides advice to the Board of Supervisors. It does not have the power to designate the building as a landmark.

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