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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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City Hall Voting Center Will Be Open and Welcoming Voters on the Two Weekends Before the Election

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SAN FRANCISCO, Thursday, October 27, 2016 – To date, nearly 3,400 voters cast their vote in the November 8 election at the City Hall Voting Center. To expand voting opportunities, the Department of Elections will extend the City Hall Voting Center hours, adding weekend hours.

Starting this Saturday, October 29, the City Hall Voting Center will be open every day through Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 during these hours:

  • Monday-Friday, through November 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, October 29–30 and November 5–6,10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the public must enter City Hall on Grove Street)
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Department’s phone bank, (415) 554-4375, will also be open during these hours, with staff available to provide assistance in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Filipino, and many other languages. Staff members will also respond to inquiries received through the Department’s public email, sfvote@sfgov.org.

Those who come to the Voting Center to cast their vote this weekend are encouraged to also visit the Poll Worker Recruitment office located in City Hall, Room 43 B. The recruitment office will be open this weekend to process applicants for standby poll worker positions. For every election, the Department of Elections recruits approximately 100 standby poll workers who help ensure that the Department can provide replacements in case other poll workers become unavailable to volunteer on Election Day.

For more information about the November 8 election, visit sfelections.org or call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375.

 

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

Court-Ordered Voter Registration for the November 8 Election

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Wednesday, October 26, 2016 –The Department of Elections provides a Voter Registration Status Lookup tool on sfelections.org for people to determine if they are registered to vote. People who prefer to call instead of going online can contact the Department at (415) 554-4375.

Those who believe they should be registered to vote even though the Department’s records indicate otherwise can take action to allow the Department to process their registration for the November 8 election.

State election law authorizes court-ordered registration under certain circumstances, such as if a person completed an Affidavit of Registration (i.e., a voter registration card) before the October 24 registration deadline, but:

  • The Department did not receive the Affidavit
  • The Department received the Affidavit after the deadline, or
  • The Department’s record shows different information from what the person believes he or she provided on the Affidavit.

Information about court-ordered registration and the process to petition the Superior Court is available on the home page of the Department’s website, sfelections.org, under “Key Election Links.” Additionally, the Department urges anyone with questions about the court-ordered registration process to contact the Department as soon as possible.

If the court finds that a person registered in time for the November 8 election, he or she must bring the writ from the court to the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48. The person can then complete a voter registration card and cast a ballot at the Department’s Voting Center in City Hall.

People who cannot appear at the court before or on Election Day can still vote, but they must vote a provisional ballot. After Election Day, they can petition the court to compel the Department to count their provisional ballot, but must do so before the election results are certified. The Department expects to certify results 3-4 weeks after Election Day.

The Department’s goal is to ensure that all eligible San Franciscans are able to vote in the November 8 election. To that end, the Department urges voters with questions to contact the Department as soon as possible. The Department’s telephone lines are open:

  • Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The two weekends before the election, October 29–30 and November 5–6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and
  • On Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Telephone assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino, and via interpreter in many other languages.

 

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
sfelections.org

New Citizens and New San Francisco Residents Can Still Register to Vote

Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
John Arntz, Director

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Although the voter registration deadline for the November 8 election has passed, state law allows exceptions for people who become citizens or move to San Francisco after the close of registration.

New Citizen Registration Period
Those who become citizens after October 24 may register and vote at the Department of Elections office anytime up until the close of polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.  New citizens must present proof of citizenship and declare that they have established residence in California. They will then complete a Voter Registration Form to receive and vote a ballot at the City Hall Voting Center and to be registered to vote in future elections The Department of Elections looks forward to welcoming new citizens who will be sworn in at the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services ceremony at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on November 2 to register and vote in the November 8 election.

New Resident Registration Period
Those who become San Francisco residents after October 24 may register and vote at the Department of Elections office anytime up until Tuesday, November 1.  New residents must complete a Voter Registration Form to receive and vote a ballot at the City Hall Voting Center and to be registered to vote in future elections. New residents are eligible to vote only for president and vice president and must complete and sign a statement under penalty of perjury attesting that they are residents of San Francisco.

Anyone with questions about the upcoming election is encouraged to call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, write to sfvote@sfgov.org, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.

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Department of Elections
City and County of San Francisco
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4375
sfelections.org

SF Examiner: Nurses Say Jane Kim for State Senate to heal California

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This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Examiner.

 By: Maureen Dugan on October 20, 2016.

There’s a heartbreak to any patient’s cancer diagnosis. So imagine watching my recent patient fight through treatment, knowing that when she exited the hospital, onto San Francisco’s streets, her health would simply unravel because she has no home, no shelter, nowhere to go.

As a registered nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center for 27 years — and a San Franciscan going back generations — I’m reminded by scenes like this that good health is largely determined by socioeconomic forces. That’s why the nearly 100,000 registered nurses of the California Nurses Association, my union, back Jane Kim for state Senate. As a San Francisco supervisor, Board of Education member and longtime progressive activist, Kim has proven the strongest ally to RNs in our common work of keeping everyday people healthy and safe.

