Parkmerced project may have to go to voters for approval 

The approval of the massive Parkmerced redevelopment project by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has come up against opposition that could send the issue to voters.

San Francisco Tenants Union director Ted Gullicksen submitted 19,050 signatures for a referendum on the Parkmerced vote shortly after 4:30 pm Friday at City Hall.

The referendum requires 14,300 valid signatures. If enough of the signatures are deemed valid by the San Francisco Department of Elections, then the Board of Supervisors will have to take another vote on the Parkmerced development. If the board sticks with its position, as its expected to do, then the issue goes to the voters this November to decide.

“We gathered a huge number of signatures in this 30 day period.  Voters don’t like back room deals and they don’t like mass demolition of rent-controlled housing,” Gullicksen said.

The development plan would result in the demolition would demolish 1538 garden apartments, all of which are currently subject to rent control. 

The board’s vote was particularly politically sensitive for Board of Supervisors President and mayoral candidate David Chiu, who cast the decisive sixth vote in favor of the project.

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