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In an election that saw a right wing business tycoon thought to be unqualified to be president actually win the highest office in the land and the Democrats fail to gain enough seats in Congress to gain control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate, there were a few bright spots and victories at the local and state level.

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The San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved a 21-story building to contain 299 housing units and 2,012 square feet of ground floor retail for a parcel at 1270 Mission Street that’s currently home to a restaurant. If the project, from local developer AGI Avant, receives full approval – including from the Board of Supervisors – the existing one-story, 1,200 square foot building would be demolished to invigorate the area with an influx of new residential and commercial uses.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) has an ongoing Project Labor Agreement with the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) for work on public housing projects in the city.

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San Francisco’s skyline has changed dramatically over the last decade, and construction cranes continue to be a critical part of the changing landscape. As the post-recession construction boom has led to an increase in the number of cranes in operation, there has been no increase in accidents or incidents involving cranes.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council recently finalized a Project Labor Agreement with Five Point Holdings, LLC (FivePoint), the Lennar Corporation entity that is the master developer of The Shipyard and Candlestick Point.

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Vince Courtney – LiUNA! Local 261 Recording Secretary, Labor Representative and Political Director – was recently sworn in for a new term at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has held a post as one of the five PUC commissioners since he was first appointed by then mayor Gavin Newsom in 2010. Mayor Ed Lee reappointed Courtney in 2013 and again this year.

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Along with the 17 statewide propositions, San Francisco voters will see 25 local measures on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council made recommendations for 23 of the 25. Following are the SFBCTC recommendations...

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The San Francisco Planning Commission approved Shorenstein’s 12-story, 300-unit residential project at 1066 Market Street after the developer reached an agreement with the city to purchase the now closed post office at 101 Hyde Street and convey it to the city.

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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.

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