San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2012


Instructions:

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.

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: John Avalos
Phone Number:
Web site:
E-mail:
Name of Campaign Manager:
Are you receiving public financing:
Signed voluntary spending limit:
Campaign Manager:
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements:
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: David Campos
Least favorite:
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: David Campos

Who would be your second and third choices: See above Meeself, Jane Kim
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: I ran for Mayor in 2011, Terry Baum and Dennis Herrera

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?

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office.
[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 ] [ ] [ ] 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
[ ] [ X] [ ] My supervisorial campaign is using leftover funds
from a DCCC campaign

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

Development without consideration for its social and physical impact is one
of the most pressing environmental issues that our City faces; I have
consistently challenged out-of-place development, such as the Port of San
Francisco’s proposal for the Embarcadero Plan to allow development right
up to the waterfront, which seems more focused on generating revenues than
protecting the public trust. In the progressive tradition that led Art
Agnos to demolish the Embarcadero Freeway, I believe that protecting our
waterfront and the public trust will pays off dividends in the long run.

Our City’s and our citizens’ health is also inextricably tied up in the
environmental health of the Bay; as a member of the BAAQMD Board of
Directors, my first responsibility is to ensure that the air in the Bay
Area is clean, and I have worked closely with the Bay Area Environmental
Health Collaborative and BAAQMD and City staff to ensure that the plans to
decrease air pollution in the Bayview Hunters Point area are effective in
reducing the area’s cancer and asthma rates.

Finally, for the preservation of our public spaces and protection of our
waterfronts and native species, I would put the full power of the Mayor’s
office behind the total clean-up of the Hunters Point Shipyard, and was
very disappointed that the Board did not adopt more stringent amendments to
ensure the Navy fully remove all contaminants in Parcel E2 during the
approval process. Additionally I would direct the Recreation and Parks
Department to scrap their plans for building a large soccer complex and
recycled water plan on the western end of Golden Gate Park.

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[X] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses
[X] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[X] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Aggregation
[X] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San
Francisco Bay should be publicly controlled.
[ ] [X] [ ] New runways in the bay at SFO
[X] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new
housing and commercial developments
[ ] [ ] [X] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive
[X] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ 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?

Over the past two decades, the responses to homelessness have been based on
politics rather than sound effective policy; the homelessness debate has
focused nearly exclusively on single adults, ignoring the fact that
families make up 40% of the homeless population. The needs of homeless
families must be inserted into the debate, as well as the goal of keeping
families in their homes and preventing homelessness, especially when so
many of our residents are facing foreclosure or eviction.

As a city we need to address the root causes of homelessness, and ensure
our tax dollars are used effectively to expand programs for all homeless
people, including families. We must invest in community-based care and
substance abuse and mental health services, so that people get the help
they need, as opposed to ending up in costly emergency care situations or
in our jail system. The city needs to redirect the endless resources that
have gone towards the ineffective method of criminalizing homeless people,
in order to invest in true and permanent solutions, such as housing, jobs,
treatment, and dignified emergency services.

While the Continuum of Care contains carefully crafted solutions to
homelessness, there are literally hundreds of recommendations. They don’t
fit into sexy sound bites, nor are they necessarily issues that will launch
a political career. They will however, make a real difference in the lives
of homeless people, as they come directly from experts, homeless people
themselves and community members. As a legislator, I will continue to
commit to honoring community in addressing this crisis that affects all of
us.

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[X] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ ] [X] [ ] Care Not Cash.
[ X] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[X] [ ] [ ] SF's minimum wage law
[X] [ ] [ ] SF's health care mandate
[X] [ ] [ ] SF's sick leave requirements
[ ] [X] [ ] Law against sitting down on SF sidewalks

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

I think the city is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Passing the
Affordable Housing Trust this November that I helped craft will be part of
the solution.
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[ ] [ X ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for
in advance by fees on developers
[X] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trust
[ ] [X] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Elected Rent Board

[ X ] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments

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

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

Foot patrols,
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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
[ ] [XX] [ ] 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
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to
advise you?
[ ] [ X ] [ ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the
replacement of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the
recall vote

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?

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[X] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail
outlets/chain-stores
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box
stores

parts of questions 7-9 are missing; we have asked the campaign to clarify

[ ] [ ] [ X ] City government should boycott Israel until
policies are changed

[ ] [X] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[ ] [X] [ ] Business taxes are too high
[ ] [X] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations
should be suspended to create jobs
[X] [ ] [ ] SF supervisors should take a position on offshore
oil drilling outside CA

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?

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be
free to the rider- *I have looked into this on numerous occasions. I
wanted to run my mayor's campaign with Free Muni as part of my agenda.
Unfortunatly, after looking into it more, we determined that it is
unfeasible to do at this time. I do think Muni is underfunded, and want to
support it fully.

[X] [ ] [ ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI

[ ] [ ] [ X ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Higher residential construction along
neighborhood transit corridors, which may include raising height limits by
two to three stories.

[X] [ ] [ ] Diversion of money set aside for seismic retofit
projects into a solar energy incentives program
[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 on Geary
[ ] [X] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without
getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain

[ X ] [ ] [ ] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak
Oil Task Force Report

[X] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[X] [ ] [ ] Power more City vehicles using corn-based ethanol
- I generally support this idea, but there are also serious problems with
this when parts of the Amazon are being cut down to produce corn. This can
also globally increase the cost of food, making it harder for people to eat
to power vehicles. I support sourcing recycled vegetable oil.

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

[X] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop A (City College Bond)

[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)

[X] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop C (Housing Trust Fund)

[ X ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop D (Consolidating Municipal Elections)

[X] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop E (Business Tax Reform)

[ ] [ X ] [ ] 2012 Prop F (Restore Hetch Hetchy Planning)

[X] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop G (Corporate Personhood)

[X] [ ] [ ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[ ] [X] [ ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)
[ ] [X] [ ] 2011 Prop E (Ammendments to initiative ordinances)

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