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: Marc Bruno
Phone Number: 415-434-1528
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Ann Aubin
Are you receiving public financing: No
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
Campaign Manager:
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements:
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: David Campos
Least favorite: Mark Farrell
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: Campos
Who would be your second and third choices:
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: Herrara

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 don't like instant run-offs because I believe they often confuse the voters. I do not think they did anything like what Chris Daly and Aaron Peskin intended, which is to guarantee a more progressive Board. In fact, since instant run-offs we have elected a conservative Mayor and a moderate to conservative Board. The only benefit to IRVs is that it saves the City money, and that is not a bad thing. However, when it comes to democracy, I do not believe we should use "saved money" as a criteria. Instead, we should look at the effects of the system-- and so far, IRV hasn't lived up to its promise and, I believe, made things worse. However, if elected I would be willing to listen to those throughout the City who feel it's a great thing. I would not kill it if it is what people want. But I question the effectiveness.]

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[ ] [ ] [X] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office. [I voted for Ross when he ran but given all that has transpired since then I do not see how he can do his job. The Mayor's intentions might be less than honorable but Ross played into his hands by his actions and words, in my opinion.]
[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. [Why not? What is the issue here. I haven't heard the opposing viewpoint on this. It seems tome an advantage to those who need representation that the person who they elect is someone they can actually see and talk to on at elast a weekly basis. Living in the district doesn't guarantee that level of intimacy, but it sure helps.]
[ ] [ ] [X] Ethics Commission should be disbanded. [I do not know about this issue but I cannot imagine why it should be disbanded. We need some form of government oversight--this or another one. With regard to running for office against an incumbent Supervisor, I feel that I have always been treated fairly and given support by the staff at the Ethics Commission.]
[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.

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[X] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses. [They should not be phased out they should be gotten rid of as soon as possible. I realize there are labor issues here, because I don't wnat al these drivers and supporting staff to lose their jobs. But I have a solution, and it comes-- believe it or not-- from the US Park Service. Make the City a more trnaquil and meaningful tourist experience, limite the busses and cars and re-invigorate what it means to have an S F eperience, a unique experience. Tourists will come not for what they already know but for what they can't find elsewhere. Those diesal busses and double-deckers and "The Duck" amphibians are found everywhere in the world. Get rid of them and allow people to find something here they never otherwise see and feel: A peaceful, lovely city devoted to justice, tolerance and free will.]
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Public Power [But I do not think it is a panacea to our power probelms. ]
[ ] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Aggregation [I do not what know this is. ]
[X] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San Francisco Bay
should be publicly controlled.
[ ] [X] [ ] New runways in the bay at SFO - NO NO NO NO
[ ] [ ] [X] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing
and commercial developments. [The parking calculus is identical to the public trash can calculus: Build it and they will come often trumps the "obvious" need of theworking poor to have a car or have a place to empty their garbage when and where the landlord doesn't offer adequate pick-up. To look at the parking issue first : I am for fewer cars, and I believe the first thing I would do as Sueprvisor is to explore with the City Attorney all the ways other cities have legally limited driving by communters and residents within the City. (The reason I would stop there first is because of the challenge faced by Bloomberg on this.) Then, I would start walking the streets to see and hear from real people what they are wiling to TRY. I belive people would be more willing to experiment with limits if they knew it was no more than that -- an experiment. Right now, parking is one of the two issues I hear the most about in Chinatown, North Beach, Russian Hill and Polk Street.]
[X ] [ ] [ ] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive [Please see above for legal implications. ]
[X ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ ] [X] [ ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields [I broke my leg on one once, it was while playing soccer. I don't like the idea of artificial turf but I'm willing to listen to the other side ... if thre is one, other than the Citys desire to save money on maintenance.]

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

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[X] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[ ] [ ] [ ] Care Not Cash. [ I voted against this and against Gavin Newsom every time it / he came up for reconsideration or re-election. However, I feel that this approach has overall helped the homeless. I was wrong, he was right. At least, that's what I've seen on the streets.]
[X ] [ ] [ ] Community courts. [ I am a big beliver in Community Court, and I have been trained to adjucate them.]
[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. [I voted against this, but, again, I think that the cops have not misused it-- so far. I have handed out blankets many nights on Haight Street, using St. Agnes as a base, and found that people are not complaining about this. I realize that my evidence is anecdotal, and were I ever to decide on this legislatively, I would want to hear from police, residents , social workers and the homeless themselves.]

