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?