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: Jane Kim
Phone Number: 415-746-9546
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Storefront Political Media
Are you receiving public financing: Yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
Campaign Manager: Jon Gollinger
Major Endorsements: SEIU Local 1021 (#1)
San Francisco Berniecrats (#1)
Sierra Club (Dual)
San Francisco Tenants Union (Dual)
Community Tenants Association (Dual)
Harvey Milk Democratic Club (Dual)
AFT 2121 (Dual)
Local 21 (Endorsed Breed, Kim and Leno, no ranking)
NUHW and United Educators of San Francisco (#2)

Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors Presidents Matt Gonzalez + Harry Britt
San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer
Former San Francisco Supervisors John Avalos + Eric Mar
San Francisco School Board Member Mark Sanchez
Planning Commissioner Myrna Melgar, Dennis Richards + Kathrin Moore
Police Commissioner Petra DeJesus
Gordon Chin, Founder, Chinatown Community Development Center
Anni Chung, Executive Director, Self-Help for the Elderly
Sharen Hewitt, Founder, CLAER
Paul Osaki, Executive Director, Japanese Chamber of Commerce for Northern California
David Talbot, Author

Your 2nd, 3rd choices for Mayor: I will be ranking Mark Leno on my ballot.
Who did you endorse for Mayor in 2015 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Ed Lee
Who did you endorse for Sheriff in 2015: Vicky Hennessey

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 strongly support District Elections and Instant Runoff Voting for all local races except the Mayor's race.

Instant Runoff voting was designed to increase voter turnout and maximize voter participation. Historically, turnout decreases between the General Election and special runoff election in every local race except the Mayor's race in 1999 and 2003. If ensuring maximum participation is our priority, we should maintain RCV for the Board of Supervisors, City Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, Assessor-Recorder, District Attorney, and Public Defender races and consider repealing it for the Mayor's race. I have been open to repealing instant runoff voting in the Mayor's race.

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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

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

We must balance our need to grow and build with sustainability policies while protecting our natural bounty and public health.
Congestion/Vehicle Dependence - Vehicles make up 33% of our GHG emissions, and circulation studies conducted by the SFCTA have projected total gridlock in the downtown and SoMa neighborhoods within the next ten years if we do not implement congestion management strategies today. I am working to reduce the number of cars on our roads by spearheading Vision Zero, our comprehensive plan to improve pedestrian/bike safety through increased enforcement, education and engineering. I have also been a strong advocate for growing the City's transportation infrastructure, including funding to modernize MUNI and pushing through DTX and High Speed Rail. I have championed increasing ridership by funding programs such as Free MUNI for Youth and championing pilots like Free MUNI for Seniors. I also support a Congestion Pricing Plan in the downtown core and have been pushing for a study of this policy at the Transportation Authority. As we grow in residential and employment density, San Francisco cannot sustain the growing number of cars. We must reduce the number of cars on the road to curb travel-related carbon generation and reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist collisions.

Open Space - District 6 has the fewest and smallest parks and green open space options in the City. Open space acquisition in high needs areas like District 6 is central to building healthy, complete neighborhoods. I established the District 6 Open Space Task Force last year to guide a prioritization process for the acquisition of 2-3 new parks in the Tenderloin and South of Market. Further, I support and prioritized funding for water-filling stations in our parks and eco-literacy programs in our schools. In the last budget cycle, I allocated funding for an eco-literacy course for Bessie Carmichael Elementary School, our only public elementary school South of Market. As the district continues to grow, we must cultivate ecological education opportunities for our youth, who are the best chance at effective and engaged stewardship of our environment in the years to come.

Food Justice - I co-sponsored the Healthy Retail Incentive program, designed to address the inequities of food deserts in low-income neighborhoods like the Tenderloin and Bayview/Hunter's Point. My office works closely with the Tenderloin Food Justice and Healthy Cornerstore Campaign--increasing food gardens on small parcels and rooftops such as the Tenderloin People's Garden and converting liquor stores to corner grocery stores.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Phasing out all diesel buses (e.g., Muni, tour, shuttles)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Energy should be rolled out to all SF customers this year
[ 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 ] [ ] [ ] Mass Tree Removals & Tier One herbicides should not be used in public parks
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields

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

I have supported four additional Navigation Centers, won $6.6M to build and expand a 24/7 medical respite shelters, staffed by nurses, clinicians and psychologists in the South of Market which opened in 2017 and fought for full time nurses at all of our single adult shelters. I believe our shelter system should be brought under the management of Department of Health-- we need to treat homelessness as a public health issue, not just an economic issue. Many become homeless because of an untreated physical or mental health illness and many more develop illnesses as they live on our streets.

