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: Amy Farah Weiss
Phone Number: 415.254.0521
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Self-managed
Are you receiving public financing: Yes, if I reach the $50K fundraising goal
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
Major Endorsements: Berniecrates (#2), Affordable Divis
Your 2nd, 3rd choices for Mayor: #2 Kim, #3 Leno
Who did you endorse for Mayor in 2015 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Weiss/Herrera/Schuffman
Who did you endorse for Sheriff in 2015: Mirkarimi

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 am a known champion for Instant Runoff Voting due to its removal of the
"spoiler effect" for grassroots candidates such as myself, as well as how
it encourages candidates to form alliances and collaborate due to the need
for 2nd and 3rd place votes. In 2015 I led the "Vote 1-2-3 to Replace Ed
Lee" collaboration between myself, Francisco Herrera, and Stuart Schuffman
and we were able to garner nearly 35% of the vote between us; I received
over 23,000 first place votes and a total of nearly 80,000 1/2/3 votes.

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

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

As we work to address pressing environmental issues of climate change,
rising sea levels, and toxic soil remediation we must develop strategic
solutions through a social and economic justice lens. As a 2015 Mayoral
candidate I signed the Climate Mobilization pledge and I have recommitted
in 2018 to work with City Departments, Commissions, and advocacy
organizations to scale up CleanPowerSF towards 100% renewable energy.
Working towards a carbon neutral City should go hand in hand with creating
jobs for communities that have been impacted by institutionalized racism
and connecting the dots with programming at CCSF.

Homelessness is a public health and environmental justice issue and I will
ensure as Mayor that no San Francisco resident is living without access to
basic needs of secure shelter and sanitation services.

Every SFUSD graduate should learn the importance of healing our nation's
soil in support of carbon draw down, healthy water systems, and sustainable
agriculture. In regard to our own soil, we must address toxic soil
remediation on Treasure Island and Bay View Hunters Point.

It is pure folly to develop properties along the waterfront without taking
sea level change into account and as Mayor I will guide sensible
development and restoration of our sea wall.

+ - ?
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] Phasing out all diesel buses (e.g., Muni, tour,
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Energy should be rolled out to
all SF customers this year
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Install local/regional clean energy,
efficiency, and battery storage to supply 50% of our electricity by 2030
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new
housing and commercial developments
[ + ] [ ] [ ] As in Bayview, halt all US Navy Treasure Island
transfers of lands tested by Tetra Tech, to private developers
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Mass Tree Removals & Tier One herbicides should
not be used in public parks
[ ] [ - ] [ ] 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?

Short-term: Ensure that NO ONE is living on our streets without a safe
organized place to belong in community that meets essential human needs. I
have an actionable plan to transition 1,000 people off of the streets into
community-integrated Transitional Villages in the least restrictive, most
autonomous setting possible for each individual in a way that increases
both individual and community well-being, health, and safety.

Mid-Term: Redesign our current emergency shelter system to support
transition goals, mental health support, and dignified shelter using best
practices models such as Transition Projects in Portland Oregon (where I
worked as an Employment and Education Coordinator as an AmeriCorps VISTA in
the early 2000s)

Mid-to-Long-term: Develop sufficient amounts of affordable housing units
with appropriate levels of case management and support for each individual
to live in the least-restrictive, most autonomous setting possible.

+ - ?
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Care Not Cash
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Healthy SF
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] SF's sick leave requirements
I'm not sure what this refers to, but I am in favor of companies requiring
sick leave benefits.
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Law against sitting down on SF sidewalks
[ + ] [ ] [ ] I support more homeless navigation centers in my

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 will lead the City in stabilizing and supporting our existing
residents, workforce, families, and cultural districts through a
systems-thinking framework informed by economic, social, and racial equity.
It is important for City leadership to acknowledge the institutionalized
racism of redevelopment and redlining in our City's past, develop
actionable steps to stem the tide of displacement, and develop a path
forward to move beyond the damage done by Republican policies at the state
and federal level.

It is time to be truly transformative in our approach to developing
affordable housing along with a transit-first framework. I have committed
myself to creating strategic solutions to San Francisco's housing and
displacement crisis since 2012 when I founded Neighbors Developing
Divisadero to develop a strategic "YES" to inclusive, culturally-enriching,
and sustainable development.

As Mayor, my housing priorities will be to:

Ensure that NO ONE is living on our streets without a safe organized place
to belong in community that meets essential human needs. I have an
actionable plan to transition 1,000 people off of the streets into
community-integrated Transitional Villages in the least restrictive, most
autonomous setting possible for each individual in a way that increases
both individual and community well-being, health, and safety.

Develop a comprehensive program through MOHCD that supports the activation
of units that are being kept empty by 1) Creating a tenant pool lottery by
expanding the DAHLIA system for SF workers who are currently paying more
than 50% of their rent or having to live outside of the City, 2) Working
with small property owners with vacant units to support tenant
screening/management, property management, and building maintenance, and
providing mediation support when necessary if property owners rent to SF
workers at a maximum of 30% of income, and 3) Developing a vacancy
tax/impact fee to the extent possible by local law and working with our
state legislators if necessary.

