San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly’s resolution calling on a Bayview-Hunters Point developer to apologize for sending an armed representative to a community meeting in February passed the full board today.
Daly told board members that two prior written apologies — one sent to board president Supervisor David Chiu and Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, whose district includes the Bayview, and another sent to Daly — from the developer, Lennar Corp., were not enough.
“Regretting the incident is not quite an apology,” said Daly, referring to the letters. He also suggested that the apology go to community members and to the city, not to himself.
“There’s something to be said for treating the community that you do business in, with the dignity that they deserve,” Daly said.
Lennar is working on a major development project at the former Naval shipyard at Hunters Point, and some in the community have expressed concern and anger over a lack of jobs and the possible environmental impacts of the construction.
At a Feb. 18 community meeting at the Center for Self Improvement and Community Development, which houses a Nation of Islam mosque, a security officer hired by Lennar attempted to record the proceedings, was found to be carrying a loaded firearm, and was escorted out and handcuffed to a pole by members of the community, Daly said.
The board passed Daly’s resolution today by an 8-2 vote. Maxwell was absent from today’s meeting.
One of the dissenting voters, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, said he agreed with Daly’s sentiments but could not vote in approval because he said the “whole story” of the incident had not been told, and the matter was still under investigation.