San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2012


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: Eric Mar
Phone Number: 415-488-5071
Web site:
Name of Campaign Manager: Jen Kwart
Are you receiving public financing: Yes
Signed voluntary spending limit: Yes
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: N/A

Major Endorsements: San Francisco Democratic Party
Richmond District Democratic Club
San Francisco Labor Council
California Nurses Association
Sierra Club
United Educators of San Francisco
SF Rising Action Fund (Community-based Organization Coalition)
Service Employees International Union Local 1021
Local 21 International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers
S.E.I.U. United Service Workers West
San Francisco Tomorrow
Carpenters, Local 22

California State Senator Leland Yee
California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
California State Assemblymember Paul Fong
Former California State Assemblymember Wilma Chan
California Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu
Supervisor John Avalos
Supervisor David Campos
Supervisor Jane Kim
Supervisor Christina Olague
Supervisor Malia Cohen
Board of Education President Norman Yee
Board of Education Vice-President Rachel Norton
Board of Education Commissioner Sandra Fewer
Board of Education Commissioner Kim-Shree Maufus
Board of Education Commissioner Emily Murase
Former Board of Education President Mark Sanchez
Community College Board President John Rizzo
Community College Trustees Chris Jackson, Lawrence Wong, and Steve Ngo

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Public Defender Jeff Adachi

Democratic Central Committee members: Rafael Mandelman: Arlo Hale Smith, Alix Rosenthal, Hene Kelly, Leah Pimental, Matt Dorsey, Petra DeJesus, and

Former Mayor Art Agnos
Former State Senator Carole Migden
Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin
Former Supervisor Leslie Katz
Former Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
Former Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Former Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
Former Supervisor Mabel Teng
Former Democratic Central Committee member Jane Morrison

Former Democratic Central Committee member Gabriel Haaland
Former Democratic Central Committee member Debra Walker

Favorite Incumbent:
Least Favorite Incumbent:

While I don't always agree with all of my colleagues, I do respect them all
and I don't want to comment on favorite or least favorite incumbents.

Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: John Avalos, David Chiu, Leland Yee (unranked)

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 was one of the original architects and leaders, along with a number of
Green Party leaders, of the ranked-choice voting campaign and other
progressive electoral reforms like District Elections in SF. RCV has led to
more democratic participation, less wasted ballots, reduced dirty negative
campaigning, and better expressions of voter's preferences in elections,
including a more diverse Board of Supervisors. I strongly support District
elections for similar reasons, as they have led to huge improvements in the
city, and lowered the cost of elections for taxpayers, as well. I was a
founder of the Alliance for District Elections in the early 1990's and
served on the 1st elections task force which proposed our current 11
district system, but also proposed ranked choice voting as well in 1996..

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[ ] [ ] [ ] Sheriff Mirkarimi should be restored to office.
I am legally not allowed to discuss this topic.

[ x] [ ] [ ] Sub-government such as Neighborhood Assemblies,
Networks or District Councils
[ x] [ ] [ ] Some commissions should be democratically
[ ] [ x ] [ ] The Mayor should appoint all commissioners.
[ 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
[ ] [ 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.

Although San Francisco is without a doubt a one the nation's greenest
cities, I believe we must do much more create a sustainable and healthy
environment for all, and to address the disproportionate pollution and
other health impacts faced by low income communities of color. We must
continue to encourage the spread of clean alternative power sources in the
city, such as solar panels, as well as the spread of low- or no-emission
vehicles. We must vastly invest more to improve our public transit system,
as well as encourage the use of bikes, care sharing, and walking, to lessen
the use of private cars; and we must fight like hell together to preserve
our natural environment and the scarce open space remaining in our densely
populated city.

As supervisor I have helped pass many pieces of legislation that have
worked towards our goal of a greener, more equitable and socially just
city, including the installation of the state's largest solar panel project
at the Sunset reservoir, and creating a city program that provides benefits
to low-income families looking to install solar panels on their own homes.
As a member of the regional Air Board (BAAQMD) I have stood side by side
with low income communities of color and lead fights to protect
neighborhoods from environmental racism and pollution and to establish
stronger criteria for environmental protection and a 'cumulative impacts'
health approach to determining harm in development projects.

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[ 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 ] [ ] New runways in the bay at SFO
[ 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

Though I support natural fields, I voted for the Beach Chalet fields
project because of the tremendous need for better playfields and more
recreation for children and families throughout the City.

3) Social Justice:

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

Homelessness has been a chronic social problem in the city and most urban
centers throughout the world. SF's astronomical cost of living, large-scale
unemployment, and lack of job training, education and childcare options,
and the lack of jobs for local residents have pushed and kept many people
and families out of homes and into shelters or onto the streets.

One short term solution I have supported with legislation has been to clean
up and make the shelters more safe and clean for the families, seniors and
everyone who stay there. Another has been to support families, seniors and
people with disabilities living in SRO's to hold landlords and the City
accountable to the conditions and to make this form of temporary housing
safer and more accessible for everyone.

For the long term, I support Prop C, the Housing Trust Fund, and other
efforts to create a much larger and more steady funding stream for the
massive construction of many more units of affordable housing for people of
low to moderate income levels. I also support incentives for affordable
housing construction, requiring that new developments contain a percentage
of permanently affordable units, and maintaining rent control on existing
units to prevent further families from being forced onto the streets.
Special attention must be paid to seniors, people with disabilities,
veterans, and youth, especially LGBT youth, who have been forced into
homelessness, as well.

