San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2012


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: London Breed
Phone Number: 415-583-1779
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Ahmad El-Najjar
Are you receiving public financing: yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: yes
Campaign Manager:
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements: CA Attorney General Kamala Harris, CA State Senator Leland Yee, District 5 Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor:
Least favorite:
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President:
Who would be your second and third choices:
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: Ed Lee, Bevan Dufty, John Avalos

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?

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), 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 when it comes to filling out a ballot, the more informed voters are the better for all of us.
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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[ ] [ ] [ ] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office.
I don't believe it's appropriate for potential Supervisors to answer this question at this time.
[ ] [ ] [ 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.

San Francisco has a moral responsibility to be among the world's leaders in green, sustainable policies. And while everywhere we go in the City, we are surrounded by shining examples of people living in harmony with nature, there is more we can do.
Gasoline emissions continue to be a thorny problem, and the amount of waste the City generates is still too high. We have goals put in place to address these issues, but setting goals must be followed by aggressive action to achieve those goals.
As Supervisor I will make sure we meet our goal of an emission-free vehicle fleet by 2020, support the use and development of solar and wind power in both the public and private arenas, and find ways to reduce the influx into the City of materials that cannot be recycled or composted.

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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?

Homelessness may be San Francisco's biggest moral crisis today, and too little of what has been tried in the past has worked. I could describe the problems District 5 has seen with homelessness in the Lower Fillmore, Western Addition, and Haight-Ashbury, but in truth every District has a homelessness problem should be unacceptable in a City that champions dignity, opportunity and economic justice.
We need an aggressive commitment to mental health services, job training programs, and the City's Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement (HOPE) program. We especially need to emphasize the "Partnerships" part of that program, getting communities and businesses involved in an issue that concerns all of us. We all benefit when any homeless San Franciscans finds a path off the streets.

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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
We all know Sit/Lie is extremely controversial, but the voters made it the law. I still think we can make it work, because Sit/Lie was never about punishing anyone, it was about making streets safer, and we're making strides in that direction. We all have the right to feel safe, and we need City government to put procedures in place to make sure that we do. We also need to provide on site services from social service programs which specialize in providing services for those who are struggling with an addiction of other issues the people on the streets night be struggling with.

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

The lack of affordable housing in San Francisco is now beyond conspicuous and rapidly approaching unbelievable. We need to change this, and right now. Too many housing projects are approved because of the potential profit they will bring to developers, or because of those developers' cozy relationships with the right people in City government. What we need is to approve housing projects based on the benefit they will bring to San Franciscans, and affordability is one of the biggest factors in making those choices.
As a Redevelopment Agency Commissioner, I helped bring hundreds of new affordable housing units to San Francisco, both below-market-rate rental units and affordable home ownership opportunities.
As Supervisor, I will make sure the affordable housing trust fund is being used for its intended purpose instead of hoarded, and that the City is working with developers who are looking to bring more affordable housing to San Francisco.

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

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

Keeping our streets safer starts when law enforcement officials and the citizens of our City work together to create an environment of trust and cooperation between, not separate from each other with a wall of suspicion. Without that spirit of trust and cooperation, it will be much harder to solve all of our neighborhoods' challenges, including public safety.
We need to repeal the gang injunctions that have only increased the distrust between the City's youth and law enforcement, and focus instead on bringing up our children in the embrace of our communities, with a quality education, so that they have no need to think of joining a gang.
As Supervisor, I will champion the idea that we can create harmony between law enforcement and our communities, and that we don't have to accept the supposed divide between them.
As evidence that others feel strongly about that idea, I can say I am proud to have been endorsed by parties you wouldn't think could agree on anything, let alone on an endorsement: former Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, former North Panhandle Neighborhood Association President Jarie Bolander, Netroots Nation Executive Director Raven Brooks, and the San Francisco Police Officers Association.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
To help address bicycle and pedestrian safety in accident prone areas.
[ 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?

Many provisions of the most recent Charter reform effort are worth celebrating. The Kauffman Charter put emphases on civil rights, governmental accountability and respect for diversity that perhaps no other City in the world had undertaken. It was a document that could only have been born in San Francisco.
That said, like our Constitution, the City Charter is a living document, and should always reflect the changing moral standards of our City, not be frozen in time. Any way in which San Franciscans think we might improve the standards for governing the City should be discussed, debated, and if agreed upon, enshrined in the law, either as a Charter provision or in some other form.

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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?

