Jane Kim Campaign Releases “Not Hip to Evict” Response Ad After Corporate Candidate Scott Weiner’s Backers Dance to “Hip to be Square”

San Francisco, CA – Today, Supervisor Jane Kim’s campaign for State Senate launched a rapid response to the “Hip to be Square” video launched by corporate candidate Scott Wiener’s tech and real estate backers. Today’s political ad, which uses the 1980s bar tune of the same name, tries to re-brand the landlord-backed candidate as a “hip dude.”

Christopher Vasquez, Jane Kim’s campaign manager, said simply, “It’s not hip to evict, Scott.”

Vasquez continued, “This new ad by Wiener’s corporate backers is brought to you by the same team that helped a tech billionaire try to buy the city government.”

It is a very expensive production featuring the catchy 80s Bar Tune “Hip to be Square” and it was produced by the same people who a few years ago had tech billionaires wiggle with joy in a video at the prospect of seizing power at City Hall. That tech billionaire is Ron Conway, who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money attacking Jane Kim.

This is just the latest in a now million-dollar-plus push from the powerful to elect Scott Wiener.

The funds behind the video, and the overall effort supporting Wiener, include sizable contributions from Chevron, the landlord lobby, a Republican billionaire from Houston who wants to end fair pensions for seniors, the Republican couple behind trying to overturn rent control, and the people behind trying to privatize our public schools.

“There is nothing hip about an 80s style corporate candidate Scott Wiener who believes Reagan-style housing policies will solve San Francisco’s housing crisis,” Vasquez said.

You can watch Jane Kim’s response ad here.

The full text of Jane Kim’s ad is below:

Scott Wiener may love the 80s but we’re not talking about bad hair and shoulder pads. 

Corporate candidate Scott Wiener is all about failed housing policies and taking support from the people trying to overturn rent control.

Tell Scott Wiener: It’s not hip to evict.

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Congressman Mike Honda Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Congressman Mike Honda endorsed San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim in her race for State Senate District 11. Congressman Honda cited Jane’s commitment to an affordable Bay Area and her wide-ranging experience in making his endorsement.

“Our region is changing rapidly. Jane understands that we must foster this change, but also meet it with compassion. As our region prospers, we must make sure no one is left behind. Jane is the champion our working and middle class families, teachers, students, seniors and renters need in the State Senate,” said Congressman Honda.

He continued, “Jane is extraordinarily qualified to be District 11’s next State Senator. She’s proven time and time again she won’t duck away from a tough fight – she led the fight for the most progressive minimum wage increase in the country, negotiated unprecedented levels of affordable housing in new developments and strengthened San Francisco’s public schools and increased funding to after-school programs. I look forward to working with her and seeing what she will accomplish in our fight for a California for all of us.”

“I thank Congressman Honda for his support,” said Kim. “Congressman Honda is a lifelong public servant who has dedicated himself to fighting for working and middle-class families. He’s never swayed from that commitment. We have a common vision for the Bay Area and California – one where prosperity is shared among many, not just a few at the top. I’ve admired the Congressman’s progressive policies over the years. It’s such an honor to have his support.”

Congressman Honda joins the Sierra Club, California’s teachers and nurses, EMILY’s List, Senator Bernie Sanders, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, Assemblymember Phil Ting, the Affordable Housing Alliance, democratic clubs across the district and hundreds of distinguished elected and community leaders. You can see Jane Kim’s full endorsement list at www.JaneKim.org/endorsements.

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FACTS OVER ATTACKS: MORE BASELESS ATTACKS FROM SCOTT WIENER

100% Negative Campaign Is 100% Misleading Voters

Scott Wiener’s campaign for State Senate continues to live up to the promise that it will be 100% negative – and is now 100% misleading voters.

In a recent mailer and TV ad, Wiener claims that Jane Kim choose Academy of Art University over protections for tenants. This claim is untrue – and Scott Wiener knows it.

Jane Kim has a long-record standing up for the rights of renters, including authoring tough new protections for tenants to prevent greed-incentivized evictions. That’s why she’s won the endorsement of every major tenants’ rights group in San Francisco, including the Affordable Housing Alliance and San Francisco Tenants Union.

