Planning Commission president to step down to run for San Francisco supervisor

San Francisco Chronicle | By Dominic Fracassa and Trisha Thadani

Myrna Melgar plans to step away from her role as president of the San Francisco Planning Commission in the next few weeks to run for the District Seven seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Melgar, a self-described “planning nerd,” has worked on the commission for 3½ years, during which she’s cultivated a reputation as an amenable, even-keeled voice on the often divisive body. District Seven includes the Inner Sunset, Parkmerced, Parkside, Lakeside, Forest Hill and West Portal, among other neighborhoods.

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SF Mission community organizations reclaim Centro Social Obrero

Mission Local | By Julian Mark

SF Mission community organizations reclaim Centro Social Obrero

The hard-fought battle to reclaim a once-imperiled neighborhood institution ended Wednesday as Mission District community leaders embraced and celebrated at the Centro Social Obrero building at Florida and 19th streets.  

A consortium of neighborhood nonprofits banded together to purchase a portion of the building, which the Mission Language and Vocational School had nearly lost in a messy legal battle. As of Wednesday, the nearly 100-year-old structure is once again a fully-fledged nonprofit hub.

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High workload and low pay leave Planning Commission roles out of reach for many

San Francisco Examiner | By Sasha Perigo

Planning commissioners might just have one of San Francisco’s hardest jobs.

The appointed Planning Commission oversees San Francisco’s Planning Department and has the final say on what gets built in San Francisco and where. In the midst of a severe housing crisis, commissioners face a lot of angry people and have a lot of work.

You might be surprised to learn then, that for all intents and purposes, planning commissioners are practically unpaid.

According to Planning Commission President Myrna Melgar, the commissioners’ workload can sometimes exceed 40–50 hours.

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Open Forum: Gov. Newsom, our kids depend on after-school programs

San Francisco Chronicle | By Myrna Melgar

A participant in an after-school program holds up arithmetic flashcards during the after-school program.

When Gavin Newsom took office as governor, advocates for children and families were optimistic.

Our optimism, however, was dampened once we saw his budget. While it expands access to community college and preschool, it left out a key campaign promise and priority he championed as mayor of San Francisco: after-school programs.

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Planning Commission gets 2 new members, but it wasn’t easy

San Francisco Chronicle | By J.K. Dineen

David Campos, Aaron Peskin, and Cindy Wu cheer on the local elected officials he's affiliated with at  the Jane Kim election night party at Oasis in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

It took a while, but San Francisco finally has a new Planning Commission. And it’s going to look a lot like the old Planning Commission.

After several weeks during which a series of prospective candidates said “no thanks” to the nearly irresistible offer of sitting through 10-hour meetings and getting beat up by the public on a weekly basis, two new commissioners have agreed to join the panel.

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