For far too long, jails have become our solution to homelessness, substance abuse and mental health illness. In fact in many counties, jails are the largest providers of mental health services. Supervisor David Campos and I were the first Supervisors to oppose a new jail in San Francisco because we know affordable housing, mental health services and substance abuse programs are the solutions we need to fund.
To address the quality of life issues that often accompany living unhoused in residential neighborhoods, I successfully worked to fund and then expand our monitored public toilet program called the "Pit Stop." I'm proposing to double our Pit Stop program, a program I initiated and launched with Public Works in the Tenderloin in 2014 to provide clean, safe and monitored toilets. The innovation around the Pit Stop is the full-time staffing: with full-time staffing, we are able to ensure that the toilets remain safe, clean, and accessible for anyone who needs to use it for the purpose for which it was intended plus we have additional safe needle disposal and dog waste bag distribution locations throughout the City where it is most needed. We also need to increase access to our showers-- I would like to open up our rec centers in the morning to individuals who would like to shower before our youth and senior programming begins.

Finally, we must be bold in moving our homeless residents back into housing and developing a housing ladder for formerly homeless individual to move from entry level single room occupancy (SRO) units with supportive services to "step up" affordable housing. We need to build more housing of all kinds, as quickly as we can.

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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 neighborhood

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

As Mayor, I want to develop new local sources of funds for affordable housing including a $1 Billion Housing GO Bond to fund acquisition of existing apartment buildings or buy-down of new market rate units to be permanently dedicated as affordable. Creating a new source of local tax increment funding for infrastructure, seismic, and remediation costs for development of new affordable and market-rate housing on public lands, including Treasure Island and the Shipyard/Candlestick projects could cut the time needed to build those three projects 20,000 total units - 6000 affordable and 14000 market-rate - in half, from 20+ years to just 10+ years.

In the private development market, I am proud to have negotiated and won record affordable and middle income housing units and being the first to win 33% and 40% affordable and middle income housing in three major developments in District 6. I have demonstrated my ability to fight hard with community based organizations and labor to win. I am proud of my relationship with community organizations that have been partners in developing many successful legislative campaigns - Prop K (2014) - Housing Balance Policy, Prop K (2015) - Surplus Lands Ordinance and Prop C (2016) - 25% Inclusionary Housing Requirement. I strongly believe that as we confer value on to privately owned and developed land, that developers should share this value back with our City by investing in building affordable and middle income housing and other types of infrastructure including public transit, open space, pedestrian safety improvements, child care centers and more.

Supply alone will not solve our housing and affordability crisis. Supply of affordable housing, both new construction and preservation of rent controlled housing stock addresses our affordability crisis. That said, there is a limit to what we can do in our 7x7 city, and we need to lean in on our regional partners.

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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
I support restricting short term rentals with a strong regulatory framework with well funded enforcement.
[ 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've consistently supported de-escalation tactics, restorative justice and community policing and been opposed to new weapons, including tasers.

The Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) is the body tasked with investigating and taking action regarding any and all complaints filed against any member of the SFPD. The OCC makes recommendations regarding appropriate disciplinary action, if justified, on each complaint. I believe that fully staffing the OCC pursuant to the Charter's mandate that there be one line investigator for every 150 police officers is key to being able to show the public that the police are accountable to a body that has the authority to impose disciplinary measures, including discharge from the SFPD, and that consequences will be meted out in a timely manner. The Police Commission can play an important role in strengthening the autonomy of the OCC.

But the OCC, and enforcement generally, is not the sole solution. The most successful interactions that I've observed and heard about from constituents result from the SFPD establishing and sustaining close ties with the community and vice versa. I think that the City should prioritize hiring and retaining new cadets, laterals, and leadership who have strong ties in the community and either grew up in or live in San Francisco. Walking a footbeat should be mandatory so that each officer has the opportunity to develop relationships with the neighborhoods and communities that they serve and protect. Encouraging SFPD officers to live and work in the same community as the people they serve can provide a greater level accountability than other accountability measures.

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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."

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

The City Charter is the Constitution for the City. The Kaufman Charter simplified the Charter through a public process. However, we must continue to revisit our Charter on a regular basis.

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[ ] [ ] [X ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[ ] [ ] [ 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?

