San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2018
Due Date: Tue, July 24
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: Matt Haney
Phone Number: 415-606-9940
Web site: www.matthaney.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Courtney McDonald
Are you receiving public financing: Yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: My campaign is bound by the Individual Expenditure Ceiling because of participation in the public financing program
Campaign Manager: Courtney McDonald
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: none
Individuals: US Senator Kamala Harris
State Controller Betty Yee
Former State Senator Mark Leno
Former State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
Assemblymember Phil Ting
State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
State Assemblymember Ash Kalra
State Controller Betty Yee
District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim
District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee
District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen
DIstrict 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen
SF Democratic Party Chair David Campos
BART Board Member Lateefah Simon
BART Board Member Bevan Dufty
Green for All Founder/CNN Commentator Van Jones
Organizations: SF Tenants Union
California Nurses Association
United Educators of San Francisco
Firefighters Local 798
Unite Here Local 2
Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
South Beach D6 Democratic Club
Incumbent Supervisor whose votes most reflect your values: It depends on the vote, but I most closely align with those Supervisors who have endorsed me for Supervisor: Supervisors Fewer, Peskin, Kim, Yee, Mandelman, Ronen, and Cohen.
Incumbent whose votes least reflect your values: It depends on the vote, but I'd say that I generally have less in common values-wise with the Supervisors that are not supporting me in this campaign and who I did not support. With that said, I am hopeful that I will find common ground and work well with everyone.
If the election were held today, who would you support as Board President: I support the current Board President Malia Cohen, and if there were to be a vote once I'm in office, I would decide based on conversations with my colleagues and allies. I would support one of the Supervisors I endorsed during their elections.
Who would be your second and third choices:
Who did you endorse for Mayor in 2018 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Dual endorsed Jane Kim and Mark Leno
Who did you endorse for Mayor in 2015 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Did not endorse
Who did you endorse for Sheriff in 2015: Did not endorse
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?
I support both Instant Runoff Voting and District Elections. I believe they have both had a positive impact on voter turnout and empowerment. I would like to see additional efforts, like making Election Day a holiday, encouraging same day voter registration, and curbing the influence of big money interests, to encourage even more voters to participate in the democratic process.
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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 ] [ ] 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
2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major
environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your
proposed policies to address them.
District 6 has brought in 10s of thousands of new residents, and will be home to thousands more in the coming years. But our residents lack necessary and easy access to transit, and safe and accessible streets for pedestrians and cyclists. The massive growth in housing and jobs without adequate transit services and infrastructure has caused record congestion, and has severe impacts on our environment.
As Supervisor, I will enact transit impact fees and congestion pricing to curb use of cars, and make sure that residents' transit needs are being met at a more rapid pace, including reversing cuts to MUNI. I will invest in bike lanes and safer streets for pedestrians to get people out of cars.
Other major environmental concerns in my district are sea-level rise, the expansion and preservation open space (D6 has the least open space), and the potential environmental impacts of our many developments. As we continue to grow, it will be my top priority to make sure we develop environmentally and economically sustainable communities.
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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Phasing out all diesel buses (e.g., Muni, tour, shuttles)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Install local/regional clean energy, efficiency, and battery storage to supply 50% of our electricity by 2030
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing and commercial developments
[ x ] [ ] [ ] As in Bayview, halt all US Navy Treasure Island transfers of lands tested by Tetra Tech, to private developers
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Tree Removals
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Use of Tier One herbicides in public parks
[ ] [ ] [ x ] Addition of SF Groundwater to City's potable supply
[ ] [ ] [ x ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Managed retreat and Coastal Zone protection in response to Global Warming
3) Social Justice:
A) What is your assessment of homelessness in San Francisco, and what solutions do you propose?
The number one priority right now for all city officials needs to be solving homelessness. It is our city's greatest shame that we leave sick and sometimes dying people on our streets without services. In District 6, where 60% of our City's homeless are, this issue is particularly urgent. We need to first and foremost get people of the streets and into shelters and housing. And that means expanding our Navigation Centers, keeping vulnerable people housed and getting the recently homeless back into housing as quickly as possible. I am dedicated to fighting to invest a meaningful portion of the cities 10 billion dollar budget in emergency mental health services and beds, emergency medical services, addiction and detox treatment, safe injection sites.
On the Board of Education, I've worked to use school district resources to provide services for children and families who have lost their homes. I want to expand this work and advocate for people of all ages who are experiencing homelessness.
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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Care Not Cash
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[ x ] [ ] [ ] 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 district
B) What are your views on housing affordability, what public sector
strategies have worked, which have failed, and what are your proposals?
As the former President of the School Board, I've visited every public K-12 school in the City and have seen the negative impact that housing insecurity has on our city's families. I understand how difficult it can be for these families as they struggle to pay rent in the most expensive cities in the world, with the constant threat of eviction. As Supervisor it will be a top priority to make sure the people of my district are being protected from illegal evictions and that we are strengthening tenant protections.
We are also facing a devastating housing affordability crisis in our city, and we need leaders to take action. As Supervisor I'm dedicated to work tirelessly to find sites, make deals, and bring in funding from private, state and federal sources to actually build the thousands of units of affordable housing my community needs. We must focus on expanding affordable housing opportunities at all income levels, not simply continuing to focus on luxury housing development as if that will trickle down to low, moderate, or middle income San Franciscans.
