Blog Reject the CEQA appeal of 2395 Sacramento

Jan. 22, 2024

The Board of Supervisors
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall, Room 244,
San Francisco, CA 94102


RE: Support for 2395 Sacramento Street

Dear Board of Supervisors:

SF YIMBY is pleased to continue to support the proposed project at 2395 Sacramento Street and asks that the Board of Supervisors reject the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) appeal. This project would provide 24 new homes in a high-resource part of San Francisco while adaptively reusing a medical library that has sat empty for some time. This project will also preserve the significant historic features of the building while creating a new use in line with our needs today. It will help address our citywide housing shortage and in particular, our need for more homes in communities like Pacific Heights, which is adjacent to numerous local businesses, jobs, and transportation and has not added much new housing compared to other neighborhoods.

In particular, we are dismayed to see the CEQA utilized in this manner. CEQA is not intended to block dense infill housing like this and yet is too frequently used as a tool to do just that. Both the Historic Preservation and Planning Commissions reviewed and approved this project unanimously, addressing those concerns at the time in a thorough manner.

SF YIMBY is a party of YIMBY Action, a network of pro-housing activists fighting for more inclusive housing policies. Our vision is an integrated society where every person has access to a safe, affordable home near jobs, services, and opportunity.

San Francisco’s severe housing shortage is causing skyrocketing homelessness and poverty, crippling our economy, and leading to debilitating commutes that exacerbate our global climate crisis. These impacts fall disproportionately on our city’s low-income workers and families, and disproportionately deny communities of color access to opportunity. If we strive to be a society that advances racial and class justice, we must do more to ensure abundant housing in our region. This project will help address the housing shortage and ensure a welcoming San Francisco where everyone can thrive.

Best regards,

Jane Natoli,

San Francisco Organizing Director