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: Lynn Gavin
Phone Number: 415.286.2528
Web site: gavin4D7.com
E-mail: gavin4seven@hotmail.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Thomas Adeyemi
Are you receiving public financing: No
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: Decline to State
Major Endorsements: Decline to State
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: None
Least favorite: Scott Weiner
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: None of the current Board members.
Who would be your second and third choices: I do not have one from among the current members
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: It was not the current mayor.

1) Grassroots Democracy: What are your thoughts on Instant Runoff?

It should be reinstated.

Voting, and District Elections? How have they worked to date?

Grassroots.

What would you change in the future?

The endorsements process.

+ - ?
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office.
[ ] [ ] [ ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies, Networks or District Councils
[ +] [ ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically elected.
[- ] [ ] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners.
[+ ] [ ] [ ] 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
[ -] [ ] [ ] 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.

The demolition of Parkmerced would impact the 500,000 birds that migrate alone the Pacific Coast every year and the other animals that depend on the 1,000 trees that would be destroyed.

+ - ?
[ +] [ ] [ ] Phasing out diesel tour buses
[ +] [ ] [ ] Public Power
[ ?] [ ] [ ] Community Choice Aggregation
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Tidal power that might be harnessed in San Francisco Bay should be publicly controlled.
[? ] [ ] [ ] New runways in the bay at SFO
[ +] [ ] [ ] 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?

+ - ?
[ ?] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
[? ] [ ] [ ] Care Not Cash.
[ -] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[+ ] [ ] [ ] SF's minimum wage law
[ +] [ ] [ ] SF's health care mandate
[ ?] [ ] [ ] 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?

+ - ?
[ +] [ ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance by fees on developers
[? ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trust
[ -] [ ] [ ] 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?

+ - ?
[ +] [ ] [ ] 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 paid for by corporations
[ +] [ ] [ ] 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?

Women issues are underrepresented.
answers to yes/no questions were omitted

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
[+ ] [ ] [ ] 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?

+ - ?
[+ ] [ ] [ ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[+ ] [ ] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE
[ -] [ ] [ ] City government should boycott Arizona until policies are changed
[- ] [ ] [ ] City government should boycott Israel until policies are changed
[+ ] [ ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[? ] [ ] [ ] Business taxes are too high
[ -] [ ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[? ] [ ] [ ] 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?

+ - ?
[+ ] [ ] [ ] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider only free for minors
[ ?] [ ] [ ] 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
[ -] [ ] [ ] Oppose 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:

[- ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop A (City College Bond)
[- ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[ -] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop C (Housing Trust Fund)
[- ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop D (Consolidating Municipal Elections)
[ -] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop E (Business Tax Reform)
[ -] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop F (Restore Hetch Hetchy Planning)
[? ] [ ] [ ] 2012 Prop G (Corporate Personhood)

[ ?] [ ] [ ] 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)
[ +] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)