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: Hope Johnson
Phone Number: 415-630-5249
Web site: www.hopejohnsonforsupervisor.com
E-mail: hope.johnson@earthlink.net
Name of Campaign Manager: n/a
Are you receiving public financing: No
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: 2nd: Andrew Resignato; 3rd: tbd
Major Endorsements: As the former Chair of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, known for holding all public officials accountable, I must admit it is not easy to receive endorsements. Please check back with my web site: www.hopejohnsonforsupervisor.com.
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: David Campos
Least favorite: Malia Cohen
If the election were held today, who would you support as Board President: David Campos

Who would be your second and third choices? 2nd: John Avalos; 3rd: no other current incumbent

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 support Instant Runoff Voting ("IRV") and District Elections.

IRV allows voters to make more than one choice and saves money by avoiding
costly second elections. In addition, candidates with supporters who earn
a low to middle income may not have extra funds available to contribute to
a runoff campaign, giving an advantage to candidates with wealthy backers.
IRV has not yet been used long enough to accurately assess its
effectiveness, benefits, and costs. I am disappointed that John Avalos and
Matt Gonzalez have chosen to endorse only one candidate in District 5 while
alleging to support IRV.

District Elections have worked better for neighborhoods in San Francisco.
San Francisco neighborhoods are very different from each other and deserve
representatives that are knowledgeable about the area and residents.
District Elections require candidates to meet with people in the area and
allows meaningful participation by neighborhood groups.

+ - ?
[+] 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. (Explanation: I
would like to see us try to implement change first. Maybe one
elected commissioner?)
[+] 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.

Three of the top environmental issues are:

(1) Recycling water: San Francisco does not recycle water, which leaves it
behind other cities in the Bay Area. Daly City, Oakland, Alameda, Palo
Alto, Redwood City, Santa Clara and San Jose all recycle water. This would
be a priority for me as supervisor.

I will be supporting Prop F this November, requiring San Francisco to
explore alternative water and power resources. Since a variety of cities
in diverse areas have been recycling water for many years, we have a number
of best practices to evaluate and no excuse for falling so far behind.
Parks need to be irrigated with non-potable water reclaimed for that use.
We need to ensure new development and redevelopment incorporates technology
to minimize pollution exposure from storm water such as the use of surfaces
that reduce the amount of water allowed to soak into the ground.

(2) Planning for and using renewable energy resources: Implementation of
energy efficiency programs, renewable energy resources, and improvements in
public transportation will be key in continued reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions. Employer based strategies need to be further explored such as
increasing the use of telecommuting to reduce commuter travel and employer
tax breaks for contributing to employee public transportation costs.
Currently, employees can purchase commuter checks pre-tax but employer
contributions toward costs might be more attractive.

I support continuing financial incentives to purchase energy efficient
appliances and conversion to fluorescent lighting; conducting outreach to
small business owners to evaluate ways to improve energy efficiency and
offering financial assistance to implement changes; and requiring all City
Departments to implement energy efficiency programs.

It's my understanding California is allowing commercial buildings to
retrofit for efficiency through loans that are then repaid on the monthly
energy bill. Currently, the savings each month must exceed the cost of the
monthly loan payment. This could also be implemented for residential
buildings.

In addition, the PUCs must manage rate increases allowed to PG&E or provide
for competition in energy purchases.

(3) Protection of parks and open space from development and erosion while
preserving public use: Adequate funding to maintain and protect San
Francisco's parks and open spaces should be a priority in the regular
budget. The park system should not have to rely on voter approved bonds
for protection. The budget must include proper law enforcement to allow
recreational use while enforcing laws that protect specified areas. The
City also needs to apply for federal grants to revitalize existing areas
and create new ones, with care toward creating recreational and dog use
spaces to help protect existing natural areas from over use.

In addition, our parks and open spaces need to be protected from
environmental hazards. For example, the proposed artificial covering of
the soccer fields at Beach Chalet is an environmental disaster promoted for
monetary gain by corporate interests. The covering will leach toxins into
the ground and does not allow biodegradable items to decompose on top of
it, requiring limited use of food and drink. This is especially troubling
since the soccer fields are intended for use by children, who are not
likely to adhere to such rules.

+ - ?
[+] 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 (Explanation: I believe some the
practices of this program need to be revised. We need to
consider mixed use at dog lay areas and protect some wildlife
currently using the area when destroying plants currently
there.)
[-] 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 continues to be an ongoing problem and controversy in San
Francisco. We need to fund support services for people who are homeless
through mental illness and substance addiction. I do not support Laura's
Law with possibly the exception of repeat criminal offenders. I would
support funding temporary, experimental new approaches such as a "drunk
house" or supervised injection facility ("SIF"). The City could study the
effect on HIV prevention from reduction of sharing needles, overdose
prevention, ending substance use, and public safety from the decrease in
public injections and needle disposal. It's my understanding SFDPH had not
taken a position on SIFs and has not studied the model in four or five
years. A portion of HIV funding might be considered to start a program
with limited participants to evaluate the cost and access to funds.

