San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2014
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. 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
- = p 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: Jane Kim
Phone Number: (415) 887-8492
Web site: www.janekim.org
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Name of Campaign Manager: Davi Lang
Are you receiving public financing: No
Signed voluntary spending limit: N/A
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District:
Major Endorsements: Elected Officials
Former Mayor Art Agnos
Mayor Ed Lee
State Senator Mark Leno
State Assembly Member Phil Ting
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton
Treasurer and Tax Collector Jose Cisneros
Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu
Public Defender Jeff Adachi
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos
San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell
San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar
San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang
San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee
School Board President Sandra Lee Fewer
School Board Member Matt Haney
School Board Member Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell
School Board Member Rachel Norton
Community College Board Trustee Rafael Mandelman
San Francisco Rising Action Fund
San Francisco Democratic Party
San Francisco Young Democrats
California Nurses Association (CNA)
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21
LiUNA Laborers' Local 261
UFCW Local 648
SEIU Local 87
Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3
Carpenters' Local Union No. 22
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: I have colleagues that I really appreciate and respect. However, I don't think it's productive or respectful to list my favorites and least favorites.
If the election were held today, who would you support as Board President:
Who would be your second and third choices:
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011 (all 3 choices, if applicable):
In alphabetical order:
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 strongly support District Elections and support IRV for most
races. I would support a repeal of Instant Runoff Voting/Rank Choice
Voting for the Mayor's Race only. Data show that voter turnout has
only increased from General Election Day to Run Off in the Mayor's
Race in 1999 and 2003. If ensuring maximum participation is the
highest value, we should maintain RCV for the Board of Supervisors,
City Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer, Assessor-Recorder, District
Attorney, and Public Defender races (during these races, voter turnout
decreases between the General Election and Run Off) and repeal RCV for
the Mayor's Race.
+ - : [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 (ideally)
[ ] [ ] [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 the 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.
Congestion/Vehicle Dependence - Vehicles make up 33% of our GHG
emissions, and circulation studies conducted by the SFCTA have
projected total gridlock in the downtown and SoMa neighborhoods within
the next ten years if we do not implement congestion management
strategies today. I am working to reduce the number of cars on our
roads by spearheading Vision Zero, our comprehensive plan to improve
pedestrian/bike safety through increased enforcement, education and
engineering. I have also been a strong advocate for growing the City's
transportation infrastructure, including funding to modernize MUNI and
pushing through DTX and High Speed Rail. I have championed increasing
ridership by funding programs such as Free MUNI for Youth and
championing pilots like Free MUNI for Seniors. I also support a
Congestion Pricing Plan in the downtown core and have been pushing for
a study of this policy at the Transportation Authority. As we grow in
residential and employment density, San Francisco cannot sustain the
growing number of cars. We must reduce the number of cars on the road
to curb travel-related carbon generation and reduce the number of
pedestrian and cyclist collisions.
Open Space - District 6 has the fewest and smallest parks and green
open space options in the City. Open space acquisition in high needs
areas like District 6 is central to building healthy, complete
neighborhoods. I established the District 6 Open Space Task Force last
year to guide a prioritization process for the acquisition of 2-3 new
parks in the Tenderloin and South of Market. Further, I support and
prioritized funding for water-filling stations in our parks and
eco-literacy programs in our schools. In the last budget cycle, I
allocated funding for an eco-literacy course for Bessie Carmichael
Elementary School, our only public elementary school South of
Market. As the district continues to grow, we must cultivate
ecological education opportunities for our youth, who are the best
chance at effective and engaged stewardship of our environment in the
years to come.
Food Justice - I co-sponsored the Healthy Retail Incentive program,
designed to address the inequities of food deserts in low-income
neighborhoods like the Tenderloin and Bayview/Hunter's Point. My
office regularly participates in the on-going work of the Tenderloin
Food Justice and Healthy Cornerstore Campaign--increasing food gardens
on small parcels and rooftops such as the Tenderloin People's Garden
and converting liquor stores to corner grocery stores.
+ - : [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
[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 continues to be a pressing issue for District 6 and our
City. After personally going through the shelter reservation process
and spending a night at one of our shelters--Next Door Shelter in
District 6--I have been pushing for a greater public health focus in
addressing chronic homelessness. I believe our shelter system should
be managed by the Department of Public Health--the causes of
homelessness are more than just economic, and the City should start to
address our homeless crisis through the lens of public health. I
worked with the Department of Public Health to complete a mental
health assessment of all shelter residents and to conduct homeless
outreach to shelter residents at night. DPH has now committed to
funding two full-time nurses to serve our shelter residents at night
and we are working together to design and develop a 24 hour medical
respite shelter in District 6.
