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: F. Joseph ("Joe") Butler
Phone Number: 415-990-6021
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Tom Goldkuhle
Are you receiving public financing: TBD
Signed voluntary spending limit: n/a
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: FJB TBD
Major Endorsements: FJB TBD
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: John Avalos
Least favorite: n/a
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: John Avalos
Who would be your second and third choices: David Campos
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: 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?

I support Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) because it saves the City money and
shortens the election cycle. Moreover, runoff elections can attract big
money to the detriment of neighborhood candidates. IRV's design gives
voters the chance to vote for the candidate that they prefer, versus
voting for a candidate they desire less. I believe our election
commission should explore alterations to IRV, such as enabling people to
vote "yes" for every candidate they support, rather than choosing them in
ranked preference. This approach could remove the potential manipulation
of the system among candidates. On the other hand, I believe ranked
choice voting provides an incentive for candidates to avoid negative
campaigning that could taint their position for a number two or three
rank. Another adaptation, that of allowing all candidates to be ranked
(instead of automatically dropping the lowest-scoring candidates in each
round), might appeal to voters when the slate is large.

+ - ?
[] [] [?] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office. DON'T KNOW THE
[+] [ ] [ ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies, Networks or
District Councils YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically elected. YES
[ ] [-] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners. NO
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Residency requirements for elected officials should be
strictly enforced. YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Ethics Commission should be disbanded. NO
[+] [ ] [?] Ethics Commission meetings should be televised. YES
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission should prioritize investigating violations
from well-funded campaigns. YES
[ ] [-] [ ] My campaign accepts corporate contributions NO
[+] [] [ ] My campaign accepts contributions from paid lobbyists or
related entities having any interest in City and County of San Francisco
YES - My campaign manager had to register as a paid lobbyist.
[ ] [-] [ ] My supervisorial campaign is using leftover funds from a DCCC
campaign NO

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

It should be the goal of the City to be the 'greenest' city in the country,
beginning with zero waste policies in construction and waste management.
The city should stop wasting embodied energy by demolishing buildings that
are suitable for occupancy. Rid the City of individual plastic bottles of
H20. Wind, solar and tidal energy sources should be phased in as soon as
practicable. The City should extend its policy of converting its fleets to
biodiesel and providing incentives to taxi services to convert to do the
same. Waste and compost can be converted to bio fuel. The City should
explore developing biofuel as a municipal industry and using that fuel for
local fleets.

+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses YES
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Public Power YES
[ ] [ ] [?] Community Choice Aggregation DON'T KNOW
[+] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San Francisco Bay should
be publicly controlled. YES
[ ] [ ] [?] New runways in the bay at SFO DON'T KNOW
[+] [] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing and
commercial developments YES
[+] [ ] [] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive YES
[+] [ ] [] Natural Areas Program YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields NO

3) Social Justice:

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

The top 15% of the homeless population is both reachable and able to be
mainstreamed back into mainstream society. The next 15% is a little more
difficult to serve. They are maladapted. If that group is given
additional services (for example, medical referrals for mental health)
they too can mainstream. The last two-thirds of the homeless are
considered "intractable"; they suffer from a mental health disorder
and/or substance abuse. That 66% are no longer able to find a place in a
hospital due to changes in government policy. The role of municipal
government has changed because of the absence of block grants to provide
solutions. Any long term effective solution must serve that large
percentage. This long term problem unfortunately is not clearly within
the control of municipal government. Here we should continue to assist
the persons we can reach using a variety of models. For example, North
Beach Citizens is an engaged and successful privately funded community
effort, founded for the benefit of the community. Volunteers serve on
their board or set up dinners they sponsor twice a year for fundraising.
They are doing something positive to end homelessness. The North Beach
Citizens model could work in every neighborhood, and it's possible its
design inspired other similar programs. It is locally based, for
homeless from the neighborhood, based on their last permanent address.

