Earlier this year, a major development slated for San Francisco’s central waterfront won unanimous approval by the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and the Port Commission. The Potrero Power Station project by developer Associate Capital is located on 29 acres just south of Pier 70 that will give land formerly used by the long-shuttered power station a new purpose as a mixed-use development.
This fall SFBCTC Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson announced his retirement that’s set to officially begin on January 1, 2021, though he’ll remain active working as a consultant for the Building Trades and other labor groups. Paulson became an SFBCTC officer in August of 2018, after a 14-year tenure as executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council.
This summer, the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 38 broke ground on a mixed-use development at 1629 Market Street that will provide a new union hall as well as much-needed affordable, supportive housing, retail, and a public park. The residential component of the development plan, located at 53 Colton Street in the South of Market neighborhood, will create 96 efficiency apartments for extremely low-income and previously homeless residents.
The November 3 General Election represented the culmination of months of political strain with a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that ratcheted up pre-existing tensions on the national stage. In San Francisco, that tension manifested in the form of businesses temporarily boarded up by owners who were concerned about civil unrest.
The AFL-CIO has announced a $1 billion initiative to generate jobs and rental housing in the Bay Area over the next five years. The Housing Investment Trust was created as a response to the economic stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to invest in rental housing construction including affordable units for low income residents and to finance permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Following a contentious multi-year battle, the historic San Francisco Flower Mart is slated for a new home in Potrero Hill. Developer Kilroy Realty’s planned redevelopment of the Flower Mart’s existing location at Sixth and Brannan streets in the South of Market neighborhood for mixed-use office and retail resulted in concerns over traffic impacts for the site, given the market’s reliance on truck deliveries.
Viewed by many as the most important election in modern history, the stakes for the future of the Labor community are set high for November 3. For San Francisco’s Building Trades, the key to securing good union jobs comes in the form of backing elected officials at the local, state and national levels who support working people.