SSF to Create ‘Community Facility District’; Cost Est $355M Unfunded

South San Francisco, CA   February 23, 2019 City Council Special Meeting 2.27.19 Agenda

UPDATE MARCH 14, 2019 11AM: The San Mateo Daily Journal reports today that the County Superior Court has ruled in favor of existing business, Kashiwa Fudosan America, who had objected to the city’s effort to create a small tax district designed to finance infrastructure improvements near the Oyster Point Development.

The SMDJ further reported ‘the court found that the city was not a qualified landowner, for the purposes of voting in the special election required to form the district and the city was not qualified to coordinate such an effort, due partially to concerns associated with including land in the district which is regulated by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Kashiwa Fudosan America’s attorney, Ben Reznik, considered the district’s proposed formation an especially egregious attempt at government overreach, which essentially would have rigged the system to require his client to pay an estimated additional $200,000 in taxes, per the SMDJ article. “I’ve been doing land use zoning work in California for 41 years, and I found this a very arrogant approach,” Reznik is quoted. {to read the full SMDJ article CLICK HERE}

NOTE: As the City continues to approve new businesses, especially in the ‘Bio-tech’ area, traffic has become increasingly problematic for all who live and work here. In addition, the increase of job creation continues to add to the housing crisis with the Bio-tech area refusing housing thereby pushing those requirements into other neighborhoods, forever changing the character of South San Francisco.

As the reports show, this ‘boom’ has been sudden and without planning, springing from the ‘Deep Recession’ which began to recover at the end of  2010. The City now boasts 28,000 workers come to SSF and this ‘Community Facility District‘ will benefit them.  Traffic in that area needs to be addressed, as it does through out our City, including our neighborhoods which have become commuter corridors.

It is important that all residents be aware of how our City monies are spent, and what new taxes maybe added, no matter what ‘District’ may be impacted. {Note: In addition the City will be investing $168M in the Kilroy Oyster Point Development Project infrastructure} With all the development and changes happening so quickly in our City, we have to ask how Council can stay abreast of it all, and be responsible for decisions that benefit those who elected them into office. Residents continue to ask for a neighborhood park in Sunshine Gardens, a grocery store, decent ball fields, among just a few ‘amenities’ important to those who call South City home.

Per the staff report below this economic growth has benefited residents “South San Francisco and its residents have benefited from this economic success in the form of greater job opportunities, increased home values and elimination of blighted sites in the city, replaced by modern buildings.” {continue reading the report below}

The following information is from City Staff, at the direction of the City Manager.

This economic growth has not come without a cost, however, and traffic in South San Francisco has increased with the growing number of jobs and associated commuters. Much of the increased traffic is associated with growth in the City’s biotechnology and industrial area

This appears to be heading to our ‘Mail Ballot Vote’ in November 2019. * see clarification in the next paragraph, per City Offices:

2.25.19 EDIT UPDATE: Thank you to Communications Director Leslie Arroyo for the following clarification:

To clarify a few things so there is no confusion with your readers, as this is NOT a tax on residents. The PPT you included does not include the last four slides of the PPT presentation, which discusses how the businesses E101 only will pay the proposed tax, and only if 2/3rds of those businesses agree.

You also mention that this item “appears to be headed to our mail in ballot in November.” As mentioned, this is not a tax on residents, and thus residents will not get a vote. The proposal is asking E101 businesses to pay for the traffic impacts associated with the E101 growth; thus, the E101 businesses would be asked to vote to voluntarily raise a special tax for traffic.

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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2019 6:00PM

 

 

 

EDIT 2.25.19 UPDATE: The following five power point graphics were inadvertently left off our original publish and was brought to our attention by the City’s Communications Director Leslie Arroyo.

 

 

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