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

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[X] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development [x 2] should be paid for in advance by fees on developers. [ I say times two because these impacts are, strangely, almost always Under-estimated in favor of the developer.]
[X] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trust
[ ] [X] [ ] Rent Control is too strong [Rent Control is not strong enough and is constantly being attacked by small property owners.]
[ X] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[X] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments. [I am willing to consider a one-time amnesty because I think it may be the only way to end the practice.]
[ ] [ X] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult

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

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[ ] [ ] [X] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations. [I know what a moving violation is, of course, but I am not sure what is meant by priotizing them. In other words, at theexpense of other issues? ]
[X ] [ ] [ ] Support expansion of foot patrols [Knowledge of police to neighborhoods and vice versa means less violence, in my opinion.]
[ ] [ ] [ ] 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?

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[X] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[ X] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you? [ My single most important and publicized platform statement is that I will spend one half of the Supervisor's on a DIstrict Office and additional staffer for outreach on a daily, physically present basis in the neighborhoods. ]
[ ] [X ] [ ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient [See statement above.]
[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 [Small businesses are being killed. This is one way we can help them: Protect them from formula retail.]
[X ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores
[ ] [ ] [X] The biotech payroll tax break [ I am not familiar with this issue but I am against giving breaks to businesses that are already thriving. The reason is that the whole concept undersells the City. We have something here that nobody else has created. We don't need these tax breaks to convince big, successful businesses to rent or build office here.]
[X ] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband. [There is a hige discrepancy between the haves and have nots, even today. MB would partially rectify this, and perhaps provide a neighboring business venture a way to model the program for other cities.]
[X] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[ ] [ ] [X] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields. [I understand this issue, but I really have no opinion on it. Sorry.]
[X] [ ] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to residential properties. [This is how Prop 13 was sold to the voters. This is what it should be about: Residential only.]

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?

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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?

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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?

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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. [I have always been against this. It scares my cat (not kidding) and it sends a stupid message: War is entertainment. Even Dianne Feinstein has voiced opposition to this, I believe.]
[X] [X] [X] Business taxes are too high. [Small businesses need to be helped, this might be one way to do that. When small businesses die the cahracter of the City goes with them. We need to do something to save small businesses inSan Francisco.]
[ ] [X] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs. [NO NO NO NO NO -- This is th edumbet idea from the moderates and the right ... and the left has often bought into it! There are jobs in a bad economy ... They just don't pay as much. ]
[X] [ ] [ ] SF supervisors should take a position on offshore oil drilling
outside CA. [And our position should be a well-reasoned denunciation of it. The science and statistice are on our side. We should speak up on this.]

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 am willing to try this, but I'm not sure it will work without greater pressures, such as increased gas prices, on drivers. ]
[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. [As I hoped to make clear in my presentation, this is one of the main reasons I am running against David Chiu for Supervisor. He is so wrong on this issue. And his wrongness will permanently ruin our City.]

[ ] [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. [I ride a bicycle everywhere. I have a road bike to commute, a mountain bike for recreation and a single speed for exercise. In spite of this, I feel the bike situation needs basic re-thinking before we change the bike's relationship to the vehicle code. And that rethinking should start with bike riders. For instance, I think we need to have front and back lights, and given how many of us there are I think we mght also need helmets. Or, if we are truly different than cars, and not subject the VC, then, we need to have a bike road system that completely separates us from motor traffic.]

[ X ] [ ] [ ] I ride MUNI, bicycle and/or walk instead of driving on a regular basis [But I borrowned a car to get to your meeting last night! because I had promised to bring a friend, and she doesn't ride a bike.]
[X] [ ] [ ] Bus Rapid Transit on Geary
[ ] [ ] [X] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain [ I do not now about this issue-- you mean cross the sidewalk. But what about the handicapped? If everyone started doing this it would be too late to complain at the moment someone cannot pass. It seems an unworkabel solution to the parking problem, but I am willing to listen to it.]
[X] [ ] [ ] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force Report. [I apologize for not knowing about this issue yesterday but I have now read the full report and agree with its conclusions.]
[X] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[X ] [ ] [ ] Power more City vehicles using corn-based ethanol [ Prefer electic. ]
[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

Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:

[X ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop A (City College Bond) [I attened City College at one point and admire what they do what they stand for.]
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[ ] [ ] [ ] 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) [I am against the Supreme Court case endorsing corporate personhood. So I will vote on whichever side of the Proposition represnts this view.]

[X] [ ] [ ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure) [ It seems a necessity.]
[ ] [X] [ ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure) [ It also seemed a necessity, but he went about it the wrong way.]
[ ] [ ] [X] 2011 Prop E (Ammendments to initiative ordinances) [ I am for leaving the amendments in the hands of the voters and don't recall which side that was on this Proposition.]

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