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: Julian Davis
Phone Number: 415-823-3250
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Aaron Selverston
Are you receiving public financing: Yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
Campaign Manager: Aaron Selverston
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: N/A
Major Endorsements: John Avalos, Matt Gonzalez. Tom Ammiano, David Campos, Aaron Peskin, Kathleen Dooley, Eileen Hansen, SEIU-1021, SEIU-UHW, Coleman Action Fund, SF Rising (#2), San Francisco Tomorrow (#2)
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: John Avalos
Least favorite: Mark Farrell
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, N/A
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 IRV and district elections. Both have had a beneficial impact on democracy in San Francisco. I would not make any changes to the current system.

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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.

Among others:

1) Implementing Clean Power SF. San Francisco should be at the forefront of developing climate solutions. Reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, and developing a 100% renewable energy infrastructure must be a top priority.

2) Achieving Zero Waste. San Francisco should achieve zero waste recycling facilities by 2020, including complete landfill diversion, trash conversion technologies, "purple pipe" wastewater recycling, and energy production from municipal solid waste. Our sewer system improvement plan (SSIP), including a bio solids handling facility with anaerobic digesters, is not currently coordinated with Recology's zero waste facility plan despite the fact that planned facilities are within a mile of each other.

3) Addressing exposure to environmental toxins in low-income communities of color. Children in low-income minority communities in San Francisco are exposed to higher than average levels of environmental hazards leading to increasing numbers of children suffering from asthma, autism, and other learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities. We need to invest more resources in effective environmental disease prevention efforts.

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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 is a national problem that results from the intense inequities of capitalist society. We need leadership at the state and national level as well as the local level to address the root causes of homelessness and ensure that we are providing for the least among us. Supportive housing is the key to ending homelessness. We need to invest more resources in housing as well as on demand drug treatment and social services aimed at getting people off the street and into healthy supportive environments.

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[ ] [ x ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect (Seems more focused on PR than real solutions)
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Care Not Cash (Took GA away from many to provide supportive housing for few)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Community courts (Better than revolving door incarceration)
[ 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?

San Francisco should be a place where anyone can afford to live. Today, we are relying on paltry handouts from big developers to construct affordable housing units. It's a tale of two cities-a playground for the ultra rich, and insufficient housing for the rest of us. We need to preserve rent-controlled housing, expand tenant protections, and dedicate funding sources for affordable rental housing and homebuyer assistance. While I support the affordable housing trust fund on the November ballot, San Francisco will have to identify other financial resources to meet the demand for affordable housing. San Francisco has not passed an affordable housing bond since 1996. We need to work with our legislators in Sacramento to change state law so affordable housing bonds can be approved with at most 55% of the vote by cities and counties, instead of the Proposition 13 era two-thirds requirement that exists today and we need to go back to the ballot with an affordable housing bond regardless. We ought to be investing upwards of $1 billion in affordable housing over the next 5-10 years the way Chicago did in the 1990's. Our city's economic development policies are to blame for the sky rocketing rents and rising cost of living. In addition to reorienting our policies away from the 1% towards small mom and pops businesses, I will also explore the creation of a local rental subsidy program (akin to Section 8) to make rental options more affordable for low-income people (including students, artists, seniors, and young families).

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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?

Our communities should be safe and healthy places to live and work. We need to expand mental health services and health care for San Francisco's most vulnerable populations. Having healthy communities also means ensuring safe streets. Adding more beat cops may help in the short term, but we need to address the root causes of poverty and crime, and foster culturally competent community policing.

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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
[ ] [ 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?

The 1996 Charter did away with the independent authority of the City Administrator which prior to 1995 was responsible for managing over one third of City government, and concentrated those powers in the Mayor. Existing power relationships within San Francisco government should be reexamined with the aim of promoting a true balance of authority in decision making with the Board of Supervisors. The combination of ranked choice voting, public financing and the district election of the Board of Supervisors increases the chances for the public's voice in local government to be heard. This voice is often drowned out at the executive level in favor of corporate and organized interests. For example, the agency that has played a major role in recent City Hall decisions around mid-Market development and the Twitter tax concessions that lacked a community benefit agreement, is the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. This agency is not guided by an independent commission that requires approval by the Board of Supervisors. The guiding economic aims and philosophy of this agency, and what factors guide its decision-making need be more accountable to the public. Yes, I would favor revisiting the 1996 Charter.

