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.”

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Jane Kim joined Aimee Allison, host of Democracy in Color’s podcast to talk about how she got her start in politics, important political issues and “her mean flying roundhouse taekwondo kick.”

Listen to the podcast below and read more about the interview:

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San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim is a true fighter. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, she has been fighting for affordable housing, for a $15 an hour minimum wage and to make community college free again. Now, Jane’s taking the fight to Sacramento, one of the most important legislative bodies in the country today. In this episode, Aimee and Jane talk about her journey into politics, pressing political issues and her mean flying roundhouse taekwondo kick.

Episode Quotes:

8:40 Winning Her First Race

It was a big community win. We were able to do it through grassroots mobilizing. The one thing that I got from that campaign is that I actually became even more committed to my principles and the base that I came from because those were the people that helped me win. It was students. I felt even more obligated to make sure I spent my next four years on the School Board fighting for our young people.

12:24 Free Community College

It felt like a really big idea in December when we started brainstorming but when we looked at the numbers and we realized that we could do this, it became really exciting. This initiative is probably one of the most exciting proposals for my team. My team is all women of color who have all started their work in the community, like I have, and this is one of our most important initiatives. When this measures passes in November and we’re polling very well, we’ll become the first city in the nation to make community college free for all our residents without any type of income, age or GPA pre-requisite. That is exciting and we’ll also be showing the rest of the state and the country that we could make this work.

15:37 State Legislature

The state capitols across the country are increasingly becoming the most relevant legislative bodies. Sacramento passes two to three times as many bills as Washington D.C. today. In fact, Washington D.C. is increasingly in gridlock because of the partisan feuding. State capitols are deciding many of the most important issues that impact the lives of Americans today. Whether it is on healthcare, 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 and so it’s incredibly important who we send to the state legislature.

29:02 Moving the Party Left

Right now, the route that I have picked is to help push the Democratic Party to be more progressive. I was very heartened by Senator Sanders’ run and I do think that he ultimately moved the Democratic Party because he showed that there is a huge base of voters that want the Democratic Party to become more progressive. In the past, the Democratic Party always thought that moving to the center was the way to win but Senator Sanders’ campaign showed that actually there’s a tremendous base of very progressive voters that want to see the Democratic Party move to the left.

42:18 Criminal Justice and Prison Reform

If we know who’s in our prisons, let’s instead build institutions that address these issues. We were able to successfully turn down the grant (to build a new prison in San Francisco) and we’re now asking the state to give us $80 million to instead build a mental health component to our criminal justice system and not put folks who are already suffering in jail. I have to say one of the hardest visits I’ve done as a Supervisor was visiting our county jail at the Hall of Justice. I was shocked by what I saw. First of all, I recognized folks who were in our jails but two, you just saw folks that were so sick and so traumatized being in prison and that they needed treatment. Prison was only further traumatizing whatever illness that they had already.

31:27 Follow the Dollars

I always tell voters, one of the most important things to look it is anyone’s budget document because it’s more than dollar signs and line items. It’s actually a statement of who a city, a state, a nation, a school district cares about. The budget is a collection of all of our taxpayer dollars. It’s an investment of our money back into our neighborhoods.

43:56 Struggling Within the System

When I was on the school board, it was very hard to accept the fact that we were part of a system that was disproportionately impacting African American, Latino and Pacific Islander students and that one of the top factors in our student outcome and achievement was race, not class, not neighborhood but race. That is the definition of racism; when race is the clear factor that defines who will succeed and who will fail. When you go into the system you go in with the hopes of changing it and it’s a very slow process but while you’re there you also know that you’re a part of it. It is a struggle I think for many of us — who are progressive activists — to really struggle within a system that we know isn’t right.

RELEASE: Billionaire Investor Seeds $75,000 to New Dark Money Group to Attack Jane Kim


September 22, 2016


Billionaire Investor Seeds $75,000 to New Dark Money Group to Attack Jane Kim

Wiener’s Stated Opposition to “Citizens United” Another Value Out the Window

San Francisco, CA – Yet another dark money contribution is flowing into the State Senate race in District 11. Billionaire investor Ron Conway donated $75,000 to a newly formed so-called independent expenditure group dedicated to attacking Jane Kim.

Scott Wiener – who once said, “The federal government needs to follow our lead to stop our elections from being swamped by big money donors” – continues his refusal to stop the dark money flow by not signing Elizabeth Warren’s People’s Pledge.

“Last week, Scott Wiener stood by a supporter who had made astoundingly transphobic comments. This week, he continues to refuse to stop the dark money by signing the People’s Pledge as big money donors and corporate cash attempt to corrupt the democratic process on his behalf,” said Christopher Vasquez, Campaign Manager for Jane Kim for State Senate. “In the post-Citizens United era, principled political leaders stand up against unlimited sums of corporate cash but Scott Wiener left his backbone at the door when he decided to run his 100% negative fall campaign.”

Earlier this year, Jane Kim invited Wiener to join her in signing Elizabeth Warren’s People’s Pledge to keep dark money out of this campaign. Wiener refused. Today voters are left to wonder if there are any principles Wiener will actually stand behind in his ambitions for higher office.

