San Francisco Mayor London Breed recently appointed Bart Pantoja to the Citizens’ General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee. Breed named Pantoja -- Business Representative for the Glaziers Local 718, District Council 16 – to the post following an interview late last year and after receiving recommendations from San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson and President, Larry Mazzola, Jr, among others.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed signed legislation January 18 mandating the City to enter into a Citywide Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Building Trades Council for Public Works or improvement projects. The signing took place at the Plumbers Local 38 union hall.
Delegates to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council unanimously endorsed Mayor London Breed for her re-election this November for San Francisco mayor. Ms. Breed was elected Mayor last June in a special election to serve until 2020, filling the remainder of the term of the late Mayor Ed Lee.
The San Francisco Planning Commission held an informational hearing on the status of developer Maximus Real Estate Partner’s proposal for housing at the 16th Street BART Plaza at Mission and 16th Streets at its February 7 meeting. Supporters and opponents of the project filled the auditorium of Mission High School a few blocks from the project site. San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson said he has been a resident of the Mission for 35 years. “We have a serious affordable housing crisis and need developers who treat workers right,” he said.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously January 15 to direct City staff to negotiate and finalize a Citywide Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Building Trades Council for Public Works or improvement projects. The Board had voted unanimously December 11 to pass a citywide PLA ordinance on its first reading; the second vote came after five new members took office January 8 – all of whom stayed committed to their pledge to back the PLA and voted for the ordinance.
Work on the new Sutter Van Ness Medical Office Building (MOB) at Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard is nearing completion as crews make final tenant improvements to the nine-story, 253,000 square foot medical office building. Union contractor Rudolph and Sletten is the general contractor for the tenant improvement work; union contractor Pankow is the GC for the core and shell.
For some cities, the opening of its tallest building would be a development high point, so to speak. Not San Francisco. The next few years, and decades, will be exciting and transformative with thousands of new housing units coming online, a new subway route, and a new state-of-the-art arena. And that’s just a start.