+ - ?
[+] Project Homeless Connect (Explanation: I would like to see some
changes made but like the idea of a supportive informational
service with resources available. I volunteered at Project
Homeless Connect in it's beginning and people appreciated the
medical and dental services and learning what help is
available.)
[-] 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?

Actually building affordable housing must be included in development for
low to middle income people to live in San Francisco. Often, developers
pay monetary fees rather than building the housing when what is needed is
the housing itself. San Francisco is already one of the most expensive
places to live and a shortage of useful affordable housing in new
development drives the price up further.

I support a three year test moratorium on condo conversions and
strengthening tenant rights. People convert condos for a variety of
reasons but conversions always increase the unit's value, creating one less
affordable unit. We need to find creative ways to slow ever increasing
housing costs. Rental units built after 1979 might be included in rent
control.

+ - ?
[+] 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 (Explanation: I
would support this provided it includes requiring the in-law
apartment be safe and clean for tenants.)
[-] Condo conversion is currently too difficult

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

I support increased foot patrols through neighborhoods and neighborhood
police sub-stations such as the one opening for Twitter. In District 5,
many of the crimes against residents happen at night or early in the
morning along residential streets. The SFPD should be responsible for
providing records and information to the Public Defender's Office,
including justification for statistics and actions. I also support
community training for police that is based on the cultural norms in
specific neighborhoods. It is additionally important for the next District
5 Supervisor to continue the work of former Supervisor Mirkarimi in
reporting graffiti and trash to DPW and monitoring clean up.

We also need to provide jobs and educational opportunities for young
people. This might be done partnering with small businesses, a project I
will donate a portion of my salary to begin if elected. I would also like
to encourage manufacturing jobs return to the United States so that there
will more jobs. Many jobs that used to be considered starter jobs for
youth are now taken by under-employed adults.

+ - ?
[?] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving violations
(Explanation: I am not clear on the specifics of this. I would
support not having the police conduct high speed chases through
residential neighborhoods or focusing on dangerous moving
violations if that manpower were then used to patrol streets.)
[+] 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 (Explanation: I
support this only of those policies and priorities are
adequately vetted by community groups with the input of
experienced police officers and public defenders.)
[-] 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 must admit that I am not as familiar with the reforms as I should be. I
support many of the changes I know were made such as elimination of sexist
language, greater public access, and the Board of Supervisor having some
control over the budget. I believe we need to revisit the centralized
power of the Mayor, vague sections such as the definition of "official
misconduct", and incorporate the powers of new technologies.

+ - ?
[+] 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 (Explanation:
until the economy improves)
[+] 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 and practice moral and local purchasing but also enforcement of
more open government first to adequately analyze the best programs to fund.
We need to assess where our current revenue to going and how effectively
it is being used. I would like to some land use similar to the Hayes
Valley Farm incorporate into schools and new development. I support local
hiring and was disappointed that the new proprietors at Stowe Lake were
from outside the state of California and that taxpayers pay the bill for
City College's interim chancellor to commute from Michigan.

+ - ?
[+] 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?

Yes, women are underrepresented in City government. I think this why we
only recently saw pregnancy leave addressed at the Board of Supervisor's
and President Obama's support of women receiving equal pay. Women do not
yet have the same connections as men who have been in government for a long
time. Women also continue to hold traditional care giving responsibilities
which leaves them with less time to begin political careers. As a woman
who has been involved in politics and the immediate past Chair of the
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, I understand the lack of support for women
in politics. I support reaching out to women of all ages to educate them
on opportunities and need for women in government. I will encourage women
to apply to positions on boards and commissions and advocate for
requirements for women to be appointed where needed.

+ - ?
[+] 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?

Cultural diversity enriches San Francisco's arts, government, food,
entertainment, policy, schools, jobs, and international relationships. It
can also result in cultures and races clustering together. This support is
beneficial but can affect policy such as where new district lines are drawn
(choosing to not break up a culturally similar neighborhood over a better
similarity boundary) or interference with voting such as was seen during
the last Mayor's race when people were seen completing ballots for the
Chinese-speaking community. Many people of color are also disenfranchised
and forced into socially, economically, and environmentally depressed
areas.

We need to protect our cultural diversity by increasing jobs and affordable
housing. Governments and hospitals should continue to provide information
in various languages. We need to provide family and social support for
undocumented children brought into the country by their parents. The
Ethics Commission and/or state officials need to investigate criminal
activity perpetrated on cultural blocs. We also must hold companies
accountable for environmental and social injustice by requiring them to pay
for their impact on the environment and provide service in low income
communities (for example, we need proper grocery stores in all
neighborhoods).

