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: Tony Kelly
Phone Number: 415 498 0360
Web site: tonykelly2014.com
Name of Campaign Manager: consultant = Jim Stearns
Are you receiving public financing: Yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
Campaign Manager: Anand Singh, Buffy Martin Tarbox
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: Endorsing all D10 challengers
Major Endorsements: Sierra Club
San Francisco Tomorrow
San Francisco Rising
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Potrero Hill Democratic Club
SF Latino Democratic Club
Mayor Art Agnos
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
Supervisor John Avalos
Supervisor David Campos
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: Campos, Avalos, Kim
Least favorite: None
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President:
Who would be your second and third choices: Any of Campos, Avalos, Kim
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011 (all 3 choices, if applicable): Avalos, Herrera, Baum
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 will defend both the letter and spirit of district elections, and
engage more with the entire district than any Supervisor in memory. I
am very serious about having Community Office Hours every day in
Bayview-Hunters Point and 11 times a week in the district; there is no
better way to learn of neighborhood issues and bring all our voices to
City Hall. I couldn't run for office or help cultivate the next
generation of diverse leadership for this City without term limits,
district elections, public financing, and instant runoff voting, so I
am absolutely committed to protecting that system.
[ 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 ] [ ] [ ] Supervisors appointed to fill vacancies should not be allowed to run in the next election
[ ] [ ] [X ] Mayor Lee's efforts to remove Sheriff Mirkarimi from office
[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
2) Ecological Wisdom: Please outline your view of the major
environmental and ecological issues facing San Francisco and your
proposed policies to address them.
A child born today in parts of District 10 can expect to live 14 years
less than a child born on Russian Hill. That is an ongoing scandal and
an ongoing emergency. We have to address multiple pollution and
community health issues in southeast San Francisco – from the two
freeways carving our District and polluting our air, to the Bayview
sewage treatment plant that processes 80% of the City's waste right
across the street from people's homes, to the Circosta Metals junkyard
and Darling International and other corporate polluters, to the
groundwater contamination from hundreds of underground fuel tanks –
and specific health dangers affecting immigrant communities and people
of color throughout the City.
I want to use the Board of Supervisors' (but often ignored) powers of
a) setting policy,
b) budget review and approval,
c) land use review and approval,
d) contract review and approval, and
e) unlimited power of inquiry
to be a true check and balance against the excesses and failures of
the executive branch of government.
[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 ] [ ] [ ] Reducing or eliminating parking minimums in new housing and commercial developments
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Congestion tolls on Doyle Drive
[ ] [ ] [ X ] Natural Areas Program
I support natural areas, but the Recreation and Park Department's handling of
this program is botched, and numerous park and recreation users suffer.
[ ] [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?
San Francisco's policies on homelessness continue to be a disgrace in
the richest city in the richest state in the richest country in the
history of the world. It almost appears as if there is a conscious
choice to maintain a certain level of homelessness, a certain deficit
of support and mental health services, and a certain flow of
revolving-door incarceration of the poor. Our City has so much more
work to do on this multilayered problem; fortunately we have the
resources to do that work and only need the political will.
[ X ] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect
The services portion of this program is OK.
[ ] [X ] [ ] Care Not Cash
[ ] [X ] [ ] Community courts
I support alternatives to incarceration.
[X ] [ ] [ ] Healthy SF
[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?
Our City's affordable housing crisis is crippling our diversity, our
community health, and our long term sustainability, and we won't solve
it by building 'marketrate' condominiums where the 'market' is driven
by international wealth. We need stronger local solutions, with our
own public resources – land and capital. The two biggest drivers in
the cost of housing are the cost of the land and the cost of financing
with commercial banks. So we should be maximizing our opportunities to
build housing and infrastructure on public land - HOPE SF sites, Port
property, or land owned by the PUC or MTA or Caltrans. Then we should
support development on that land with public financing, using our
billions of dollars in General Fund and retirement reserves, to build
affordable housing with less direct subsidy. I also support the
acquisition and rehabilitation of existing housing and the purchase of
foreclosed and bank-owned properties throughout District 10 and the
[ ] [X ] [ ] Impacts of all new development should be paid for in advance
by fees on developers
[X ] [ ] [ ] Community Land Trusts
[ ] [X ] [ ] Rent Control is too strong
[X ] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[X ] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments
Legalization, not Amnesty
[ ] [X ] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult
4) Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while
making the streets safer?