Take affordable housing. In a city with the second highest rate of homelessness in the U.S., in a state where 83 percent of homes are beyond the average teacher’s salary, Kim has fought tirelessly to ensure developers build houses working people can afford — negotiating a new standard of 40 percent affordable housing in city-supported and many private developments. That’s in addition to authoring and passing nation-leading tenant protections.

Nurses laud this work because housing influences health. A recent survey of Alameda county health workers showed that paying the majority of one’s income to rent corresponds with an increase in hypertension, mental health emergencies, asthma attacks and numerous other illnesses.

Perhaps nothing better illustrates Kim’s advocacy for public health than her support of Proposition 61 to lower the cost of prescription drugs. And because skyrocketing rents can dominate monthly bills, it’s important that San Franciscans have Healthy San Francisco — which requires companies to direct funds to workers’ health care. When it emerged that hundreds of companies were dipping into their workers’ health funds a few years back, Kim steadfastly insisted the loophole be closed, to the benefit of workers, our patients.

For patients experiencing homelessness, nurses believe in compassion. Kim has exemplified this compassion by securing full-time nurses for homeless shelters and establishing a medical respite shelter for aging and sick homeless residents too ill to be on the streets but not ill enough for hospitalization.

Nurses also know a living wage and educational opportunities are crucial for good public health. Kim organized a coalition of community groups, nonprofits and others to pass the nation’s highest minimum wage: $15 an hour. She has also been leading the way in making City Collegeof San Francisco free. With two nephews attending middle school in San Francisco, I feel good knowing she fights for higher education opportunities that won’t lead to lifelong debt.

And, of course, Kim has helped nurses. Those same affordable housing policies help us recruit and retain experienced nurses, and the nursing program at City College could help train the next generation of caregivers for free.

There’s no question that one candidate best embodies nurses’ values of caring, compassion and community. For a healthy future, bolstered by powerful leadership in Sacramento, nurses say Jane Kim for state Senate.

Maureen Dugan is a board member of the California Nurses Association.


San Francisco DogPAC Endorses Jane Kim to Represent SF in State Senate!

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Jane Kim has championed a number of bills that have benefitted both residents and small businesses in her district and citywide. No official “dog play area” had ever existed under SF Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) Dog Play Areas Program (DPA) in District 6—which spans from Treasure Island to the Tenderloin to SOMA to Mission Bay—until Jane was instrumental in creating an official dog park there, West SOMA Skate and Dog Park, under the auspices of SF Department of Public Works (SFDPW) completed in 2014. Additionally, the only other off-leash dog park in District 6 is Rincon Hill Dog Park which is also managed by SFDPW.

Jane recognizes the importance of the human-animal bond in personal, social, and mental health and plans on carrying this principle in Sacramento. She has supported rent control, more affordable housing, and other programs to help people stay in their homes like community land trusts, free from eviction, which in turn has prevented the separation of many residents from their pets. This also has helped keep the overpopulation of orphaned animals in our shelters and rescue groups.

She supports off-leash walking and has been a solid vote opposing the National Park Service in their draconian attempt to remove 90% of our off-leash access in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), and would seek to increase access in SF local and CA state parks.

The intensity of building development and land use issues in her district has provided her with deep insight into the issues of poverty, homelessness, living wages, and employment availability, among other facets of survival in our urban setting. In understanding the plight and struggle to survive in San Francisco, and helping to allow homeless people and their furry companions in SF Navigation Centers, Jane Kim has earned our trust on animal welfare concerns and will continue this legacy in ensuring just decisions and support in her district, citywide and across the state.

Via DogPACSF.Org

The Nation Names Jane Kim as One of the Top Ten ‘Progressive Contenders’ to Watch This Year

The Nation, America’s oldest weekly magazine, named Jane Kim as one of the top 10 down-ballot candidates to watch this year. According to the publication, Jane is one of many progressives that are “shaping the 2016 debate and, perhaps, the future.”

Read the story here:

Originally seen in The Nation

There is much more than the presidency at stake come November 8. Whoever controls the Senate and the House will determine what the next president can accomplish. Governors and legislatures decide whether a given state is a “laboratory of democracy” or a political shop of horrors in which unions are attacked, school funding is endangered, and gerrymandering denies people the right to be heard. Along with Russ Feingold’s Senate race in Wisconsin and Zephyr Teachout’s House race in New York (both already covered by The Nation), here’s a survey of the progressive campaigns that are shaping the 2016 debate and, perhaps, the future:

Jane Kim, State Senate, California

A member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Kim authored the ballot measure to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and is now running a fiercely populist campaign for the State Senate. Attacked by dark-money groups and real-estate interests who disapprove of her affordable-housing advocacy, Kim fights back with TV ads that display her tae kwon do skills and declare, “Jane Kim: Kicking Ass So We Don’t Get Kicked Out.” Kim’s got a big vision for what state legislators can do, arguing, “Whether it’s on health care, higher education, K–12, prison and criminal-justice reform, and previously gay marriage, all of these issues were actually being fought in the state capitols.”