As reported by the San Francisco Examiner, when legislation to prevent conversions by AAU and other institutions came to the board, Kim asked to delay the vote for one month – not indefinitely as Wiener’s misleading mailer implies. Said Kim, “I agree with the intent. I think we should encourage new construction and we shouldn’t cannibalize existing rental housing stock. I just want additional time to work on these outstanding issues.” [San Francisco Examiner, 9/1/12]

Of course, none of this is news to Wiener: his mail piece misleadingly excerpts from that article. Here is the full passage (and in bold is what Wiener selectively quoted in his mailer):

The measure passed 9-2, with Supervisor Jane Kim hoping to stall its passage until September to allow for additional talks on creating a way to monitor student housing development and possibly grandfather in certain institutions. Under Wiener’s ordinance, not-for-profit universities such as the San Francisco Art Institute would be grandfathered in and would able to convert some housing.

“I agree with the intent,” Kim said. “I think we should encourage new construction and we shouldn’t cannibalize existing rental housing stock. I just want additional time to work on these outstanding issues.”

When the final legislation came before the Board in September, Kim voted for it – as Wiener must know. In another article he misleadingly excerpts, it’s reported that the measure passed unanimously, with Kim supporting. [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/9/12] Further, as that story notes, Kim had been asked for the delay by a member of the Mayor’s office, Jason Elliott, who confirmed asking for the continuance. [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/9/12]

In a television version of this false attack, the ad also claims that Jane Kim got “thousands of contributions” from AAU. In truth, Jane received 4 individual contributions from AAU personnel in 2010 and 2011, totaling $2000.  (Source: SF Ethics Commission, data pulled 9/19/16) Dennis Herrera who is featured in Scott’s ad also took $2000 from employees of AAU in his various election campaigns.

As a point of comparison, Scott Wiener has already taken $16,800 from Thomas Coates and his wife for his State Senate race. Coates famously spent nearly a million of his own money to ban rent control in California.

Wiener, of course, has a troubled history when it comes to supporting tenants’ rights. In addition to the thousands of dollars he’s taking from anti-rent control and anti-Ellis Act advocates, he also opposed a key provision of Jane Kim’s Tenant Protection 2.0. If Wiener had had his way, tenants could have been evicted for having roommates – even if those roommates were within the allowed capacity for the rental unit.

“Scott Wiener knows he’s lying to voters and he’s doing it anyway,” said Christopher Vasquez. “Jane asked for a one-month delay to work out some outstanding issues and then she supported the final legislation. Scott was there – he knows how she voted, he knows she was for it. But he also knows that he has a terrible record standing up for renters so he’s trying to smear Jane Kim to cover that up. This is just the latest in Scott Wiener’s fact-free, 100% negative campaign. It won’t work because voters know Jane will stand up for them while Scott only stands up for the special interests.”

Community Leaders Speak Out Against Corporate-Funded Attacks on Jane Kim

Prominent leaders in the LGBTQ community are speaking out against new televised attack ads against San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim. These false and misleading ads are funded through contributions from special interests including landlords, realtors and charter schools to Equality California Political Action Committee. We respect the work of EQCA to fight for the LGBTQ community, but are disappointed with their engagement in these attacks.

Longtime activist Cleve Jones, former State Senator Carole Migden, former State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club have all weighed in to urge EQCA PAC to stop this attack on a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community. Thank you to all of these community leaders who have spoken out against these corporate-funded attacks.

Read the full text of their letters here:

RELEASE: Sierra Club, California Environmental Justice Alliance Action Endorse Jane Kim for State Senate

San Francisco, CA – Today, Jane Kim received the endorsement of two major environmental advocacy organizations – the Sierra Club and the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action (CEJA Action). The groups backed Kim based on her strong environmental record and deep understanding of the issues facing our state.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive the endorsements of the Sierra Club and California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, two respected champions of our environment and our neighborhoods,” said Kim. “California is a leader on the environment, but there is more we can do to reduce the use of fossil fuels, address the effects of climate change which are most severe in disenfranchised communities and encourage the development of sustainable communities. We need to build neighborhoods with affordable housing, bike and pedestrian pathways and invest in public transit options that get workers out of their cars. A California that works for all of us includes a California that fiercely combats climate change. I’m looking forward to partnering with the Sierra Club and the California Environmental Justice Alliance Action in the State Senate.”

