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Thursday in San Francisco: New health orders, ordinance aims to ban 'monster homes' in some neighborhoods and more

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By Sri Ravipati

Good morning, San Francisco! Welcome back to another daily roundup of local stories for Jan. 27.

New local health order changes effective Feb. 1

As COVID-19 cases appear to be peaking in San Francisco, officials announced on Thursday new local health order changes effective Feb. 1, KRON4 reports.

Office workers, gym members and other “stable cohorts” of people may remove masks indoors again if they are up to date on their eligible vaccinations.

Additionally, anyone can once again enter indoor “mega-events” of 500 people or more with a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccinations. (Masking would still be required).

Anyone with religious and medical exemptions to vaccination requirements is allowed in indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness centers, and other venues where food or drink is consumed if they have a negative COVID-19 test.

San Francisco’s indoor mask mandate remains in effect for most public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

San Francisco supervisor wants to limit ‘monster homes’ in these neighborhoods

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman on Tuesday proposed a law limiting the construction of luxury “monster homes” in the following residential neighborhoods:

  • Glen Park
  • Noe Valley
  • Dolores Heights
  • Mission Dolores
  • Diamond Heights
  • Twin Peaks
  • Eureka Valley

“I see a steady stream of older 1,200 or 1,500 square foot homes in neighborhoods like Noe Valley and Glen Park being converted into 5,000 square foot mega-mansions for one household that flip for $6 or $7 million,” Mandelman told CBS SF. “If you’re building 5,000 square feet of housing, you should be building housing for two, three, or four households in that building.”

Under the proposed ordinance, any new construction and residential expansion projects within these neighborhoods would be subject to new requirements.

Furthermore, single-family homes would not be allowed to exceed 4,000 square feet.

San Francisco ranks third-most valuable out largest U.S. metro areas

Meanwhile, homes are worth a total of $1.95 trillion in the San Francisco metro area — $1.2 trillion more than it was 10 years ago, KRON4 reports.

A new Zillow analysis found that San Francisco is the third-most valuable out of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas.

Here are the top 5:

  1. New York ($3.5 trillion)
  2. Los Angeles ($3.3 trillion)
  3. San Francisco ($2 trillion)
  4. Boston ($1.1 trillion)
  5. Washington, D.C. ($1.1 trillion)

Overall, U.S. housing gained nearly $7 trillion in value in 2021, breaking the previous record for a single year. The U.S. housing market is double what it was a decade ago during the Great Recession.

Moscone Center welcome back convention attendees

Over 11,000 people are in San Francisco this week to attend the Photonics West 2022 conference at the Moscone Center, CBS SF reports.

It's the Moscone Center's first big conference of the new year.

“Conventions generate, and the visitors who come to conventions, generate billions of dollars in our economy,” SF Travel President and CEO Joe D’Alessandro told CBS SF. “About 25% of all of our tourism revenue comes in through meetings and conventions.”

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