RELEASE: Jane Kim Urges Scott Wiener to Agree to Run a Positive Campaign

Jane Kim Urges Scott Wiener to Agree to Run a Positive Campaign

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim today urged her November opponent, Scott Wiener, to join her in pledging to run a positive campaign.

In a letter to Wiener, Kim noted the many important issues facing the residents of District 11, “Precisely because the challenges are so great, I believe that this election is too important to not focus on the solutions. And I would hope you agree and join me in issuing a pledge not to run any negative advertising during the course of the runoff election.”

By agreeing to this pledge, the candidates would not mention each other in any paid advertisements nor would they issue any personal attacks on their opponents. (Full text of the letter to Wiener and pledge are below.)

“This is a critical time for our region and we need strong leadership in Sacramento to help protect the people of the District and address these key challenges. Voters should have the opportunity to hear both of our ideas and weigh their merits,” wrote Kim. “A positive campaign pledge will help make that a reality.”

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June 29, 2016

Scott Wiener
Scott Wiener for State Senate 2016
4035 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

Dear Scott,

First of all, I want to congratulate you on advancing to the general election in November. After a spirited primary, I am ready and excited to continue to engage with you on how we can best create a California that works for all of us.

From housing to homelessness to creating middle class jobs to education, the challenges are great. And voters deserve to hear from both of us on how we will address these challenges. Over the years, I’ve been able to secure greater protections for tenants, new levels of affordable housing, more resources for our schools and help for homeless families. And I’ve proposed a number of concrete solutions to help make our District more affordable. I’m looking forward to continuing to discuss these issues with residents of District 11 over the next four months.

Precisely because the challenges are so great, I believe that this election is too important to not focus on the solutions. And I would hope you agree and join me in issuing a pledge not to run any negative advertising during the course of the runoff election. By agreeing to the attached pledge, we will not engage in personal attacks nor mention each other in any mail, television, digital or radio ads.

This is a critical time for our region and we need strong leadership in Sacramento to help protect the people of the District and address these key challenges. Voters should have the opportunity to hear both of our ideas and weigh their merits. A positive campaign pledge will help make that a reality.

Please join me – let’s keep it positive.

Sincerely,

Jane

Positive Campaign Pledge

As a candidate for California State Senate, District 11:

  1. I pledge to run my campaign in an honest and fair manner and to remain focused on the substantive issues important to residents of this District.
  2. My campaign shall not engage in, permit or condone any negative or defamatory attacks upon my opponent’s character.
  3. My campaign shall not mention my opponent in any paid advertising, including broadcast, cable, digital or mail.
  4. My campaign shall provide my opponent copies of all paid advertisements 24 hours before they are broadcast, posted or mailed.
  5. If my opponent or any independent group breaks this pledge, I will be permitted to respond to correct the record.

In signing this pledge, I agree to run a positive campaign consistent with the provisions above.

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Jane Kim                                                                      Date

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Scott Wiener                                                               Date

VIDEO: Jane Kim on Homelessness

Homelessness in San Francisco is a growing crisis that we can’t tackle alone. Homelessness is a statewide issue – and the entire state needs to help solve it. While big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles can and should do more, the reality is that many homeless individuals on our streets are not from our cities, they are from other cities or even out of state.

I’m proposing we declare a California state of emergency on homelessness. Please sign my petition to support this declaration here.

Homelessness: An Emergency We Cannot Ignore

Homelessness in San Francisco – and urban cities across the state – is a growing crisis that we can’t tackle alone.

Homelessness is a statewide issue – California’s homeless population is the largest in the nation and includes countless seniors, children, veterans and people with disabilities.

Make no mistake – we are in a state of emergency.

This is a statewide problem – and the entire state needs to help solve it. The top 5 cities in the United States with the highest rates of unsheltered homeless in 2015 are all in California. Los Angeles alone has seen a 20 percent rise in its overall homeless population from 2014 to 2015.

While big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles can and should do more, and do better, the reality is that many homeless individuals on our streets are not from our cities, they are from other cities or even out of state.

So we must treat homelessness as a regional issue and ask the state for assistance in order to successfully and compassionately address homelessness as one connected challenge, not the sole responsibility of big cities.

That’s why I’m proposing we declare a California state of emergency on homelessness. Please sign my petition to support this declaration.

Sign the petition to ask California to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness.

The state recently took away funds for redevelopment that would have helped fund affordable housing to help those who need it most get off the street. But without the resources, cities are struggling to do more with less.

This problem is not a recent development. It’s been brewing for decades. The federal and state government have retreated their resources for homeless individuals and mental health services. And now with the cost of living in California skyrocketing, the problem has been exacerbated.

Progress is starting to be made. State Senate Democrats recently introduced a plan to provide up to $2 billion for local agencies to construct permanent housing for those living on the streets with psychological disorders. It’s a great first step, and we need to support their efforts to get the legislation passed.

But we need to go further. If California declares a state of emergency on homelessness, cities can receive state funding and staffing resources needed to build more affordable housing, funds to provide more shelter beds, funds for rent subsidies, personnel to provide mental health services and counseling and so much more.

