AFSCME Council 57 and Daly City Mayor Sal Torres Endorse Jane Kim for State Senate

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim announced today that she has earned the sole endorsement of AFSCME Council 57 and Daly City Mayor Sal Torres. These endorsements come just days after former State Senator and California Democratic Party Chair* John Burton announced his support for Kim and are the latest in a series of high profile endorsements for Kim since she announced her candidacy in October.

“Like many families in California, our members struggle with skyrocketing housing prices and rising costs of living. We support Jane Kim because she will fight for our members and families who are just trying to make ends meet but are being squeezed from all sides. We need her voice in Sacramento to make sure that as our state prospers, so do the residents who make this a great place to live,” said AFSCME Council 57 President Cynthia McCabe.

“I’m standing with Jane Kim because I know she’ll stand with the people of Daly City,” said Sal Torres. “Our residents need a champion in the state capitol who will work to create good-paying jobs, more affordable housing and improved educational opportunities. Jane Kim understands good policy but more than that, she has the courage of her convictions and will stand up to anyone to do what is right. As Daly City’s Mayor I look forward to partnering with Jane to create more economic opportunities for Daly City. I’m proud to endorse her.”

“I hear the same stories all too often: families who have lived in our region for decades can’t afford to stay. Workers who find their paychecks don’t go as far as they used to. Seniors and students who wonder if the next rent increase will be the one that forces them out. I’m running for State Senate to fight for all these people, and I’m honored to have the support of AFSCME Council 57 and Mayor Torres in this fight,” said Jane Kim.

AFSCME and Torres join a growing coalition of support for Jane Kim, including Burton, the California Nurses Association, IBEW Local 1245, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, United Educators of San Francisco, Assemblymember Phil Ting, former State Senator Carole Migden, former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Norman Yee and Aaron Peskin and current Daly City Councilmember Ray Buenaventura. Read the full list at www.JaneKim.org/endorsements.

*Organization for identification purposes only.

In Wake of Super Bowl 50 Debacle, Supervisor Kim to Offer Legislation to Ensure Future Agreements Protect Taxpayers

San Francisco, CA – Taxpayers in San Francisco were shocked to find that they would be picking up the tab for costs related to Super Bowl 50 corporate marketing parties. Supervisor Jane Kim, who has pushed for the city to be reimbursed by the NFL and Super Bowl Host committee, will soon offer legislation to ensure that this situation doesn’t happen again. Kim plans to introduce the draft ordinance before the Board in coming weeks.

“We should never, never have been put in a position where taxpayers were subsidizing events hosted by some of the most profitable companies in the world. I’m going to continue to fight for reimbursement but I’m also acting now to make sure this never happens again,” said Kim.

Her new draft ordinance will require the City of San Francisco to enter into formal agreements with any entity that is hosting an event lasting more than 24 hours and that requires a fee to attend. San Francisco had no such agreement with the Super Bowl Host Committee while Santa Clara, which is hosting the actual Super Bowl, had a very firm agreement not to pay for associated costs.

Kim’s ordinance will also include provisions to ensure that a fiscal feasibility analysis be performed for any agreement to determine potential costs to the City and that the agreements are submitted to the Board of Supervisors for review – neither step was undertaken with the Super Bowl corporate marketing parties. Finally, the ordinance will require that a liability waiver be included in any agreement so taxpayers are not forced to pay for unforeseen accidents that could occur at privately-run and hosted events.

“The multi-billion dollar NFL is asking San Francisco taxpayers to hand over more than $4.5 million to pay for their marketing parties – and if there is an accident, we could be liable for many times that amount,” said Kim. “We need protections in place now so hardworking taxpayers will never again be left holding the bill for billion dollar companies.”