Newly re-elected Board of Supervisor’s president, David Chui, handed the Castro’s Scott Wiener the reins to one of the City’s most plum appointments: Chair of the Land Use & Economic Development Committee.
The three member Land Use Committee will be the site of some of the year’s biggest debates, including the waterfront Warriors Arena project, micro apartment development in the Castro, ongoing city projects like the rise of massive new builds in Dogpatch and a myriad of other as yet undisclosed projects. As Chair of the committee Mr. Wiener’s position as a major player within City politics continue on it’s projection up the ladder of real movers and shakers.
His appointment caught some people a bit by surprise as the moderate Mr. Wiener hadn’t supported Mr. Chui’s re-election as B.O.S. head at first. Adding to the pressure to keep him out of positions of power like this one is his combative stand on public nudity and what some have called a zealous joy of legislation as answers to issues and problems facing the City from homelessness to land/parcel environmental approval processes.
Additionally a group of vocal citizen’s united under the banner of the Vibrant Castro Neighborhood Alliance (VCNA) had initiated a Change.org petition beseeching President Chui and other members of the Board to oppose Supervisor Wiener receiving any chair positions on any of City committee let alone one as coveted and powerful as this role has historically been.
“Many City hall insiders felt a chill pass through them on hearing of the appointment.”, a City Hall Staffer anonymously confided to me. They fear Supervisor Wiener’s historic and ongoing cozy relationships with land hungry developers working within City limits, some of whom contributed to his campaign coffers in 2008, could translate into even more unchecked and unwanted rapid building growth.