The private sector will not meet our housing needs on its own; I support expanding municipally owned and controlled housing, including major investments in social housing and purchasing and leasing of SROs. District 6 has many city owned parcels that should be prioritized for 100% affordable development.
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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
Rent control should be expanded. I support the repeal of Costa Hawkins.
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[ x ] [ ] [ ] HOME-SF (density bonus program)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Social Housing (similar to https://www.sfcommunityhousingact.com/)
[ ] [ ] [ x ] Ban on Airbnb and other short term rentals
I believe Airbnb and other homesharing companies should be heavily regulated.
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Require full disclosure of all corporate/speculative interests in parties purchasing/developing property
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Vacancy tax on empty homes
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Pied-a-terre Tax on residential property owners who do not reside in SF
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult
4) Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while
making the streets safer?
I strongly support sweeping reform of SFPD and would pursue full implementation of the Department of Justice recommendations to put a greater focus on community policing and de-escalation. As a member of the San Francisco Community Policing Review Board, I am leading the development of San Francisco's first community policing strategic plan to mitigate the impact of police force and criminalization on communities of color.
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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
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Support a public safety program modeled after NYC's "Stop and Frisk"
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Prosecution of SFPD Officers involved in fatal shooting deaths of San Francisco residents
5) Decentralization: What are your thoughts on the Kaufman Charter
of 1996? Does it need revisiting?
The new Charter brought some positive changes to the City/County, however I don't support the placement of so much authority under the Mayor. I supported the 2016 charter amendment (Prop L) to split the appointments of SFMTA's Board of Directors between the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors, and make give the Board more oversight over SFMTA's budget. I would support the return of that proposition and split appointments for other boards and commissions.
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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you?
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the replacement of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the recall vote
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Immediately implement open-source voting system on the local level
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?
I'm a huge advocate of a public bank for San Francisco that would use our $10 billion budget to reinvest in our city rather than give away money to private banks.
I support progressive tax measures to fund essential services and address income inequality, including taxing the highest earners and biggest corporations in our city. I also support a vacancy tax, small sites acquisition, and sweeping measures to support our small business community.
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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain stores
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband as a public utility
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Neighborhood cooperatives prioritized as a local supply chain for legalized marijuana
[ x ] [ ] [ ] I support recreational marijuana stores opening in my district
[ 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?
In San Francisco, we have made great strides with the majority of the Board of Supervisors and Department heads being female--but we still need to do more. I am proud to be the first male-identified person to serve on the Board of Emerge CA, an organization dedicated towards getting women elected, and will continue to advocate for more women in office and government roles.
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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?
The diversity of San Francisco is what I love most about the city. Living in the Tenderloin, I am constantly reminded of the creativity, resilience, and strength that comes from our economic and racial diversity. I don't believe there are bad aspects to diversity, but it is a shame that our city's black and brown families are being pushed out at alarming rates, and I will do everything in my power as Supervisor to maintain our economic and racial diversity.
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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
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Full rights for transgender persons
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the ethnic diversity of San Francisco
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the political diversity of San Francisco
[ 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
As elected officials in San Francisco I believe we have a responsibility to lead the state and nation in progressing social justice. We need to do more than just communicate our stances though; we must back up our values with progressive policy to lead the city, state, and nation forward.
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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
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)?
Throughout my career and service on the School Board, I have built a broad coalition and network of advisors that I will call on as Supervisor. Consulting with labor, my colleagues, constituents, community leaders, staff and family, and community based organizations will guide my decision-making. I will be a Supervisor who puts my district first, and that will be reflected in my policies and decisions.
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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
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Business taxes are too high
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?
San Francisco's lack of a clean 21st century transportation system is one of our biggest failures as a world-class city. As Supervisor of District 6, it will be a top priority to not just lead transit planning for the City, but for the entire region. To be Transit First, we must continue to push forward big projects--like the CalTrain extension and Central Subway--in a timely manner, and support more massive investments like infilling BART and an East-West subway. I support new revenue measures to generate the millions of dollars we need to expand our transit infrastructure, and will also push for better short and long-term planning with regards to housing and transit.
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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Muni should be funded sufficiently to replace most car use, and be free to the rider
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support Muni
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support Muni
[ ] [ ] [ x ] More weekend closures of streets in/near my district to cars (e.g., Car-Free GGP)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs
[ 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
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Car hailing services like Uber and Lyft should be regulated as taxis, or banned
[ ] [ ] [ x ] Scooter/similar vehicle rentals should be required to store vehicles on private property
Private companies should work with the city to create safe docking areas rather than encourage customers to take up space on the sidewalk.
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Power more City vehicles using biofuels (e.g., corn-based ethanol)
[ ] [ ] [ ] 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
Your positions (at the time) on selected current and past Propositions:
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[ x ] [ ] [ ] June 2018 Prop F (Eviction Defense)
[ ] [ x ] [ ] June 2018 Prop H (Tasers for SFPD)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prop D (Vacancy appointments)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prop F (16-17 y.o. voting, local elections)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prop N (Non-citizen voting, school board)
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prop Q (Prohibiting tents on public sidewalks)
[ 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)
[ 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)