Major development proposals to transform SF waterfront : January 18, 2013 – excerpt

San Francisco is where it is and what it is because of the waterfront. The shoreline has also been the site of constant struggles to protect the character and legacy of the City’s maritime history. Now it faces at least four development proposals which together would constitute the greatest change to the waterfront in many decades. (There’s a major challenge to the city’s ocean edge, as well; see article, page 3.)
Leading the charge is a proposal for 145 luxury condominiums at 8 Washington, a project which involves a complex land swap among the Port, the city, and the private developers. The project would contain 400 parking spaces, three times the parking permitted by code–in a vast underground, practically underwater, garage. The project would exceed the existing 85-foot height limits by more than 50 feet. While these “spot zoning” changes have already been approved by the Supervisors, they are being challenged by a referendum on the November ballot (see article, page 7)

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Activist Jonathan Frieman Argues He can Drive in Carpool Lane with Incorporation Papers

By TechDirt, Mon, January 14, 2013 – excerpt

I know that many people get up in arms over the concept of corporate personhood, but the reality is often a lot less problematic than many people make it out to be. It’s not a concept that is free from problems, but it’s not quite as silly as some argue. Still, it sometimes does lead to some amusing stunts. For example, a couple years ago, a company tried to run for President, in an effort to make a statement on the issue. Up in Marin County (just north of San Francisco) an activist has tried a similar move, arguing that he’s able to drive in the carpool lane without another human passenger because he had incorporation documents for a company riding along in the passenger seat. Apparently, he’s actually been doing this for about a decade, just waiting to get pulled over… (more)