We must provide for those already without housing by offering high quality
health care, mental health treatment, job training, and of course
affordable housing, while also providing for those likely to become
homeless, by preventing owner-move-in evictions of families with children
and offering rental subsidies for low-income families, as I have done
during my term as Supervisor.

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

The dearth of affordable housing available in San Francisco is one of our
city's most pressing problems, and as I mentioned in the previous answer, I
have worked and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that no citizen
is forced out of their home or out of the city due to budgetary

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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
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Elected Rent Board
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Amnesty for illegal in-law apartments
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Condo conversion is currently too difficult

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

As a member of the Board's Public Safety Committee, I support stronger
community policing and increasing public safety on our streets by
encouraging cooperation and interaction between the police force and the
communities they patrol, such as by increasing beat patrols. I also support
our police chief's ongoing reforms and modernizations of the department,
including increasing the quality of data analysis, as well as the sharing
of that data between agencies, using the CompStat model.

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[ ] [ x ] [ ] Prioritize SFPD enforcement of moving
[ 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?

I would like to know more about the Green Party's perspective on the
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[ X ] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of
[ ] [ ] [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

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 the Progressive Revenue Coalition's efforts to raise revenue for
our City, challenge large corporate formula retail, and to change the local
and state tax structure to ensure that the 1% and big business pay their
fair share and that we have adequate health care, human services and
support for our communities.

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[ x ] [ ] [ ] Legislation limiting formula retail
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Conditional Use permit required for big box
[ ] [ ] [x ] The biotech payroll tax break
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Municipal broadband
[ x ] [ ] [ ] Local hiring requirements should be enforced
[ ] [ ] [x ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer
[ 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?

Yes, because of our system of sexism, patriarchy, racism and classism that
keeps women, especially low income women of color, as a group in a position
of powerlessness.

I support autonomous women's and girl's caucuses and committees to allow
them to develop their own vision and demands for equity, equality,
liberation and empowerment. I support gender-based affirmative action to
ensure formally that women and people of color can be elected or appointed
to government positions at every level in critical mass percentages.

I will continue to play a role as an ally to women's organizations
advising, supporting and helping campaign for many more great visionary
women candidates. But, we need to radically change the existing system for
true gender equality to become a reality.

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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
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Require parental consent for minors seeking an
[ ] [ x ] [ ] Require parental notification for minors
seeking an abortion

8) Respect for Diversity: Tell us what you believe are the best and th worst aspects of San Francisco's diversity. How would you try to protect the best while trying to change the worst?

How can anyone not agree with the liberal mantra (repeated by everyone from
Newsom to probably Railroad Baron Charles Crocker) that diversity is what
makes our City so great?
But diversity doesn't mean much to me, unless we are fighting for greater
equality and equity among ethnic and cultural groups. In a racially
segregated City like SF, even in the most 'diverse' areas white and male
privilege dominate.

In legislating, the Board must pay much closer attention to the race, class
and gender impacts of our policies. Our Land use and housing policies have
to consider class and economic diversity as well. In my work i also try my
best to resist downtown and developer driven interests and policies which
are forcing low income people and 'diverse' residents out of the City.

Our public schools are perhaps the best hope for a truly diverse and
equitable future for all. From my teaching Ethnic Studies to SF State
Students for 16 years to helping formulate our school district's strategic
plan which now focuses explicitly on Social Justice, Equity and Joyful
Learning, I will continue to dedicate my energy on nurturing young people
like my 12 year old daughter Jade to make sure they carry on the struggle
for racial and gender and class equality in San Francisco.

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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

9) Global and Personal Responsibility: What are your thoughts on the Board of Supervisors taking positions on state, national and international issues?

As a social justice activist I believe local governments, schools,
neighborhood clubs, and civic groups should all be engaged in discussing
and taking stands on political issues from local ones to the interconnected
global issues as well. At times, some civil and human rights issues are so
important that others, especially the most oppressed and powerless, look to
San Francisco for leadership on these types of issues.

But, the Board ultimately has no formal power to affect non-local concerns,
and positions on particularly controversial issues, especially
international issues. While I feel that some symbolic issues are important,
I have chosen to focus my work on local and citywide issues where I know I
can have an impact.

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[ ] [ x ] [ ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT
[ ] [ x ] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE
[ x ] [ ] [ ] City government should boycott Arizona until
policies are changed
[ ] [ ] [ x ] City government should boycott Israel until
policies are changed
[ ] [ ] [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
[ ] [ ] [ x ] 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?

Fulfilling our city's Transit First goal will go a long way to reducing our
environmental impact, ensuring the economic health of the city, and
improving the quality of life of our citizens, especially those without
often cars, such as students, low-income workers, and job-seekers. I have
supported causes that enforce the provision in the past, such as free youth
MUNI passes, opposing fare increases, and increasing funding for MUNI by
restoring the Vehicle License Fee, and I will continue to do so as

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[ ] [ ] [ X] MUNI should be funded greater levels and be
free to the rider
I agree that MUNI should receive more funding and be free to youth riders
[ 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
[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
I am open to studying various alternative power sources for city vehicles
[ 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
[ 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 ] [ ] [ ] 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

[ ] [ x ] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[ x ] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)