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After a rally at City Hall July 9 attended by dozens of San Francisco Building Trades union members, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a $600 million Affordable Housing Bond Measure on the November ballot.

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Several school modernization projects funded by the $744 million bond measure passed in November 2016 are progressing this summer. Work on the 2016 bond funded projects began in 2017, with several more projects seeking bids over the next several months. Three major projects are underway this summer at George Washington High School, Harvey Milk Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School.

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HOPE SF, known as “the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization project,” is underway with its first building Potrero Block X now complete utilizing 100 percent union labor. The 109,000 square foot building is located at 110 Connecticut Street and offers 71 housing units. The units are mostly two-bedrooms with one and three-bedroom units as well. The residences are all affordable with 18 for households earning between 40 and 60 percent of the Area Median Income and 53 for existing public housing residents. At full buildout, the Potrero HOPE SF master planned development will have 1,600 units with 50 percent of the units market-rate and 50 percent below-market-rate.

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San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson and San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Rudy Gonzalez welcomed delegates to the California Democratic Party’s Labor Caucus meeting at the Moscone Center May 31, reminding them that union members built the facility and do the work running conventions, trade shows and other events.

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The San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) has agreed to support Mayor London Breed’s $600 million bond measure to fund affordable housing construction that will be on the November 2019 ballot. The Building Trades reached an agreement with Mayor Breed and City leaders after meetings led by SFBCTC President Larry Mazzola, Jr. and Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson.

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Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) held a groundbreaking event May 10 for their new affordable housing development at 1990 Folsom in the Mission. All of the 143 apartments in the nine-story building, “Casa Adelante - 1990 Folsom,” will be permanently affordable for low-income families, with 25 percent set aside for families choosing to relocate from HOPE SF sites.

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Mayor London Breed appointed San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council Secretary-Treasurer Tim Paulson and former District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in late April. Both were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. The SFPUC is governed by a board compromised of five commissioners with each chosen according to criteria set forth in the San Francisco City Charter – including one seat for a representative of organized labor. The commissioners provide operational oversight in such areas as rates and charges for services, approval of contracts and organization policy.

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A new 20-story, 220-foot-tall tower condominium development at Steuart and Howard will soon be rising as crews prepare to pour the foundation slab for the all-union project. Swinerton is the general contractor, with a small crew of operating engineers, laborers and carpenters on the jobsite. Crews demolished the parking garage at the site last spring and began construction last summer. The building is slated for completion by 2021.

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