San Francisco Green Party Mayor Candidate Questionnaire 2018
Due Date: Wednesday, Feb 21.


1. There are 10 sections to this questionnaire. Each section corresponds with the 10 Key Values of the Green Party.

2. Each section begins with a written question and ends with several multiple-choice questions. Please don't skip the written question.

3. The multiple-choice questions are answered by checking the box in the
appropriate column to indicate which is closest to your position

+ = Support / Agree / Yes
- = Oppose / Disagree / No
? = Undecided / Don't know / No opinion

4. The world is too complex to always break down neatly into yes/no/maybe choices, so feel free to clarify any answers to multiple choice questions with a few words.

Candidate Name: London Breed
Phone Number: 415-566-3661
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager:
Are you receiving public financing: Yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: No
Major Endorsements: Senator Kamala Harris; Sheriff Vicki Hennessy; Supervisors Malia Cohen, Ahsha Safai, and Katy Tang; Firefighters Local 798; United Democratic Club; SEIU 1021 (#2), and a growing list of community leaders.
Your 2nd, 3rd choices for Mayor:
Who did you endorse for Mayor in 2015 (all 3 choices, if applicable):
Who did you endorse for Sheriff in 2015: Vicki Hennessy

1) Grassroots Democracy: What are your thoughts on Instant Runoff
Voting, and District Elections? How have they worked to date? What
would you change in the future?

LB4MYR: RCV should ideally increase voter turnout, elect people more connected to individual neighborhoods and districts, and save the city money. It seems to be accomplishing the third goal (the least important one), but results are mixed on the other two. We definitely need to do more outreach to the voters on how RCV works, and how to fill out an RCV ballot, because too many votes are still being exhausted without impacting the race.

The power to vote must be protected at all costs. Ultimately, the voters need to judge the success of RCV, and decide for themselves how politicians are elected. If the politicians are the ones overseeing their own elections, we as a City can't expect to give the voters the fully independent democratic process they deserve.

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies, Networks or District Councils
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Some commissions should be democratically elected
[ ] [ X ] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Voters' right to recall elected officials
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Residency requirements for elected officials should be strictly enforced
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Ethics Commission should be disbanded
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission meetings should be televised
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Ethics Commission should prioritize investigating violations from well-funded campaigns
[ ] [ X ] [ ] My campaign accepts corporate contributions
[ ] [ X ] [ ] My campaign accepts contributions from paid lobbyists or related entities having any interest in City and County of San Francisco

The Ethics Commission should investigate based on evidence of wrongdoing, potential scope of wrongdoing, and credible complaints. Well-funded campaigns are more likely to have a larger scope.
My opponent's campaign has accepted lobbyist money.

2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major
environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your
proposed policies to address them.

I have the strongest environmental record of probably any elected official in San Francisco. I've stood up for the environment not only because it is the right thing to do but because it is standing up for San Franciscans. The City deserves a Mayor who will be a regional and national leader on environmental protection. I will be that Mayor.

After 12 years of delays and obstruction, I got our clean energy program, CleanPowerSF, launched. And when PG&E's union tried to undo our work, I wrote 2015's Prop H to protect CleanPowerSF,a program that is projected to cut 941,000 tons of C02 every year. I authored the nation's strongest ban on Styrofoam, passed a drug buyback pilot program that has kept over 44 tons of medicine out of landfills. The program is now permanently funded and continues to be an effective way to dispose of pharmaceuticals safely.

Those are just the beginning of my work. We've made great progress on landfill diversion, and source reduction like my Styrofoam ban is an important part of that, but we have to close the last 20% and get from about 80% diversion to true Zero Waste. That will require education, better sorting, more source reduction, etc. We need to expand clean energy citywide and continue building local clean energy projects. I want to see San Francisco produce more energy than it consumes. We need to get our Muni and private vehicle fleets to 100% emission free. We need to pass bonds and secure state and federal funds to protect the City from sea level rise by rebuilding our seawall.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Phasing out all diesel buses (e.g., Muni, tour, shuttles)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Public Power
I led the effort to launch CleanPowerSF.
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Energy should be rolled out to all SF customers this year
If the PUC has the purchasing capacity, absolutely. We need to do this ASAP. Ultimately I want CleanPowerSF not to simply be a power purchasing aggregator but a clean power generator that supplies all of SF's needs.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Install local/regional clean energy, efficiency, and battery storage to supply 50% of our electricity by 2030
I would like to do better than 50% by 2030.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing and commercial developments
I actually passed legislation to eliminate many parking minimums in existing buildings and allow that unused space to be changed into housing or other uses.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] As in Bayview, halt all US Navy Treasure Island transfers of lands tested by Tetra Tech, to private developers

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
Complex issue for sure. I voted against the CEQA appeal but am open to discussing changes to the plan's implementation.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Mass Tree Removals & Tier One herbicides should not be used in public parks

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields
Under the appropriate circumstances. I supported Beach Chalet but wouldn't necessarily support turf in another spot.

