Parking garage restriction faces key vote 

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors takes a second and final vote on legislation that would make it more difficult to build – and in some cases prohibit – new parking garages in residential buildings in North Beach, Telegraph Hill and Chinatown neighborhoods.

Opponents of the legislation, which was introduced by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, include Plan C, a group that clashes with progressives on the board when it comes to such subjects as condo-conversions and other issues related to property rights.

The group has sent out an alert asking people to contact Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who voted in favor of the legislation for the board’s first vote, although he expressed some concerns. Plan C is asking people to contact Dufty so he changes his vote and opposes it so that the legislation could successfully be vetoed by Mayor Gavin Newsom. It takes eight votes on the board to override a mayoral veto.

 “If passed, this proposal could be the first step towards imposing similar restrictions in other parts of the City,” a Plan C e-mail said. “This is a power grab by the Board of Supervisors and an attempt to incorporate the rent ordinance into the planning code and punish property owners. Both of these are bad ideas. Supervisor Dufty is the swing vote on this proposal. He voted for it with reservations on the first vote. We need you to write to him to let him know your opposition to this bad legislation. We need Supervisor Dufty to vote no on this, so that a Mayor's veto can be sustained.”

 

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