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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No Shelter from the Storm

As the rainstorm continues this weekend, there is no clearer way to see the difference between my campaign and my opponent’s than to think about the thousands of families trying to find some shelter from this storm.

Many of us walk by our neighbors who do not have a stable and secure place to call a home on our streets. We often feel helpless and wish we could do something more to reduce the suffering on our streets.

My opponent Scott Wiener, however, wants to take their only form of shelter and their belongings, and keep walking.

Now my opponent will say that it is inhumane to let people sleep in tent encampments — I agree. But it’s also inhumane to take away someone’s only form of shelter, even women and children, when we do not have an alternative to offer them.

I have visited our tent encampments and I have met working men and women, who leave their tents in the morning, to head to their jobs. I have met families and children. I have met seniors who were evicted from their long-time rent-controlled units. Between the 2013 and 2015 San Francisco Homeless Count, we saw a 10% increase in individuals who declared that eviction was the primary reason for how they wound up on our streets.

There are roughly 6,700 individuals, including seniors and families, who do not have a home to go to on any given night in San Francisco. Our city only provides 1,200 shelter beds — this means there are 35 shelter beds for every 100 individuals who call the streets their home.

I am supporting real solutions to address our homelessness crisis in San Francisco. I have fought for, and won, the most affordable housing on our Board of Supervisors. I strongly supported bold tenant protections, rental subsidies for families at risk of eviction and eviction defense funding. Last year, I won $6.6M to build out a 24-hour medical respite shelter in my district, a shelter that will be staffed by nurses, clinicians and psychologists to treat the sickest people on our streets who are now cycled in and out of General Hospital’s emergency room. I funded seven monitored pit stops in the Tenderloin and SoMa so that people can go to the bathroom with dignity and we can reduce urination and human feces on our streets. I have called to examine creative options like low-cost modular housing to more quickly and more cheaply build units for individuals who are insecurely housed. I negotiated and authored one of the strongest minimum wage ordinances in the country raising our minimum wage to $15 and am fighting to make City College free again for San Francisco residents so that we can put more income in the pockets of our everyday residents.

Finally, I believe our cities alone cannot solve homelessness — so I have asked Sacramento to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness so we can dedicate the resources we need to truly address this issue. This is not just a San Francisco issue. This is a California issue. And the LA City Council joined our call as well. With over 20% of the nation’s homeless count residing in the state of California — we must all do more together.

I stand for real solutions. I do not support “permanent” encampments as Scott claims. I support a compassionate solution that creates alternatives first.

Taking away shelter is not a solution. It is a cruel reaction to a terrible problem, and Scott Wiener is standing with a small group of billionaires who are funding a political campaign that is demonizing and criminalizing the homeless and demanding that we take away the little shelter they have with no real alternatives to offer them.

The big corporations and powerful interest groups behind my opponent, including Chevron and the real estate lobby, have launched yet another negative ad attacking me on my positions in regards to the homeless. In the world of politics you already know that is completely inaccurate. But we have prepared a response ad you can see here.

This issue is so important, and I wanted to do more than just post an ad that responds to their attacks. I wanted to share with you my actual record and my work helping people leave the streets and find permanent housing.

Real solutions involve rolling up our sleeves and truly taking care of our entire community comprehensively. I hope you will stand with me and join our fight.

Supervisor Jane Kim Calls for Pilot Project on Micro Unit Modular Housing for Homeless Residents

Recent news reports have detailed several proposals put forward to help house homeless residents through modular micro units. Those same news reports have examined the various political challenges that have delayed moving forward on these innovative ideas. Today, Supervisor Jane Kim is calling for the immediate creation of a working group to spearhead a pilot project to build modular residences for homeless individuals.

“Homelessness is a crisis in our city. And we must respond to this humanitarian emergency with boldness and vision – not with politics and delay,” said Kim. “Creating supportive housing via these micro apartments will help homeless residents get off the streets and back on their feet. These units can be potentially built at a lower cost – and under some proposals with no upfront cost to the city at all. This is an idea worth exploring and we must do so now.”

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, at least two proposals have been put forward to develop modular, micro unit housing for homeless residents. The projects would be built on city-owned land.

Unfortunately, the same story details how opposition from certain political groups has hamstrung movement on these proposals. With thousands of San Francisco residents living on the streets, Jane Kim believes politics must be put aside to ensure they are provided with safe and secure housing options.

Kim introduced a resolution today to convene a working group composed of affordable housing developers, homelessness experts and labor organizations tasked with crafting a blueprint to begin construction on a modular housing pilot program within the next three months.

“This might not be a perfect solution but we cannot let homeless San Franciscans linger on the street while we search for a bullet-proof solution to this crisis,” said Kim. “Rather than putting focus on taking away tents, let’s focus on building roofs.”