3) Social Justice:
A) What is your assessment of homelessness in San Francisco, and what solutions do you propose?

San Francisco has been confronting homelessness for years, and it's time for bold and creative solutions. What's happening on our streets is inhumane, and we must do more. We need to be treating this like the public health crisis that it is and reform our conservatorship laws, build more permanent supportive housing for homeless people, and improve mental health and addiction services.

I've worked with labor unions to take the first steps toward building modular housing for homeless individuals. But we also need to be prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place, which is why I've been one of the strongest supporters of the tenant's right to counsel in eviction proceedings at the Board of Supervisors.

I also passed legislation to prioritize neighborhood residents for the affordable units in their community, and I secured $2 million to restore unused public housing units for 179 homeless families. I passed legislation to open six new Navigations Centers to help homeless individuals off the street, and I negotiated for the acquisition of the McDonalds on Haight & Stanyan streets to build 100% affordable housing.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Care Not Cash
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Healthy SF
Though hopefully if the ACA survives and is expanded, we can move almost all San Franciscans to full insurance coverage rather than just Healthy SF.
[ X ] [ ] [ ] SF's sick leave requirements
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Law against sitting down on SF sidewalks
[ X ] [ ] [ ] I support more homeless navigation centers in my neighborhood:

B) What are your views on housing affordability, what public sector
strategies have worked, which have failed, and what are your proposals?

I was the first candidate in this race to publish a comprehensive housing platform, and my housing vision means making a more affordable San Francisco for everyone. We've got a lot of work to do, but this is San Francisco - there's no problem we can't solve. I'm championing the Housing for All measure, which will generate $1 billion for low- and middle-income housing. As Mayor, I'll honor Mayor Ed Lee's commitment to build 5,000 units each year, while preserving and expanding our affordable and rent-controlled housing stock. And because the affordability crisis is so serious, we need less red tape in approving code-compliant affordable developments so that we get these homes built more quickly. You can read my housing platform here:

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Building more market rate housing will lower housing costs for current SF residents
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance by fees on developers
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trusts
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[ X ] [ ] [ ] HOME-SF (density bonus program)
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Ban on Airbnb and other short term rentals
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Require full disclosure of all corporate/speculative interests in parties purchasing/developing property
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Vacancy tax on empty homes
This idea comes up very often, but it's more complicated and legally challenging than it sounds. I am interested in a carrots approach if the stick is not available.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Pied-a-terre Tax on residential property owners who do not reside in SF
To some extent, ditto my comments above, regarding the legal complexity, not the carrot.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult

4) Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while making the streets safer?

Please see my extensive public safety platform at

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Support expansion of foot patrols
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Demand stricter accountability in future MOUs with the SFPD
[ X ] [ ] [ ] The Board of Supervisors should be able to set policies and priorities for the SFPD through legislation
We have had some success with this, e.g. de-prioritizing cannabis enforcement years ago. Supervisor Avalos and I also tried to implement the Idaho bike law, but it was vetoed by the Mayor.

[ ] [ X ] [ ] Support a public safety program modeled after NYC's "Stop and Frisk."

5) Decentralization: What are your thoughts on the Kaufman Charter of 1996? Does it need revisiting?

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
It certainly has its issues but I'm not sure that's the best solution. Legislative branches aren't the best managerial entity. Note the BoS only directly oversees its own department, the Youth Commission, and a couple other entities.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the replacement of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the recall vote
I suppose so. When was the last time the voters actually recalled someone locally?

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Immediately implement open-source voting system on the local level
There's been a lot of talk about this. I am certainly open to it but can't say that "immediately" would be the best strategy.

6) Community Based Economics: What economic policies, including
taxation and land use, would you propose that would drive capital into
our communities and keep that capital here for residents?

We clearly have growing income inequality in San Francisco, and part of addressing this means making sure our economy works for everyone. Fortunately, we've been given some great opportunities to address this lately. I supported San Francisco following Oakland's footsteps and developing an equity framework for recreational cannabis business that prioritizes applicants who have borne the brunt of the failed war on drugs. Solving this problem also means ensuring that we don't lose our teachers, nurses, and law enforcement to displacement, investing in more middle-income housing and rent control, and protecting and encouraging our small businesses.

