Bernie Sanders Gives Shout Out to Jane Kim During Our Revolution Launch

Bernie Sanders Jane Kim Our Revolution

Last night, Bernie Sanders mentioned my name as one of the top five candidates that he has chosen to endorse at his Our Revolution event last night.

Bernie Sanders has been a staunch advocate for free community colleges as a means to lift people into the middle class and give everyone the opportunity to earn a living wage.

I am proud to have been working to make that a reality here in San Francisco – the first major city poised to make community college free for all – during my time on the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco.

Make sure to go to 51 minute and 15 seconds mark to watch him talk about all the great work we’re doing.

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.”


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.”



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.



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

_______________________                          _________________

Scott Wiener                                                               Date

Dolores Huerta Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

We’re kicking off Election Day with great news: Dolores Huerta has endorsed our campaign!

Huerta is a lifelong advocate for working families and women’s and civil rights. She embodies what this campaign is all about – working people and families fighting for a community that works for all of us.

It is a tremendous honor to have the support of a living legend like Dolores Huerta. And I hope you will join her along with the Affordable Housing Alliance, San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, SEIU California, the San Francisco Tenants Union and so many more in supporting my campaign for State Senate.

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From my days as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, School Board President and Supervisor, I’ve been fighting for working families. I’m proud of the work I’ve done to raise the minimum wage, negotiate record levels of affordable housing and fight for stronger after school and early childhood education, but I know we need strong leaders in Sacramento to make sure that everyone has good opportunities.

As your next State Senator, I will continue to fight to make all basic job training in California community colleges free so more workers can lift themselves into the middle class. I’ll also continue to fight to declare a statewide emergency on homelessness so the entire state is mobilized to help house the homeless.

I’m so thankful for Dolores Huerta’s endorsement and for her work to create a more just society for everyone. Huerta’s support for this campaign is emblematic of how important this race is for the future of the Bay Area. I’d be honored to have your vote today in order to continue fighting for a California that works for all of us.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Make sure you vote at the polls today or if you still have your absentee ballot, drop it off at any polling place by 8:00 p.m. tonight or get it to the post office. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 7 and received by local county elections officials by June 10.

Tom Ammiano: Jane Kim is the Progressive Choice

Special letter from Tom Ammiano:

I know both candidates running for State Senate very well.

That’s why I am firmly backing Jane Kim. She’s the only candidate who will stand up and fight for us, not the big corporations like the other candidate.

Jane Kim is a leader who wrote and passed strong new protections for renters. She wrote the local ordinance raising the minimum wage. Jane is standing up to developers and the real estate lobby to win historic new levels of affordable housing. She is a former school board president who understands that we need to invest in our kids. And I am so proud to support her new effort to make community college free for everyone, so we can help more Californians get the skills they need to find high-wage jobs.

Her opponent? Well let’s just say there is a reason why the big corporations back him.

I know just how much power the big corporations have in Sacramento. We need a fighter like Jane Kim standing up for us, not a corporate-backed politician like her opponent.

Teachers, nurses, women’s groups, California Democratic Party Chair and lifelong progressive champion John Burton and so many others join me in standing with Jane Kim for State Senate.

I hope you will join us in electing this incredible champion to represent us in the State Senate. Please sign our pledge and don’t forget to vote Jane Kim for State Senate.


Tom Ammiano

P.S. If you have an absentee ballot – please mail it as soon as you can to make sure it arrives in time. If not – remember that Election Day is coming quickly on June 7! Cast your ballot for Jane Kim at City Hall or find your local polling place here.Ammiano Photo

RELEASE: Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today, Jane Kim’s campaign for State Senate announced the endorsement of Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich. Reich, one of the most respected thought leaders on progressive policies, cited Kim’s commitment to fighting economic inequality in making his endorsement.

“I’m proud to endorse Jane Kim for State Senate. It’s imperative we have fighters at the state level who will protect and advance policies that benefit all of us. The Bay Area, one of the most progressive places in the country, should be represented by a true progressive – a leader who is forward thinking, compassionate and open-minded. Jane will be the principled and progressive leader we need in the State Senate who will move all of us forward. Jane understands that if we truly want to close all of the gaps in our society – the wealth gap, the opportunity gap, the achievement gap and more – we need to fix the systems that are so often rigged against those who don’t have a voice in government. I look forward to seeing what Jane can accomplish for the Bay Area and California in the State Senate,” said Reich.

“Secretary Reich is an influential leader in the fight to limit inequality in our country and our communities. I’m so honored to have him backing my campaign for State Senate. Secretary Reich and I share a common vision of a society that works for all of us,” Kim said of the endorsement.

Robert Reich is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor to President Bill Clinton, has written over a dozen books on inequality in America and recently co-created a documentary titled, Inequality for All.

Reich’s endorsement comes shortly after U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders announced his support of Kim’s campaign. They join a growing list of principled leaders and organizations including California Nurses Association, California Teachers Association, California Democratic Party Chair John Burton, Assemblymember Phil Ting, EMILY’s List and many more in supporting Jane Kim. Please see a full list of Jane’s endorsements at

The Sacramento Bee: Connecting the donor dots in California outside spending campaigns

By Jim Miller

Equality California’s name is synonymous with the years-long fight over civil rights for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people, with the Los Angeles organization’s influence extending well beyond California.

But it’s dentists, energy companies and the real-estate industry that have donated much of the money for Equality California’s six-figure spending in a pair of legislative races on the June 7 ballot.

The organization has spent almost $190,000 to support Scott Wiener, a Democrat running for the San Francisco-based 11th Senate District, and $52,000 for Anna Caballero, a Democrat running in the Salinas-centered 30th Assembly District.

“They’ve become a pass-through for corporate-backed interests,” Eric Jaye, the political consultant for Jane Kim, Wiener’s Democratic rival, said of the group. Not true, countered Rick Zbur, Equality California’s executive director. “We do take money from business interests. We determine our endorsements independently,” he said.

As of midweek, more than 50 outside spending groups had pumped more than $19.5 million of TV ads, mailers and other advocacy into almost four dozen Assembly and Senate races on next month’s ballot.

RELEASE: U.S. Senator Cory Booker Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Endorses Jane Kim for State Senate

San Francisco, CA – Jane Kim’s campaign for State Senate has captured national attention with a high-profile endorsement today from United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Booker cited Kim’s strong advocacy on behalf of working families in San Francisco in making his endorsement as well as her ability to tackle the challenges facing our entire state.

“As a former mayor I know the difference it can make when you have a strong leader like Jane Kim fighting for your communities. Jane Kim is the kind of leader who will stand up for families to make sure they have access to good-paying jobs, affordable housing and excellent schools. I know Jane; I know her compassion, her principles and her dedication. I know she will be a voice for those who have been left behind and she will work every day to help low-income families become financially stable and middle-income families become financially secure. I proudly endorse Jane Kim for California State Senate,” said Senator Booker.

“Senator Booker has been a leader in the fight to help working families get ahead. I’m honored to stand by him as we push to expand prosperity to more Bay Area residents and I’m honored to have his endorsement,” said Kim.

Booker was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2013, and re-elected to a full term in 2014. He previously served as the mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2013. Booker has been nationally recognized for his advocacy for stronger schools, economic development and crime reduction. Booker is considered to be one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party.

This announcement comes on the heels of several high-profile endorsements for Kim, including those of California Nurses Association, SEIU California, IBEW Local 1245, American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, the California Federation of Teachers and many more. The full list is available at