San Francisco Green Party Supervisor Candidate Questionnaire 2013


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: Mike Murphy
Phone Number: 415.823.9743
Web site: Murphy4supe.org
E-mail: info@Murphy4supe.org
Name of Campaign Manager:
Are you receiving public financing: No. I am not eligible for certification to receive public funds.
Signed voluntary spending limit: Per Ethics Comission, there is none.
Campaign Manager: None
2nd, 3rd endorsements in District: None
Major Endorsements:
Favorite Incumbent Supervisor: David Campos
Least favorite: Mark Farrell
If the election were held today, Who would you support as Board President: David Campos
Who would be your second and third choices: John Avalos
Who did you support for Mayor in 2011: Terry 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?

IRV is an improvement in the inherently flawed Winner Take All voting system. District Elections have served to allow for some regional neighborhood expression to find its way to City Hall. However, both IRV and District electoral systems could be improved as the perceived "failures" of both, in my opinion, are largely due to voter apathy and limited expression within the context of a political scene dominated by the Democratic Party machine. In order to engage voters and encourage active participation in local governance, I would support constructive changes such as creation of At-Large Supervisor positions/limited or cumulative voting systems designed to support fuller representation.
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[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] [ ] [ ] 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
[ ] [x] [ ] My supervisorial campaign is using leftover funds from another campaign

2) Ecological Wisdom: There is a proposal to replace the natural grass Beach Chalet playing fields in the western end of Golden Gate Park.
Which of the following do you prefer, and why? A) Replacing with 7
acres of artificial turf and installing 150,000 watts of sports
lighting on 60 foot poles that will be lighted up to 10pm most nights
of the year, Or B) Renovating the existing fields with natural grass
and no new lighting, and using the remaining funds to renovate other
playing fields?

I would prefer the latter bearing the following statement in mind.

The Beach Chalet Soccer Stadium complex proposal represents the worst of several current operating modes in the City. Of course, it goes without saying that replacing roughly 9 (mostly grass) acres of public property in Golden Gate Park with toxic Field Turf and asphalt and daylighting the expanse from dusk to 10pm year round, is not a proposal that exercises any kind of ecological wisdom. I would support a moratorium on all such Field Turf projects and nighttime illumination of any kind for play fields excepting that which is necessary, energy efficient and on-demand. I do not believe that Rec and Park has suddenly forgotten how to grow grass. Neither do I believe that the Master Plan for the Park should be abandoned. With a half billion dollars in bond money in the bank in the last 2 decades, our park system is not underfunded. A track record of abnegation of responsibility for and a seemingly deliberate dereliction of some of the public spaces it manages, points to the well-documented problems that the Department needs help with. I would support legislation to divert bond money from capital projects to operating expenses and limit public-private partnerships which effectively subvert generally accepted practices of governmental fund accounting. We need to look closely at this Department's Memoranda of Understanding. We need to reprioritize and recreate good maintenance jobs (gardeners, in-house construction) over those which have eliminated them (administration). We need an input of the kind of visionary leadership and earnest hard work of the sort that made a world class urban park from sand dunes, not a dazzling array of throughputs to create toxic, throw-away, temporary, pay-to-play spaces.
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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] [ ] [ ] 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
[ ] [ ] [x] I agree with the recommendations in the Peak Oil Task Force Report

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

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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?

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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] [ ] [ ] Strict limits on building new condos

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

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[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?

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[x] [ ] [ ] Bring the Housing Authority under the Board of Supervisors
[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?

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[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
[ ] [*] [ ] Conversion of some golf courses into soccer fields
[ ] [x] [ ] Prop 13 limits on tax increases should apply only to residential properties
[x] [ ] [ ] Tax/Fee on unoccupied housing units

7) Feminism: How could the city improve the way it handles violations of restraining orders, and do you believe that the City should keep
track of and publish data about crimes committed by restraining order
violators after the order has been issued/violated?

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[*] [ ] [ ] 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?

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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 Francisco

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

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[ ] [x] [ ] City government cooperating with the PATRIOT Act
[ ] [x] [ ] City government cooperating with ICE
[ ] [ ] [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?

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[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] [ ] [ ] 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] [ ] Allow residents to park on the sidewalk without getting a ticket, unless their neighbors complain
[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] [ ] 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] [ ] 2013 Prop B (8 Washington Initiative)
[ ] [x] [ ] 2013 Prop C (8 Washington Referendum)

[ ] [x] [ ] 2011 Prop C (Mayor's Pension measure)
[ ] [x] [ ] 2011 Prop D (Adachi's Pension measure)

[ ] [x] [ ] 2010 Prop L (Ban on Sitting on Sidewalks)
[x] [ ] [ ] 2010 Prop M (Foot Patrols)
[ ] [x] [ ] 2010 Prop 14 (Top Two Primary)