This is a story of a beer garden, a bread factory, and a tree that must die. It's about a special power San Franciscans hold, a bureaucratic button anyone can push to halt any construction project.
Known as discretionary review, some say the process gives people a voice in the future of their neighborhoods. But at a time when California needs 2 million new housing units, it slows down new construction and drives up housing costs.
As elected officials work accelerate new housing construction, new laws and directives make changes to discretionary review likely.