Corrections Page

Mayor Newsom Is 41

On February 22, 2009, both the New York Times and the Associated Press inaccurately reported Mayor Newsom’s age. He is 41. He was born on October 10, 1967.

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Chronicle corrects quote in misleading Robert Selna article

The San Francisco Chronicle deserves recognition for running a correction of a quote in an article by Robert Selna that was featured here on the Corrections Page.

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The Corrections Page in the News

The San Francisco Examiner deserves recognition for running a story today about the Corrections Page. It is worth noting that, in addition to the Corrections Page, in our online Press Room we have a page devoted to recognizing excellent media coverage, the Newsroom.

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Misleading articles by Robert Selna about New Mission Theater veto

On Saturday, February 7, 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a misleading article by Robert Selna, “Popular bar may violate zoning,” the second in a series that may leave readers with the false impression that Mayor Gavin Newsom, in vetoing legislation concerning the New Mission Theater, did something improper. In fact, the Mayor made a thoughtful, well-reasoned policy decision based only on the merits.

The Chronicle’s readers deserve to know the actual rationale behind the Mayor’s veto. The New Mission Theater site has been proposed for development of a mixed-use project that includes heights up to 85 feet along Mission Street. This project has been under review at the Planning Department since July 2005. The proposed development would, among other benefits, rehabilitate, restore and reactivate the long dormant New Mission Theater, a San Francisco landmark, provide neighborhood-serving child care services, reactivate the theater use, and increase the City’s housing supply by constructing market-rate and below market-rate units on one of the City’s most transit-intensive streets.

The height reduction proposed by this ordinance is inconsistent with the Planning Department’s and Commission’s original recommendation for the site, the General Plan policy of encouraging preservation of historically significant buildings, encouraging housing along major transit corridors and revitalizing underutilized properties along key neighborhood commercial corridors. Mayor Newsom’s staff, working with Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s office, made good faith efforts to amend this ordinance to address several of the policy concerns raised by members of the Board, including adding additional language to clarify the preservation requirements for the theater. These attempts at compromise were not accepted.

Based on all of the above factors, the Mayor determined that a veto of this ordinance is in the best interests of the City.

Read the Mayor’s veto letter here.

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