+ - ?
[+] 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 (But it is improving!)
[-] 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?

I support the Board of Supervisors weighing in on issues. We need to have
a voice in all levels of government, and practice what we preach as an
example. I am disappointed so many of the Supervisors have chosen to run
for and sit on the Democratic County Central Committee. This allows them
to skirt campaign finance laws and constitutes a separate meeting of the
Board under our open government laws. I believe it is more beneficial for
citizens active in the community to serve on these committees.

+ - ?
[-] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[-] City government cooperating with ICE
[+] City government should boycott Arizona until policies are
changed (Explanation: or at least boycott as is relevant to
policies we want to see changed)
[+] City government should boycott Israel until policies are
changed (Explanation: or at least boycott as is relevant to
policies we want to see 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?

Transit first means we should support public transportation over individual
automobile use in our policies through out the City.

Rather than first looking for ways to increase revenue, Muni needs
oversight of the use of current revenue. Management salaries need to be
reduced and work orders to other departments must be eliminated. As more
current revenue is directed toward service, ridership will increase which
generates revenue. Projects such as the Central Subway should not move
forward until reasonable service is provided with existing infrastructure.

The best way to encourage people to decrease their use of cars is to
improve public transportation. Muni needs to run frequently and properly
cover heavily used areas during commute hours and special events. We need
shuttle service in heavy use areas during commute hours (like the 5 Fulton)
such as was implemented with the Castro Shuttle and 21 Hayes. We need
proper oversight of Muni's funds to ensure revenue is spent on service and
infrastructure instead of overly inflated management salaries and work
orders from other departments. I support revising the appointments to
allow the Board of Supervisors at least two appointments to the Board to
better represent riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. I also support re-
negotiating work rules with the operators to ensure proper driver coverage.
Parking rates based on vehicle size might also discourage use of cars.

I support bicycle lanes along Fell and Oak. As new development is built
(Parkmerced, Octavia condos, 55 Laguna), this area will become ever more
congested with cars. Since we removed the freeway (a good thing), this has
become the main artery in and out of parts of the City. As the car lanes
stop moving, at least the bicycle lanes will move. This area is also very
noisy and bicycles will not only help calm traffic but also reduce noise.

We must also address dangerous intersections with a policy toward safety
fro pedestrians and cyclists.

+ - ?
[+] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be free to the rider
[+] Downtown Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI (Explanation:
during business hours)
[-] Citywide Transit Assessment Tax to support MUNI
(Explanation: I would be open to supporting this in a better
economy with fewer burdens on average income residents.)
[-] 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 (Explanation: I would be
open to supporting this provided buildings and areas are safe
for earthquakes.)
[-] State law change that lets bicycles treat stop signs as
yield signs and red lights as stop signs (Explanation: As a
pedestrian, I cannot honestly support this without an increase
in better behavior by bicyclists near walkers)
[+] 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 (Explanation: blocks
use of sidewalks for people with disabilities. Child strollers,
etc.)
[+] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force
Report
[+] Congestion pricing for parking
[?] Power more City vehicles using corn-based ethanol
(Explanation: I need more information on the sustainability of
growing enough corn, amount of energy required to create the
corn based ethanol, and the green house has emissions involved
in the process.)
[?] Residents should be allowed to park in the street in front
of their own driveway for free (Explanation: Depends on the
congestion of the area).
[?] Oppose expanding parking meter hours to include later
evening hours and weekends (Explanation: Depends on the area, I
do not support parking meters in residential neighborhoods. I
do support this in some existing meters and in commercial
areas)
[+] 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) (Explanation: need plan
for accountability in spending first, no reason to pay out of
state chancellor to commute, etc.)
[-] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond) (Explanation: the City cannot
continue to expect taxpayers will be able to find more to give
plus interest for essential city services that should be
covered in the standard budget. We cannot continue to through
good money after bad and must evaluate the effectiveness of
where and how our money is being spent)
[-] 2012 Prop C (Housing Trust Fund) (Explanation: I do not
support a large pool of money available without a plan for use
and accountability, and we need development to build actual
housing not just give money that ends up for low income
housing. We are creating a very wealthy and very poor class -
we need a middle class here, too.)
[?] 2012 Prop D (Consolidating Municipal Elections)
(Explanation: not sure if this would allow a complete change in
an administration or if that would make a difference)
[-] 2012 Prop E (Business Tax Reform) (Explanation: I am
concerned about the impact on small businesses and believe this
needs better planning, may be being pushed through because of
the promise of money for housing.)
[+] 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)