San Francisco job displacement

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[ed:  in any organizing campaign, research is very important.  Here is a 
very interesting example.]

From: "Antonio Díaz" <adiaz at igc.org>

Enclosed is the press release for a recently released report by the Mission
Anti-Displacement Coalition (MAC) in San Francisco on the transformation of
Northeast Mission Industrial Zone and the resulting gentrification pressures
on the neighborhood.

The MAC report on the NEMIZ is available in HTML at:

http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/nemizreport.htm

Also, the MAC report can be downloaded in PDF format at the following URL:

http://www.uncanny.net/~wetzel/nemizreport.pdf

- Antonio Díaz
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Antonio Díaz
Project Director
People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (¡PODER!)
474 Valencia Street #155
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-431-4210 (phone)
415-431-8525 (fax)
adiaz at igc.org (email)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Oscar Grande (415) 431-4210 or Doug Shoemaker (415) 595-6472
PRESS CONFERENCE:
October 31, 2000
Bryant Square, 19th and Bryant

Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition (MAC) reveals the "Hidden Costs of the
New Economy"

At a press conference on Tuesday October 31, 2000, the Mission
Anti-Displacement Coalition released a study of the Northeast Mission that
reveals Live/Work and Dot.Com developments are driving blue collar
businesses and art spaces from San Francisco.  The study also reveals that
the Planning Commission¹s inaction has led to the loss of critical childcare
and affordable housing fees.

The study, "Hidden Costs of the New Economy", conducted in October 2000
directly contradicts claims by the San Francisco Partnership, backers of
Proposition K, that Dot.Coms aren¹t displacing traditional blue collar
businesses and art spaces. Specifically, the report documents the fact that:
In the Northeast Mission Industrial Zone alone, over 1,200,000 square feet
of office and 600,000 square feet of so-called "live/work" developments,
including the infamous Bryant Square development, have displaced more than
sixty businesses and art spaces over past several years.
Moreover by refusing to treat live/work as housing and treat Dot.Com as
office, the Planning Commission has cost the city:

Over $22 million lost for schools, affordable housing, childcare, and
transit on development in the Northeast Mission alone. Citywide losses
estimated at $100 million.

Oscar Grande of People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economics
Rights (PODER) noted, "Our working class communities of color are being
cheated out of much needed resources. If the Planning Commission approves
the live/work proposals for 16th and Alabama and 17th and Folsom, developers
will once again cheat their way out of $950,000 to the School District and
57 more units of affordable housing for neighborhood residents."

Douglas Shoemaker of the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition declared, "We
demand that the Planning Department strengthen the controls over land use in
the Mission. We demand that no more live/work or office developments be
approved until a neighborhood driven rezoning process can take place. It is
offensive the way that lobbyists and well connected developers are the only
voices that count at the Planning Commission."

The study was carried out by Mission-based volunteer researchers who went
door-to-door to determine business and residential uses. This data was
compared to information compiled by the Planning Department in 1989/91. Over
the course of three weeks in September-October 2000, neighborhood residents
and youth firmly established the abuses that the Planning Department claims
it¹s powerless to enforce.





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