San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2012


Instructions:

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: sherman r d'silva
Phone Number: 415-269-1889
Web site: www.dsilva2012.com
E-mail: srdsilva@hotmail.com
Name of Campaign Manager: walden wong
Are you receiving public financing: no
Signed voluntary spending limit: yes
Campaign Manager: walden wong
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: n/a
Major Endorsements: n/a
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: n/a
Least favorite: n/a
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: n/a
Who would be your second and third choices: n/a
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: jeff adachi

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 believe that instant runoff is ok as long as you have as many choices as candidatesi.e. if there are 7 candidates you have to have 7 chances to rank the candidates otherwise someone choosing 3 of the eliminated candidates does not get a say in the election for that office as the vote is discardeddistrict elections are good in theory but it is still influenced by outside parties. in my district over 1/2 million spent in 2008 in district 1 election. Residents need to say that will only chose a representative based on debates and or a spending cap otherwise most people are not able to make a run against the candidates backed by the two "sides" district elections or not. i have pledged to not exceed $1000 in spending. As mentioned i would have as many choices to rank as candidates.

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[x ] [ ] [ ] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office. alleged violation occurred before person sworn in and voters should remove him if warranted
[ ] [ ] [x ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies, Networks or District Councils need more info
[ ] [x ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically elected. should be up to legislative branch
[ ] [x ] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners.
[x ] [ ] [ ] Residency requirements for elected officials should be strictly enforced.
[ ] [ ] [x ] Ethics Commission should be disbanded. need more info
[x ] [ ] [ ] Ethics Commission meetings should be televised.
[ ] [x ] [ ] Ethics Commission should prioritize investigating violations from well-funded campaigns. all campaigns should be looked at equally
[ ] [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 if reasonable alternative available and assistance given to companies to phase out old stock
[x ] [ ] [ ] Public Power if would be less expensive to consumers
[ ] [ ] [x ] Community Choice Aggregation don't know enough about topic
[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 if parking not designed into building it will add to parking and congestion
[ ] [x ] [ ] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Natural Areas Program
[ ] [ ] [ x ] Artificial turf on City-owned athletic fields don't know if the product is safe

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

help people who are truly homeless but those who choose to reside on streets i find unacceptable. Make enough temporary housing available, but if you choose not to accept it we have to enforce city health and vagrancy rules.

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[ ] [ ] [ x ] Project Homeless Connect
[x ] [ ] [ ] Care Not Cash.
[x ] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[ ] [x ] [ ] SF's minimum wage law i believe that it raises cost to everyone by the difference in the state and or federal minimum wage. i.e. rent goes up more since wages go up and so do costs to buy things produced/sold in the city
[x ] [ ] [ ] SF's health care mandate it should apply to all employees. but i would repeal minimum wage and replace it with a required health care. this would not affect competiveness as much as the minimum wage
[ ] [ ] [x ] SF's sick leave requirements
[x ] [ ] [ ] Law against sitting down on SF sidewalks sitting/blocking sidewalk makes it difficult to people to enjoy the neighborhood. It also discourages tourism which leads to less revenue to do many social programs

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 relative ie i want to live in Marina district but it is not affordable for me. There is affordable housing but not what we would consider acceptable. if you want rents to go down you must allow more building of high density housing ie studios in high rise structures. Then supply and demand will find a more reasonable balance. One problem is that we have many students competing for housing and willing to pay higher rents as roommates. This multiplies the problem

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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 i believe in fair rent control. This means you grant property owners a fair return ie the increase in inflation in San Francisco not diluted by all cities and the only 80%
[ ] [x ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[ ] [ ] [x ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments need more info
[x ] [ ] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult we need to encourage home ownership

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

first we must require SFPD to follow same laws we follow. Lead by example: don't park on red zones, don't roll through stops, and don't ride bikes on sidewalks

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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 need more info
[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?

need more info

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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 person who came in second should be appointed

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?less rules and regulations to jump over

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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 need more info
[x ] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband
[x ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[ ] [x ] [ ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields we need recreation for all groups would be reasonable to add more soccer fields by acquiring additional land
[ ] [x ] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to residential properties if taxes are not defined commercial property tax can escalate causing increased prices to consumers

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?no

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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? focus on what they have control over

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[ ] [ ] [x ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act depends on what parts
[ ] [ ] [x ] City government cooperating with ICE depends on what parts
[ ] [x ] [ ] City government should boycott Arizona until policies are changed we disagree with their policy but they may disagree with some of our views
[ ] [x ] [ ] City government should boycott Israel until policies are changed we disagree with their policy but they may disagree with some of our views
[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 regulations should take into consideration when written
[ ] [x ] [ ] SF supervisors should take a position on offshore oil drilling outside CA not in sf control. sf should focus on what it can control

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?

dont beieve it is a good policy. policy should be to increase efficiency in all roads ie if cars can move more efficiently so does muni and less gridlock and ideling in traffic means less fuel used and less pollution
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[ ] [x ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider muni need to be more convinient
[ ] [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
[ ] [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 modified to center median with left hand doors
[ ] [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 ethonol increases price of both fuel and corn used by farmers and people
[ 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 need more info
[ ] [x ] [ ] Remove parking spots and car lanes to create dedicated bike and bus lanes or wider sidewalks this adds to congestion and thus more pollution

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)