Re-introduce and promote David Chiu's Right of First Refusal legislation -
which CCHO was recently working on under the name of "Community Opportunity
to Purchase Act" - to enable nonprofit housing providers to partner with
the City's Small Sites Program and Housing Accelerator Fund and acquire
5-25 unit properties before they can be put on the market. This will help
prevent Ellis Act evictions.

Develop a program through MOHCD to support the financing and construction
of hundreds to thousands of ADU's (additional dwelling units within the
existing building envelop) specifically for SF's workforce and families
with SFUSD students at no more than 30% of income while simultaneously
supporting small property owners and the building trades.

Work with affordable housing developers, Department Heads, and
interdepartmental staff to implement the MOHCD-facilitated working group
recommendations for streamlining the permitting process in order to build
the tens of thousands of projects that have already been entitled by the

+ - ?
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Building more market rate housing will lower
housing costs for current SF residents
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid
for in advance by fees on developers
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trusts
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[ + ] [ ] [ ] HOME-SF (density bonus program)
I support programs that build affordable housing for our low-to-moderate
income families, but I want to ensure that we are building enough housing
to meet our needs for residents at the full range of 15%-120% AMI.
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Ban on Airbnb and other short term rentals
I do not suport an outright ban on hosts who live in their house using
short-term rentals, but I have been an outspoke advocate for regulations
that protect our rental stock.
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Require full disclosure of all
corporate/speculative interests in parties purchasing/developing property
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Vacancy tax on empty homes
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Pied-a-terre Tax on residential property owners
who do not reside in SF
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult

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

If I become our next Mayor, the community will have the opportunity to
truly reform the Police Department through new appointments to the Police
Commission and direct engagement and directives to the Chief of Police with
a focus on de-escalation and full implementation of CIT, the creation of
complimentary unarmed stewards of peace, harm reduction, and a restorative
justice framework that aims to heal a history of racial and economic
oppression. I am truly excited about the Mayor's ability to support
transformative healing and change through oversight of SFPD.

As Mayor I will increase community-based mental health services (as
promised back in 1963 by then-president JFK) and unarmed mobile crisis
de-escalation to support "eyes on the street" programming for increased
street safety. The development of 20-50 transitional villages throughout
the City will also support community well-being and safety by providing
safe organized spaces for people to belong in community.

+ - ?
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] Support expansion of foot patrols
I support expansion of unarmed crisis de-escalation "eyes on the streets"
programming that coordinates with SFPD.
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Demand stricter accountability in future MOUs
with the SFPD
[ + ] [ ] [ ] The Board of Supervisors should be able to set
policies and priorities for the SFPD through legislation
[ ] [ - ] [ ] 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?

I agree with the SF residents that challenged the process set forth for the
appointment of department heads, arguing that the charter's requirement of
Commission recommendations of candidates to the Mayor should be revealed to
the public and open for comment.

+ - ?
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of
If I become Mayor there will be more community input on shaping the Housing
Authority, but I am open to exploring this suggestion.
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the
replacement of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the
recall vote
[ + ] [ ] [ ] 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 will lead San Francisco in establishing policies for support the
development of worker co-ops (especially in the growing cannabis industry)
as well as create business development support for worker co-ops that are
formed to hire residents with hiring barriers for community-serving

I will build off of the work of former-Supervisor John Avalos and current
Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Malia Cohen to explore the development of
a municipal bank in San Francisco. I am currently a member of the SF Public
Bank Coalition and look forward to the recommendations of the Public Bank
Task Force.

I support Evolve California's statewide efforts to amend Proposition 13 so
that corporations pay their fair share of property tax.

There are quite a few ways forward for us to capture revenue to finance and
subsidize affordable housing and meet other basic needs of our residents,
including California's multi-billion dollar budget surplus, the drastic
decrease in federal corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, and the upcoming
state ballot initiative for Prop 13 reform.

+ - ?
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail
outlets/chain stores
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband as a public utility
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Neighborhood cooperatives prioritized as a
local supply chain for legalized marijuana
[ + ] [ ] [ ] I support recreational marijuana stores opening
in my neighborhood
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
and expanded to include private projects
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply
only to residential properties
[ + ] [ ] [ ] 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 someone who has lived in society with a female-bodied experience, I am
personally working to remedy the situation of underrepresentation of women
in city government by running for elected office. I often hear leaders
within the progressive community in San Francisco speak to the importance
of supporting "emerging women leaders", but in my experience there needs to
be more intentional and structured support to mentor and promote female
leadership. That being said, I am grateful to live in a time in which I can
benefit from the gains achieved through feminist activism and to live in a
city which has more balanced leadership in regard to gender/sex than most.