No city in California has been immune to homelessness, and no city can successfully address this problem on its own. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to help our homeless population – especially by creating more affordable housing in our immensely expensive city – but it’s simply not possible to address homelessness in our current budget climate without state assistance.

It’s time to act. Please sign my petition to tell our state government that we need to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness.

Addressing homelessness is not impossible. There are solutions out there – we need to do it together.

Join Congressman Joaquin Castro and me for breakfast next week!

As ballots are still being counted this week, our campaign has pulled ahead of our opponent in San Francisco! We are looking forward to heading into the general election with the wind at our backs – and you can help keep the momentum going!
Congressman Castro is a rising star in the Democratic Party. Elected to Congress to represent Texas’ 20th Congressional District in 2012, he has worked to strengthen education, make college more affordable and support the creation of good-paying middle class jobs. We share a commitment to making sure our government works for all of us – not the special interests.

What: Fundraiser with special guest Congressman Joaquín Castro

When: Thursday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
With VIP Reception from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Where: Keker & Van Nest, 633 Battery Street, San Francisco

Tickets: $250 VIP, $100 General Admission, $50 Young Professional / Senior
For more information contact: Davi Lang at davi@janekim.orgI am so honored to have had your support throughout the primary and proud of the work our team has done! Even if you cannot attend the event, please donate $25, $50 or $100 online now! I hope to see you soon!
Sincerely,
Jane Kim

Thank You District 11!

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the many voters in District 11 who cast their ballot for me and have supported our campaign for State Senate from the beginning. I especially want to thank the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who came out, rain or shine to knock on doors in every neighborhood of the district.

I have gotten this far because of you – and we will win in November because our campaign is the only one with the strong, progressive coalition behind it and the volunteer network that makes the real difference with voters on the ground.

My opponent declined the voluntary spending limit so he could continue raising an unlimited amount of money, and he outspent us by more than 2-1. He also had most of the traditional political establishment behind him. But the powerful coalition we have built has sent a clear message – that our city is not for sale and it’s not for rent either. It is time for voters, not big corporations and special interests, to have the biggest say in our government. What last night showed is that we are ready for a city and a state that work for all of us.

I am more determined than ever to keep fighting for the values we believe in – affordable housing for our low- and middle-income families, good jobs, humane solutions to the homelessness crisis and pathways to higher education for all students. I will continue to fight for you through November and in the State Senate.

Sincerely,

Jane Kim

Dolores Huerta Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

We’re kicking off Election Day with great news: Dolores Huerta has endorsed our campaign!

Huerta is a lifelong advocate for working families and women’s and civil rights. She embodies what this campaign is all about – working people and families fighting for a community that works for all of us.

It is a tremendous honor to have the support of a living legend like Dolores Huerta. And I hope you will join her along with the Affordable Housing Alliance, San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, SEIU California, the San Francisco Tenants Union and so many more in supporting my campaign for State Senate.

Do you know where you are voting today? Click here to find your voting location.

From my days as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, School Board President and Supervisor, I’ve been fighting for working families. I’m proud of the work I’ve done to raise the minimum wage, negotiate record levels of affordable housing and fight for stronger after school and early childhood education, but I know we need strong leaders in Sacramento to make sure that everyone has good opportunities.

As your next State Senator, I will continue to fight to make all basic job training in California community colleges free so more workers can lift themselves into the middle class. I’ll also continue to fight to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness so the entire state is mobilized to help house the homeless.

I’m so thankful for Dolores Huerta’s endorsement and for her work to create a more just society for everyone. Huerta’s support for this campaign is emblematic of how important this race is for the future of the Bay Area. I’d be honored to have your vote today in order to continue fighting for a California that works for all of us.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Make sure you vote at the polls today or if you still have your absentee ballot, drop it off at any polling place by 8:00 p.m. tonight or get it to the post office. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 7 and received by local county elections officials by June 10.

Tom Ammiano: Jane Kim is the Progressive Choice

Special letter from Tom Ammiano:

I know both candidates running for State Senate very well.

That’s why I am firmly backing Jane Kim. She’s the only candidate who will stand up and fight for us, not the big corporations like the other candidate.

Jane Kim is a leader who wrote and passed strong new protections for renters. She wrote the local ordinance raising the minimum wage. Jane is standing up to developers and the real estate lobby to win historic new levels of affordable housing. She is a former school board president who understands that we need to invest in our kids. And I am so proud to support her new effort to make community college free for everyone, so we can help more Californians get the skills they need to find high-wage jobs.

Her opponent? Well let’s just say there is a reason why the big corporations back him.

I know just how much power the big corporations have in Sacramento. We need a fighter like Jane Kim standing up for us, not a corporate-backed politician like her opponent.

Teachers, nurses, women’s groups, California Democratic Party Chair and lifelong progressive champion John Burton and so many others join me in standing with Jane Kim for State Senate.

I hope you will join us in electing this incredible champion to represent us in the State Senate. Please sign our pledge and don’t forget to vote Jane Kim for State Senate.

Sincerely,

Tom Ammiano

P.S. If you have an absentee ballot – please mail it as soon as you can to make sure it arrives in time. If not – remember that Election Day is coming quickly on June 7! Cast your ballot for Jane Kim at City Hall or find your local polling place here.Ammiano Photo