Over the last several years, I have led on progressive revenue proposals at the ballot, including Proposition W a tiered increase of our real estate transfer tax (which allowed us to make City College free!) and and supported revising our business tax from payroll to gross receipts. I will continue to introduce progressive taxation measures-- I am currently the lead author of commercial gross receipts measure to fund childcare and early childhood education with Supervisor Norman Yee and am drafting a CEO surcharge for the November 2018 ballot. We are a wealthy city with untapped revenue sources to fund important safety net and infrastructure needs including affordable housing, mental health services, public transit, and homeless services.

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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 neighborhood
[X ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced and expanded to include private projects
[X ] [ ] [ ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields (or housing!!)
[ 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?

We need more women in local government at every level-- elected office, department heads,commissioners, policy and legislative aides and city employees.

Even though women are now the majority of the Board of Supervisors (for the first time in 20 years) women are still underrepresented at every level of city government. I take the role of mentoring women and people of color seriously. Our office proactively recruits young women and people of color in high school, college, and graduate school who are interested in pursuing a career in public service. My three legislative staff are women of color. And my current campaign team is - people of color and 50% women. I have successfully recruited and supported female candidates who have run for local office.

I strongly support District 6 women-led groups, including La Voz Latina and Sisters Rize in the Tenderloin, both of which organize Latina mothers and women who live in SRO Hotels respectively. Women make up of all of SRO Hotel residents and are vastly outnumbered by men. Many female SRO residents have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and gender-based harassment but have no choice but to reside in buildings dominated by men. I worked with Sisters Rize to establish the first women-only floor in one of our SRO hotels, funded self-defense and leadership skills training for female SRO residents, and developed a partnership between Sisters Rize and Intersection for the Arts, culminating with the women documenting their stories via video. I am currently working to expand women only navigation centers and shelters.

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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 Francisco has a history of radical acceptance and has been a sanctuary city for immigrants, LGBTQQ, artists, Asian Americans and other communities. However, San Francisco has failed at being a sanctuary city for all, most notably seen in our declining African American population and our shrinking middle and working class.

San Francisco has the fastest growing income gap between the rich and the poor-- in order to counter this, we must be proactive and intentional in our policy making, budget decisions and taxation policies.

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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 international issues?

We should take strong position on state, national and international issues. However, I have not been a big fan of symbolic resolutions and have often not led in introducing these resolutions unless the resolution can impact state, national or international policies. I do believe that there are instances when it is appropriate for the Board to take a position on issues that may be characterized as non-local because the issue fundamentally implicates a core value of the City. I certainly believe local elected officials should take positions, write op-eds, and speak up. We should also enact local policies which reflect our position on the direction that our state and nation to head in such as sanctuary city, investing in free community college, affordable housing, paid sick days, raising the minimum wage and more.

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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)?

I proactively research important policy issues--I study issues and regularly consult with constituents, colleagues, community leaders and experts and neighborhood associations. I strive to reach out to a diverse array of stakeholders, in support and in opposition to concepts and policies in order to have as comprehensive understanding of an issue as possible.

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
I am not personally a fan but have not taken a position that the City should ban it.

[ ] [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?

We must get people out of cars and on public transit, bikes, and their feet, and do so safely. I'll continue to push a culture shift within City agencies and the public through implementing and monitoring Vision Zero. Working with SFBC and WalkSF, we have garnered commitments from SFPD and SFMTA, and we must continue to push for implementation. We must continue to balance long-term safety improvements and near-term pilots in our highest injury corridors and make walking, biking and public transit, easier and safer for residents.

I also support a Vehicle License fee and have vocally advocated for a Congestion Pricing Plan in San Francisco.

I am also exploring special event ticket surcharges dedicated to transit, satellite event parking in existing private garages, as well as venue-sponsored event shuttles and rickshaws to augment the strain on our LRV system.

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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 neighborhood to cars (e.g., Car-Free GGP)
[ X ] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as yield signs
[ ] [ ] [ X ] State law change that lets bicycles treat 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
Only if it significantly improves speed.
[X ] [ ] [ ] Car hailing services like Uber and Lyft should be regulated as taxis, or banned
[ ] [ ] [ 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)
[ 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

Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:

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[X ] [ ] [ ] June 2018 Eviction Defense
[ ] [X ] [ ] June 2018 Tasers for SFPD

[ ] [ X ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prohibiting tents on public sidewalks
[ ] [ ] [ ] 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)

[ ] [ ] [ ] 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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