Since 2004, I have shared my endorsements for the November election cycle with my friends and community. This year is yet another opportunity to insert your voice into the democratic process and affect positive change. Here are my endorsements for November 3, 2015.
After years of growing concern and anxiety about displacement in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, a plan being unveiled at noon today will establish an official Filipino social and cultural district to preserve what is left of the Filipino-American community there.
On the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, Supervisor Jane Kim and Filipino community leaders will announce legislation to establish SoMa Pilipinas, a district that would highlight more than 25 historic buildings, sites and objects to honor SoMa as a center for Filipino-American culture in San Francisco.
A city ordinance that has failed to produce more than a pair of below-market-rate housing sites for the formerly homeless in 13 years could be strengthened in the upcoming election, Supervisor Jane Kim said.
San Franciscans will have a chance Nov. 3 to expand The City’s surplus property ordinance by voting for Proposition K, a measure unanimously supported by the Board of Supervisors and Mayor’s Office.
For decades, the Bay Area’s strength has been in the diversity of innovators, immigrants, artists, and entrepreneurs who call the region home. But in recent years, many no longer feel they can afford to stay in the region. We are in grave danger of losing the backbone of the Bay Area — our middle-class families.
Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for State Senate District 11 to fight to keep the region affordable for the very people who make the Bay Area the place everyone wants to call home.
I represent a compassionate vision — one that believes we must do more to lift families out of poverty and to protect families struggling to stay ahead.
In the last five years, I successfully passed the strongest and most progressive minimum wage ordinance in the country, raising our minimum wage to $15 per hour. I challenged San Francisco to make the City more affordable by mandating that 33% of all new housing built be affordable for low- and middle-income households. I established the forward thinking standard that 40% of housing built on public land be affordable to these same households. I passed the boldest tenant protections to counter frivolous and profit-incentivized evictions. I have also transformed blighted parks and pushed for protected bike lanes to help reduce traffic congestion and our carbon footprint. And I’ve worked to close the achievement and opportunity gap by increasing funds for our public schools.
These are my values, but they are also a reflection of my work as a community organizer, School Board member, and now San Francisco Supervisor.
The communities of San Francisco, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco deserve a tireless and proven advocate in Sacramento. Housing the homeless, building more affordable housing, creating good paying jobs, relieving traffic gridlock, and providing educational opportunities are all statewide issues.
My record demonstrates that I am an effective and committed legislator. We have an important choice ahead — will we watch our neighbors move because they can no longer afford to live here or do we fight together to remain a diverse region of innovation and opportunity?
A three-part initiative to facilitate awareness of sexual assault and improve aid to sexual assault victims on San Francisco college and university campuses was announced on Sept. 22 by District Attorney George Gascón, Supervisor Jane Kim, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, University of San Francisco President Paul Fitzgerald and other educational leaders.
The press conference began when Fitzgerald introduced Gascón, who cited that statistically 1 in 5 college students is a victim of sexual assault but less than 5 percent ever report it, adding these numbers are “completely unacceptable.”