I have also sponsored and passed legislation to protect and support local small businesses including first-in-the-country legislation to protect live music venues, rewriting San Francisco's outdated game laws to help three small businesses open including the one currently activating the famous Harding Theater, and working to establish the Japantown Community Benefit District which will improve one of only three remaining Japantowns in the country.

And all her investments in workforce + job training.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain stores
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores
Most new projects that large require some kind of discretionary approval already. I would not support a CU for a change of tenancy that isn't a significant intensification, such as Target moving in on Geary and Masonic. But for new construction or a serious intensification, it generally makes sense.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Municipal broadband as a public utility
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Neighborhood cooperatives prioritized as a local supply chain for legalized marijuana
This is legally complex under state regulations. I like the microbusiness model if that's what you mean.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] I support recreational marijuana stores opening in my neighborhood
Please please, recreational "cannabis".

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced and expanded to include private projects
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to residential properties
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Commercial Rent Control

7) Feminism: Do you believe women are underrepresented in city
government? If so, why do you believe this is the case? Is this a
bad thing, and if so, what would you do to remedy the situation?

As of 2017, women's representation at the national level was under 20% in the United States House of Representatives and 21% for the United States Senate. In San Francisco, we haven't had a female mayor since 1988 (30 years ago)and while we currently have a majority women Board of Supervisors we must do more to support and encourage women to run for elected office at all levels of government. Women often either do not see themselves running for elected office, or don't have access to the support they need. As a graduate of Emerge, an organization which trains and supports women to run for elected office, I know first hand how challenging it can be to get the support you need. I also believe that it is not just elected positions where female leadership is needed, but throughout all levels of government including on boards and commissions. As a woman of color, I know what it feels like to be the outsider and as Mayor I will work tirelessly to ensure city government reflects the diversity of our city, and I will continue to encourage and support organizations like Emerge, and women who want to run for elected office.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] The City should help SFUSD provide child care for children of working parents
[ X ] [ ] [ ] The DPH should provide reproductive health services
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an abortion
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Require parental notification for minors seeking an abortion

8) Respect for Diversity: Tell us what you believe are the best and the
worst aspects of San Francisco's diversity. How would you try to
protect the best while trying to change the worst?

San Franciscans are strong, smart, and innovative, and we owe a lot to our diversity of all kinds. We live in a city that has long been a leader on civil rights for all residents. Our diversity is our power, and we all need to work to protect it. This means not only continuing to lead the nation on LGBT and sanctuary protections, but also stopping the outmigration of our communities of color and our middle-income earners.

One of the most important things the next Mayor can do to protect San Francisco's diversity is to invest in middle-income housing and expand our affordable stock. We'll continuing to lead on civil rights, just like we always have, but it can't stop there. We're becoming a city with little socioeconomic diversity, and this wealth gap threatens our whole community, because when we can't house the backbone of the City, we all lose.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and public education
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Undocumented immigrants should have equal access to education and health care
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Non-citizen residents should be able to vote in all local elections
We don't have the authority for all elections, but I did support doing so for school board.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Full rights for transgender persons
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the ethnic diversity of San Francisco
There's always room for improvement, but our commissions are populated by a broad diversity of people who volunteer to serve their city.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Boards and commissions now reflect the political diversity of San Francisco
We are probably doing better on the ethnic front than the political front.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] My campaign reflects the diversity of San Francisco

9) Global and Personal Responsibility:
A) What are your thoughts on the Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and international issues?

With an astonishing lack of leadership or even decency at the federal level, San Francisco is a beacon of hope for all of us. While our primary job is to provide for and address the concerns of San Franciscans, we cannot do so in a vacuum. Martin Luther King said: "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We must stand up for others, protect our values, and lead by example. Our role in this country has never been more important.

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[ ] [ X ] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE/Secure Communities
[ ] [ X ] [ ] City government should boycott Israel until it complies with UN resolutions
[ X ] [ ] [ ] SF supervisors should take a position on offshore oil drilling outside CA
We just did. I supported it.

B) Please describe how you make your political decisions. What is the
main basis for your decision making (e.g., consultation with your
constituents, political consultants, colleagues, unions, businesses,
donors, or your gut feelings)?

My views are shaped by my life experiences and the evidence, data, and my conversations with the San Francisco residents I represent. I am very diligent about soliciting input from everyone I can, no matter what side of the issue they're on, and I believe the next Mayor of San Francisco has the opportunity to unite different factions within our great City.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[ ] [ X ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs
I don't even agree with the premise that suspending regulations would help economically, nor would I ever do it.

[ ] [ X ] [ ] Business taxes are too high
I am pushing for a commercial rents tax to fund hundreds of millions in affordable housing.

