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Four hundred members of the San Francisco labor community came out to celebrate Labor Day weekend with an annual breakfast hosted by the San Francisco Labor Council on Friday, Sept. 4.

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Delegates to the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council elected Plumbers Local 38 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer Larry Mazzola Jr. president last month. Mazzola bested Operating Engineers Local 3 District One Representative Charley Lavery in the contested election for the SFBCTC presidency.

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Developer Paramount Group is seeking approval for its condominium project at 75 Howard St. Paramount scaled down an earlier version of the residential building from a 292-foot-tall, 25-story structure with 159 units to the current 220-foot, 20-story, 133-unit version after facing opposition from some local residents.

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The 36-story, 262-unit residential tower on Cathedral Hill proposed by the ADCO Group will go before the San Francisco Planning Commission this fall. The developer had proposed a tower at 1481 Post St., adjacent to the Cathedral Hill Plaza, in 2006 and sought the support of the SFBCTC in 2007.

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Affordable Housing, Open Space Big Winners in Updated 5M

Forest City Development recently modified its plans for the mixed-use project at Fifth and Mission streets, known as 5M. The developer has held a series of public meetings to build local support for the project and get feedback from neighbors, similar to meetings held for neighbors of Forest City’s Pier 70 project, which succeeded in winning community backing.

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Deal Between Developer, Opponents Avoids Ballot Initiative

The redevelopment of the San Francisco Flower Mart at Sixth and Brannan streets will move forward now that the owner of the market and the market’s tenants have reached an agreement that satisfies the concerns of both the tenants and the opponents of the project.

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Martin Building acquires 1.2 acre lot adjacent to the former Schlage Lock factory site

Martin Building Company has announced plans to develop housing on a site adjacent to Universal Paragon’s development at the former Schlage Lock factory site in Visitacion Valley.

2000 Bryant Slammed as ‘Inadequately Affordable and Exploitative’

The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council passed a resolution last month expressing its opposition to the project proposed for 2000 Bryant St. The resolution declares that the project in the Mission is an “inadequately affordable and exploitative housing development” that does not address the affordability crisis in the Mission District.

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Last month, San Francisco Giants ownership unveiled a revised plan for its Mission Rock development south of AT&T Park. The team also kicked off a campaign to win voter approval for the project through a ballot measure. The Mission Rock measure needs 9,702 signatures before July 6 to qualify for the November 2015 ballot. The measure is in response to Proposition B, which requires voter approval for waterfront developments on port property that exceed current height limits.

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