+ - ?
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect YES
[+] [ ] [?] Care Not Cash YES AND NO
[+] [-] [ ] Community courts YES AND NO
[+] [ ] [ ] SF's minimum wage law YES
[+] [ ] [ ] SF's health care mandate YES
[ ] [ ] [?] SF's sick leave requirements DON'T KNOW
[ ] [ -] [?] Law against sitting down on SF sidewalks NO

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

Housing affordability is the cornerstone of diversity. Affordable
housing should not be a negotiable, non-binding characteristic of new
development, which is how it currently operates in the City. Frequently,
developers have promised "affordable housing", only to renege due to
rising construction costs. One proposal that should be explored:
Reinvest municipal pension funds in affordable housing starts
(construction) in the City for their own members.

+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance
by fees on developers YES
[+] [ ] [] Community Land Trust YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Rent Control is too strong NO
[ ] [ ] [?] Elected Rent Board DON'T KNOW
[+] [ ] [] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult NO

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

Use of force as a last resort is a stated policy of the SFPD, yet there
are anecdotes that suggest a lack of refinement in following that policy
(e.g., statistics suggest a disproportionate targeting of non-whites).
Additionally, the response of the SFPD to Occupy protests was overly
violent. One solution is to extend accountability for police actions
beyond the department itself to outside agencies (such as the Board of
Supervisors). Another potential solution would be to require San
Francisco police officers to live within the neighborhoods they serve.

+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations YES
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Support expansion of foot patrols YES
[+] [ ] [ ] 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 YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Support a public safety program modeled after NYC's "Stop and
Frisk." NO

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

+ - ?
[ ] [ ] [?] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[+] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you? YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient YES
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Charter amendment allowing voters to choose the replacement
of an elected official being recalled on the same ballot as the recall
vote YES

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 would propose establishing a City Bank or Credit Union that lends and
invests municipal funds and pensions. Any profits would belong with the
City, versus sharing revenue with a private bank. Investments would be
targeted to those initiatives that would most benefit the City, for
example improving depressed neighborhoods. City employee pension funds
could be invested right here in San Francisco, instead of in standard
mutual fund or foreign bonds or remote service providers.

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[+] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain-stores YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores YES
[ ] [-] [ ] The biotech payroll tax break NO
[+] [ ] [] Municipal broadband YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced YES
[ ] [ ] [?] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields DON'T
[+] [ ] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to
residential properties YES

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?

+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] The City should help SFUSD provide child care for children of
working parents YES
[+] [ ] [ ] The DPH should provide reproductive health services YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an abortion NO
[] [-] [ ] 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?

Diversity also includes economic diversity. Our City needs to provide
housing for everybody.

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[+] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and education YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Undocumented immigrants should have equal access to education
and health care YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Non-citizen residents should be able to vote in all local
elections YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Full rights for transgender persons YES
[ ] [-] [?] Boards and commissions now reflect the ethnic diversity of
San Francisco NO
[ ] [-] [?] Boards and commissions now reflect the political diversity of
San Francisco NO
[+] [ ] [ ] My campaign reflects the diversity of San Francisco YES - IN

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

I would encourage my colleagues on the Board to evaluate any initiative
requiring us to take a position on state, national and global issues in
light of the questions: How does this accomplish the City's and The
People's business? Is it germane to meeting the needs of people who live
and work in our neighborhoods? Is it worthy of the time of Supervisors who
have been elected to focus on serving their District constituencies?
Ultimately, I believe that resolutions on global issues must be linked to
local solutions; otherwise their symbolism may be impotent. I will not use
the office of Supervisor to 'thump' on any individual or group, to the
benefit of any other individual or group.