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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?

I support the replacement of the City's payroll tax with the gross receipts tax because it taxes money instead of employee payroll costs. Supervisor John Avalos worked to improve the package going to San Francisco voters in November so it's not revenue neutral. In terms of human needs, however, City government has seen approximately $1.5 billion cut from public services since the recession began in 2008. The gross receipts measure will not begin to backfill those cuts. I support a commercial rent tax for large property owners who have benefited from Proposition 13 as well as the Bush era tax cuts. New revenue is needed to help San Francisco address unmet needs in the areas of housing, public education and human services. In terms of land use policy, San Francisco does not need more projects like 8 Washington that obstruct view of the public land, violate established height limits and only house this society's wealthiest 1%. I am skeptical that any new, large scale residential condominium construction should go forward until San Francisco has a viable plan to meet its unmet housing needs. San Francisco's capacity to be a diverse, vibrant city is threatened by the basic economics of housing. In San Francisco 2009 Housing Element issued by the Planning Department, it states that the State Department of Housing and Community Development along with the Association of Bay Area Governments that San Francisco needs to build over 18,000 new affordable housing units to house "extremely low,
very low, low and moderate income households."

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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail outlets/chain-stores
[ x ] [ ] [ ] 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
[ x] [ ] [ ] 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?

Yes. Women just like people of color and members of the LGBT community remain marginalized in 2012 by the dominant culture in American society that privileges a demographic minority. Regardless of what poor political decisions other parts of America make, San Francisco must remain a place where challenging this society's unhealthy power relationships is central to our local political culture.

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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?

San Francisco has always been a culturally diverse city. The eastside of San Francisco is the most ethnically diverse areas outside of Brooklyn, New York. This is one of the things that makes our city so special. One of the worst aspects of San Francisco's diversity is how segregated we are. Too often, ethic communities are isolated in particular neighborhoods. To protect our diversity and reduce segregation we need to focus on economic development and land use policies that keep San Francisco inclusive, integrate our neighborhoods, and reverse gentrification.

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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?

I am fine with it. Some vocal critics have spoken out about the propensity of the board to take positions on state, national and international issues. To the extent that these issues affect our local communities I don't see a problem with the Board of Supervisors expressing an opinion. For instance some of these resolutions have been connected with funding for disaster relief for communities abroad that are tightly connected with communities in our San Francisco neighborhoods.

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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. (I believe in the liberation of Palestine and the right of Israel to exist. I believe in a two state solution. Policies that undermine these goals should be met with boycotts and other forms of resistance and mediation)
[ ] [ 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?

The City's transit first policy was adopted in 1973. It means that San Francisco government has a responsibility to place needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit riders first. It also means in terms of policymaking that local government has an obligation to break automobile dependence. This was official City policy even before widespread consciousness about the effects of global warming. How well San Francisco supports its MUNI system is one critical test of our commitment to Transit First. In 2007, San Francisco voters approved Proposition A to improve public transit but leadership at City Hall undermined its implementation with the advent of "work orders" which diverts resources from the MTA budget to other City departments, for example the police department. Now over 8% of the SFMTA budget goes to work orders at a cost to our public transit agency of $64.9 million this fiscal year. Work orders budgeting needs to stop. San Francisco government needs to get serious about Transit First, improving public transit options, reducing automobile dependence, and doing what we can locally to reduce our carbon footprint.

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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 retofit projects into a solar energy incentives program (Have not seen any proposals or studies regarding this but I support rebuilds (not affecting existing affordable housing) that use current seismic standards and that include the latest in energy efficiency and renewable energy).
[ 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

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)