ParkMerced.jpgTenants of San Francisco’s Parkmerced apartments are delivering a referendum to the city’s Department of Elections Friday afternoon on a plan to add thousands of apartments and demolish others at the complex.

The San Francisco Tenants Union and other supporters are trying to stop the plan by developers to add about 5,700 apartments and replace about 1,800 others during the next two to three decades at the large complex at 19th and Holloway avenues.

The tenants say the plan would displace them and get rid of rent-controlled housing.

The board of supervisors approved the plan last month by a 6-5 vote after adding some tenant protections into the agreement.

The petition being delivered by a small group of tenants to the Department of Elections at City Hall today would put a referendum on the November ballot to let city voters decide whether they support or oppose the plan as approved by the board, said Ted Gullicksen, director of the tenants union.

The referendum would suspend work on the project until the vote in November, Gullicksen said.

He said the petition has about 19,000 signatures, more than the roughly 14,300 needed to place the measure on the ballot.

“The key issue here is we need to preserve as much rent-controlled housing as we possibly can,” Gullicksen said. “They’re basically demolishing an entire neighborhood.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • RussianHillDweller

    I dodged half-a-dozen paid signature gatherers this week, who were out shilling for Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure. Their line to the people they’re hoping to sign their petitions? Sign it anyway, even if you don’t intend to vote for it – it puts the choice in the hands of the voters! The same voters who think that preventing gays from marrying is important enough to amend the state constitution and who voted for Prop 13, which is almost single-handedly killing the state’s economy.

    I would be inclined to place these decisions in the hands of voters if I didn’t know that a vast majority of my friends and acquaintances gave less of their consideration to the choices they’re making on ballot initiatives than they do to Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, but they don’t.

    We have a legislative system for these kinds of decisions; the referendum process is killing California and San Francisco. — to say nothing of what an outdated rent control system has done to our city’s housing stock.

  • RussianHillDweller

    I dodged half-a-dozen paid signature gatherers this week, who were out shilling for Jeff Adachi’s pension reform measure. Their line to the people they’re hoping to sign their petitions? Sign it anyway, even if you don’t intend to vote for it – it puts the choice in the hands of the voters! The same voters who think that preventing gays from marrying is important enough to amend the state constitution and who voted for Prop 13, which is almost single-handedly killing the state’s economy.

    I would be inclined to place these decisions in the hands of voters if I didn’t know that a vast majority of my friends and acquaintances gave less of their consideration to the choices they’re making on ballot initiatives than they do to Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, but they don’t.

    We have a legislative system for these kinds of decisions; the referendum process is killing California and San Francisco. — to say nothing of what an outdated rent control system has done to our city’s housing stock.