Raising taxes is no one's idea of a fun time, but the City needs revenue to support our citizens the way they deserve. I support the effort to replace the payroll tax with a gross receipts tax; in the long run we will see more revenue collected more fairly for the City's use. We also have to keep a close watch on the so-called tax incentives that are being handed out so often these days.
Before I vote to support a new tax break, I would want to hear testimony from everyone that has a job to do in overseeing it that they are sure its terms can be enforced. We should only grant these breaks when we are absolutely positive that they will result in a net gain for the City - not necessarily the treasury, but in the lives of the people who live here.
For each tax break, the process and the funds to enforce accountability must be fully determined and prepared before the break even comes up for a vote. If they aren't, consider me a "Nay" vote.
We should also look at ways to unify big businesses with our neighborhoods. Getting business to invest in the City that hosts them, our schools, parks, and artists, will benefit everyone involved in the long run. San Francisco must be as rewarding a place to live as it is a place to profit.

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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain-stores
[ ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores
[ ] [ X ] [ ] The biotech payroll tax break
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Municipal broadband
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[ ] [ ] [X ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields
[ ] [ ] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to residential properties

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?

Women are somewhat underrepresented in City government. To me this means we haven't always convinced the best women candidates to seek the appointments or run for the positions where we need them. I have had the honor of working with any number of extraordinary women from throughout the City, many of whom I have told should consider involvement with City government in places where champions of women's rights are especially needed.
I can't promise to support a specific candidate for elected or appointed office just because she is a woman (if Sarah Palin ran for Mayor?), but without question there is a pronounced need for qualified, independent women voices at every level of City government.
Beyond holding and running for office myself, I always support the candidates for these offices I feel would do the best job, and when those candidates are women, it's a great joy to endorse, mentor, and donate to them, knowing that each successful candidate will bring a needed perspective to whatever office they have achieved.
As Supervisor I eagerly anticipate meeting, mentoring and working with many more women who will make up the next generation of San Francisco's women leaders.

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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 best aspect of diversity so simple, we rarely hear it aloud. It's just cool to meet so many different kinds of people! It's cool to hear perspectives and personal stories that are unlike anything you've encountered before! San Francisco is simply a more enjoyable and cooler place to live in than anywhere else because of the diversity we embrace. People who want to live in a homogeneous community simply don't understand what it is they're losing out on.
Of course, all those different perspectives also help us to craft better public policies, because the more ways of thinking around the same problem, the more complete and considered the solution becomes. There is no doubt our diversity has contributed to how wonderful we've managed to make the City today.
The worst aspect of diversity here is the same as it is anywhere else: put people of different backgrounds together in the same space, and a few of them will feel uncomfortable around those with different backgrounds that they don't understand. We see evidence of this everywhere around the world. The solution, which should be easier to do in a place like San Francisco, is to get all the beauties of our different cultures out in the open, where they can be seen, discussed, and understood in person by their neighbors.

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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and 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: What are your thoughts on the Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and international issues?

The Board of Supervisors should absolutely show how San Francisco feels about issues that affect people outside the City, but actions speak louder than words. While the City must remain an example of progressive action for lawmakers around the world, the Board can best provide that example by passing laws that show how well our forward-thinking policies work.
Versions of our laws respecting LGBT citizens are now being adopted around the country, our environmental protection measures are spreading because we've shown the way, our vision for economic justice is known worldwide.
This is how the Board of Supervisors has, and can in the future, work to change public policy on state, national and international levels. It's more appropriate a role than issuing a declaration, and more effective in the long run.

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[ ] [ ] [ X ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[ ] [ ] [X ] City government cooperating with ICE
[ X ] [ ] [ ] City government should boycott Arizona until policies are changed
[ ] [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?

As a declaration of principles, I love the Transit First provision. Five years after its adoption, It's been a helpful guide that I think we've done a good job following. We're known as one of the most bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly major cities anywhere. We should continue to look to Transit First to help us shape a greener, safer and more sustainable transportation policy.
But Transit First contains very few concrete legal requirements, so "enforcing" its principles can be extremely subjective. We need the commitment of individual Supervisors to make every effort to honor the spirit of this law.
As Supervisor, I will make sure that any legislation the Board considers that affects these principles does them justice. If we can't make a good-faith argument that a bill respects the Transit First provision, we must amend it to do so, or else vote the bill down.

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[ ] [ X ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider
[ ] [ ] [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 retrofit projects into a solar energy incentives program
I'm a strong proponent of solar energy, but this is still San Francisco, and we need to keep our citizens safe in the event of an earthquake.
[ 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
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Residents should be allowed to park in the street in front of their own driveway for free
[X ] [ ] [ ] 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
It depends on where. There are a number of places where this would be appropriate, but that doesn't mean every street in the City. I encourage you to read more at my alternative transportation policy web page, and my answers to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's questionnaire.

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)