10) Sustainability: What does the Transit First City Charter provision
mean to you? How has Transit First fared in recent years, and how would
you enforce that Charter Provision if elected?

Public transportation is absolutely critical to ensuring a more equitable, clean, and prosperous San Francisco. Transit First provision or not, we need a Mayor who will champion public transit, because it's the smart thing to do. I have a strong record on transportation policy at the Board, having led the effort to replace hundreds of old MUNI buses and trains with newer, cleaner, and more efficient models, and working to preserve and launch some of our most-used lines. Public transit is one of the most important parts of the conversation when it comes to approaching questions of traffic congestion, development, and more. Championing and improving public transit, as I believe Transit First calls for, will be a key priority of mine as Mayor.

I take a slightly broader view of "Transit First". That term has been around for decades and in some ways precedes our contemporary notion of complete streets, Vision Zero, etc. To me, the modern meaning of "Transit First" isn't just public transit, it is providing for, promoting, and protecting every means of clean, safe transportation: walking, transit, biking, etc.

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[ ] [ X ] [ ] Muni should be funded sufficiently to replace most car use, and be free to the rider
Muni fares are heavily subsidized. Muni collects about 24% of its costs from the fares we pay. But I don't think dropping that to 0% is the answer.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support Muni
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support Muni
I'm not sure what you mean by this. I helped pass the Transit Sustainability Fee to require large residential developers to contribute to the transit system, citywide.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] More weekend closures of streets in/near my neighborhood to cars (e.g., Car-Free GGP)
These are great.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs
I tried to do it locally and will support it locally and at the state level!

[ X ] [ ] [ ] I ride Muni, bicycle and/or walk instead of driving on a regular basis

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Bus Rapid Transit expanded to all major transit corridors in SF
I am a big fan of BRT and helped push Geary and Van Ness toward completion, but this question is a bit open-ended. Some major transit corridors may warrant LRV or subway instead of BRT. Some may not be "major" enough to warrant either.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Car hailing services like Uber and Lyft should be regulated as taxis, or banned
There are options other than those two. We need to be more proactive and forceful with the CA Public Utilities Commission.

[ ] [ X ] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain: Our sidewalks must be handicap accessible for all San Franciscans, including those in wheelchairs.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
Demand-based parking pricing has been a big success.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Power more City vehicles using biofuels (e.g., corn-based ethanol)
Yes. B5 or B20 are not enough. We can do more, and ultimately I want to phase out ICE vehicles altogether.

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Residents should be allowed to park in the street in front of their own driveway for free

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Support expanding parking meter hours to include later evening hours and weekends

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Remove parking spots and car lanes to create dedicated bike and bus lanes or wider sidewalks
I helped complete the Oak/Fell lanes ahead of schedule and get the Masonic Blvd. project funded, for example.

Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] June 2018 Eviction Defense: I introduced legislation last November to provide counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction. The ballot measure isn't necessary to get this done quickly.
[ X ] [ ] [ ] June 2018 Tasers for SFPD:
The Department of Justice (DoJ) conducted a thorough review of the SFPD's policies and practices, motivated by requests from Mayor Lee, myself, and others. The DoJ report contained 94 findings and 272 best practice recommendations, one of which was for the SFPD to implement tasers.

I respect the judgement of the Obama Justice Department. I respect SFPD Chief Scott. I respect the careful deliberation and decision of our Police Commission. I recognize that Sheriff Deputies in City Hall, where I work every day, carry tasers. And with all I've seen and experienced in my life, I HATE GUNS. I hate guns. If tasers -- with thorough training and oversight -- can stop one shooting, then I support tasers.

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Nov 2016 Prohibiting tents on public sidewalks: No position.
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Nov 2016 Neighborhood crime unit
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Nov 2016 Vacancy appointments
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 16-17 y.o. voting, local elections
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Non-citizen voting, school board
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prop 62 (Ending Death Penalty)

[ X ] [ ] [ ] June 2016 Prop B (Rec and Park legislation)

[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2015 Prop F (Short Term Rental Regulation)
[ ] [ ] [ X ] 2015 Prop I (Mission Luxury Housing Moratorium)
I voted for the temporary moratorium at the Board of Supervisors but did not take a position on the ballot measure.

[ ] [ X ] [ ] Nov 2014 Prop H (Natural Grass in Parks)
[ ] [ ] [ X ] June 2014 Prop B (Waterfront Height Limits)

[ ] [ ] [ X ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[ ] [ ] [ X ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)

[ ] [ ] [ X ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[ ] [ ] [ X ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)

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