Nearly half of the City's shootings this year have occurred in the
City's southeastern neighborhoods. I recently released a five-point
plan to reduce violent crime in District 10, focusing on actions that
a supervisor can take today:
* $10 million in emergency funds to invest in front line family support services to help prevent crime in District 10
* A renewed commitment to community policing
* Police substations to bring positive police contact closer to communities
* A violent crime response plan to connect witnesses and families with services
* Joining the Reentry Council
Community policing practices can help rebuild trust between police and
communities in District 10, but we also need more thorough oversight of the
SFPD and support of the Office of Citizen Complaints. I am also interested in
assessing the SFPD's need for military equipment via Homeland Security.
[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?
After 20 years, I do believe in reviewing the Kaufman Charter, and
identifying a number of ways to balance power between the executive
branch, the legislative branch, and the voters.
The last few budget cycles in particular have identified substantial
gaps in our 'strong- mayor' City Charter, largely showing what happens
when our 'strong mayor' acts weakly - by supporting continuing waste,
corporate subsidies, and outright giveaways over the goals and
mandates of the City's General Plan, and props up willing supporters
as commissioners with (ignored) oversight powers. I would insist on a
stronger year-round budget process at the Board of Supervisors. The
Audit and Oversight Committee in particular has an untapped power to
supplement the work of the Board's Budget and Finance Committee; they
can work year-round to identify opportunities to make City government
more efficient and cost-effective in support of the Board's
progressive policy goals, and to prepare City agencies and community
allies well in advance of the annual budget battles in the summer.
[X ] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[ ] [X ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you?
This isn't formally possible under the Charter; instead I will have Community
Office Hours in the district eleven times every week, including every day of the
year in Bayview-Hunters Point, and I will attend more neighborhood meetings
than any supervisor in recent memory
[ ] [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 have been one of the leading community advocates of public banking
solutions to our budget and infrastructure struggles for more than
five years, and I look forward to continuing Supervisor Avalos'
advocacy for such measures at the Board.
With an $8.6 billion City budget, at least $4 billion dollars in City
reserves sit in commercial banks and T-Bill accounts every day of the
year. Why don't we put that money to work for us? We can use City
reserves to create a new local credit market, via existing credit
unions or the creation of a municipal bank, funding local hiring for
quality jobs. This could help us rebuild our public housing the right
way, build affordable housing and transit, clean up pollution sites,
or any other infrastructure need, while also providing opportunities
for local business-owners to create and support permanent jobs. (The
possibilities are almost limitless - the State Bank of North Dakota
funds student loans for residents, and the income generated is
invested in front-line public services.)
[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?
I believe women and racial minorities are underrepresented in City
government, and I believe the issues of women and low-income workers
of all races are severely ignored at all levels of government.
As Coleman Advocates reported a few years ago, half of our City's
children live in effective poverty, given our City's high cost of
living. District 10 has the worstperforming schools in the City, and
the most widespread poverty. So our longstanding crisis of
outmigration of families of color is both alarming and predictable.
I have a long list of potential remedies to the multiple problems of
women, families, and low-income workers, from pay-equity and
local-hire mandates for public sector jobs to substantial investment
in front-line family and wraparound services in schools to the
measures listed below in this questionnaire.
[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?
It is a tragic fact that, as cities throughout California are getting
more diverse, San Francisco is getting less. When City Hall diverts
its attention toward providing for the rich and away from providing
for everyone, this is what happens.
My family has been through bankruptcy, I've been a tenant my entire
adult life, and gone through a no-fault eviction. I've been through
some of the tough choices that District 10 residents go through every
day. That is one reason why, for more than a decade, I have been
volunteering and leading neighborhood efforts for sustainable land
use, working-class jobs, open space & transit planning, affordable
housing, and environmental justice.
This year, I am on the Community Leadership Team of an SEIU-convened
task force, 'Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community.' We are
focused on crafting a set of legislative actions and policies to slow
and eventually reverse the outmigration of African Americans from San
Francisco. My particular focus on the team has been on employment and
workforce disparities and policies, but we are all in active
discussion and advocacy regarding housing, health and trauma, mass
incarceration, education, and employment issues.
That task force is one example of the work I will try to do at the
Board. I will seek to maximize empowerment and shared governance
throughout our work together, to ensure that our diverse communities
are in control of their own future.
On a related note, we have to be much stronger enforcing our City's
policies mandating language access. In far too many cases, the City is
unaware of substantial issues in our neighborhoods because of a
presumption that everyone can communicate in English, or is online.
[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:
A) What are your thoughts on the Board of Supervisors taking positions on state,
national and international issues?
