Mayor Ed Lee has named IBEW Local 6 Business Development Director Joel Koppel to the San Francisco Planning Commission, filling one of two vacancies. As Organized Labor went to press, Koppel had received approval from the Rules Committee, but still needed to go before the full Board of Supervisors for final approval.
When Labor Commissioner Julie Su was first considered for the role back in 2011, she was hesitant at first, content in doing good work as the Litigation Director at the nonprofit Asian Pacific American Legal Center while living in the Los Angeles area. But she soon realized the difference she could make, and Governor Brown appointed her to head California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement shortly after retaking office. Su assumed the position of Labor Commissioner in April, 2011, and now oversees more than 400 staff in 19 offices across the state.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) celebrated the signing of a Project Labor Agreement for the City’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) on August 4 at a community center next to the SFPUC’s Southeast Wastewater Treatment facility. The SSIP is a multi-billion dollar, 20-year capital investment that will build a healthier, more reliable and seismically-resilient sewer system. Work will include sewer line and pump station upgrades, developing sustainable methods to manage storm water, and modernization and seismic upgrades to waste water treatment facilities. SFPUC Commissioner and Laborers Local 261 Political Director Vince Courtney said that the Project Labor Agreement would ensure that more reliable and seismically safe projects would be delivered on time.
Lennar Multifamily Communities, a subsidiary of housing developer Lennar Corporation, is seeking approval of a 157-unit apartment building with ground-floor commercial space proposed for South Van Ness Avenue and 26th Street. A Planning Commission hearing originally scheduled for April 21 was rescheduled for August 11, as Organized Labor went to press. The developer recently signed a letter committing to employing an all-union workforce on the project.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a height increase for Tishman Speyer’s 160 Folsom condominium high-rise on April 19. The Board’s vote amends the Redevelopment Plan for the Transbay Redevelopment Project Area (TRPA) to increase the maximum height limit from 300 feet to 400 feet on Block 1 of the TRPA. Supervisor Jane Kim and Mayor Ed Lee sponsored the legislation, which will allow Tishman Speyer to build a 39-story tower with an additional 73 housing units. In exchange for the increase in height, the developer agreed to increase the number of affordable units in the project to 40 percent. The original 300-foot proposal included 318 total residential units, with 112 (35 percent) affordable-to-moderate income households earning 80 to 120 percent of area median income. Under the newly approved proposal, the tower will have 391 units, with 156 affordable to moderate income households. The developer also agreed to provide a fund to help owners of below-market-rate units pay for monthly Homeowner Association dues.
Modernization work at San Francisco Unified School District sites covered by the Project Labor Agreement between the Building Trades and School District is progressing on schedule this summer. San Francisco voters approved a $531 million Facility Bond Measure in November 2011 – the third and final installment of $1.3 billion in bonds to modernize and improve safety in SFUSD facilities.
The San Francisco Planning Commission approved the new Oceanwide Center project at its May 5 meeting. Developer Foster + Partners plans to build two mixed-use towers at First and Mission streets: A 605-foot tower featuring a 266-room hotel and residences, and an 850-foot office and residential tower. The new skyscrapers within the Transbay redevelopment area will be among the tallest in San Francisco and will have 2.1 million square feet of office, hotel and residential space, with 182 condominiums and 43,000 square feet of retail space.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has appointed Patrick Mulligan Director of the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Mulligan is a five-term Financial Secretary for Carpenters Local 22 and long-time member of the local. He is also a Trustee of the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council. Mulligan moves on from his role as director of CityBuild and replaces Donna Levitt, who held the position of OLSE director since 2002.