Supes accused of scare tactics on condo conversions 

Mayor Gavin Newsom accused supervisors Wednesday of using scare-tactics to defeat his proposal to open the floodgates for condo conversions on a one-time basis in order to deal with The City’s budget woes.

Opponents on the Board of Supervisors say allowing thousands of condo conversions beyond the current 200-unit-per-year limit would increase evictions and reduce the rental stock in The City.

Newsom said that’s hogwash.

“We can put in the protections so that people aren’t going to be evicted,” he said Wednesday.

He added, “I’ve done this too long, I know the politics of this town. It’s an ideological war of people that don’t like homeownership.”

And Newsom got even more personal with supervisors who oppose the measure.

“Half the darn members of the board have been beneficiaries of condo conversions, and yet they’re going to deny it to other people,” he said.

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