Cause of the Transit Center’s Cracks and Proposed Fix Revealed
"The forensic engineering team (LPI) engaged to identify the root cause of the two fissures/fractures which caused the emergency closure of San Francisco’s new Salesforce Transit Center, a month after it opened, has reached a preliminary conclusion and a possible fix has been drafted. According to the team, the probable cause of the fractures appears to be 'the formation of cracks in the girder weld access [holes]' that were cut in the flanges prior to the beams being placed into service... In terms of timing, a peer review of the findings and proposed fix are not expected to be reached until January, after which the fix will be implemented and a new structural evaluation will need to be performed. And as such, the Salesforce Transit Center will definitely remain closed through the end of this year and likely through the first, if not second, quarter of 2019, as we first reported earlier this week. "
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School board begins work on new student assignment process
"The San Francisco school board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin developing a new student assignment policy, which determines the school new students are assigned to in The City. The current assignment process, which requires families to take place in a complicated lottery system, has long been a source of frustration for parents. Last revamped in the 2011-2012 school year, it was intended to increase student diversity but has not achieved the desired results. The resolution approved Tuesday night calls for the new policy to provide greater predictability, transparency, accessibility to neighborhood options, equity, and a strong commitment to integrated schools."
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New SF City Hall employee has one goal: To approve housing
"On Thursday, Mayor London Breed announced the appointment of the city’s first director of housing delivery, a new position created specifically to 'ensure that new housing projects are not held up in San Francisco’s complicated approval and permitting system.' Breed picked Judson True, previously the chief of staff for SF-based Assembly member David Chiu, for the job. True also formerly served as an aide to Chiu when he was on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, as well as a Muni spokesperson."
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Nonprofits could get first dibs on multi-unit buildings
"Affordable housing nonprofits could get first crack at buying multi-unit buildings under legislation introduced Tuesday to protect tenants from real estate speculators. Introduced by Supervisor Sandra Fewer, the legislation would require property owners to notify the Mayor’s Office of Housing if they plan to sell properties with three or more residential rental units for nonprofits to possible purchase by affordable housing nonprofits. If a seller receives an offer from a potential buyer on the private market, they must make the same offer to the nonprofit."
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