Prior to Conway’s donation, the California Realtors Association, the California Apartment Association and the California Charter School Association Advocates donated $690,000 to a political action committee that is running misleading and false television ads attacking Jane Kim.

“Scott may not have a positive agenda to present to voters or real solutions to the challenges we face,” said Vasquez. “But we have more confidence in voters than Scott does and know that when they cast their ballot, it will be for a true leader – Jane Kim.”



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.”

RELEASE: Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin Endorses Jane Kim


September 14, 2016


San Francisco, CA – Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, endorsed San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim today, citing her record on the San Francisco Board of Education and on the Board of Supervisors.

“I am extremely proud to endorse Jane Kim in this race because of her strong background working to make our public schools stronger and helping more students succeed,” said Eastin. “Jane understands that we can help close the income inequality gap by providing every student with access to a great education that helps them reach their full potential and, in addition, she is working to make higher education affordable and accessible. She is the fighter this district and our state’s children need to make sure every student gets a great education.”

“Delaine Eastin left a tremendous legacy as our California Superintendent of Public Instruction and I’m so honored to have her support,” said Kim. “As an early proponent of universal pre-kindergarten and advocate for smaller class sizes, she was at the forefront of efforts to improve our public schools. We need to continue this work in Sacramento by providing K-12 schools with the resources they need, making community college free for all residents and making our four-year schools more affordable.”

Eastin will join Jane Kim, actor Danny Glover, State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and San Francisco School Board President Matt Haney at an upcoming “Stand for Solutions” forum on strengthening education. The event is on Sunday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m. at City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus (Conlan Hall, Room 101) and is open to the public. RSVP at

As both a San Francisco Supervisor and President of the San Francisco Board of Education, Kim has worked to improve education at all levels. She pushed to increase funding for pre-K and programs to help kids at risk of not graduating stay in school. She is currently working to make City College free for San Franciscans once again.

Delaine Eastin served in the State Assembly before being elected California Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1994. In that role, she launched several initiatives aimed at improving schools, including investments in education that led to reduced class sizes, new initiatives to promote greater accountability and higher standards and a statewide plan to increase student access to technology. In 2015, she was awarded the UC Davis Medal, called “the highest honor the campus bestows to recognize and celebrate extraordinary contributions that embody the campus’s Vision of Excellence.” Eastin was the first – and to date only – woman to serve as the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


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.

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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:

RELEASE: Who’s Really Behind the New Attack on Jane Kim


September 7,2016



Landlords, Realtors and Charter Schools Funding New Attack on Jane Kim

San Francisco, CA – A Scott Wiener-aligned political action committee has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars to run new advertising attacking Jane Kim. The TV ads, which started Tuesday, may say they are funded by Equality California Political Action Committee (EQCA PAC) – but they are really paid for by real estate interests, big landlords and charter school proponents. Rather than advocate against anti-LGBT individuals seeking elected office, the Equality California PAC has chosen to use corporate money to attack a consistent supporter of statewide LGBT rights.

“Actions speak louder than words, and the fact is that Jane has consistently been on the side of the LGBT community, rather than siding with corporate interests. If you want to know whose side someone is on, look who is bankrolling their campaign,” said Christopher Vasquez, a lifelong LGBT activist and Campaign Manager for Jane Kim for State Senate. “Big landlords, realtors and charter school advocates are funneling in big money to help Scott Wiener because they know that he’s a good investment, not because of his record on LGBT issues. He’s spent years being the spokesperson of special interests in San Francisco and now they want to elect him to the State Senate to continue to do their bidding in Sacramento.”

The new ad purports to be paid for by EQCA PAC (the same organization that spent nearly $250,000 in the primary in support of Wiener’s second place finish). At that time, EQCA PAC received significant support from corporate interests (these contributions themselves were channeled through yet another political action committee called Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy). Those contributors included Chevron, Fox Entertainment Group and Walmart.

In EQCA PAC’s most recent filings, this support from corporate special interests continues. The California Apartment Association Independent Expenditure Committee (representing landlords), the California Charter School Association Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee (representing charter schools) and the California Real Estate Independent Expenditure Committee (representing realtors) each gave $120,000 to EQCA within days of the June primary. (Source: Equality California Political Action Committee 460, filed 8/1/2016)

Of course, this was also after it was clear that Wiener’s weak campaign had resulted in a poor second-place finish despite outspending Kim 2-to-1.

“In the days after his disappointing second place showing, Wiener made it very clear that he was going to run a 100 percent negative campaign – and that he would do or say anything to get elected.” said Vasquez. “He then refused to accept the Elizabeth Warren People’s Pledge that would have kept this sort of dark money out of this campaign. Now we know why. Scott has made the decision to embrace the worst elements of our political system but we’re confident voters will reject his dirty attacks and shady dealings with so-called independent organizations.”

