Local officials say residential construction of all kinds is necessary to address the region’s housing crisis. The exemption means affordable housing projects are moving forward, too.“San Francisco is experiencing a housing shortage and creating more housing has consistently been Mayor [London] Breed’s top priority in office,” said Sarah Owens, a spokeswoman for the mayor. “It was deemed necessary to continue building housing so that people can afford to live in San Francisco.”Still, the sight of construction crews in the midst of a pandemic has reignited neighborhood debates in one of the wealthiest places in the world — only now, disputes are also about how construction projects impact public health and vulnerable workers, in addition to the housing crisis.High-end construction “will never stop because the money’s endless,” says David Berke, owner of Executive Roofing in San Jose. On the peninsula, which is home to the headquarters of Facebook, Google and Apple, he and others are working on construction for a high-level Apple engineer, an early investor in a public tech company and a “massive project” for a Google executive.Construction hammers on in other cities as well, such as infrastructure projects across the Washington region and the building of the SoFi Stadium


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