“We’re proud to endorse Jane Kim for State Senate. From her work protecting CEQA to her efforts to promote sustainable communities, she has built a strong record in San Francisco and we know she’ll leave a strong legacy in Sacramento as well,” said Becky Evans, Chair of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter. “Jane will be an ally in the effort to promote renewable energy, protect open spaces, expand transit and strategically plan our cities to lessen our environmental impacts and promote healthy communities.”

“Jane Kim has the type of vision and policy know-how we need in Sacramento,” said Strela Cervas, Co-Director of CEJA Action. “She understands that environmental protection doesn’t exist in its own silo but has ramifications with our economic and social policies, and impacts low-income communities of color first and worst. We need leaders who take an integrated approach to our environment to make sure we’re protecting our planet and ensuring our most vulnerable communities benefit from equitable environmental policies.”

As a San Francisco Supervisor, Kim worked to promote smart growth policies that included mixed income housing, paired with open spaces and access to transit. She worked to protect open spaces and make our communities more livable by improving existing parks and acquiring new ones. She was a leading voice in adopting San Francisco’s Vision Zero policy to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. And she worked to make CEQA challenges more accessible and transparent, while prioritizing public projects such as pedestrian and bike lane improvements and 100% affordable housing projects.

RELEASE: Jane Kim Calls for “Compassion Clause” in Costa-Hawkins to Help Families that Have Suffered Loss of Loved Ones

Jane Kim Calls for “Compassion Clause” in Costa-Hawkins to Help Families that Have
Suffered Loss of Loved Ones
Call Comes in the Wake of a San Francisco Man Facing Doubling of Rent After Death of Partner

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim today called upon elected leaders in Sacramento to work to reform Costa-Hawkins to provide a compassion exemption on rent increases in cases where there is a loss of close family members. Costa-Hawkins allows landlords to raise rents with any change in the occupancy of a unit; recently, in San Francisco, a management company raised the rent of a man within weeks of his partner having committed suicide.

“There is no doubt we need wholesale reform of Costa-Hawkins and I’ll push for that in Sacramento,” said Kim. “But we can start by helping people like Chris Holden who first suffered from the loss of his longtime partner and then was hit with an unaffordable rent increase. When tenants lose loved ones, they shouldn’t also face losing their homes.”

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Christopher Holden shared a studio apartment with his partner of five years. Two weeks after his partner committed suicide, the management company holding their lease notified Holden that his rent would nearly double. Chris’ partner had been the primary leaseholder and the increase was allowable under Costa-Hawkins.

Today, Jane Kim is calling for a “compassion clause” to Costa-Hawkins that would prohibit rent increases for one year after the death of a family member, even if that resulted in a change in occupancy. Annual rent adjustments would still be allowed.

“The very least we can do as a compassionate society is to allow family to have time to grieve, pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild their lives. The law right now, however, allows landlords to pile economic distress onto emotional upheaval,” said Kim. “And while I know the vast majority of landlords would never use such a tragedy as an excuse to increase prices, we need to have protections for people like Chris.”

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Jane Kim: It’s Time for the People’s Pledge to End Special Interest Spending

State Senate Candidate Urges Opponent Scott Wiener to Join with Her to Discourage Outside “Independent Expenditure” Spending by Adopting Elizabeth Warren’s People’s Pledge

San Francisco, CA – Last week, San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim urged her opponent, Scott Wiener, to sign a clean campaign pledge to take negative advertising and personal attacks out of the race. Wiener responded by hotly defending his “right” to attack Kim and then later to ridicule the entire idea of running a positive campaign. Today, Kim is urging Wiener to sign the well-known People’s Pledge to keep independent expenditures and third parties out of the race.

