San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2014
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: Dr. Juan-Antonio Carballo
Phone Number: 415 770 4466
Web site: www.carballo2014.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Juan-Antonio Carballo
Are you receiving public financing : I am planning to.
Signed voluntary spending limit : Yes.
Campaign Manager: Self
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements: Latino Democratic Party. Others expected soon.
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: Scott Wiener
Least favorite: ?
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President : Undecided.
Who would be your second and third choices : Undecided.
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011 (all 3 choices, if applicable) : Nobody.
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?
+ - ?
[ ] [ ] [? ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies,
Networks or District Councils
[ + ] [ ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically elected
[ ] [ ] [? ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners
[ ] [ -] [ ] Supervisors appointed to fill vacancies should not be allowed to run in the next election
[ ] [-] [ ] Mayor Lee's efforts to remove Sheriff Mirkarimi from office
[+] [ ] [ ] 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 Francisco
2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major
environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your
proposed policies to address them.
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses
[+] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[+] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Aggregation
[+] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San Francisco Bay should be publicly controlled.
[+] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing and commercial developments
[+] [ ] [ ] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive
[+] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ ] [-] [ ] 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?
This is a chronic issue in the city, and a dire human issue, often related to addiction, mental illness, etc.
Current approach does not seem to be working, as homelessness has not been reduced in any significant
I propose following solutions:
1. Public-private partnerships that innovate to address the problem. Use of existing tools such as
Adoption or Naming rights to enhance multi-level housing system.
2. Novel applications of technology to help measure and direct actions. Enroll key technology
companies to innovate with ideas, with resources, with equity, and with funding.
3. Very vigorously apply and enhance solutions focused on reducing addiction, mental illness, etc. as key related issue affecting homelessness. (For example with safe-injection housing, etc.)
+ - ?
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[+] [ ] [ ] Care Not Cash
[+] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[+] [ ] [ ] Healthy SF
[+] [ ] [ ] SF's sick leave requirements
[ ] [-] [ ] 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 believe public housing has had mixed results, although it's been helpful.
- I support ongoing and emerging legislation aimed at creating more housing (30K new homes by 2020,
with high percentage / 30%+
- I support ongoing and emerging legislation to reduce abuse of Ellis Act evictions for speculation.
- I support vastly improving the transportation/transit system will really help this issue as well.
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] 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
[+] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments
[ ] [-] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult
4) Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while
making the streets safer?
+ - ?
[ ] [ ] [?] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
[+] [ ] [ ] Support expansion of foot patrols
[ ] [ ] [?] 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 am not sure it needs revisiting at this time.
+ - ?
[ ] [-] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[+] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you?
[+] [ ]  Two aides for each Supervisor are sufficient
[+] [ ] [ ] 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?
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain-stores
[+] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box stores
[ ] [ ] [ ] The biotech payroll tax break
[+] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband
[+] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[+] [ ] [ ] 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?
- Definitely I believe so. Yes, this is not positive.
- I have personally and successfully mentored many women across my scientific and technology career.
- I will directly address via mentoring, training, and encouragement via specific programs and by direct
collaboration with top women's and equality-oriented groups.
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] The City should help SFUSD provide child care for children of working parents
[+] [ ] [ ] The DPH should provide reproductive health services
[ ] [-] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an abortion
[ ] [-] [ ] 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?
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] Multilingual government and 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
[X] [ ] [ ] My campaign reflects the diversity of San Francisco
(Personally, I was born and raised in Spain, my wife was born and raised in Iran. We speak 3 languages at
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 this is a good idea for some issues, as they also affect San
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[+] [ ] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE/Secure Communities
[ ] [-] [ ] City government should boycott Israel until it complies with UN resolutions
[ ] [ ] [?] 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 your
constituents, political consultants, colleagues, unions, businesses,
donors, or your gut feelings)?
Basis includes (a) key values, consistent with San Francisco’s core
values, (b) consultation with key affected groups / constituents /
other key individuals as mentioned above (c) thorough analysis with
use of advanced technology when appropriate.
[ ] [ ] [?] 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?
- It focuses on ensuring quality of life and economic health by
delivering a transportation system which results in safe and efficient
movement of people (and goods). There are a number of additional
principles, but the main message is that Public transit is a much more
efficient alternative than individual vehicle driving.
+ - ?
[+] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider
not sure about "free"
[+] [ ] [ ] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[+] [ ] [ ] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
[+] [ ] [ ] Higher residential construction along neighborhood transit corridors, which may include raising height limits by two to three stories.
[ ] [-] [ ] Diversion of money set aside for seismic retrofit projects into a solar energy incentives program
[+] [ ] [ ] 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 on Geary
[ ] [-] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[ ] [ ] [?] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force Report
[+] [ ] [ ] Congestion pricing for parking
[ ] [ ] [?] Power more City vehicles using 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:
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop A (Transportation Bond)
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop B (Population-based Transit Funding)
[ ] [-] [ ] 2014 Prop E (Soda Tax)
although open to discussion. Hurts low income groups.
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop G (Real Estate Transfer Surtax)
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop H (Natural Grass in Parks)
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop I (Park Code Changes)
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop J (Minimum Wage Increase)
[ ] [-] [ ] 2014 Prop L (Transportation Priorities)
[ ] [ ] [?] 2014 Prop 43 (Water Bond)
still studying it.
[ +] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop 46 (Malpractice/Drug Testing)
yes on raising cap.
[+] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop 47 (Change some Nonviolent Felonies to Misdemeanors)
[+] [ ] [ ] June 2014 Prop A (Emergency Services Bond)
[+] [ ] [ ] June 2014 Prop B (Waterfront Height Limits)
[ ] [-] [ ] 2013 Prop B (8 Washington Development)
[+] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[ ] [ ] [?] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
didn’t take a position
[ ] [ ] [?] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)
didn’t take a position
[ ] [ ] [-] 2011 Prop E (Ammendments to initiative ordinances)
[ ] [-] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[+] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)