I also funded a de-escalation and conflict resolution program at the
Next Door Shelter. The program uses a proven model of yoga,
mindfulness training, and meditation to examine the underlying causes
of conflict, improve communication, and facilitate healing for the
diversity of homeless clients, many of whom have spent years in our
shelter system with no access to healthcare. The program also included
the shelter employees who serve the residents to address their
secondary trauma, develop their conflict resolution skills, and reduce
Last June, HSA surveyed homeless clients' sexual orientation for the
first time. 29% of respondents identified as LGBTQ. This rang true of
the anecdotal experience I had door knocking in our SRO Hotels and
spending time in our homeless shelters. I worked with HOPE Director
Bevan Dufty to dedicate funding to a new safe space in District 6--the
Queer Shelter Project. It will open soon at A Woman's Place with staff
dedicated to addressing the unique needs of our queer homeless
population with dignity and safety.
+ - : [X] [ ] [ ] Project Homeless Connect.
It is not a comprehensive solution to homelessness by any means but many individuals do connect with services through this program.
[ ] [ ] [X] Care Not Cash.
I have mixed feelings about this program.
[X] [ ] [ ] Community courts
[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
Land Use continues to be a battleground for communities who want to
see balanced planning which includes affordable housing, multi-bedroom
units to house families, open space, safer street design for
pedestrians, and zoning for businesses that will provide our
communities with real jobs.
San Francisco has a strong history of holding developers accountable,
and I take this responsibility seriously.
The high cost of housing is a huge barrier for working and middle
class residents of San Francisco. We need to build more affordable
housing for San Franciscans making a range of incomes, especially
those making between $0 and $81,000 per year. I am committed to
funding and supporting good organizing, affordable housing community
development centers, and affordable housing application support
agencies (such as BISHOP) to assist applicants in navigating the
City's affordable housing programs.
60% of our residents qualify for what we define as affordable housing,
and we have not kept pace in meeting our housing production needs for
low and middle income residents. 60% of our new housing construction
should be affordable to 60% of our residents, however the City is
hovering at or below 30% construction of affordable housing. This is a
tremendous challenge--San Francisco is unaffordable for our teachers,
service industry workers, and other working and middle class
Affordable housing has been one of my key policy priorities and is a
critical environmental issue. I believe a minimum of 30% of new
housing construction should be affordable to the majority of our
residents. Our office worked with community stakeholders to draft
legislation that links market rate development with affordable housing
production within D6 called Housing Balance. Ultimately, we agreed to
a compromise agreement with the Mayor's Office to develop concrete
solutions to our housing affordability crisis. The compromise
agreement is premised on a three pronged solution: 1) increased
revenues for affordable housing and steps to rehabilitate existing
rental housing stock, 2) 33% affordable goal in new Area Plans, and 3)
immediation controls to prevent the loss of industrial space to new
office tenants. I also support the anti-speculation tax and steps to
rehabilitate existing rental housing stock, as well as examining how a
variety of regulations and controls can preserve housing for our
As a School Board member, I authored a resolution to develop
principles for utilizing surplus property to both generate dollars for
our classrooms and/or generate value that helps us close the
opportunity gap. If we all know that the lack of affordable housing or
the lack of a full-service grocery store are part of the opportunity
gap, we should imagine ways that our surplus property can address
that. I have been working since 2009 to build affordable family
housing on 1950 Mission, a vacant lot in the heart of the Mission. As
Supervisor, I was able to secure the Mayor's Office of Housing's
commitment to put 1950 Mission in our affordable housing pipeline if
we could get the support of the Board of Education. I strongly
supported Prop. C/Housing Trust Fund in 2012 recognizing that the most
important need for our communities is a reliable source of funding for
+ - : [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. This is not a simple issue with simple solutions.
[ ] [X] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult
4. Nonviolence: What are your solutions for SFPD accountability while making the streets safer?
The Office of Citizen Complaints (OCC) is the body tasked with
investigating and taking action regarding any and all complaints filed
against any member of the SFPD. The OCC makes recommendations
regarding appropriate disciplinary action, if justified, on each
complaint. I believe that fully staffing the OCC pursuant to the
Charter's mandate that there be one line investigator for every 150
police officers is key to being able to show the public that the
police are accountable to a body that has the authority to impose
disciplinary measures, including discharge from the SFPD, and that
consequences will be meted out in a timely manner. The Police
Commission can play an important role in strengthening the autonomy of
But I believe that the OCC, and enforcement generally, is not the sole
solution. The most successful interactions that I've observed and
heard about from my constituents result from the SFPD establishing and
sustaining close ties with the community and vice versa. I think that
the City should prioritize hiring and retaining new cadets, laterals,
and leadership who have strong ties with the City, ideally as City
residents. Walking a footbeat should be mandatory for every single
officer on the force so that each officer has the opportunity to
develop relationships with the neighborhoods and communities that they
serve and protect. When the SFPD live and work in the same environment
as the people they serve, the sense of shared community and those
human ties keep the officers and the entire force accountable in a way
that is more powerful than the threat of punishment for bad behavior.