“It’s clear now that Scott wants to run a negative campaign and that’s unfortunate for voters. I’m happy to consider any counterproposals from him on how to keep our own campaigns directed on the issues. But we must also address the outside forces that could enter into this local debate. That’s why we are redoubling our efforts to create a clean and substantive campaign by urging Scott to sign the People’s Pledge to discourage outside negative attacks. In a time of Citizens United, outside spending by special interests has gotten out of control. It’s time for the People’s Pledge because this is one thing we both can do to leave the decision to voters, not big corporations and special interests,” said Kim.

The People’s Pledge was first created in the U.S. Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown in 2012. It required that if any independent groups ran advertising in the race, the person benefitting from those ads would donate half the total spend to the charity of their opponent’s choice. For example, if a third party group ran a TV ad benefitting Brown with a total budget of $100,000, Brown would have been required to donate $50,000 to a charity of Warren’s choice.

The Pledge was largely successful in reducing the role of third parties; a later study from Common Cause Massachusetts found, “Outside group spending made up just 9% of total spending in Massachusetts. By comparison, outside groups outspent the candidates in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ohio by 34% on average. Outside group spending in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ohio made up 62%, 64%, and 47% of total spending respectively.”

In the primary election for State Senate, independent expenditure organizations spent more than $340,000 to assist Scott Wiener (more than 5 times the amount such groups spent supporting Kim).

Text of the People’s Pledge sent from Kim to Wiener is below.

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The People’s Pledge

Because outside third party organizations – including but not limited to individuals, corporations, 527 organizations, 501(c) organizations, SuperPACs, and national and state party committees – may air, and may continue to air, and/or direct mail independent expenditure advertisements and issue advertisements either supporting or attacking Supervisor Jane Kim or Supervisor Scott Wiener (individually the “Candidate” and collectively the “Candidates”); and

Because these groups function as independent expenditure organizations that are outside the direct control of any of the Candidates; and

Because the Candidates agree that they do not approve of such independent expenditure advertisements and/or direct mail, and want those advertisements and/or direct mail to immediately cease and desist for the duration of the 2016 general election cycle; and

Because the Candidates recognize that, in order to help provide for a State Senate runoff election free of advertisements paid for by third party organizations, the Candidates must agree to, and abide by, an enforcement mechanism that runs not to the third party organizations, but, instead to the Candidates’ own campaigns.

The Candidates on behalf of their respective campaigns hereby agree to the following:

  1. In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail in support of a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  2. In the event that a third party organization airs any independent expenditure broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail in opposition of a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, the opposing Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  3. In the event that a third party organization airs any broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail that promotes or supports a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  4. In the event that a third party organization airs any broadcast (including radio), cable, satellite, online advertising and/or direct mail that attacks or opposes a named, referenced (including by title) or otherwise identified Candidate, that Candidate’s campaign shall, within three (3) days of discovery of the advertisement buy’s cost, duration and source, pay 50% of the cost of that advertising buy and related costs to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.
  5. The Candidates and their campaigns agree that neither they nor anyone acting on their behalf shall coordinate with any third party on any paid advertising and/or direct mail for the duration of the 2016 election cycle. In the event that either Candidate or their campaign or anyone acting on their behalf coordinates any paid advertisement and/or direct mail with a third party organization that Candidate’s campaign shall pay 50% of the cost of the advertisement buy and/or direct mail to a charity of the opposing Candidate’s choice.

Penalties for Breach

In the event that the undersigned candidate fails to make the charitable donation within the three-day time requirement, then the charitable donation shall double the required amount for an additional five days after which if the charitable contribution is not made, then the charitable donation shall increase an additional amount representing an increase of 50% to the immediately preceding required charitable amount.

The Candidates and their campaigns agree to continue to work together to limit the influence of third party advertisements and to close any loopholes (including coverage of sham ads) that arise in this agreement during the course of the campaign.

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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Jane-Kim-California-State-Senate

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.

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