The Facts Behind the Attacks

ATTACK: Supported Projects Without Affordable Housing

FACT: The Cited Project Included $11 Million Payment to City’s Affordable Housing Fund

  • In 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved the 8 Washington project. Kim was one of 8 Supervisors (including Scott Wiener) who voted to approve the project. She cited the project’s inclusion of an $11 million payment into the City’s affordable housing fund in voting to approve. “Mar and Kim agreed, citing the $11 million developer Simon Snellgrove has agreed to pay into the City’s affordable housing fund, the parking fees that will help finance street improvements and landscaping, and the open space that will be part of the development. While it’s a difficult decision, Kim said, ‘The positives outweigh the negatives.’” (San Francisco Chronicle, 9/5/12)
  • The $11 million in fees was $2 million more than what was mandated at the time and represented a 25% offsite fee payment (20% was required). (Report to Budget and Finance Sub-Committee from Budget and Legislative Analyst, 6/1/12)

FACT: Jane Kim Has Been a Leader in Supporting Affordable Housing Projects, Protections for Tenants

  • Jane Kim has negotiated landmark deals with developers to increase the amount of affordable housing as part of new developments.
    • Kim successfully negotiated 40% affordable housing in the new Giants project at Mission Rock. (SF Weekly, 6/16/15)
    • Kim successfully negotiated 40% affordable housing in the new $5M project. (San Francisco Chronicle, 11/9/15)
    • Kim successfully negotiated 40% affordable housing in the new Folsom tower project. (San Francisco Chronicle, 1/16/16)
  • Kim authored Prop C to increase the level of affordable housing in new developments from 12% to 25%. (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/2/16) Prop C was supported by 67.92% of voters in the June 2016 election.

FACT: Jane Kim’s District Is Home to the Most Growth in Both Housing and Affordable Housing; Scott Wiener’s District Falls Far Short

  • From 2005 – 2015, Kim’s District 6 produced 14,060 units of housing, including 3,414 units of affordable housing. (SF Housing Balance Report, 2005 – 2015, released 9/4/15)
  • In that same period, Wiener’s Distrcit 8 only produced 1,041 units of housing, including just 407 units of affordable housing. (SF Housing Balance Report, 2005 – 2015, released 9/4/15)

FACT: While Scott Wiener’s District Had the Most Evictions in the City, He Opposed Key Elements of Kim’s Tenant Protections Bill

  • From 2005 – 2015, District 8 had 699 no-cause evictions. That’s the highest amount of any district in the City. (SF Housing Balance Report, 2005 – 2015, released 9/4/15)
  • While Kim was passing tough new tenant protections to crack down on frivolous evictions, Wiener opposed provisions that would have allowed leaseholders to have roommates up to the capacity allowed in their apartment. Wiener would have allowed landlords to continue to evict residents just for having a roommate. (San Francisco Examiner, 9/29/15)

ATTACK: Kim Voted For and Against the Twitter Tax Exemption

FACT:  Kim Supported Phasing Out Tax Exemptions in Transition to Gross Receipts Tax

  • Kim had supported the Mid-Market incentive program to help fill vacancies in that business district. (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/6/11)
  • In 2012, two proposals were put forward to replace San Francisco’s payroll taxes on businesses for a tax on gross receipts. (San Francisco Chronicle, 6/13/12) One maintained a credit for those companies receiving payroll tax exemptions; the other did not. Kim supported the latter approach as the City moved from payroll taxes to gross receipts and stated, “I was very clear with the mayor’s office and very clear with Twitter that if we reformed how we do the business tax, there was no guarantee the exclusion would continue.” Kim joined Supervisor John Avalos in introducing legislation to reconcile the differences between the bills.
  • The final outcome – Prop E – had the support of Mayor Ed Lee and every member of the Board.

ATTACK: Kim Voted to Retain Ross Mirkarimi and then Supported a Recall

FACT:  Jane Kim Followed the City Charter in Opposing Removal, Supported a Recall to Allow Voters to Make Ultimate Decision

  • Kim did not support Mirkarimi’s actions. In fact, she denounced them. As a lawyer she understood Mayor Lee had overreached his authority in removing Mirkarimi and voted accordingly. (Kim “Message to My Community”, 10/10/12)
  • In a message to her constituents, Kim wrote, “I feel that not only Sheriff Mirkarimi’s actions but his attitude following those actions is wrong…. This is not what I was asked to vote on. The Board was asked to set a precedent around the interpretation of our Charter, the Constitution of our City, regarding the removal of any public officers… I am deeply pained by the decision because regardless of the legal reasoning for my final vote, I know that the public may perceive this as a statement that violence committed by an elected official is okay. I do not condone the Sheriff’s actions and my faith in him as a person and Sheriff has greatly diminished. Nevertheless as a policy maker, I believe it is important to establish a bright line rule or a clear and articulable test to establish grounds to remove any public officer by City Charter. Just because I have deemed this personal misconduct does not mean that it is a private matter– it is still quite a public matter. It is the role of the criminal justice system to adjudicate and sentence unlawful behavior.  Further, the electorate has every right to recall the Sheriff, an action which I would support.”


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.