+ - : [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?
Yes, our City Charter constantly needs revisiting.
+ - : [X] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[X] [ ] [ ] Will you create formal district councils to advise you? For the last four years, I have convened a D6 Pedestrian Safety Workgroup and D6 Open Space Taskforce representing our diverse neighborhoods from the Tenderloin, 6th Street, to South Beach and Western SOMA. [ ] [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?
Over the last several years, we have been successful in winning
progressive revenue proposals at the ballot, including a tiered
increase of the City's Transfer Tax and moving from payroll to gross
receipts. We need to ensure that the additional revenue that is
generated will be used to support community priorities such as social
safety net programs and our City infrastructure.
I am working on various proposals to increase private developers'
contributions to our affordable housing goals, as well as a
Neighborhood Stabilization Trust. These proposals include tiered in
lieu fees for high rise developments to pay more if they decide to
fulfill their inclusionary housing requirement offsite and a luxury
transfer tax on the first sale of high end condo development. This tax
would capture the value of the first sale by the developer.
Also, I have called for a Budget and Legislative Analyst report to
analyze how much our City is spending on Software and other Licensing
Agreements to see if a shift to open source technology can save the
City money that can be better spent on community priorities.
+ - : [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. I would prefer to repeal Prop 13, a commercial split roll is minimum reform.
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 and we need more
women at all levels of leadership in City Government--as elected
officials, department heads, commissioners and public policy staff
members. I believe in mentoring women who are interested in community
leadership, policy, and/or politics. I strongly support District 6
women-led groups, including La Voz Latina and Sisters Rize in the
Tenderloin, both of which organize Latina mothers and women who live
in SRO Hotels respectively. Women make up ¼ of all of SRO Hotel
residents and are vastly outnumbered by men. Many female SRO residents
have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and gender-based
harassment but have no choice but to reside in buildings dominated by
men. I worked with Sisters Rize to establish the first women-only
floor in one of our SRO hotels, funded self-defense and leadership
skills training for female SRO residents, and developed a partnership
between Sisters Rize and Intersection for the Arts, culminating with
the women documenting their stories via video.
I take the role of mentoring women and people of color seriously. Our
office proactively recruits young women and people of color in high
school, college, and graduate school who are interested in
government. My three legislative staff are women of color. I have also
supported other female candidates of color who have both successfully
and unsuccessfully run for the Board of Education.
+ - : [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?
+ - : [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?
I am not a fan of taking a symbolic stand on an issue that the Board
of Supervisor does not have jurisdiction over mainly because I have
seen limited persuasion or tangible outcomes from a symbolic
resolution but I understand why we do it. I do believe that there are
limited instances when it is appropriate for the Board to take a
position on issues that may be characterized as non-local because the
issue fundamentally implicates a core value of the City.
+ - : [ ] [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. Please see my response to #9.A.
[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 proactively research important and/or controversial policy issues--I
read a lot of materials and consult with constituents, colleagues,
stakeholders and community groups. I strive to reach out to a diverse
array of primary stakeholders so that I have a comprehensive
understanding of an issue possible. It is also a priority for me to
examine the issue from all angles, both proponents and opposition.
+ - : [ ] [ ] [ 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:
We must get people out of cars and on public transit, bikes, and their
feet, and do so safely. I'll continue to push a culture shift within
City agencies and the public through implementing and monitoring
Vision Zero. Working with SFBC and WalkSF, we have garnered
commitments from SFPD and SFMTA, and we must continue to push for
implementation. We must continue to balance long-term safety
improvements and near-term pilots in our highest injury corridors and
make walking, biking and public transit, easier and safer for
I also support a Vehicle License fee and have vocally advocated for a
Congestion Pricing Plan in San Francisco.
I am also exploring special event ticket surcharges dedicated to
transit, satellite event parking in existing private garages, as well
as venue-sponsored event shuttles and rickshaws to augment the strain
on our LRV system.
+ - : [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 retrofit projects into a solar energy incentives program. Interesting idea.
[ 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. I am open to hearing more on this issue.
[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. Whatever regulations/criteria are set for parking, they should be standardized for all neighborhoods and not just targeted to some.
[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) While I agree that policy makers should consider how to reduce the public's consumption of sugary beverages, and I agree with the funding priorities in this tax proposal, I generally question whether a regressive, flat "sin" tax is the means to reduce this consumption. I believe a more effective policy would be to subsidize healthy food options, convert more liquor stores into healthy corner grocery stores, and continue to educate the public about the consequences of sugary beverages.
[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)
[ ] [ ] [ ] 2014 Prop 43 (Water Bond)
[ ] [ ] [ ] 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)