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[ ] [-] [] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act NO
[ ] [-] [] City government cooperating with ICE NO - ONLY FOR KNOWN OR
[ ] [-] [] City government should boycott Arizona until policies are
changed NO
[ ] [-] [ ] City government should boycott Israel until policies are
changed NO
[ ] [ ] [?] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover DON'T KNOW
[ ] [-] [ ] Business taxes are too high NO
[ ] [-] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be
suspended to create jobs NO
[ ] [-] [] SF supervisors should take a position on offshore oil drilling
outside CA NO

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?

The City Charter's 'transit first' policy outlines principles that are to
guide the management of San Francisco and are to be incorporated into our
planning agencies. The entire apparatus of the City Government is charged
with its implementation. The policy's purpose is the well being of people,
to ensure the qualify of life and economic health, and its first principle
is the safe and efficient movement of people and goods emphasizing public
transportation, bicycle and foot travel over the use of individual
automobiles or other private means. The charter acknowledges that in order
for the policy to work, public transportation alternatives must be made
Creating attractive alternatives to private transportation means
coordination among transit agencies, including those supporting commuters
into and out of the city. It also means improving the transportation
infrastructure so that buses and taxis can function optimally. As the
linchpin of our public transportation system, MUNI bears much of the need
for improvement.
In addition to continuing the evaluation and designation of dedicated
transit lanes (for bicycles, taxis, buses, vanpools), I would support the
following specific changes to MUNI policy.
. Explore the feasibility of free passage on MUNI, initially for young,
elderly, handicapped and persons with bicycles.
. Identify and fix pedestrian passages that are unsafe in order to
encourage travel by foot.
. Continue to evaluate locations for additional bicycle parking and
surface travel.
. Ensure that viable public transit alternatives exist before raising
parking rates, unless that money is dedicated to public
. Link any new development resulting in a net increase of traffic or
population to commensurate increases in the availability of public
transit alternatives and investment in those alternatives.
. Evaluate incentives for additional innovative alternate forms of
public transportation, such as segways, scooter-taxis and Bay water-

+ - ?
[ +] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded at greater levels and be free to the
rider YES
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Higher residential construction along neighborhood transit
corridors, which may include raising height limits by two to three stories.
YES. In neighborhoods with community plans that resulted from
neighborhood input. Those projects would need to pay for improved transit.
When we fix public transit, the increased height limits will have been
worth the cost.
[ ] [-] [] Diversion of money set aside for seismic retofit projects into a
solar energy incentives program NO
[+] [ ] [ ] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as yield
signs and red lights as stop signs YES
[+] [ ] [ ] I ride MUNI, bicycle and/or walk instead of driving on a
regular basis YES
[+] [ ] [ ] Bus Rapid Transit on Geary YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a
ticket, unless their neighbors complain NO
[ ] [ ] [?] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force
[+] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking YES
[ ] [-] [ ] Power more City vehicles using corn-based ethanol NO. Ethanol
creation is an energy net loss, though it is cleaner. Why not go right to
[+] [ ] [] Residents should be allowed to park in the street in front of
their own driveway for free YES
[ ] [-] [] Oppose expanding parking meter hours to include later evening
hours and weekends NO
[+] [ ] [ ] Remove parking spots and car lanes to create dedicated bike and
bus lanes or wider sidewalks YES

Your positions on selected current and past Propositions:

[+] [ ] [] 2012 Prop A (City College Bond) YES
[ ] [-] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond) AGAINST/NO . In general, enhancing
parks is a good idea; however, the current management of Park and Rec has
not spent 50% of the last bond, and they will not transparently account
for either the money they have spent or the money that is left.
[+] [] [ ] 2012 Prop C (Housing Trust Fund) YES, BUT We should not give
this money to the MOHWD
[+] [] [ ] 2012 Prop D (Consolidating Municipal Elections) FOR/YES
[+] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop E (Business Tax Reform) FOR/YES
[] [-] [?] 2012 Prop F (Restore Hetch Hetchy Planning) FURTHER RESEARCH
[+] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop G (Corporate Personhood) FOR/YES

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

[ ] [-] [] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks) AGAINST/NO
[ ] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)