The Road Ahead

After weeks of counting, the votes in the State Senate race are now final – with the total results 49% for our campaign and 51% for Scott Wiener’s campaign. As we anticipated, it was a very close contest and while I’m disappointed we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, I’m proud of the campaign we ran.

I’m so thankful for the support we received from over 200,000 voters, hundreds of volunteers and over 30,000 contributions averaging $47 each – all dedicated to the idea that we can have a City and a State that works for all of us.

In the face of over $5 million in special interest spending for our opponent we were unable to succeed in this campaign. But the struggle is not over – far from it.

I’m going to continue to fight for all of you: to end the evictions, create more affordable housing, bring good jobs to our City, expand access to higher education and help homeless residents. Given the frightening news of what is happening nationally, it’s more important than ever that we work together to strengthen our diverse community and protect it against those who would seek to divide, demonize and devastate everything that makes San Francisco special.

I wish Scott well in his work in Sacramento. But I know we still have a lot to do right here and right now in San Francisco to make our City more affordable for everyone.

I’m tremendously proud that voters passed Propositions W and X to help make City College free and to end many of the displacements that were threatening artists, community service organizations and small businesses. These are great steps forward, but there is more to do.

I’m ready for the challenge and I hope you are too.

We’ll be celebrating the holidays this Friday at 5:30pm at Tradition (441 Jones Street, SF) and I hope you can come! It’s been a long year and I want to personally thank you for how hard you worked to help our campaign and to save our City.

November 1 Is the Last Day to Request a Ballot by Mail for the November 8 Election

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

For Immediate Release
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, November 1, 2016–Today is the last day voters can request a ballot to be mailed to them for the November 8 election. Mailed or hand-delivered applications for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the Department of Elections no later than 5 p.m.; online applications must be submitted before midnight.

There are various ways to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot to meet today’s deadline:

  • Complete an online application at sfelections.org/vbm
  • Call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375
  • Send a request by fax to (415) 554-4372 or by email as a scanned attachment to sfvote@sfgov.org. The request must include the voter’s name, date of birth, signature, home address, and the address to which the ballot should be mailed, if different from the home address.
  • Visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48

After today’s deadline, voters who are unable, for any reason, to vote in person at the Voting Center or at their polling place on Election Day may authorize anyone to pick up their ballot at the Department’s City Hall Voting Center during these hours:

  • Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • This weekend, November 5–6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters may use the Ballot Pick-Up Authorization Form available on the home page of the Department’s website, sfelections.org, under “Key Election Links,” or submit their own written authorization. The written authorization must be signed under penalty of perjury and include the voter’s name, date of birth, signature, residential address, and the name of person authorized to pick up the ballot.

Voters with questions about voting are advised to contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375, write to sfvote@sfgov.org, or visit the Department’s office in City Hall, Room 48.

 

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

Department of Elections Asks Voters to Fold Each Vote-by-Mail Ballot Card Separately Before Inserting into the Return Envelope

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

SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, October 30, 2016 –The Department of Elections has received 86,877 voted ballots to date, which represents 27% of those issued.

The Department reminds voters who are yet to return their ballots to fold each ballot card separately before inserting the cards into the return envelope, as shown in this video.

This small step makes the return envelope flatter and streamlines the processing of these four- or five-card ballots.

The Department of Elections uses a mail sorter and a ballot opener to maximize efficiency of several ballot processing steps. If a voter folds all ballot cards together before inserting them into the return envelope, the envelope becomes very thick and can jam the equipment, slowing the process.

The opening and processing of accepted vote-by-mail ballots is continuing at the Department’s office in City Hall and is being broadcast on SF Elections Live.

Voters with questions about voting or returning their ballots are 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.

 

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

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

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.”

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.”

Outside Special Interest Groups Are Dumping Hundreds of Thousands to Attack Jane Kim

We knew it was coming and here it is.

This week, a political action committee placed a six-figure ad buy to attack Jane Kim. These new television ads may say they are funded by a group called EQCA PAC, but the money is coming from some of the most conservative special interests in California – realtors, landlords and charter schools.

After Jane’s stunning victory in the primary, big corporations knew that they were going to have to go dirty to stop her momentum. And her opponent, Scott Wiener, made it very clear he was going to run a 100% negative campaign – and by rejecting Senator Elizabeth Warren’s People Pledge, he sent a strong signal to these special interests that he needed their help. Now they are delivering.

Right after the primary, the California Association of Realtors, the California Apartment Association and California Charter School Association Advocates all gave $120,000 to EQCA. And just this week, we learned that the landlords have kicked in another $80,000 while the charter school advocates have contributed a whopping $250,000 more.

Why did they give these unprecedented sums to EQCA? To fund this misleading and false attack on Jane – and to elect corporate candidate Scott Wiener.

Community leaders are already speaking out against these negative attacks – but we’re going to need the resources to keep our own ads up on the air, keep our field operation going strong and keep hosting community forums focused on real solutions.

Please help us fight this attack and focus on what really matters: more affordable housing, stronger schools, helping the homeless and creating good-paying jobs.

Join Jane!

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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:

Jane Kim Fights for Affordable Housing in California

Our region is facing an affordability crisis. Housing costs are through the roof, pushing more and more families farther from the neighborhoods they love. And this problem is made even worse by transit systems that simply don’t work for many.

If Bay Area residents can’t easily get to work, if teachers, nurses and firefighters can’t live in the communities they serve, if rapid growth without smart planning leaves us with just condominium towers and freeways – what kind of future does that mean for our kids?

Jane Kim is running for State Senate because we need to lift up our communities and have cities that work for all of us. I will keep fighting hard for more affordable housing, for developers to pay more to fund public transit, for strong protections for tenants.

She joined former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lateefah Simon, California State University Trustee and candidate for District 7 BART Board Director, and David Talbot, best selling author and founder/former editor-in-chief of Salon, to hear how we can improve housing, transportation and urban planning to make our cities work for every family.

But we have to keep fighting and we want to continue to hear your ideas on how we can improve our city and our state.

Join the campaign and help us fight to protect our city.

Join Jane!

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