+ - ?
[ + ] [ ] [ ] The City should help SFUSD provide child care
for children of working parents
[ + ] [ ] [ ] The DPH should provide reproductive health
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an
[ ] [ - ] [ ] 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 is known for our diverse collection of neighborhoods that
each have their distinct character and rich history, including Haight
Street, Chinatown, Calle 24, North beach, and the Castro. San Francisco's
number one need at present in support of diversity is to invest in economic
justice and reparations for our African American neighbors who have
suffered through institutionalized racism from the redlining and
redevelopment of the past to the disproportionate over-representation in
our criminal justice system and unsheltered population. We should also be
national leaders in supporting the healing and pathways to prosperity for
our LGBTQ community, especially transgender women of color. MEDA has
highlighted the thousands of Latino families that have been displaced from
the Mission, and the City should be supporting the efforts of MEDA and
Calle 24.

+ - ?
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and public education
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Undocumented immigrants should have equal access
to education and health care
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Non-citizen residents should be able to vote in
all local elections
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Full rights for transgender persons
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the ethnic
diversity of San Francisco
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Boards and commissions now reflect the political
diversity of San Francisco
[ + ] [ ] [ ] My campaign reflects the diversity of San

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

I think it is especially important to take positions on state or national
issues that impact residents and local laws regarding equity and well-being.

+ - ?

[ ?/- ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act

This is a broad statement which makes it hard to give a yes or no answer,
but I do not support government surveillance of citizens and I will work to
ensure proper judicial oversight, public accountability, and the ability
to challenge government searches in court.

[ ?/- ] City government cooperating with ICE/Secure Communities

Once again, this is a broad statement which makes it hard to give a yes or
no answer, but I am in support of Sanctuary City policies that prevent
detention of undocumented residents who do not have violent felonies. I am
open to adjusting the specifics of our policy in collaboration with social
justice advocates in order to serve individual and collective well-being.

[ ?/- ] City government should boycott Israel until it complies with UN

Given our country's own actions in the Middle East, shouldn't we first
take accountability here before waging a boycott?

[ + ] 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 yourconstituents,
political consultants, colleagues, unions, businesses,donors, or your gut

I am an open-minded critical thinker who has spent many years of my career
researching issues/topics in order to educate and empower others to make
informed decisions regarding individual and collective well-being. As you
can see through my work with Neighbors Developing Divisadero (,
I am an experienced group facilitator and have a proven track record of
involving as many stakeholders as possible in the planning process through
community meetings and surveys. I make decisions through a combination of
independent research, considering all sides of an issue through
multi-stakeholder feedback, identifying and assessing existing models,
identifying necessary activities and measurable outcomes for success, and
consulting trusted policy makers and community advocates. If I become Mayor
I will reach out to the San Francisco, regional, and national policy makers
and subject matter experts I most admire (including Supervisor Sandra Lee
Fewer, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Former Supervisors John Avalos, David
Campos, and Eric Mar, Supervisor Jane Kim, Gayle McLaughlin, Bernie
Sanders, Robert Reich, Naomi Klein, etc.) to build an innovative economic
and environmental plan for San Francisco that is truly equitable and

+ - ?
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[ ] [ - ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental
regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[ ] [ - ] [ ] 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?

I support Transit First's efforts to reduce automobile-related pollution
and greenhouse gas emissions, promote people-powered transportation modes
(e.g. walking and cycling), and create a more livable city. One of the
first things I would do as Mayor is call for an Environmental Impact Review
on Transit Network Companies (e.g. Uber and Lyft) to assess the additional
amount of cars that they bring into the city and their impact on
congestion, public transit, and emissions. I would also support an EIR with
a similar type of assessment for tech shuttles that support the commutes of
upwards of 15 thousand workers between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. We
need to be forward thinking about investing in the expansion of our
regional transit system and create innovative, sustainable, and pro-worker
options to fill current gaps in transit needs.

+ - ?
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Muni should be funded sufficiently to replace
most car use, and be free to the rider
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support Muni
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support Muni
[ + ] [ ] [ ] More weekend closures of streets in/near my
neighborhood to cars (e.g., Car-Free GGP)
[ + ] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop
signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs
[ + ] [ ] [ ] I ride Muni, bicycle and/or walk instead of
driving on a regular basis
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Bus Rapid Transit expanded to all major transit
corridors in SF
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Car hailing services like Uber and Lyft should
be regulated as taxis, or banned
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without
getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[ ] [ ] [ ? ] 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
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Support expanding parking meter hours to
include later evening hours and weekends
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Remove parking spots and car lanes to create
dedicated bike and bus lanes or wider sidewalks

Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:

+ - ?
[ + ] [ ] [ ] June 2018 Eviction Defense
[ ] [ - ] [ ] June 2018 Tasers for SFPD

[ ] [ - ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prohibiting tents on public sidewalks
[ ] [ - ] [ ] Nov 2016 Neighborhood crime unit
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Vacancy appointments
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 16-17 y.o. voting, local elections
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Non-citizen voting, school board
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Nov 2016 Prop 62 (Ending Death Penalty)

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

[ + ] [ ] [ ] 2015 Prop F (Short Term Rental Regulation)
[ + ] [ ] [ ] 2015 Prop I (Mission Luxury Housing Moratorium)

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

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

[ ] [ - ] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[ + ] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)
I am in support of unarmed foot patrols with dispatch access to SFPD

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