Friday, March 9, 2012

Redevelopment changes hands, Bayview affected

San Francisco Redevelopment Agency staffers are packing boxes.  Resources and leadership are shifting.  Bayview Hunters Point, and neighborhoods like it throughout California, are plunging into yet another chapter in their sagas of urban change.

"The Mayor and the City are committed to continuing the Agency's work in neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, and economic development," said Tiffany Bohee, Executive Director of the SF Redevelopment Agency.
As of January 24th, the City of San Francisco became the successor to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and its approved programs.  On March 1st, Mayor Ed Lee made appointments to a new Oversight Board. 
Concept drawing

According to a recent Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens' Advisory Committee newsletter, the Hunters Point Shipyard Project Area is deemed to be an enforceable obligation.  The same is true of the Mission Bay Redevelopment Project and part of the Transbay Redevelopment Area.  Those projects will move forward as planned.

The Citizens Advisory Committee for the Shipyard will continue to represent community interests with regard to the Hunters Point Shipyard project.  

Here's what some community leaders are saying:

I believe that under the new successor agency we will continue doing what needs to be done to meet the need of our various communities in this great City. Dorris Vincent

We are entering a new era, and we must be prepared to shoulder our part of responsibility that this move calls for. Willie B. Kennedy

If you have never attended our meetings, this is the time for you to attend. Your input and advocacy is needed more than ever. Veronica Hunnicutt (CAC Chair)

The members of the new Oversight Board:

Olson Lee, Executive Director, San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing
Lindy McKnight, Vice Chancellor of Student Development/Dean of Student Support Services, San Francisco Community College District
Bob Muscat, Executive Director, International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 21
John Rahaim, Executive Director, San Francisco Planning Department
Nadia Sesay, Director, Mayor's Office of Public Finance
Lynette Sweet, Board Member, Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Nancy Waymack, Executive Director, Policy and Operations, San Francisco Unified School District

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