As a leading city in the state, San Francisco should be taking a
position on statewide issues, and as the policy-setting body of the
City and County of San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors is the
right setting for those discussions. Questions of City government
cooperation with offensive and unfair national policies (examples
listed below in this questionnaire) are also relevant to the Board's
authority and should be discussed there as well. I won't be
introducing resolutions taking positions on national and international
issues, but I am happy to vote on such matters if they are introduced
[ ] [X ] [ ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[ ] [X ] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE/Secure Communities
[ ] [ ] [X ] City government should boycott Israel until it complies with UN resolutions
[X ] [ ] [ ] 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)?
I have no plans to run for higher office that Supervisor, so that
leads to a lot of useful independence at City Hall. As a neighborhood
leader in District 10, my decision-making and coalition-building was
with constituents and colleagues in other neighborhoods; I see no
reason why that will change much at the Board.
At City Hall, I will seek to build a consistent Board majority for
equitable housing, economic development, and infrastructure, to remedy
the excesses of the past four (or 15) years and move forward
My candidacy, as well as my term in office, will be distinguished by
the consistency and clear articulation of my positions, my willingness
to learn and to think creatively about policy, and my singular
commitment to community engagement and accountability.
That last point is critical, and it is why I am committed to holding
Community Office Hours 11 times every week in District 10 with me or
my legislative staff, including every day of the year in
[ ] [X ] [ ] Fleet Week and the Blue Angels flyover
[ ] [X ] [ ] In a severe recession, environmental regulations should be suspended to create jobs
[ ] [X ] [ ] 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?
I think our Transit First policies have been neglected, in the budget
and in operation. The root of the problem is a City Hall that uses our
land to build the budget, not the City. I want to reverse that
equation, and use City resources to support new infrastructure and
front-line services without raising taxes.
For example: There is enough development in the Eastern Neighborhoods
rezoning to generate more than $600 million in property taxes for the
City's General Fund over the next 15-20 years, but NONE of that is
dedicated to Eastern Neighborhoods infrastructure. That has to change,
because development impact fees only support one-third of the transit,
parks, schools, and services we will need for a growing
population. The math is similar in development areas throughout
District 10, and I will lead the Board of Supervisors to re-set our
budget to support our growth responsibly.
I am also interested in a vehicle license fee increase, and/or a
congestion-pricing program for vehicles entering downtown and entering
the City through its freeways, if either or both are combined with a
clear upgrade of Muni services before their introduction. That is how
other cities around the world have introduced congestion-pricing
programs, and the CTA is not taking that factor into account in their
most recent congestion-pricing proposal.
What would we do with that money? The Board of Supervisors has the
oversight and budget power to force transportation improvements in
neighborhoods that desperately need it, and I will use that power to
make sure that the MTA serves us. My capital priorities would include:
* Smaller neighborhood loops served by smaller MUNI buses, reliably getting
residents to larger lines to go downtown or to other neighborhoods.
* Protected bike lanes along major routes like Bayshore Boulevard, Third Street
and Potrero Avenue, to ensure safer ways of biking to work and throughout
* Eventually redesigning 3rd and Illinois Streets to reduce the unsustainable
congestion of cars, parking, trucks, bikes, trains, and pedestrians on 3rd
[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.
We already have this in many transit corridors, and don't need further rezoning.
[ ] [ ] [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
[ ] [ ] [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 ] Support expanding parking meter hours to include later evening hours and weekends
It really depends on where.
[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 ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop A (Transportation Bond)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop B (Population-based Transit Funding)
[ ] [ ] [X ] 2014 Prop E (Soda Tax)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop G (Real Estate Transfer Surtax)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop H (Natural Grass in Parks)
[ ] [X ] [ ] 2014 Prop I (Park Code Changes)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop J (Minimum Wage Increase)
[ ] [X ] [ ] 2014 Prop L (Transportation Priorities)
[ ] [ ] [X ] 2014 Prop 43 (Water Bond)
[ ] [ ] [X ] 2014 Prop 46 (Malpractice/Drug Testing)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop 47 (Change some Nonviolent Felonies to Misdemeanors)
[X ] [ ] [ ] June 2014 Prop A (Emergency Services Bond)
[X ] [ ] [ ] June 2014 Prop B (Waterfront Height Limits)
[ ] [X ] [ ] 2013 Prop B (8 Washington Development)
[ ] [X ] [ ] 2012 Prop B (Park Bond)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[ ] [X ] [ ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)
[ ] [X ] [ ] 2011 Prop E (Amendments to initiative ordinances)
[ ] [X] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[X ] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)