Creating More Affordable Housing – Jane Kim knows that this region won’t be the same if many of our residents are pushed out because of high prices. She is leading the charge to develop more affordable housing for middle class and low-income families. She spearheaded the negotiations with the Giants that lead to an increase in affordable housing in their new development – raising the threshold from 33% to 40% – and set a new standard for city-supported projects. She’s currently pushing to study whether that standard is workable for the new Treasure Island development, potentially paving the way for hundreds more affordable housing units. Jane knows that as the need for affordable housing increases – 40 is the new 30.
Establishing a Police Substation on 6th Street – Under her leadership, Jane Kim was able to deliver a 6th Street police substation for the community. The new 6th Street Safety Hub has provided a physical center for SFPD foot patrols and service providers to launch an effective community outreach, stabilization and crime prevention campaign that has already improved neighborhood safety and cleanliness. In addition, Jane led the reauthorization and expansion process for the Central Market Community Benefit District, ensuring its enhanced street cleaning and Community Guides extended down Sixth Street into our South of Market alleyways.
Protecting Tenants – Supervisor Jane Kim is fighting to expand affordable housing and tenant protections. In 2013, when tenants in the Mid-Market corridor were threatened with eviction in the largest eviction since the International Hotel in 1977, she and her office worked closely with tenants, the Department of Building Inspection and the Planning Department to develop creative solutions to keep them in their homes. Most recently, Jane successfully pushed passage of bold new tenant protections to crack down on frivolous and profit-incentivized evictions, including barring rent increases or evictions solely for the addition of a roommate, a process for tenants to cure minor violations before an eviction can be pursued and ensuring the availability of multi-lingual guides for tenant resources.
Fair Chance Act of 2014 – For over 65 million Americans who live with an arrest or conviction record in their past, the reality is that they have little chance at a stable job or housing. But Supervisor Jane Kim changed that reality by championing and successfully passing the Fair Chance Act. The Fair Chance Act is landmark civil rights legislation as the first “ban-the-box” law in the U.S. that covers affordable housing, including below-market-rate units, contractors with the city, and private employers with 20 or more employees. It helps open the door of opportunity for all by regulating the use of background checks so that individuals have a fair chance to be judged by the quality of their experiences and their qualifications first before questions are asked about any conviction history. Decision-makers still have the opportunity to fully assess applicants’ backgrounds which is why the Fair Chance Act was supported by not just civil rights groups and advocates, but also the SF Chamber of Commerce and small businesses.
Vision Zero – With strong citywide support, Jane Kim sponsored legislation to create the City’s first-ever Vision Zero policy to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities within the next ten years. Through Vision Zero, SFPD has increased its traffic enforcement, targeting high injury corridors and intersections as well as the top five driver violations known to cause injury or death on our streets. Supervisor Kim convenes a monthly Pedestrian Safety Work Group which spearheaded the City’s first-ever Vision Zero pilot projects, including temporary bulb-outs on Sixth Street and a buffered bike lane pilot on Folsom Street. She is currently shepherding the Second Street, Sixth Street and Folsom/Howard Street improvements through their respective environmental reviews, and has secured funding for the final completion of Eddy/Ellis two-waying in the Tenderloin.
Parks and Open Space – Supervisor Jane Kim has pushed to make our communities more livable by improving existing parks and acquiring new parks and beautification efforts. To date, we are seeing new construction on a SoMa West Skate and Dog Park, both of which our neighborhood has fought for through a decade-long community process. Supervisor Kim also secured funding to redesign Boeddeker Park, which will open to the public in the Fall of 2014, complete with a brand new clubhouse and the City’s first-ever RPD/Community staffing model.
Recognizing that lack of publicly accessible, clean and safe restrooms is a major issue for homeless individuals, Jane Kim led the effort to raise private funding for the Pit Stop program to install fully staffed public toilets in the Tenderloin. That successful pilot program has since been expanded throughout the Tenderloin and SoMa and has garnered national recognition, as cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, and Honolulu are considering similar public toilet programs. It has also led to a reduction in the amount of water needed to clean streets and sidewalks, a 60% reduction in steam-cleaning requests in the Tenderloin, and a reduction of used needles on the streets. She is currently leading the effort to expand this program citywide.
Funding for Our Schools – In 2013, Supervisor Kim introduced a $2.2 million one-time appropriation to back-fill state education cuts and provide additional classes to 2,000 San Francisco sophomores and juniors who were at risk of not graduating under new higher standards set by SFUSD. The Board of Supervisors approved funding, however only $1.4 million ended up being allocated after the Mayor line-item vetoed $843,000 of the package. While we were disappointed that we could not fund the entire credit recovery program, the proposal led to a much larger conversation about the value of funding our public schools. Within weeks, the Mayor committed to fully funding public education, as mandated by voters, for the first time in 4 years and released $1.5 million in Rainy Day Funds in order to help stem teacher layoffs.
Public Education and Enrichment Fund (PEEF) – This November, Jane is leading a coalition effort to provide more funding for our schools. There will be a ballot measure to support the Public Education and Enrichment Fund, also known as PEEF. If reauthorized, PEEF will expend up to $76 million of city funds that have proven to be sound investments in our schools and youth. In the last decade, critical PEEF Sports, Libraries, Arts and Music funding has ensured that every San Francisco public school has a librarian, regular professional development training occurs for Visual Arts and Performance instructors where before there was none and the number of professional training classes for Athletics instructors has more than tripled. The General Education portion of the Public Education Enrichment Fund has enabled San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to triple the number of students enrolled in grades K-8 receiving individual and/or group health and mental health services through Student Support Professionals over the past five years, with the number of high school students receiving five or more counseling sessions at the Wellness Center more than doubling in the last 10 years.
CEQA Reform – For years, neighbors have sought greater predictability and accessibility to challenge changes in our neighborhoods, based on the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. Jane Kim successfully put in place changes that make this important tool more accessible and transparent, while prioritizing public projects such as pedestrian and bike lane improvements or 100% affordable housing projects.
Western SOMA Plan – In March 2013, Supervisor Kim was instrumental in passing the Western SOMA Plan — a blueprint that will guide smart growth, balancing the needs for residents and businesses. Eight years in the making, the Western SOMA Plan sets forth a comprehensive neighborhood plan for affordable housing, residential alleyway enclaves, mixed arts and industrial spaces and a thriving nightlife and entertainment sector.
Expanding the Central Market Benefit District – Supervisor Kim also legislated the expansion of the Central Market Community Benefit District which has put two dedicated community guides back in the mid-Market corridor and provides enhanced services like power cleaning in our alleyways. In addition, Jane Kim has championed a special DPW “alleyway crew” to tackle the most challenging areas in each of our neighborhoods.